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...e industry, and the result is thai three other large companies have been organized to work during the present season. These latter, which would begin operations last October, are situ ated at Hoopeston, Illinois, and two in the State of Kansas. The great drawback to the industry has been the want of complete machinery, but now that large companies are going into the busi ness with proper machinery, to whom the farmers can sell their sorghum cane, rapid progress is likely to be made. The import ance of this movement to the Uni ted States can scarcely be esti mated. When the vast quantities of maize produced in the country are taken into account, it will be readily seen what an exteusive area of land there is suitable for the sorghum maize will grow sorghum can be cultivated, and even in less moist districts. While therefore there is but a small area of sugar cane land m the United States, the sorghum land is almost unlimited in extent. Sorghum is a crop which presents many advantages to the farmer. It is alreadv extensively cultivated for the valuablefodder provided in its stalks and seeds. Its cultivation would extend on this account alone, but the value of the cane for sugar will no doubt greatly increase its pro duction throughout the country. There are points which may cause its adoption also along with sugar cane, even in sugarcane country, but these will be referred to further on. In the meantime there is much significance in the prospect of sugar production extending all over the vast Mississippi Valley. Even should the making of sorg hum sugar prove profitable to sup ply the home requirements of the protected market of the Uni ted States, it does not follow that the business could be profitably car ried on for export abroad. Should, however, the sorghum sugar busi ness develop in the way it now pro mises, it will, by supplying the de mands of the United States, shut up an important market of the world s sugar cane growers. The editor of the Michigan Far mer, who has watched with inter est the warm discussion of ensil age, notes the significant rejection of milk from it at the Wassaic con densery, and says. We are more than ever of t he opinion that breed ing or milk stock should never be fed on ensilage, except in very j small quantities, and that its only use should be for fattening animals. There is nothing that makes as sweet milk and butter as good past ure and pure water, and dried grass hay seems to come nearer to that than any other food yet discovered. ; Our impression is thjt the ensilage may be all right in a country where good hay cannot be had. but its use will never become general among American farmers FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE. San Francisco, Feb. 15, 18S4. We have been dazzled with a little snow and made glad with the proper number of inches of rain just as the annual complaints about a dry winter were beginning to go up from the thrifty granger. Some recent dispatch er bring to mind the visit of the Queen of iahiti, Marau, or Poruare. as the Fasteru papers prefer to call her. She all but clipped through San Francisco perfectly incognita, but some one who had visited the Society Islands recog nized her and the newspapers had the benefit. Our two ccruyti eelcbre, the Colton case against therailroad, and the Sha ron case against heaven truly knows what, drag their slow lengths along, and there be folks who follow every development with absorbinginterest. An amount o: truth not usually dis closed, shed light upon the Sharon af fair in a letter written by a San Fran cisco correspondent to an interior paper, saying that the power behind the throne that kept old Sharon fight ing Sarah Althea. with whom he would otherwise gladly compromise, was the combined influence of his son Fred Sharon, and his soninlaw, Frank Newlands, neither of whom intended to see a slice of the fortune i going to a putative wife. It is a bit ter struggle, for the lady defendant ; has a hightempered and vindictive lawyer to defend her, and apparently a good deal of grit of her own. Peo ple with no interest in the matter ra ther wished at the outset that Sarah Althea should be crushed in order to warn other ladies in her position nut to be troublesome, but as soon as a disposition became manifest on the part of the Sharon faction to gouge Sarah Althea, as it were, public opin ion whirled round and thought there I was something in it after all, and Al j thea should have the benylit of the ; doubt. In the Colton ease, Mrs. Col ism herself has taken the stand and promptly proceeds to tell a very j Msaight, coherent story about having been considerably bulldosed bv Mes mS ft sieurs the railrogues, as Ambrose iiieice, of the Wilt, has siirnamed the fraternity. She is a woman of strong character and strong mi mi, and is very likely to make her points. Besides, in this matter, the fact that she is a widow, and the widespread, though smothered, prejudice against the rail road will tell materially in her favor. The publication of the Huntington letters has already borne fruit in the forfeiture of railroad land grants, to the amount of 21000000 cf acres de clared forfeited by the House at Wash ington for failure to fulfil the condi tions under whi ... Copyright: Library of Congress Source: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1884-02-23/ed-1/seq-8/ Publication:
PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER (1884) Notes: Text recreated from OCR scan.