Issue 11 and Volume 30.

FOREST FIRES IN RUSSIA. WE have already adverted favorably to the large corps of forest firefighters in South Dakota, who are allowed the enjoyment of their holdings on condition of their giving their services gratuitously to the government when forest fires break out. Some such arrangement might be followed with great advantage in Russia, where we are told that the unprecedented number of such fires has given birth to much anxiety as to their continuance, and speculation as to their origin. Apart from the many other accidental causes that can be imagined for the starting of these conflagrations, it is thought that many are due to pilgrims, very large numbers of whom are always on the move throughout Russia during the summer months. Another explanation is sought in the regulation of the government forests, which does not permit them to be sold for cutting to private persons unless after damage…

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