Gleaning, or Leasing, as it is called in some counties, is the gathering or picking up those ears of corn which are left after the field has been reaped, and the crop carried home.

This practice has lately been decided to be illegal ; and so far as it respects those idle persons, whose sole occupation during the summer monti:s, is to procure a scanty sub sistence by leasing, the decision has been dictated by the soundest m.

In some parts of the Continent, the farmers allow this privilege only upon condition that the. glean-ers contribute their labour for one or two hours towards the housing of the crop. Such regulation is occasionally beneficial to both parties, especially on the approach of rain) as the sheaves may thus be col-jetted and loaded on carts, or otherwise secured by the aid of supernumerary bands, before the storm bursts forth, and perhaps damages the corn, by additional moisture.— In consideration of their services, these voluntary labourers are permitted to glean for one or two hours, more or less, according to the time they have assisted, before others are suffered to enter the field indiscriminately.