Kansas is comparatively a new State, and when we take into consideration that the first settlers in our prairie States always settle near the timber, we see by the immense number of trees her citizens have already planted, that in a few years she will surprise some of our writers who are deploring the apathy of the people. Indeed, I think that many writers who are warning the people of this impending danger of forest denudation, are not aware of what is being done in that direction. I judge this is the case from articles I see greedily copied, of what is being done in Europe, compared with the little that is being done here. Two or three years ago a statement was published, giving the actual number of forest trees that had been planted that year in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. I was surprised to see that in the aggregate they did not reach 3 1/4 millions, just about the number they would plant on 1,000 acres, and yet what we are doing in this country is looked upon with contempt. Surely these Editors and Essayists either can not find time, or will not take the trouble to inquire about what is being done in their own country. They can not be aware that the State of Kansas alone, since she commenced this new industry, has planted 147,340 acres.

Think of it! Great Britain and Ireland, 1,000 acres in one year. The State of Kansas, a new State, peopled by families who went out within the past few years to work a living out of raw prairies, have planted 147,340 acres !

" But," say some of our forestry friends, "What does it amount to?" "They are planting worthless trees." Let us see about that: 11,500 acres of Black Walnut, 12,486 acres of Maples, 2,637 acres of Honey Locust, 55.553 acres of Cottonwood, 65,771 acres of other varieties. Admitting that the Cottonwood does not rank among the most valuable woods, it is a god-send to the new settlers, as it makes fuel in less time than any other tree. In this tree, we see history repeating itself; in ancient Rome, the genus, Poplar, derived its name from being the people's tree. Some writers - not planters - recommend mixing the Cottonwood with other trees, to be cut out for fuel in the future. But as far as I have seen, the practical farmer knows better. To him it would seem like turning a drove of Texas steers into a herd of Jerseys.