Here in the East, there is a growing demand for redwood lumber. It is to be regretted from the following which we find in the Pacific Rural Express, that the supply is about exhausted.

"The foreign demand for redwood lumber is rapidly increasing. It is shown by the State Board of Forestry that the shipments of redwood to Australia, the Pacific Islands and Mexico in 1885, were 9,500,000 feet. In 1886, there was shipped to these points, according to the statistics of the redwood trade, 15,900,000 feet, nearly double the amount of the previous year. The great bulk of the redwoods of Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Sonoma and the southern part of Mendocino counties is cut, and it has all gone in Santa Clara, Alameda and Marin counties. The northern part of Mendocino county, Humboldt county and a small part of Del Norte county are all that can be counted on to supply the bulk of the demand for the future. On Ten-Mile river, 20 miles north of Mendocino City, the redwood forest extends a distance of nine or ten miles from the coast, and there is found some of the grandest redwood trees in the State. These trees are mostly six and seven feet in diameter, and rise from the ground as straight as a ship's mast to a height of 300 feet, many of them being 200 feet to the first limb and keeping their size nearly that distance up.

The writer was informed by a young man, who is well acquainted with that section of the country, that farther up the river he had measured a redwood tree which was nearly thirty feet in diameter.

"That the enormous demand for redwood lumber will constantly increase.there is not the shadow of a doubt, for new towns are springing up like mushrooms all over the State, especially so in the treeless section of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Our matchless redwood forests are now melting away before the woodman's axe and the ravenous tooth of the saw, like snow under a tropical sun. A score of years hence scarcely a vestige of it will be left, and then our people will know and appreciate its great value".

The surprise is, the facts being as they are, no effort seems to be made at planting a few thousand acres. It would require, of course, the organization of a company to do it, but then California is just the place where such enterprising companies usually find their home.

Possibly the. answer would be that the few thousand acres would pay better in the same time, if put in wheat, grapes, or other things. If so, then the facts are not as represented. It is the demand and scarcity of an article that fixes the price, and the owner of a redwood forest - say twenty-five years hence - would have it in his own hands to fix the price so as to make a paying point. The stock in such a company would always advance in value, as wood neared a merchantable age.

In the East, where the Gardeners' Monthly has continually shown how profitable forestry would be when managed on a large scale by a strong company, there has been no response. We should not object to Californians showing their Eastern brethren how to do these things, as they so often have shown in others.