The Agricultural College. It may fairly be doubted whether the gift of Congress, made in 1862, to establish Agricultural Colleges in all the states of the Union has resulted in the national benefit which its projectors anticipated. In many of the states the amount received was too small to accomplish the object, without very large additional appropriations, which the Legislatures, after accepting the grant of Congress, were unwilling to make. In such cases the grant was turned over to existing institutions, and the result, so far as any appreciablc benefit to agriculture was concerned, was negative, or so slight as not to be perceptible. The money in these instances has been of some help to the institutions in whose hands it was placed, but it has not accomplished the good which the farming community had a right to expect.

The Massachusetts Agricultural College is generally admitted to be one of the best and most successful of all the institutions established under this national grant. The gift, with all its conditions, was accepted by the Legislature of 1863, and a Board of Trustees, consisting originally of one from cach county, was appointed to locate, and build, and run the institution. The Trustees selected by the Legislature were not men experienced in the management of educational institutions. Few, if any, of them, had had any experience whatever in such work, and it is not surprising that they made serious mistakes. But the Legislature itself made the most serious mistake in affixing a condition that the location should be in a town that should appro. priate the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars, to be used in the erection of buildings. The Trustees were thus hampered by a condition which ought never to have been imposed upon them. Instead of locating the institution at a point best adapted to secure its future growth and prosperity, easily accessible to markets, casily reached by students and by liberal men, who would be glad to visit it, and become interested to give it strength and vitality, the Trustees were limited to the single town of Amherst, the only town that promptly complied with the conditions of the Act, by raising the required sum. That was the first great and fatal mistake. No amount of skill and experience in organizing the institution could overcome or remedy the evil of that. The financial weakness, the want of adequate support, and the want of confidence on the part of the public, can be traced directly to that.

The Trustees may fairly be held responsible for some serious mistakes that followed, as the selection of men to build up and organize the college was left wholly with them. To this selection is due the fact that it was organized on a scale much too pretentious and expensive, considering the amount of income which might reasonably be expected from two-thirds of the fund established under the Act of Congress, one-third having been diverted by the Legislature to the Institute of Technology. This was the next very serious mistake, and it has proved to be one very difficult to overcome. It entailed expenditures for which the income of the find could not provide, involving the constant application to the Legislature for help. This led to angry criticism, and this again to many unjust prejudices in the public mind.

An attempt the past two years by some of the professed friends of the college to induce the Legislature to revolutionize the present yovernment, and to reorganize the Board of Trustees, would have been wholly inadequate to meet the difficulty, because it did not reach the real point of weakness, which is the want of money. So far as the ability to raise a liberal fund for the support of the college is concerned, the present Board is as efficient

A fund of a hundred thousand dollars would make it possible to pay more liberal salaries, to add two or three professorships, and so to strengthen the faculty and the corps of instruction. That of itself would bring an increased number of students, and put life and vitality into the institution as nothing else would. A convention of the Governor and Council, the State Board of Agriculture, and the Trustees of the college was held at Amherst in June last, when an able Committee, made up from these three bodies, was appointed to consider the most feasible means of effecting this object, and of giving strength to the institution. It is a laudable effort, and it is to be hoped that the farming community will appreciate and sustain it. Massachusetts is not accustomed to falter in its support of education, and it has a traditional pride in success. We ought to have the ability and the disposition to take hold and make the college a triumphant vindication of the wisdom of the national government.

any other.

Soiling Milch Cows. The term “soiling” is applied to the practice of feeding stock with food cut green for the purpose and taken to them daily in the barn or yard. This course is adopted' instead of pasturing, and it is claimed that it has several important advantages. The same number of cattle can be supported on the product of a smaller area, no grass or other fodder crop being destroyed or injured by trampling. The cows or other animals can be kept qniet, and in the shade if necessary, without being exposed to the hot sun. It gives an opportunity, also, to study variety in the articles of food which is generally thought to be important in any well-considered system of feeding. It will readily be seen that merely keeping catile in the barn through the summer, to be fed on dry fodder, after the manner of winter feeding, is not soiliny. To constitute soiling, properly so-called, they must be fed on green food, cut daily, to be taken to them in their stalls or the enclosures where they are kept. This green food is most commonly grass, but a complete system of soiling implies a continuous supply of green food from the carly spring to the late fall, or throngh the season in which cattle are ordinarily pastured. Winter rye is sown in the fall in sufficient qnantity and it furnishes the first green crop in spring. Then follow oats, barley, corn or Hungarian grass, in turn, as they reach a suitable period of growth to use for this purpose. The feeding of fodder corn or the leaves of root crops, while the cows are at pasture and to sup: plement a short crop of grass in a time of drought, may be called a partial soiling.

The economy of the soiling system will depend very much upon the location. In the immediate neighborhood of large towns, where land is expensive, it has great advantages, as by it the production of milk is more uniform and in larger quantity; while farther back in the country, where pasturage is cheap, especially in sections where pasture lands are rough and cannot be brought into profitable cultivation, the little extra expense of cutting green food, will prevent its general adoption.

It must be evident on a moment's reflcction that the production of a farm will be largely increased under this system, where the land is level and capable of being ploughed and cultivatedl. 'Even light land, which is not very desirable for pasturage, can be maile to produce heavy crops of clover, orchard grass, Hungarian or green fodder corn, to say nothing of large crops of mangolds, sugar beets, turnips, etc., while the keeping of stock in small enclosures cnables us to save all the mamirc and to treat it so as greatly to improve its quality and value. This economy of manures makes a wonderful difference in the condition of the farm and improvement is sure to follow up to a high state of fertility. It must be evident, also, that there are other advantages. The farmer has complete control of the food of his cows and he can modify it so as to produce the results he seeks to obtain. At pasture, cows will often cat plants that affect the flavor of milk and butter injuriously, and this will often make it impossible to make gilt-edged butter. Then again there is a great saving in fences, which often require constant watchfulness to keep them up, and not unfrequently great anxiety lest some of the more brcachy cows will be encroaching upon the crops of the neighbors. Cows kept on the soiling system are always at home when you want them at milking time, and there are more of them, for a farm will carry a very much larger number under this system than under that of ordinary pasturing. One acre of good land will carry two cows the whole year, while it would take at least two acres to carry onc cow well for six months at pasture. It is a little more work to cut and carry the food for a herd of cows, but this is partially offset by the saving of time in driving to and from pasture, and more than offset by the greatly increased value of the manure.

But no farmer should undertake this method of feeding without careful study and preparation. There should be a continuous and abundant supply of nutritious food and that does not come without some calculation.

The crops, we have indicated, rye, clover, Hungarian grass, green foddercorn, etc., will offer sufficient variety and a continuous supply, if wisely managed, but, as in feeding ensilage, we believe in the addition of a small quantity of concentrated foods, and I know of nothing better than bran, cotton seed, or linsced meal. By the use of some one or all of these, we can provide an almost perfect cattle food. In using a purchased concentrated food, the greatly increased value of the manure is to be taken into consideration, as the question of economy will turn largely upon that.

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Population of the United States. Population of Fifty Prin(Bulletin of Census Bureau, March 10, 1881.)

cipal Cities.
TOTAL NATIVE FOREIGN (Bulletin of Jan. 13, 1881.)


POPULATION. Alabama 1,262,794 1,253,121 9,673

New York, N. Y.. . 1,206,590 Arkansas 802,564 792,269 10,295

Philadelphia, Pa. California

846,984 864,686 572,006 292,680

Brooklyn, N. Y. . 566,689 Colorado

194,649 154,869 39,780 Connecticut


Chicago, ili.. 622,683 492,879

129,804 Delaware

362,535 146,654 137,182

Boston, Mass.

9,472 Florida.

St. Louis, Mo.

. 350,522 267,351 257,631 9,720 Georgia .


Baltimore, Md.
1,539,018 1,528,733
10,315 Cincinnati, Ohio.

. 255,708 Illinois 3,078,769 2,495,177 583,592

San Francisco, Cal. . 233,956 Indiana 1,978,362 1,834,597 143,765 New Orleans, La.

. 216,140 Iowa. 1,624,620 1,363,132 261,488 Cleveland, Ohio

160,142 Kansas 995,966 886,261 109,705 Pittsburg, Pa.

. 156,381 Kentucky

1,648,708 1,589,237 59,471 | Buffalo, N. Y. Louisiana.

155,137 940,103 885,964 54,139 Washington, D. C.

147,307 Maine 648,945 590,076 58,869 Newark, N. J.

135,400 Maryland 931,632 851,981 82,648|| Louisville, Ky:

123,645 Massachusetts 1,783,012 1,339,919 443,093 || Jersey City, N. J. • •

. 120,728 Michigan 1,636,331 1,247,985 388,346

Detroit, Mich.

. 116,342 Minnesota 780,806 513,107 267,699 | Milwaukee, Wis.

. 115,578 Mississippi 1,131,592 1.122,424 9,168

Providence, R, I. 104,850 Missouri 2,168,804 1,957,564 211,240

Albany, N. Y. Nebraska

90,903 452,433 355,043 97,390 Rochester, N. Y. . 89,363 Nevada 62,265 36,623 25,642

78,681 New Hampshire

Alleghany, Pa. : 346,981 300,961 46,023 Indianapolis, Ind.

75,074 New Jersey. 1,130,983 909,398

221,585 Richmond, Va.

63,803 New York

5,083,810 3,872,372 1,211.438|| New Haven, Conn. 62,882 North Carolina 1.400,047 1,396.368 3,679

. 59,485

Lowell, Mass. Ohio

3,198,239 2,803,496 394,743 Worcester, Mass. 58,295 Oregon 174,767 144,327 30,440

Troy, N. Y.

. 56,747 Pennsylvania 4,282,786 3,695,253 687,533|| Kajisas City, Mo.

. 55,813 Rhode Island 276,528 202,598 73,930 | Cambridge, Mass.

. 52,740 South Carolina 995,622 987,981 7,641

Syracuse, Ń. Y. Tennessee 1,542,463 1,525,881

. 51,791

16,582 Columbus, Ohio. •.• Texas.

. 51,665 1,592,574 1,478,058 114,516 Paterson, N. J.

50,887 Vermont

332,286 291,340 40,946 Toledo, Ohio Virginia 1,512,806 1,498,139

• 50,143

14,667 Charleston, S. C. West Virginia 618,443

... 49,999 600,21+ 18,229 Fall River, Mass.

49,006 Wisconsin

1,315,480 910,063 405,417 || Minneapolis, Minn. 46,887 TERRITORIES. Arizona.

Scranton, Pa..

45,850 40,441 24,419 16,022 | Nashville, Tenn. 43,461 Dakota 135,180 83,387 51,793 Reading, Pa.

. 43,280 Dist. of Columbia 177,638 160,523 17,115 Hartford, Conn. Idaho.

... 42,553 32,611

22,629 9.982| Wilmington, Del. 42,499 Montana 39,157 27,642 11,515 Camden, N. J.

. 41,658 New Mexico

118,430 108,498 9,932 St. Paul, Minn. Utah

41,498 143,906 99,974 43,932 | Lawrence, Mass. Washington

39,178 75,120 59,259 15,861 | Dayton. Ohio

. 38,677 Wyoming 20,788 14,943 5,845 Lynn, Mass.

38,281 Total in the U. S. 50,152,866 43,475,506 6,677,360 || Oakland, Cal.

Denver, Col.

35,630 34,556

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BONDED INDEBTEDNESS OF CITIES AND TOWNS IN N. E. Containing a Population of 7500 or upward.

| Population of No. of Cities the Cities


Debt STATES. and Towns. and Towns

Bonded included.


per Capita. Maine,

116,098 $11,635,550 $100.22 New Hampshire,

81,242 2,952,400 36.34 Vermont, .

23,513 607,900 25.85 Massachusetts,

1,122,084 73,696,019 65.68 Rhode Island.


11,424,750 62.93 Connecticut.

295,300 12,846,564 43.52 Total.

75 1,819,791 113,163,183 62.18

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(Prepared Sept., 1881, at the Post Office, Boston.)

DOMESTIC. NOTE. - Prepayment of all kinds of mail matter (except newspapers, magazines,

and periodicals, sent to subscribers from a known office of publication, can be effected only by means of postage stamps.

Letters, &c. - Forwarded letters and other written matter, and any matter

containing a written inscription in the nature of personal correspondence, cts. and articles sealed against inspection, For each half ounce, or fraction thereof, no limit to the weight .

.03 If not prepaid at least one rate, it is held; if prepaid one rate and more is due, the deticient amount is collected on delivery. Drop or Local Letters. (To be sent within the delivery of the office

where deposited.) At offices where free delivery by carrier is established, for each half ounce or fraction,

.02 At other offices, for each half ounce or fraction,

.01 If unpaid, or short paid, these will be forwarded, and the amount nue col. lected on delivery. Registered Letters. The fee for registered letters, (in addition to the reg. ular postage,) is, per letter, .

.10 Postal Cards, issued exclusively by the P. O. Department, with no writing on the face but the address, each,

.01 SECOND CLASS MATTER. NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, &c., in the U. S. All newspapers to subscribers only, one copy to each actual subscriber within

the county where they are printed and published, wholly or in part, except those deliverable at letter carrier offices,

free. Newspapers and periodical publications mailed from a known office of publication or news agency, addressed to regular subscribers or news agents, issued as frequently as four times a year, for each pound, or fraction thereof .02

Periodicals, whether regular or transient, not exceeding 2 oz. in weight, and newspapers (except weeklies) without regard to weight, deposited in carrier offices, for delivery there, each one,

.01 If over 2 ounces in weight, .

.02 THIRD CLASS MATTER. MISCELLANEOUS PRINTED MATTER in the U. S. Pamphlets, circulars, occasional publications, transient newspapers, maga.

zinēs, handbills, posters, prices current, proof-sheets or corrected proofs, engravings, lithographs, photographs, printed cards or envelopes, way-bills, and maps, and all matter wholly in print not issued regularly to subscribers,

and not exceeding four pounds in weight, for each two ounces, or fraction, • .01 Books (printed or blank).- For each two ounces, or fraction, not to exceed

four pounds in weight, (except in cases of single volumes, which may be in excess of such weight), :

.01 Fee for registration, in addition to the postage, for each package,


MERCHANDISE in the U. S. Merchandise. - Samples of metals, ores, minerals, or merchandise, draw.

ings or plans, paintings in oil or water, photographic, plain and ornamental paper, cards, also seeds, cuttings. bulbs, roots, and scions, and also any articles not belonging to the other classes of mail matter, and in nature or form not liable to damage the mails, or injure any person, not exceeding four pounds in weight, for each ounce, or fraction thereof,

.01 Fee for registration, in addition to the postage, for each package,


Money Orders, for any amount not over $150, and not exceeding $50 on one
order, are issued in the principal offices, on payment of the following fees :

For orders not exceeding $15, .10 | Over $30, and not exceeding $t0, .20
Over $15, and not exceeding $30, .15 | Over $40, and not exceeding $50, .25


Universal Postal Union. The rates of Postage for correspondence addressed to the undermentioned coun

tries and places belonging to the Postal Union, are as follows: Prepayment optional, but on printed matter and samples, postage must be at least

partially prepaid. LETTERS. - 5 cents per 15 grammes, which weight is very slightly over

one half ounce. POST CARDS, - 2 cents each. PRINTED MATTER.-1 cent for each two ounces or fraction. COMMERCIAL PAPERS. — The same as for printed matter, but the low

est charge is 5 cents. SAMPLES OF MERCHANDISE. The same as for printed matter, but

the lowest charge is 2 cents. Aspinwall. Egypt,




Falkland Isl. Martinique. Singapore. Argentine Rep. Foochow,



Azore Islands. German Emp. Miquelon.

St. Croix.

Mozambique. St. John.
Barbadoes. Grenada

New Caledonia, St. Kitts.

Newfoundland. St. Lucia.
Guatemala. Nevis.

St. Pierre,
Guadeloupe. Norway.

St. Thomas.

St. Vincent.
British W. Afr. Hayti.


Cape De Verdes. Hong Kong. Paraguay



Switzerland. Canary Islands. Ireland.



Porto Rico, Tobago.


Philippine Isl. Trinidad.

Turkish Emp.

Turk's Island.

San Domingo.


Sandwich Isl. Wales.
To Canada, comprising British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova

Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, the postage for all kinds of correspondence is the same as in the United States, with the exception of samples, for which the rate is 10 cents for a weight limited to 8 ounces.

All kinds of mail matter may be registered to any of the above places upon a prepayment of a fee of 10 cents for each address, in addition to the postage.

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Places not comprised in the Postal Union,

(Prepayment required where a star (*) is not prefixed.) Africa (South), Cape of Good Hope, New Zealand, .

12c. Natal, *150 Patagonia, .

27c. Australia, Colonies of New South St. Helena,

* 27c. Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, 12c. Siam, via San Francisco, Australia, West and South, 5c. Tasmania, or Van Dieman's Land, 5c. Bolivia,

17c. West Indies (except places in the China. "(Places not in the Postal Postal Cnion),

13c. Union),

5c. West Indies, if sent via direct stmr. 50. Fiji Islands, via San Francisco, . 5c.) Zanzibar.


. 10c.


FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS. Money Orders not exceeding $50, and for not more than $150 in one day,

are issued as follows: To Great Britain and Ireland, for orders not exceeding $10, For orders from $10 to $20, .50 For orders from $:30 to $40.

.85 For orders from $20 to $30,

:50 For orders from $40 to $60: :::: 1.00 To Switzerland, for each $10 or fraction or $10,

.25 To France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Newfoundland, for every $10 or fraction of $10,


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