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"What we want to do," says the Secretary of the Inland Waterways Commission, "is to get back to nature in dealing with water First to prevent floods, and second to compel the water to run clear and pure. It is a fact that each year the rivers of mainland United States pour into the sea a thousand million tons of richest soil—matter in the form of suspended sediment, an impost greater than all our land texes combined and a commensurate injury to commerce in the lower cult of control by the unstable load. The rivers, which are rendered capricious and diffi-difference in the power value alone between controlled and uncontrolled streams would in ten years pay the entire cost of stream control in the United States. And this, coupled with the billion dollars' loss every year through soil erosion, due to floods, would construct a comprehensive system of water control in the United States."
The magnificent forests of the country everywhere, says the Independent, have simply been slaughtered. Vast sections of Georgia and the Carolinas are absolutely stripped of yellow pine. The stumps only remain, with strewn brush. Pennsylvania can show us some of the most blasted sections of the whole country. The superb chestnut forests of Connecticut have been obliterated, and rocky hills, bare of all vegetation, take their places. The editor of the Jackson Patriot, of Michigan, says that he went last summer, for two days, on the Au Sable River, right through the heart of the white pine region, before he saw a single white pine. The great furniture-building interests of Grand Rapids are warned that their work is about done. The Chicago Record-Herald states that in Illinois nearly one hundred and fifty millions is invested in industries approaching extinction.
In the last session of Congress an attempt was made so to amend the agricultural appropriation bill as to prohibit the preparation of information concerning forestry for the use of newspapers and magazines, but the amendment as passed was so worded that instead of prohibiting the work it sanctions it. The United States Attorney-General, in an opinion on the legality of the publication work, says, "In distributing such information as is compiled and sent out by the Forest Service, especially to persons engaged in the practice or study of forestry, and generally to the public at large through the newspapers and magazines, the Forestry Division is fulfilling the primary and fundamental duty imposed upon the Department of Agriculture by the law."
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KEEPING SILENCE BEFORE GOD
CLARENCE W. CHADWICK
"THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES"
THE RELATION OF DESIRE TO CHARACTER
WILTON H. MCKERRAL
"THE SOUL OF MUSIC"
NO STRINGENCY IN GOD'S KINGDOM
GEORGE HENRY TRADER
You have been so very fair to Christian Science and...
It has been well said that no one has ever criticised or...
Charles K. Skinner
It is sometimes said by the critics of Christian Science...
The entire structure of Christian Science is based on the...
J. V. Dittemore
Christian Science distinguishes between the divinity...
Frank W. Gale
Physicians are to-day admitting one of the points emphasized...
Luther P. Cudworth
STOKES ANTHONY BENNETT.
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
THE SCIENCE OF CHRISTIANITY
Annie M. Knott
THE "SILENT PARTNER"
John B. Willis
LETTERS TO OUR LEADER
with contributions from William P. McKenzie, Adelia C. Collins, Abbie Anna Hall, Mary Otis Newell, Effie Downs, Elinor Ashbrook, Earlie S. Chase
with contributions from E. Parnell, Charles F. Stone, R. O. Anderson, Roy A. Mather, Charles Vouga, I. B. Smith, C. E. Staengler, Senator Burton, C. D. Huston
AMONG THE CHURCHES
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After reading an article in the Sentinel of Feb. 16, entitled...
Through the clear perception of the truth, as it is...
Harry F. Hoover
In obeying the Scripture, "Let the redeemed of the Lord...
Alvaretta B. Russell
I have long had a desire to make acknowledgment of my...
Mary J. Canaday
Hoping that my testimony will be of benefit to some one...
It is with the deepest gratitude that I give my testimony...
Ella Mary Belden
My heart overflows with gratitude to our beloved...
Feeling that the time has come when I should testify to...
Mattie Troy Clendinen
About six years ago I suffered greatly from kidney...
Richard H. Hicks
Two years ago my young son was seriously infected by a...
Annie G. Nehls
"THINE IS THE GLORY"
FROM OUR EXCHANGES
with contributions from Francis D. Peabody