The proper distance to plant timber trees apart is the most troublesome question in forest culture. A number of antagonistic economies have to be consulted. For instance, we want a long, clean, straight trunk; so we plant close, in order to check the development of strong side branches. If we did not plant close we should have to do much hand pruning, and this in forestry would not be apt to prove profitable labor. Then, if we plant wide enough to allow of a full development all round, without any hand pruning, the side branches develop to such an extent that only the part below the bottom branch thickens remarkably, and a short dumpy trunk is of little value. Of course for ornamental purposes this is just what we want. The handsome white pine on the residence of Edward Weston, Esq., at Fairview, near Yonkers, gives a picture of beauty in this tree we should never find among the monarchs of the forest -but unfortunately dollars and cents take no note of beauty. As against crowding to get straight, we are by no means sure it would not pay to trim gradually and haul away and destroy the branches in a well conducted system of forestry, because there would be as heavy a cut of timber in thirty-five years as in fifty by the crowding plan, and then by the total absence of dead material there would be absolute security against forest fires.

These will be the great questions when the sentimental phases of the forestry agitation pass away. We may argue till we are hoarse about the duty we owe to generations yet unborn, to preserve the country from becoming a howling desert, while we may convert by a single smile if we can only show where some comparatively immediate profits will come in.