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Jb'KIUAY JAN. 1, 1875. Artesian Wells. Ijos Angeles county is well supplied wilt artesian welis, and favorable ro }• •• are received of their operations. sixty of these wells, between Los Amgelcs and the coast, from ten "no <tow" is reported, mainly owing to •♦euie defect in the bore; from fifteen nhe flow is light; from the others •■good How" is reported, in some in •sjanees the flow being a two-inch fttream ten feet from the surface. The depth of these wells ranges from 60 to £70 feet —the average depth being about 160 feet. Considerable attention is being paid to this subject and much good will result therefrom to the Canning interests of the country. Mr. J. C. Hogan, of Compton, gives the following information relative to artesian wells to the llkkaiji: From one of these wells a number of small .Ash were thrown, which resembled in .every respect brook trout. They had doubtless come down from some of the mountain streams which lose them selves in the earth and follow their .v>urse underground. Mr. Hogan's theory is that there are three subter ranean streams or veins of water Slowing from the mountains north of our city and taking a course almost «Sue south to the ocean. Tills idea is by observations that in *some places wells are bored 100 to 300 feet in depth without striking water, while in a near neighborhood fine Allows are secured at moderate depths. The waters in the same neighborhood •Ji/fer vastly in quality and there is a decided variance in the temperature •jtf water Sowing from different wells tjot far removed from each other, liy CAeOpening of new wells the How has keen noticeably decreased in others, stud in one instance an old well was 'rely dried up by this cause. Some >if mis water is used for manufactur ing purposes, but mainly for irriga tion. Potatoes in Los Angeles County. To the query "canpotatoes be profit* ably raised in Los Angeles county." Mr. W. ft, Olden, one of our most prominent citizens residing near Ana iieini, makes the following response: In reply I will state that I meas ured nine square yards of a piece of land planted in Pinkeye potatoes, and made full allowance for the space be tween the rows, and when the pota toes were dug up they weighed 177 pounds. The piece measured and dug was a fair average of the rest. An acre is 538 times 0 square yards, and at the same rate the product of an acre would be 538 times 177 pounds, or 5,226 pounds, 0r.47J tons per acre. This will sound like a pretty big story, i#ut is a simple statement of facts, and •That is more, one easily proved; for although that crop has 1 been dug and stold, there are other crops on the same place now mature, and are yielding ■even better. I sold the land on which rliey were raised to a live Oerman, in January last, aud as he was undecided what would pay him the best, he planted a little of everything as a test, and in every case the results were most astonishing, as many who have seeu fhe place can testify. Besides these •experimental crops he has raised enough of corn, castor and other beans, potatoes, peanuts, vegetables, tobacco, alfalfa and hay, to pay for the first •cost of his land at $20 per acre, al though but little more than half of his 40-acre lot was under cultivation. "He has a flowing artesian well, and can regulate the moisture of his land to a fraction. His farming is a mathe matical certainty; betakes no chance, and believes that providence help* chose who help themselves. There are lots of men who have just as good and many of them better land than Jiis, but when you compare the re sults of their idleness and his intelli gent industry the result is not flatter ing to the great American "Barley Horateher." More Flour Wills Wanted. Practical millers, with capital, will find Los Angeles county an excellent field for them. At present there is but one mill in operation within the limits of the county, located at Los Nietos. The two mills in this city were destroyed by fire during the year—tlie Aliso mill worth $30,000, and tlie Stearne mill valuod at over g40,000. The proprietors of the Aliso mill are repairing their property at an expenditure of some $10,000, and vwill be at work by the Ist of March with increased facilities. The Stearne property is to be converted into a ■ blanket manufactory on a large scale. Our farmers raise enough corn and grain to keep busy ten first-class flour ing mills. The shipment of our grain to«ether ports and the heavy imports of flour should be stopped at once. The farmers and consumers will save two transportations, when facilities exist for grinding all our grain at home. Millers will be cordially wel comed to Los Angeles county and profitable business will certainly fall to their hands. A PARTY of practical whalers have organized at Wilmington to hunt the monsters of the deep oil" tlie Los An geles coast. Big whales spout off Portugese Bend. Druiv; the year the IT. S. Govern ment has erected a now light-house at Point Firmin, off old Sau i'edro, at a cost of $15,000. Wilmington. This town, the shipping port for Los Angeles, Sau Bernardino and Inyo counties, and port ion--ol' Arizona, lias been prosperous during the past year, and enters upon the new year with a certainty of increased success. It is twenty-two miles from Los Antilles by rail. Its population js about 700, an Increase of 150 during the year. Dur ing the year quite a number of elegant buildings, erected by the U. S. Gov ernment, and for several years vacant, has been supplied with tenants-dive men who have the means and the will to improve tlie place and increase Its business. In the immediate vicinity, of the town are four large ranches, over 100,000 acres In all, held by men who refuse to cut them up and sell to new settlers on reasonable terms. Thus Wilmington is hemmed iv by the ocean and these large ranches. When these lands are parceled out and cultivated in small tracts, a great impetus to business and trade will at once follow. Tbe Los Angeles and Wilmington Railroad Company give employment to some two hundred men at Wilmington. Over forty men are building lighters. Atthe machine and car shops from thirty to forty men aiv at work, building new cars and repairing the rolling stock of the road—they have just turned out two elegant passenger coaches and quite a number of flat and box cars. Quite a squad of men are at work on the new railroad wharf —to be finished inside of three months, 1,200 feet in length, with substantial warehouses thereon. During the year the line wharf of the Co-operative Association was erected, at a cost of $20,000, with commodious warehouses. Another feature of the year's progress is the establishment by E. N. McDonald & Co., of a large wool packing house, with spacious buildings, warerooms, etc. Over 600, --000 pounds of wool were packed last Spring, and an increased trade is promised this year. Another item of progress is the establishment of Wil son College, with a most liberal en dowment. Surrounding the city is a rich coun try that will grow almost everything In luxurious abundance, aud as well watered as any section in the State. Close to the town arelinesheep randi es, covered with choice stock —among the best sheep ranches being that of Mr. Jas. Bixby, a leading man in that section of the country. Gen. Banning, another Wilniingtonian, has an elegant family mansion on the "hill," ami has been very successful in the cultivation of fruits and vegeta bles, including the almond,the banana and the fig. Col. li. 1). Wilson, who came to Los Angeles county a third of a century ago, resides at Wilmington and evinces a tlctcrtuiiiiitiou to 111 alto tlio ]>Jaoo "boom." He has three thousand gum trees (eucalyptus) in front of Ins resi dence, and as the test lias been most satisfactory, he intends to put out fif ty acres in this tree this Spring—4oo trees to the acre. Although hut ten months from the seed, they are over fifteen feet high, with diameter of trunk thirteen inches, diameter at lowest Urdu from tip to tip fourteen feet. The tree makes first class timber and is au antidote against malaria. Col. Wilson has also a flue vineyard near his residence; he believes the beuiQ or table lands are better than the foot-hills for the cultivation of the grape, and makes the prediction that vine growing and wine making will soon be one of the principal industries at Wilmington. The breakwater, erected by the U. S. Government, is working satisfacto rily, aud tlie fact is established that a deep and permanent channel can be dredged. So that the success of Wil mington, as the great slapping point for our fertile valleys, and the hills back of us rich in minerals, is certain. Additional Shipping Facilities. During the year "The Southern California Co-operative Warehouse and Shipping Association" have built a large and convenient wharf at Wil mington, at a cost of over $20,000, connecting with the commodious warehouse erected some years ago by the United States Government for the Quartermaster's Department. By the first of March the new 'wharf of the railroad company will be finished, and thus our farmers will have the benefit of competition in the matter of the shipment of their produce from Wilmington harbor. This Co-operative Association is duly Incorporated under the laws of the State, with a capital of $100,000, with power to construct wharves and warehouses, to facilitate the trans portation of freight by land and sea, and to conduct a general storage, wharfage, forwarding, mercantile and manufacturing business. Such Avell known residents of the county as Hon. B. D. Wilson, Lewis Wolfskill, F. P. F. Temple and General Banning, are largely interested in tho enterprise— the best evidence that it will be con ducted squarely, and for the benefit of the people of Los Angeles and sur rounding counties. The San Gabriel Valley. The following article on grape grow ing and wine making in the neighbor hood of the Sau Gabriel Mission will be acceptable to all interested in these great departments of our agricultural Industries, It was kindly prepared for the Herald by Dr..). Deßarth Shorb, of the wine manufactory of B. I). Wilson & Co. The statements of wine and brandy manufactured arc approx imated, but the figures are, if any way wrong, under the actual mark: LAKK VUTEYA.RD, Dec 30, 1874. Editor Herald: Your letter of inquiry duly received. As I have ha I no opportunity of making inquiries of my neighbors, I can but give you au approximate statement of the amount of wine and brandy manufactured in this district. Mr. Eaton.should have made at least fifteen to twenty thousand gallons of wine and from five hundred to one thousand gallons brandy. Mr. Rose has turned his attention of late years more to brandy than wine making. His product in gallons this year was ten thousand gallons brandy and I suppose about twenty thousand gallons wine. Gen. Stoneman makes about twenty thousand gallons wine and probably about two thousand gallons brandy. Our own product (B. 1). Wilson & Co.sJ this year was about seventy-five thousand gallons wine and about four thousand gallons brandy. The writer, who for several years bought nearly all the grapes grown in this section, and who kept an accurate account of the yield in pounds from the different vineyards, has placed the yield ou vines of eight years old and'upwards at about eight pounds to the vine, or about 8,000 pounds to the acre. Grapes grown in this valley command always $20 per ton. In some of the northern counties the cul tivation of vineyards is let out on contract by owners living in the cities or away from their vineyards for $23 to $25 per acre. This amount calls for the pruning, cultivation, picking and delivering. At these figures a hand some net income of from $50 to $60 per acre is realized to the owner. I believe that Los Angeles valley is better adapted to tho growth of the grape and the production of high grade wines than any other portion of the State, and ultimately this will be real ized the world over. A large accession has been added to our population during the last eight een months, and mainly of that class of people that can make any country less blest than our own " blossom as tbe rose." 1 refer to the settlers on the San Pasqual, generally known as the Indiana colonists. They have now about twenty-live families settled on j the property, and are making good, substantia) improvements and getting ready for vigorous work in planting vines and trees this coming season. Immediately around the mission, a marked improvement is everywhere manifest, and on all the properties of the San Gabriel ridge proper new houses, larger orchards, greater vine yards, the expenditure of large sums of money in piping water and building reservoirs is the order of the day. I must claim for our own valley, the San Gabriel, all the attractions aud advantages that belong to Los Ange les valley; they exist herein greater state of perfection than elsewhere. In font, ii a tur i. boa iluuc moro for this re gion, I believe, than any other portion of the world. We have a soil that is practically in* exhaustible wherever irrigation is possible. I have seen full, generous crops growing on grounds near the Old Mission Church tiiat reliable men tell me have'been "cropped " twice a year for over a century and not one ounce of fertilizing matter has ever been used. Our water is of the purest kind, aud an abundance of it,and when prop* erly cared for and economically used antl distributed, we have sufficient for all this section. The oranges and lemons grown here are worth on the Sail Francisco market from $5 to $15 more a thousand on account of their superior size, brightness and flavor than those fruits grown elsewhere. The Los Angeles County Infirmary. Under the charge of the Sisters of Charity was commenced iv 1858 iv a small adobe house on Eternity street. The institution at present is situated on the west hank of the Los Angeles river. Sufficiently distant from tlie city to avoid the dust, the din and bustle of business, the location is salubrious and pleasant—all that could be desired. It is surrounded by extensivo and highly cultivated grounds,which yield abundantly the various fruits and veg etables of our favored region; and what is superior to all natural advantages, it has the high privilege of being un der tlie care of a noble band of women who have devoted their lives to the service of God and to the amelioration of the condition of suffering humanity. The main structure is a two-story brick building, with extensive porches and veranda. It contains ten large, well ventilated rooma. From the upper windows there is a line view of the river and valley of Los Angeles. In addition to this building there are two largo wards capable of comfortably accommodating twenty-four patients. The entire building is kept scrupu lously neat and clean, aud reflects great credit on the management of the Sisters. The medical attendance is of the best iv the country, and the nurses are sisters skilled and experi enced in the care of the sick. The recent construction of the rail road and the contemplated erection of a depot in the immediate vicinity of the institution, tending to interfere with the safety of the patients and parties visiting the Infirmary, the Sisters have concluded to change, and have accordingly purchased in a beau tiful locality ten acres of land, upon which they intend to erect a suitable building with all the modern improve ments. Bolsa Chica Wharf. Among the many projected Improve* Stents in Southern California, not one promises a greater future importance tliau the wharf at Bolsa Chica. It is located on tlie southern coast of l.os Angeles county, in an indentation of tlie coast known as tbe Bay of San Pedro, at a point which is peculiarly well protected from heavy seas and wind, under the lee of Catalina Island, which breaks tbe southerly and south west swell, whilst westerly, north west, north and east winds blow oil' shore. Like all other points in San Pedro Lay, it is exposed to southeas ter, which blow atony, aud not on shore, as they do at Wilmington. Bol sa Ciiica is never a lee shore. Sailing vessels can leave that anchorage in any weather. Its iocation is at the most convenient point on the sea-coast for the future center of population of the Los Angeles valley, about midway between its eastern and western ex tremities, and is tlie most convenient point of shipment for all parts of the valley of the Santa Ana River, which comprises two thirds of the most desirable land iv Southern California, and also for at least one - half of the beautiful valley of the San Gabriel, which in cludes the other third, and which in less than teu years will contain four fifths of the population of what is now known as the counties of Los Augeles and San Bernardino. Bolsa Chica is distant from Anaheim, Orange, and Santa Ana, each just 13 miles; from Nietos, hi miles; El Monte, 27 miles; Spadra, 30 miles; Los Angeles, 30 miles; by the Brea Cafion route, Cuca monga is4o miles; Riverside, 45 miles, and Cajon Pass and San Bernardino", eacli 65 miles—3o miles nearer than by any other route. A railroad from San Bernardino to Bolsa Chica would not only run through the heart of the Santa Ana Valley for the whole dis tance, but could be very cheaply con structed and would most certainly suc cessfully compete with a road 30 miles longer and of far greater cost of con struction. Our heavy products must reach their market either by sea or in tlie mining region east of us. Most of them will go by sea. They never will be transported by rail, from here to San Francisco. At ordinary prices the grain would not sell for enough to pay freight on the latter, and as most of our products will for a long time continue to be bulky and heavy, the importance of developing our sea ports becomes manifest, and from its cen tral and convenient location, it is evident that no other point in this section can compete with this. Another advantage is accessibility; it can be reached at all seasons of the year by a good hard road; there is no swamp to cross to get to it; this is one of the few places on this coast wiiere tliere is clay bottom in which to drive the piles — in most other places it is shifting sand, boulders—and is generally underlaid by rock bottom, The wharf will bo 2,000 feet long, 1,800 feet of which will bo 20 feet wide, and the Pinhead 200 feet long by SO feet wide. It will be constructed in the strongest manner, and will be, aside from its protected location, by far the strongest wharf on the sea coast of California —stout enough to sustain the weight of a 35 ton locomotive aud train, and stiff enough to stand without injury the jar of the heaviest ships. There will be 21 feet of water at the Pinhead at dead low title. Railings will be pro vided so that stock of all kinds can be driven to and from tlie steamers, and the heaviest teams can be driven on the wharf, and loaded or unloaded at tho steamers' gangway. It is pro posed to bring ship and car together —that is the grand desideratum for this country. The people of this sec tion have long since become most thoroughly disgusted with that light erage swindle at Wilmington. The cost of this wharf, built in this thor oughly superior manner, will be $30, --000, and, making ample allowance for cost of track, iron aud rolling stock, warehouses, &c, the entire cost can not be less than $40,000. Wm. R. Olden, Esq., one of the best posted and most energetic men in the Anaheim valley, furnishes us with the following on the subject of this new wharf: During the year ending December 1, 1874, the Anaheim Lighter Com pany imported 3,108 tons, and ex ported 11,682 tons; total, 14,790 tons, besides which many schooner loads or grain and lumber were shipped and received at Newport landing. This was owing to the inability of the An aheim Lighter Company to handle any more than they did. Last year the wine crop of Anaheim was not over one-fourth of a crop, this year it is three times as great. Last year not more than one-tenth of the area of the valley was under cultivation; this year that area will probably be nearly, if not quite, doubled; besides there are lands which may be said to be Immediately dependent upon this wharf for shipping facilities —one hundred and fifty thousand acres in Los Angeles county, and one hundred thousand more iv San Bernardino county, all of which can and will be irrigated by ditches and artesian wells. These lands will produce with certainty not one only but two crops yearly. A Wharf and railroad handling and transporting a part of the products and population of such a district would have a tolerably profitable business at very low rates. Both wharf and road are" a necessity; they are sure to be built and soon. Tlie wharf will be buirt next year. It is in the hands of men who always carry out what they undertake, and although we Were balked last Fall by the indifference and pigheadedness of some who were most interested and who should have aided iv its construction, still we will build It Without them and in spite of the opposition of those equally pig headed patriots who invariably oppose any scheme for the Improvement of this section. But when any Improve ment is really needed and men of en ergy and determination take hold of it, as they have in this instance, noth ing can prevent its successful accom plishment. Men of capital are always ready to invest in anything that will pay, and if any wharf ever did pay this will. Its "position secures this. Tlie business of tho large and fertile district adjoining to and dependent upon it will naturally How down hill to it as the nearest and most accessible point. From Anaheim by railroad to deep water at Wilmington is 40 miles, and from Orange and Santa Ana it is 45 miles, whilst the distance to this wharf is but 13 miles, and that by a road good at all seasons of the year. A saving of from 27 to 32 miles in short distances is a considerable advantage, and that advantage is immensely in creased when the difference between a wharf and lighterage is taken into consideration. Bolsa Chica must be come the principal shipping point in Southern California. Fruit Drying Works. lii its review, in January last, the HebaljD asked the question "cannot the Alden process of fruit drying be in troduced in Los Angeles?" The ques tion has been answered by the estab lishment in this city of works of the kind with the most improved ma chinery, and the successful working of the same. The establishment is lo cated in East Los Angeles near the river. When operations commenced, a HERALD reporter gave the follow ing description of the building and the process of fruit drying: Tlie building is 32x40 feet, frame, and four stories high, including the basement. The lower or basement story is devoted to tlie furnaces, three of which are located in tlie northwest ern end of the apartment, communi cating with the three evaporators, which extend through tho several stories to the roof of the building. The second story is used for an olliee ami receiving-room, where the fruit is prepared and placed in the evapor ators. Tiie third story is a packing room for tlie fruit when dried, and the fourth contains the hoisting machin ery and appliances for receiving the cured fruit, from which it is lowered through a chute to the packing-room. The evaporators constitute the chief interest of the establishment. They are simply three large wooden flumes rising from the furnaces to the ex haust above, through which the dry, hot air passes and cures the fruit in its progress on the drying-pans from bot tom to top. The Humes have a total liulftUt i»f -to focfr, -vrith ivpcrtures Bx4 feet. The first eleven feet are occu pied by the furnaces, above which the hoisting machinery is arranged, ris ing twenty-one feet, and the remain ing fourteen feet at the top constitute the exhaust. The hoisting machinery consists of endless chains supplied with brackets, upon which the dry ing-pans are placed, the whole oper ated by machinery in the fourth story. Swinging doors open in the sides of the evaporators at each story to ad mit the fruit, allow an examination as it progresses in the drying process, and linal removal when finished, Raisins are made from the grape in six hours, and apples and other fruits dried much more readily. About 2£ tons of grapes are consumed daily by each evaporator, the yield therefrom being a ton of raisins. With 12 evapo rators at work thirty tons of grapes will be required each day. The Mus cat is the best variety for the manu facture of rasins, but successful ex periments have been made with tho Mission, or native, grape. The Alden process is not only adaptetl to the cur ing of grapes and other fruits, but can be used with advantage in drying meats and food of various kinds. Two new evaporators will be put up ready for this year's work, and further improvements as required. The gold and silver medals were awarded to this process at the State Agricultural Fair, and also the first premiums at the Southern District Fair held in Los Angeles. Mr. Geo. B. Davis, manager of the establishment here, lately received a letter from one of the largest wholesale grocery firms in San Francisco, to the effect that "the Los Angeles Alden preserved fruit is a su perior article to that from any other portion of the State and readily com mands the highest price in tho mar ket." With this establishment, no more grapes or fruit will bo allowed to go to rot; and a fresh impetus will be given to vine culture and fruit growing. The "Co-operative store." estab lished in this city by the Grangers, has been exceedingly successful since the day of its establishment in July last. Its sales exceed $10,000 per month, all on a cash basis. A branch has been determined on at Orange, with J. W. Anderson as Manager. The officers of th<j Los Angeles store are as follows: John S. Thompson, President; L. M. Holt, Secretary; John H. Seymour, Manager; Isaac S. Smith, Assistant Manager. What Grains Flourish Here. Mr. J. A. 8011, a farmer residing Bear Bos Angeles, who has been en gaged in agricultural pursuits in Los Angeles county for the last quarter of a century,furnishes the following facts relative to the richness of this coun ty in the cultivation of all kinda of grain. WHEAT. Tlie growing of grain iv this county promises at no distant day to he of very great importance, although the idea seems to prevail that tliere is something either in our soil or climate unfavorable to tlie growth and matur ing of wheat. But, in my opinion, the idea is erroneous, for the reason thai in former years Wheat was successful ly and quite extensively cultivated in this county, and some eighteen or nineteen years ago, I, witli others, grew splendid crops of beautiful wheat in tlie San Fernando valley, and at that day no complaints were made of rust, smut or an any such drawback to wheat raising. We used to consider forty bushels to the acre about a fair trop. BARLEY Will undoubtedly become the great grain staple of l.os Angeles county. Barley here grows to its greatest per fection, and yields the most bountiful return to tlie farmer. As a crop, bar ley never fails in this county, if prop erly put in. Within my knowledge (I was here during tlie drought of 18G1-2) no year has been so dry that a good crop would fail to mature, if the ground had been ploughed, say ten inches deep, and tho seeding done as early as Deoeulber. Tlie fact is, that grain can be made a certain and positive crop, and of tlie 2,000,000 acres comprising this county, it would be safe to say that at least one million acres are susceptible of growing splen did and sure cropsof barley and there is no grain so valuable to the farmer. It is made to subserve the same uses as oats ami Indian corn iv the Atlantic States, being fed to cattle, horses and swine. After sowing a crop of barley, the farmer has a positive guarantee of a good volunteer crop for the second, and, sometimes.the third year. Under an intelligent system of cultivation it would be safe to place the average yield of barley, year in and year out, at forty bushels per acre. With a market for barley tliere is no limit to the prosperity of farmers in this coun ty. OATS. When this county was first occupied by the Americans, and as late as '00-6, tlie entire ranges of hills, from one extreme of the county to the other,was covered with the most luxuriant growth of wild oats, that was equal in every respect to cultivated crops, ex cept that the grain was much lighter. It seems to have entirely disappeared, owing probably to sheep grazing. Very little oats, comparatively, have been cultivated in this county; barley seems to be preferred, though ©f late years it seems to be growing in favor, and is every year attracting more at tention from the farmer. Twenty or thirty bushels to the acre would be about a fair average for an oat crop. CORK. The great glory of the Los Angeles farmer is Indian corn. We have a vast acreage susceptible of raising immense crops of corn without irrigation, and the labor on such lands is much less than iv tho States in the Mississippi valley, on account of the absence of weeds, there being no rain very few weeds grow. Tlie cultivation of corn on the low, moist lands, referred to, is cheap, certain and easy, but the farm er who irrigates corn generally earns all he gees, although the yield is about the same. There is no doubt but what with half the labor given to the rais ing of corn in this county, that is given in Illinois, Missouri and other West ern States, that the average might be placed at say eighty bushels per acre— rather more than less. I have had a field average 125 bushels to the acre. There are advantages, however, in raising corn by irrigation that must not be overlooked. One is that you can always get two crops on the same land, seeding the ground to barley iv Winter and harvesting in May; then irrigating your ground and planting it in corn, you can depend on a good crop, planting as late as the second week in July. BICE Has been experimented on in this county with the most gratifying suc cess, especially an African variety that grows in hills and yields quite satisfactorily. In my opinion there is no reason why rice should not become a staple iv this county. BUCK WHEAT Has been tried throughout the county and has generally given satisfaction. BYE Is beginning to bo quite popular with the farmers, and promises to be ex tensively cultivated. It will yield well. OTHER OBAINS. The fact is that all kinds of grain that were ever grown in any country seem to do well in this county. Last,though not least, are canary seed and broom corn. I know one farmer who mattes a specialty of raising canard seed, and, although it may seem a small business to him, I believe it will prove to be a very large one in the end. Another small farmer of my acquaintance ex perimented with an acre of broom corn, with $800 gold coin as the result of his experiment for the first year. This country is certainly a paradise for the thriving and industrious farmer. Los Anoeles has one of the best and square»t race-tracks, a mile long, on the Pacific coast. Experienced turfmen say that it can't be beat in the entire country, North, South, East or West. During tho past year there have been'many exciting speed contests on it. Maj. Welch, the own er of "Vaughn" and other good speed ers, has taken chaige of the track for the present year. He is fully posted on thoroughbred horseflesh, and is a most accommodating gentleman, and under his management our citizens may expect better sport this year than ever.