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AGRICULTURE. THE wool crop of Michigan will, it is expected, reach 12,<%10,0001be. this year. H. H. WOOD, curate of Hemingford Abbots, Hurt- ingdonshire, writes to a contemporary to say that u hay f-ever may be instantly relieved by bathing the nostrils and the closed eyelids with spirits of camphor and warm water. As the affection is a distressing one, the haymaking season imminent, and the alleged remedy innocent, if not effectual, we think it well to eive it nuhlicitv. THE Pall-mall Gazette says:- If the public have reason to congratulate themselves on the dfect of the -repeal of the corn laws, assuredly the farmers have no season to complain. Free trade has made wheat charmingly abundant, but certainly not ruinously cheap. Indeed, of late years the price has been going up. In the five years previous to 1855 wheat was 49s. the quarter; in the 10 years since 1855 it has been 53a. 6d. Free trade in corn began in 1846, and was consummated in 1849. What has been the result ? The average price of the 15 years previous to 1846 was 56a. 6d. The average price of the 15 years since 1849 has been 52s. Id. For the last 35 years the following has been the movement :-1830-1834, average 57s. 7d.; 1835-1839, average 55a. 9a, 1840-1844, average 58s 1846-1849, average-55s.; 1850-1854, average 49s.; 1855- 1864, average 53s. 6d. THE CATTLE PLAGUE RETURNS.—The following analysis of the returns tor tbe week ending Saturday, June 9, is made by the superintendent of the Statistical Office of the Cattle Plague Department987 attacks were reported ia Great Britain as occurring during the week ended Jane 9; viz., 939 in England, 36 in Wales, and 12 ia-Scotland. The number of attacks, viz., 987, shows an increase of 27 on the previous return. Correcting the total, by adding &n average of attacks commencing during the week, but which may be sub- sequently reported, the number for the week will be 1,234. 22 counties remain free from the disease, viz., Westmoreland, Monmouth, the six counties of South Wales, Montgomery, Merioneth, Carnarvon, Anglesey, Wigtown, Bute, Argyll, Banff, Elgin, Nairn, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, and Orkney and Shetland. In 59 counties no cases have been reported as occurring during the week. 13 counties and the metropolis show an increase of 26G cases, and 15 counties and 2 ridings of Yorkshire show a decrease of 239 cases. The number of attacks reported up to 9th Jane amounts to 5.031 per cent. of the estimated ordinary stock of cattle in Great Britain. In the present return & table is given (pp. 6 and 7) showing the distribution of live stock in proportion to acreage in eaoh division and county. To every 100 acres in, Great Britain there were, on 5th March last, 8.4 cattle (viz., 3.3 cows and 5.1 other cattle), 38.7 sheep, and 4 3 pigs. In England, Leicestershire heads the list with 17.3 to every 100 acres; Rutland shows the highest proportion of sheep, 79.1 to each 100 acres; and Suffolk possesses the greatest number of pigs, 4.1 to 100 acres. HABYESTMEK AND RINDERPEST.—A correspondent of tne Dublin Evening Mwil writes thus :—I much fear that this autumn will see the rinderpest introduced into Ireland by means of the "harvestmen." They will be scattered all over England and Scotland, and as they usually sleep in the farmers' outhouses, there is every chance that they will return home charged with the subtle poison of this disease. Would it not be possible to oblige them, before landing in Ireland, to undergo the disinfecting process ? Pray use your influence to impress the necessity for this upon the authorities, or I much fear that, after the return of the "harvestmen," we shall hear of this terrible scourge breaking out all over the country. The Crops of 1866. Mr. H. J. Turner, of Richmond, Yorkshire, writes to the Times his annual statement respecting Northern English crops. Wheat, which always thrives best in a dry spring, has this year been retarded by wet and cold, though the general crop has not suffered so much in colour as has generally been the case. Oats, barley, beans, and peas have eome up fairly. Potatoes, which have been extensively planted, but which are only just getting above ground, have come. up so far regularly and well. Mangold and carrots are up earlier and stronger than they have been for years; but early- sown Swede turnips were nearly all destroyed by the fly directly after they came up. The prospect for good root crops is better than we have had for many years. Mr. Turner thinks that though we cannot have a great wheat crop, we may reasonably hope for an average harvest, though looking at the state of the crops now, and considering the time of the year, it cannot possibly be an early one. Irish papers say that meadows which were antici- pated to be light in the neighbourhood of Leinster have now progressed so much that, with the exception of upland early ones, a full average crop will be -realised. Potatoes, too, which were tardy in growth and sickly in appearance, have made a most decided progress within the last fortnight. The grain crops are also very promising-indeed, in many places they are rather too luxuriant. Mangolds appear to be re- covering, and very promising brairds present them- selves in the well cultivated districts. The sowing of "turnips is very late this season, and even yet large breadths are to be put in. The weather just now suits turnip sowing admirably, and if put in during this state of the atmosphere, good crops may be relied upon. Grass is abundant in all directions. The copious rain in and around Newry which de- scended for several days has been followed by genial sunshine, and the growth of the crops of every descrip- tion progresses with extraordinary rapidity. The hopes of the farmers are, therefore, once again in the ascendant, and an early and, abundant harvest may be expected.









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