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A great exposition of the manufacturing and other industries of New England is to be conducted by the Boston Chamber of Commerce in Mechanics Building in October, 1911. It will last four weeks, and the total attendance is estimated at three hundred thousand. The purposes are, first, to promote manufacturing and commercial activity in New England; second, to show the people of New England the methods and extent of their manufactures and resources; third, to attract the attention of the whole country to New England's enormous and varied industries; fourth, to bring the employer and workman, merchant and buyer into closer touch with the manufactory and its products; fifth, to stimulate the people of New England, particularly boys and girls, to a realization of the dignity and possibilities of working with the hands, and thus promote industrial education.

The United States department of agriculture is using this year on the national forests over ten tons of tree seed. There are now twenty-four national forest nurseries, with an annual productive capacity of over eight million seedlings. But there are many millions of old burns on the national forests which are waiting to be restocked, and some quicker and cheaper method than the actual planting of nursery-grown trees is urgently needed. Therefore the foresters are making experiments on a large scale with different methods of direct sowing and planting, and most of the seed gathered last year was obtained for this use.

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