Then again, there is an indescribable grandeur about massive, stately old trees, which God seems to have given them to excite our admiration for His goodness to us poor erring sons of men. No monument ever built by man, however ponderous, chaste, or magnificent it may be - and there are thousands of excellent examples of his skill in all civilized lands - can compare with arboreous beauty.

The learned author of the "Arboretum et Fruti-cetum Britannicum," sensibly remarks, "Trees are not only in appearance the most striking and grand objects of the vegetable creation; but in reality they are those which contribute most to human comfort and improvement. Every one feels that trees are among the grandest and most ornamental objects of natural scenery. What would landscapes be without them? Where would be the charm of hills, plains, valleys, rocks, rivers, cascades, lakes, or islands, without the hanging woods, the widely extended forest, the open grove, the scattered groups, the varied clothing, the shade and intricacy, the contrasts, and variety of form and color, conferred by trees and shrubs?" Were such an awful calamity to befall us, as the total destruction of our trees, shrubs, and herbaceous growth, with which at present the earth is so abundantly clothed, this pleasant world, heretofore so enjoyable to live in, would soon become as dismal, dreary, and uninhabitable as the sterile sands of the desert, or barren volcanic slopes, and from the face of which, not only man, but all respiring nature would soon cease to exist; and our planet would become as uninhabitable as the dead and cold regions of the moon.

And yet, from the constant destruction of the forests, which has steadily gone forward ever since the first white man began to wield his axe among them, one might reasonably imagine from the immense number destroyed, that the object aimed at, was ultimately to sweep them from the surface of the earth, and thus bring about so sad a catastrophe.

Possibly, "the bump of destructiveness" had not developed in the well balanced heads of the sons of the soil, ages ago; and which is at this time so conspicuously prominent in the caputs of modern anti-arboriculturists - of this tree murdering generation, who always seem ready to chop down a tree but never find time to plant one. In France, if a man cuts down one tree he must plant two. And were we in this country to adopt a similar plan, the immense benefits derived from it would be incalculable.

I cannot help thinking, whenever I see some sour-visaged man deliberately sharpening his axe to fell a grand old tree - that ought to be spared, and which all intelligent people, save himself, would greatly admire, that he must be as wicked and remorseless as was either Danton, Samson, Barere, Robespierre, of hateful renown.

Deplorable as is the unrestrained tree slaughter already accomplished, and upon which the philosophic eye looks with dismay, we are led to enquire what must the consequences be to those who follow us, if so unwise a practice is much longer pursued? So true it is, that " coming events cast their shadows before; " and yet, the same stupid apathy continues, regardless of the future. And those who ought to know better take no heed of the repeated warnings; and one of the results which too often follows, is the appalling destruction of life and property by tempest and flood.

When large gaps or clearings are made through the dense forest growth, the howling, pitiless "storm fiend," swiftly riding on the sweeping wings of the fearful tornado, or fiercely whirling cyclone, seems ever ready to rush through the wide openings the wood-cutter makes, to carry death and destruction in its path; and thus lay waste, where before the gladsome home scenes of peace and plenty smiled.

Whoever has experienced what a " hard winter " means, in the cold West, and " felt the icy fang and churlish chiding of the winter's wind," where everything ligneous, that once bore a leaf, and was big enough to form a fence rail, or saw into fire-wood, has been ruthlessly cut down, without even leaving a few trees or bushes for wind-breaks for the poor shivering sheep or cattle to find shelter under, will remember the sad sights they have seen of suffering animals huddling together for mutual warmth and protection. With extremely rare exceptions, "out West," is any shelter or protection afforded them, when pelting hail, chilling rain, drifting snows, and piercing winds, seem to penetrate the unhappy creatures through and through. The further we go towards the setting sun, the more frequent will such truthful pictures become, of many such treeless, cheerless spots, which greedy and unfeeling men have made, when selfishly determined to get all they possibly could out of the land, in their time.

The fearful floods, which with much regularity wreck the homes, devastate the farms, and too often drown the unfortunate people and their belongings, may be attributed to the denudation of the woods and forests; which when well cleared off and leveled, afford no means of obstructing or checking the rushing waters, which after heavy rains, immediately pour into the overflowing brooks, creeks and rivers. And time and again it has been proved that one of the main causes of the drying up of the natural water courses, which used to furnish a constant supply for the animals about the farms and other purposes, is ascribed to the same circumstances. True, geological changes taking place in the earth's structure, may also affect the springs; and so may seismic disturbances, but generally speaking, the lack of trees is more frequently the cause of dried-up rills and rivulets.

The deep snow drifts which seriously impede railway travel, and often imperil the lives of the imprisoned passengers, and cause much suffering and death to the poor, unhappy dumb animals in transit, are caused by the keen cutting winds sweeping the snow from the bare surface of country over which it falls, in consequence of the insufficiency of trees and bushes to prevent its drifting and blocking up the iron roads. And the heavy losses sustained by those financially interested in railways which run through the snowy regions, has at last induced them to devise a ternporary method of protecting the roads from accumulating snows; and at an enormous expense, many miles of covered sheds have been built over the tracks, only to be crushed in beneath the immense weight of snow, beneath which they are buried. As the housing or shed system has not exactly accomplished what the sanguine originators expected of it, the more sensible and efficient plan of setting out thick plantations of thrifty young trees for storm breaks, where they will have a tendency to check the wind-driven snows, will remedy the evil. If liberally planted, of both evergreen and deciduous kinds, they will soon form natural barriers, against which the blood-freezing "blizzards" may vainly blow.