Hon. Wm. D. Kelley, the father as he is called, of the United States House of Representatives, by reason of his long term of service there, has written a letter on the future of Florida, that is exciting more than usual attention. In 1875 Florida was comparatively unknown. There was but 500 miles of railroad, and but one or two good hotels - now there are hotels everywhere, and 2000 miles of railroad. The winter visitors do much of the prosperity, leaving about $7,500,000 each year in the State, and oranges do about most of the rest.

In a recent note on Florida vegetable growing, commenting on a statement that it took all one's receipts to get the product to market in Philadelphia or New York, we suggested that the effort should be to build up Philadelphias and New Yorks around them, and save the transportation expenses. Judge Kelley reaches just the same conclusion. He says Florida has done great things on oranges and on the crop of visitors - but it is capable of much greater things by encouraging other industries. He sees in Florida just the chance for sugar, tobacco, rice and silk - and the feeding and clothing of the thousands whom these industries would support; would bring in an immense amount of cash to the fruit and vegetable raisers, who would thus in a great measure not be dependent on northern markets for the bulk of their products.

Judge Kelley's letter we notice is attracting unusual attention.