From the Courier-Journal.]
The cotton area under cultiva
tion at present is reported by the
various cotton exchanges and by
the Department of Agriculture in
percentages which would amonnt
to about b,960U,UU to b,L075,t000
acres, against 93,250,000 acres in
1875. The crop was planted a few
days later than the last, and there
has also been more rain in som01e
sections than was needed. The
eondition of the crop is conse
qluently reported less favorable
than at the corresponding date of
The food crops were probably
never more promising, and the
present prospects are that the
yield of all the earlier cereals will
be the largest known. Of the late
cereals, such as carn, it can be
only known that the acreage is of
the largest breadth. There are
hazards surrounding them all, but
the situation was never more
gratifying. The Cahfornia wheat
exports will be about 210,000 tons
larger than last year, a gain of
nearly fifty per cent.
So far, there is no crop of which
we have knowledge, reported or
otherwise, than favorable, with
the exception of leaf tobacco. The
latter has been recently "coming
out" to a surprising degree, and
with as good weather conditions
as the present there will be proba
bly a good average acreage
planted after all.
The Life Insuranoe Agent.
About the best abused individual
of modern times, we should say at
a venture, is the life insurance
agent. Like the apostle Paul,
they have to suffer all manner of
reviling, and their "realized as
sets" are more frequently curses
than currency; hence we transfer,
with much pleasure, to our col
umns, the following handsome
and truthful tribute to their worth:
"The knight-errant of mediaeval
romance was the prototype of the
modern life insurance agent. The
true knight of' olden tiuihe (o~utd
-his glory' in tile succor aihrproteu
tion he afforded the weak and de
fenseless, the widow and the or
phan. It was the joy of his heart
to combat and destroy their cap
tors and tyrants, however mighty
and terrible. He was bound by
oath to do this whenever .inuamJn
ed to the rescue, but he was look
'ed upon as fauiwat if l;e did not
voluntarily sally forth in search of
opportunities to renuder service to
the oppressed. lie earned his re.
nown by enduring every kind of
hardship and facing every danger,
natural and superna.tural, for the
sake of doing good to those wh.i
needed and dese ved it. But tihe
day has gone by in Christendom
for wresting fair ladies and little
ones from the clutches of giants,
dwarkf, magicians, len/mons, drag
ons, and other monsters iin human
and inhumanshalpes. The strong,
brave, noble and kind-hearted are
no longer .required to don their
armor and assailt the strouighdolls
of such form of in;'quity, to scale
their lofty walls, batter down their
iron-bound gates, to penetrate
their noisome and black sub
terranean passages, dungigmns as,
caves, and bring forth tl,,, r Ihap
less captives to tim b i.t f day
"Th.. t , La.v'vr a work
'..etwicent to peritorm, Xworthy uf
the valor and devotio4 of the no
blest rmanhood. Thee are still
d"lla', e t d Ltf ht1; ted; thr ,'
,till grisly, cruel aun insatiable:
monsters to be overcome. 'Tl.e
•widow, the orphan, the agel:l ar:l
the defenseless still niel sccor
andprotection. The gaunt wo lves
-Hunger, Destitution, L;ccntiuns
ness and V'ce still encompass,
hunt and seek to devour them. A
i'hamnpion is needed; one who will
not flinch from so terrible a strife,
and who has the constanc.y, cour
age, wisdom and generalship to I
carry it on with success.
"That champion we have. His
achievements have challenged
comparison with those of the Cid,
or the moat famous knight of the
Roand Table. liD4oes more for
widows and orphans, for the help- ;
less and dependent, in one year,:
than ever did any dozen of the
pretss ~ dchshr of old time in their
whole hrves. For he is sustained
by a grand and beneticent system 1
which magnifies his worlk a hun
Jred fold. II' is the lifeinsarance
G. NEW Y:Ki. 1876.
SEighteen hundred itand s.\entv -
-ix thi Centennial year. It is
-t..o the %e'"l w. hen an Opposition
Jluse -f' Icellpre~utatives, tilhe first
in'e th1 war, ~iill ic in power aPt
asiuingt't >: and the ,:.r of the
tat nt -tlhild tlctiuo at t, Pre-sidient
of the LUniteid States. AII of tthes.e
events are sile ito Is t of mat, inter
c-i and i:,lrt.'l r ee. eSjl " dailly to the
tio(, latter; uand all of thirt and cv
I.rythli,g ,-m.iuted with tht111 il will
bt it It nl fitrsIhl r teI ted and
expounded in The Sili,.
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