South Edmeston, August 23,1856.

Mr. Jay Smith. - Dear Sir: Being somewhat engaged in the Osier or Basket Willow growing, which looked very sanguine for a profitable business till last spring, I have not yet learned whether it is best to continue the business.

Downing said there were from $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 imported to this country yearly. But the report on "Commerce and Navigation" states only $150,000 yearly. I ask your opinion as to the prospect of a market; whether it will pay to risk much time and money on them?

Yours, sincerelyr etc., Livi A. Beardsly.

Otsego County, N. Y.

A friend of ours, near Philadelphia, who has a large willow garden, has more . difficulty in -deciding which applicant shall have his Osiers than in looking for a market. Our opinion is, that there is no great difficulty in finding a profitable market for them, where the soil and situation are suited to their growth.

We were lately struck with the remark of a foreigner, that "the Americans . work too little in winter." It is true of the inhabitants of our Middle and Southern States; at the Eastward, they employ portions of their long evenings in levy* ing contributions upon us in all sorts of shapes, as, for instance, brooms, baskets, and a thousand notions, that are continually draining our pockets, while, we ate too apt to pass the time thus profitably invested, in idleness or sleep.

For a beginner to "get along," he must have something to sell; baskets, made at home at odd hours, will at any time pay for the family groceries, by the labor of a single individual; and, if skill and taste are brought to the business, a great deal more will be earned. Brooms are thus made in private families, from the material raised on the farm. Why are not baskets 1 They would be much more remunerative, for, notwithstanding the number made, baskets are a dear commodity; they are sold to the grocer, and retailed at a high price.

Our correspondent and others would do well to learn the basket making business, and teach it to the family; he will then have a home market for his growth thrice as profitable as his osiers; it is of no use to raise willows if you cannot manufacture them, and are too far from anybody that can, to make transportation.



Within a few years articles in terra-eotta hare come into extensive use for architectural and other ornaments, and this branch of art-manufacture is now carried to great excellence and beauty. The materials used are the finest clays, free from oxide of iron, which are mixed with calcined flints and old crashed pottery, and baked in a temperature but little below fasion. Modem terra-cottasr are quite different from the articles known among the ancients under that name, and are much more, durable. The beautiful examples above, consist of a water cooler, with decorations in the mediaeval style, two hanging baskets, vases, etc. The models are graceful, and the ornaments are applied with excellent taste and effect. The Staffordshire potteries are among the most interesting localities, in an industrial point of view, in England; Mr. Minton's establishment should be inspected by the American traveller, who will there find much to admire and reflect upon. Why it is that we are still dependent on Europe, and England especially, for all oar wares of this kind, is only a question, we presume, of labor; but it is understood that a new attempt is making at the South to obtain independence in this particular.