Value Of Irrigated Lands

Land under irrigation in Spain, sells for $500 per acre, while that by its side not irrigated, will hardly bring $50. A company organised in Madrid, with a capital of $1,500,000, has reclaimed 300,000 acres of land, and is paying dividends equal to 18 per cent upon the investment.

Value Of Leached Ashes

Before ashes have gone into the soap-maker's hands, they are estimated to be worth 39c. per bushel. After they have been leached, it is estimated that they are worth but 9c. The 30o. or 75 per cent. of their value has gone.

Value Of Orchids

At a recent public sale at Liverpool a specimen of Dendrobium Falconeri sold for sixty-seven guineas.

Value Of The Horticulturist

I have taken The Horticulturist from its very start, to the present time, with the exception of one or two years, and must say that I like it now best of all its history. It is timely, practical, and just what we fruit-growers want. M. L. Burrell.

There are a few journals which no fruitgrower or owner of a garden can afford to dispense with, and we unhesitatingly pronounce The Horticulturist one of them. Even the resident of the crowded city will find its visit to his centre table the harbinger of many a ray of sunshine warming his heart toward the beautiful in nature. - Eclectic Ruralist.

I have a visitor to my sanctum who picks out The Horticulturist in preference to any other of my numerous Agricultural and Horticultural xchanges, and devours every inch of its reading. I think it the best in the United States.

George E. Blakeslee,

Publisher Ohio Farmer.

Value Of Walnut Timber

As an illustration of the increasing value of walnut lumber the Indianapolis Journal notes that the standing walnut trees on a half-section of land on Eel River, in Miami County, Ind., were recently sold to a lumber dealer for $17,000. There is a large amount of other timber on the tract, which is not included, only the walnut timber being sold. Walnut lumber is coming more and more into use throughout this country and Europe, and at present a very large business is done in preparing and shipping it from Indiana.

Value Of Water As An Ameliorating Agent

In a note under the above heading in the November number of the Horticulturist, I am reported as having expressed an opinion on this subject, to the effect that my observations on the shores of Lake Erie did not enable me to see "that there was any advantage in this respect." The respect alluded to was that of the diseases of the grape, its general freedom from rot and mildew.

The influence of bodies of water on climate is tolerably well known, and can not be considered as knowledge exclusively possessed by residents on lake shores; but there was sufficient evidence on the shores of Lake Erie to warrant me in concluding that this influence did not extend to immunity from the effects of rot in the berry of the grape, or mildew on its foliage.

I would here take the occasion to state my belief, that the Catawba grape is just as much, and no more, liable to rot and mildew every where as it was twenty years ago.

William Saunders. Washington, D. C.