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TIMELY TOPICS. Latin Inscriptions Must Go —Where is the Camphor Farm? —Mosquito Stories. Edited by W* E* Pabor. Out in Western Colorado, chicken skin has been used to replace skin lost by a ten-year-old boy, through a Fourth of July explosion of gun powder. The operation is said to have been successful, but it remains to be seen if the result will make the boy crow like a rooster or want to set on eggs like a hen. The summer rains, so far, have not been as heavy as they were last sea son by at least one-third the quantity usually had. Down at Miami the to tal for July was 5.65 against 12.74 in 1906, while since the beginning of the year only 19.44 inches have fallen as against 44.59 same period last year. The Lakeland News is calling in clarion tones for capital to come to that growing town for the erection ol business and residence houses for which there exists urgent demand and inadequate supply. This is at least a sign that Lakeland is forging ahead. , j < 1 It is said that the largest orange grove in the world is on the Isle of Fines, that little island lying south ot Cuba and not yet owned by Uncle Sam. It also has the largest ant nests, some of them over lifty feet in circumference. The ant that inhabits these nests is very troublesome to vegetation. its name is vivijogun. These nests look like mounds, and the entrances to them are through tunnels that may be half a mile dis tant. I wonder of King Solomon was acquainted with this species? A dispatch from Washington, says that people who have “a speaking ac quaintance’’ with Latin, will be disap pointed to learn that James Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture, has ordered the Latin inscriptions literally “cut out” of the pediments of the new Agricultural Building, and plain Eng lish put in as a substitute. Professor Beverly T. Galloway, an expert classi cist, thought it would be a good idea to have the various departments ex ploited in the ancient Roman tongue, so over the pediments appeared vari ously the words “Fructus,” “Cereales,” “Forestes” and “Flores.” Secretary Wilson took a look at Fructus, shook his head and is reported to have asked what it meant. “Oh, it means ‘Fruits,’ ” said Dr. Galloway. “Then why didn’t you say ‘Fruits’ and not ‘Fructus’ ?” demanded the Secretary. And “Fructus,” together with “Cer eales,” “Forestes” and the rest will now be oblterated.” Good for Farm er Wilson. Plain English is good enough for us all. Again we hear, through exchanges from other states, of that two or three thousand acre camphor farm that ex ists, or is said to exist in the state. But its exact habitat is as elusive as the spring of eternal youth, once sought for by Ponce de Leon. Here is the latest on the subject: “A large manufacturing concern is now build ing up a camphor grove of 2,000 acres in Florida, from which it hopes to make camphor. This firm uses more than $5,000,000 worth of camphor every year, all of which is imported, chiefly from the island of Formosa, now owned by Japan. If we can raise our own camphor, this money will be kept here, while the new industry will benefit many of our own people.” Where is the farm, and what is the name of a firm using such a quantity of camphor? On the Pacific Coast, on the border line of Oregon and Idaho, Japanese laborers are paying S2O rent per acre for beet lands, in addition to the water tax for irrigation purposes. “If,” says the Sugar Planter’s Journal, “the sugar planters of Louisiana could get any such rents for their cane lands, they would go out of the business and turn it all over to the renters;” which would seem to be a confession that cane culture there does not net that amount per acre. This mosquito item stands to the credit of the East Coast, through the Miami Metropolis: “Captain Freas, of the mailboat Adeline, plying to Plant er and intermediate points, states that the mosquitoes are so bad on some of the keys that much difficulty is being experienced in gathering the lime crop, the pesky insects making it almost im possible for men to work about the trees, which make particularly good harbors for them.” And this from the Lakeland News, would seem to indicate that the Gulf Coast is not to be caught napping in other things than fish stories: “Mes srs. C. E. McMullen and C. V. Smith went over to Sarasota Sunday and spent Monday in putting up the press in the office of the Times, sold to that paper by the News. They did a fine job of installation, getting the press in perfect working order, and were well pleased with their trip, with the ex ception of the mosquito feature. At Sarasota this bird attains very large proportions and great ferocity. Mr. McMullen brought a specimen home with him as baggage, and was exhibit ing it on the streets Tuesday. He and Mr. Smith and the town marshal sue ceeded in separating it from its drove and got it in a corner and clubbed it to death.” While on the subject of ants, it might be as well to observe that Louis iana, if the Planter’s Journal of New Orleans can be credited, has ants of no mean size and character; they climb trees and “so torment the mother birds when brooding that the nests are abandoned. Some sections are so troubled by these pests that all the mockngbirds and other useful or melo dious members of the feathered species, are driven away. “Trees,” says the U. S. Forestry De partment, “cannot be acclimatized. Trees are fixed, almost inflexible, in their habits. For centuries, indeed as long as we have record, each species has kept in its beaten ways; insisting on the same average of temperature and refusing to grow where this could not be found; seeking and occupying certain kinds of soil and demanding certain amounts of moisture and avoid ing situations where these were want ing. The latest authorities go so far as to declare that trees cannot be acclima tized; that is, that even the ingenuity and perseverance of man are unable to induce trees to change their habits far enough to adopt a country not closely like their native habitat. For a time the forester may use various devices to surround a tree with artificial con ditions by which, so to speak, the tree is deluded into feeling at home. But as soon as the forester’s care is with drawn in such cases, the tree is seized with homesickness and dies of it. The horse fly has been honored by the publication of a bulletin of 60 pages from the Agricultural Experi ment Station of the Louisiana State University. This is the second report and is the result of a summer’s investi gation by an Ohio Biologist, employed by the Gulf Biologic Station and the State Crop Pest Commission of Louis iana. It takes two full pages to tech nically describe, in twenty-six items, the genus Tubanas, of which twenty | seven distinct species have been found in that state. A large number of illus THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. trations are given of both the Tabanus and Chysops, otherwise horse flies of which we in Florida know how trouble some they are in the early spring months before the rainy season sets in. There seems to be grounds for the be lief that the outbreaks of Antlerax (charbon), occurring coincidentally with the presence in large numbers of horseflies, are caused by them. The suspension of work on the Key West extension of the Florida East Coast Railway for the assigned reason, to-wit: disagreement with the Navy officials, in which only a matter of SIO,OOO is involved, has set the general public to thinking if this really is the. cause of the recent order by which all work beyond Knight’s Key has been stopped. This island is owned by Flag ler, who sought in vain to buy land at Key West sufficient for plans he had in view for future exploitation. This last fact was common rumor at the time the Florida editors met in annual session at Key West, and were showed the grounds desired by the Railway, but owned by the Government as well as some by individuals. Now the question arises, is Key West to be left to the solemn surges of the surf and Knight’s Key to be the terminal point of the railway, made a resort that will put Miami and Palm Beach minor tourist points? The way of railway magnates* are mysterious, and who knows what bee is buzzing in Flagler’s brain? ♦ A Remarkable Showing. What can be done with celery here is something fabulous and would hard ly be believed by the average person who has studied the question from a cold and impartial viewpoint. Two crops and often three are produced between October and June. Celery and lettuce lead, but the production of all other crops is on the steady in crease here. Two hundred and twen ty-five acres set in celery, yielded eight hundred and twenty-two carload lots, and netted $411,000. Think of it, you who are striving to make a living for a growing family, and having a hard time.—Sanford Chronicle. ♦ ; Any one who would find fault with the summer weather of South Florida should migrate to a country that has no summer. A gentleman recently re turned from Georgia says it seemed to him the temperature was ten de grees higher there than in South Florida. —Wauchula, Fla., Advocate. 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