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Barley, Rye, and Buckwheat..

1855. 87,587,434 19,669,320 20,000,000 2,600,000 6,000,000

1857. 82,555,186 25,397,614 25,000,000 3,000,000 5,500,000


134,756,754 141,452,800 We see here a wide difference. The crops of 1855 were, up to that time, the largest ever grown in the State ; but those of 1857 exceeded those of 1855 by at least 7,000,000 bushels.

Taking the crop 1849 as a unit of measure, we find that the crop of 1855 was an advance of 40 per cent on that, and the one of 1857 an advance of 50 per cent.

As the crop of 1857 was very good, and the crop of 1858 a very bad one, and they are the most recent we have, we shall obtain a very fair view of the average production of grain in this State by taking the average of these two. Thus:Aggregate grain crop of 1857.

.bushels 141,452,800 1858.


Sum of the two years.. .

225,767,741 Average production of the State, 112,883,870 bushels. Taking each separate article, this average would be made up as follows, viz. :Corn.

...bush. 70,000,000 Other grains........bush. 3,000,000 Wheat... 20,000,000 Potatoes.

6,000,000 Oats

16,000,000 This is slightly over the amount, and occurs from the absence of fractions. It is certain this State bas in several years produced a greater aggregate. Nature, however, never produces averages. If one crop is an average, another is much greater or less. The actual results present great departures from the abstract average. This mathematical ratio, however, is valuable, for, like a straight line, it presents a fair standard of comparison. As a general principle, the aggregate results of crops allernate with alternate years. It is very rare that two consecutive years, all crops are either excessive or deficient. It may be regarded as a law of experience, that if the general crops are deficient in one year, it will be made up in the next, and the converse. A more certain mode probably of determining the real advance of a State in agricultural products will be to ascertain the increase of arable land, and the degree of cultivation. In a series of years, the results must correspond very nearly to the number of arable acres. As there is a mathematical average for a given number of acres in a given series of years, so if this number of acres be increased, the general averages must be increased.


President GEFFRARD, with the advice of the Council of State, has published a decree establishing farm schools in all the arrondissements of the republic. Each school is to have fifty pupils, who are to be supported by the State.


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Value. Apples.

45,069 bush.

$50,286 Barley

29,404 370,050

182,640 Beans and peas.


42,971 Buckwheat..

16,729 146,336

76,160 Corn...

211,324 6,986,654

2,644,631 Oats..

228,578 4,743,981

1,594,627 Potatoes

32,630 2,900,499

893,037 Rye..

22,014 267,014

158,531 Wheat.

603,811 7,029,273 “

5,972,701 Hay.

340,864 622,653 tons 1,842,917 Pig iron.

4,718 Clover seed.

167,033 lbs.

18,741 Flax.....

695 Grapes....


1,785 Grass seed.


56,411 Hemp.

56 Batter..


853,453 Cheese.


65,999 Wool


190,578 Sugar...


86,459 Lead, smelted.

4,129,030 raised....


6,401,434 Cattle and caives on hand.

392,114 No.

4,746,901 slaughtered.

25,449 “

502,652 Hogs on hand...


603,257 slaughtered..


1,458,928 Horses and mules...,


4,671.212 Sbeep and lambs on band.

354,657 “

430,202 slaughtered...

25,751 •

65,400 Boots and shoes..

148,444 pairs 397,563 Cotton goods..

16,208 yards 1,693 Paper....

9,687 reams 11,676 Whisky..

276,549 galls. 80,010 Wipe..



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The indigo insurrection in Bengal, says the Boston Courier, is an affair of some commercial consequence. Whatever may be the result of it, the production and manufacture of that staple article of trade will at least receive a temporary and serious check. We, as well as England, now derive our principal supply of Indigo from Bengal, from whence the appual export reaches, probably, the value of fifteen millions of dollars. Half a century ago, or more, this continent supplied the world with indigo, it having been extensively cultivated in the Central American States and Venezuela, and the Antilles, where its produce was for a long time greatly superior to that of India. The Spanish process of manufacture, which was employed on this continent, was introduced into Bengal somewhere about the beginning of the present century, and the produce of America was soon superceded by that of the more genial soil of India.

The present disturbance in Bengal, which is called an insurrection, is in fact a “strike” of the peasantry, or the ryots, as the native farmers are called. Practically, the system upon which these ryots are compelled to labor, is a system of slavery. The tenure by which the lands are held, and the entire control over the culture which is exercised by the English planters, constitute a system which, in everything but the name, is slavery. The production of Indigo is disliked by the natives, for several good reasons. The crop is a delicate and precarious one, both as to quantity and quality, and requires great skill in the management It demands minute attention and excessive exertion, and is, moreover, very uncertain in its results—the difference in the return of the drug, from the same quantity of plant, being in different years excessive. The peasantry have no other than a nominal, rental right to the soil which they cultivate; and they are kept poor enough to submit to almost any terms of culture which the actual landowners, or planters and speculators who act under them, are induced by their own interests to impose. To overcome the prejudice of the natives against the culture of indigo, the English planters, or indigo factors, have for half a century resorted to a custom of making advances to the ryots, and thereby tempting them to engage in the production. The indigo factories in Bengal are numerous, and some of them are conducted upon a very large scale. The factors supply the seed of the indigo plant, and furnish the money necessary for the cultivation to the farmers, who bind themselves to deliver to the factor by whom they are thus supplied, the whole number of plants they produce, at a stipulated price, which of course is low enough. For every rupee, we believe, the ryot has to furnish four to eight bundles of indigo. This bargain is involuntary on the part of the ryots, and unjustly throws upon them the whole risk ; for in case of a failure of a crop, from a bad season or other accidental cause, the advance debt runs into the following year, when the farmers have to cultivate without any money at all. This unequal contract, as will be seen, may become exceedingly oppressive to the farmers, who, in relation to the factors, are forced into the position of debtors, and compelled to deal year after year exclusively with the same party, and under circumstances which invite injustice and oppression.

Within a few years the price of rice has advanced, while the Bengal peasants have been compelled to continue the cultivation of indigo at low rates. Their lands and labor have been employed in paying off old debts at low prices of indigo plants, while high profits might have been gained by the production of rice. At length the patience of the poor ryots has given way, and oppression and the sting of poverty bave goaded them to open rebellion. They have refused to fulfill their engagements with the plavters, and have struck work and as. sembled in bands, to compel others to abstain from the cultivation of indigo altogether. In pursuance of this determination, some outbreaks have been committed, in resisting which the factors had killed several of the insurgents. It was necessary that the seed should be sown before May, to insure a crop. Unless the ryots could be compelled or induced to sow, or to allow the seed to be sown, it was supposed that a million pounds sterling would be lost, and advances of a million more irretrievably sacrificed. In the emergency, the planters applied to the government of India for aid, and a very stringent, but temporary, law had been passed, for enforcing the fulfillment of the indigo contracts. This law provides that any man who has received cash on promise to sow indigo, and does pot sow, may be fined five times the amount and imprisoned. It also provides for the punishment, by imprisonment, of such as shall instigate breaches of contract, or spoil growing crops. Large bodies of military police and irregular cavalry have been ordered into the disturbed districts to support this law. This was the state of the war at the last accounts.

The difficulties attending the production of indigo--some of which are illustrated by this strike of the cultivators in Bengal--are so great as to threaten a general diminution in the use of the article. Indeed, there seems to have been no increase in the quantity produced for the last thirty or forty years. There has been a material discontinuance of blue in articles of dress, and a consequent decrease in the consumption of indigo. It is still produced in Central and South America, but in diminished quantities. From San Salvador, (where the plant grows in great perfection,) Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, it is yet, however, an important article of export. San Salvador, fifty years ago, threw 1,800,000 lbs. into trade. Not half that quantity, probably, is now produced there. Twenty years ago the value of indigo produced in Venezuela was about $600,000. Ten years ago the production had diminished to about one-third of that value. It is produced in greater or less quantities in St. Domingo, (where, at one time, there were no less than three thousand indigo plantations,) in the Philippine Islands, in China, in Mauritius, in French India, in Egypt, in Morocco, &c.; but nowhere so extensively as in Bengal, where it constitutes the chief item of export, its value being equal to nearly one half of the total exports to Europe from the province. The number of indigo factories in Bengal is not far from five hundred.


Galignani's Messenger contains the following :- About a year ago we mentioned, without attaching much credit to it, an empirical rule, by which the weather might be predicted with tolerable certainty during the last 24 or 25 days of a month, from that which prevailed during the former ones. This rule is now, however, again brought forward, with such additional arguments in its favor as to induce us to return to the subject. It appears that it was the late Marshal BUGEAUD who discovered it, in an old Spanish manuscript; he was struck with the great number of observations from which it had been deduced, extending over more than fifty years, and resolved to verify it himself. The result of his observations was so satisfactory, that he soon got into the habit, in Algeria, of consulting the rule on all occasions when some important military or agricultural operation was in contemplation. The rule is as follows:-“ Eleven times out of twelve, the weather will, during the whole lubation, be the same as that wbieh occurred on the fifth day of that moon, if on the sixth the weather was the same as on the fifth. And, nine times out of twelve, the weather of the fourth day will last throughout the moon, if the sixth turns out to be like the fourth.” The marshall used to add six hours to the sixth day before pronouncing on the weather, in order to make up for the daily retardation of the moon between two passages across the meridian. It is clear that this rule may not be always applicable, there being nothing to prevent the sixth day from being quite different from the fourth and fifth. M. DE CONINCK, of Havre, has just published his observations, continued for ten months, and which completely confirm the rule.


LONGEVITY IN ENGLAND, We find in an English publication some interesting statistics in regard to the duration of human life in England. The article has evidently been prepared with great care from official documents, and is no doubt as correct in its conclusions as is possible to be upon a subject so intricate and mysterious. The wri. ter commences with the following remarks :—"A human being born with a sound constitution is calculated to live seventy years or upward under favorable circumstances; but, as we well know, all of us are surrounded more or less by circumstances unfavorable to life, by which, practically, our term of years is liable to be greatly shortened.”

Existence, as to duration, is proverbially the most uncertain of all things, and this, because from its ignorance, incautiousness, and accidents, life is constantly coming into collision with the conditions calculated to destroy it. The conditions unfavorable to life come into operation before the human being has seen the light. They continue in operation throughout the whole of its appointed period; so that, out of any large number born, a certain proportion die in the first year, a certain proportion in the second, the third, and so on until all are gone--only a certain comparatively small number attaining the full age which nature promises to sound life maintained in favorable circumstances.

It appears that during the eighteen years from 1813 to 1830, there were registered as burried in England and Wales 3,938,496 persons, of whom 1,942,301 were females.

of the whole number, 778,083 died before reaching the age of one year, while 266,443 died at that age, and 320,610 whose age was over one and not above five, making a total of deaths at the age of five years and under of 1,354,000, or a little over a third of the whole number. There appears to have been a greater fatality between the ages of twenty and thirty than between those of thirty and forty or forty and fifty.

The number that died between the ages of ninety and a hundred was 35,780, of whom 24,183, or over two-thirds, were females ; 1,899 persons, or one in each twenty-one hundred that died, reached the age of one hundred and upward. The oldest death was a male of one hundred and twenty-four years. Two males and one female each reached the age of one hundred and twenty; one male, one hundred and nineteen ; one male, one hundred and eighteen ; one female, one hundred and seventeen ; two females, one hundred and fourteen ; one male and one female, one hundred and thirteen; one male and one female, one hundred and twelve; eighteen persons reached the age of one bundred and ten ; eighteen, one hundred and nine; twenty eight, one hundred and eight; thirty-four, one hundred and seven : forty-six, one hundred and six ; one hundred and one, one hundred and five; one hundred and thirty-one, one hundred and four; one hundred and ninety-seven, one hundred and three ; two hundred and forty, one hun. dred and two ; three hundred and fifty-eight, one hundred and one; and seven hundred and seven, one hundred. The last mentioned age was reached by two hundred and thirty nine males and four hundred and eighty-six females--nearly two to one in favor of the latter. VOL. XLIII.-N0. I.


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