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A forestry conference was held recently at Bretton Woods, N. H. Cooperating with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, under whose auspices the meeting was held, were the New Hampshire Forestry Commission, the American Forestry Association, the Association of Northeastern Foresters, and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association. At the annual meeting the report of the natural forest reservation committee was issued, including the purchases approved by the committee. The list follows: Georgia area, Georgia, 81,676 acres; Massanutter area, Virginia, 19,322 acres; Mt. Mitchell area, North Carolina, 18,701 acres; Nantahla area, North Carolina, 27,816 acres; Natural Bridge area, Virginia, 24,900 acres; Smoky Mountain area, Tennessee, 59,213 acres; White Mountain area, New Hampshire, 72,252 acres; White Top area, Virginia and Tennessee, 33,614 acres.

One hundred and twenty million dollars was filched from the American people during the last fiscal year by swindlers who operated largely through the United States mails, according to a formal report to Postmaster-General Hitchcock. This was an increase of approximately fifty million dollars in the aggregate of the previous year. Of those who are alleged to have operated the fraudulent schemes, one thousand and sixty-three were arrested by post-office inspectors. They included persons in all walks of life. During the year which ended June 30 last, four hundred and fifty-two persons were convicted and sentenced, and five hundred and seventy-one cases are awaiting final disposition. The report says that these fraud manipulators, who usually exploit bogus mines, fake remedies, and worthless lands, constitute a distinct class of law-breakers.

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