TO IMITATE HOLLAND.
Plans are under consideration for the improvement of 5,500 acres of meadow land between the Hackensack and Passaic rivers in New Jersey —the old Pike estate, now owned by a syndicate. Several attempts have been made to improve the tract owned ny the syndicate and make available upland of the meadow. In one case, an iron dyke was built round the property to keep out the tidewater, and a series of canals was cut at intervals of a few hundred feet through the property to carry off surface water. Farms were started; but the iron dyke proved insufficient, and the enterprlte failed. It is said that the new syndicate proposes to try the Holland method of dyking, filling, and pumping. A dyke of sufficient breadth to permit the building of warehouses upon it will be built, it is said, and will have a canal on its inner side, which will connect with lateral canals that will intersect the property. The water that drains into this main canal will be pumped into the rivers, pumping stations being established at intervals along the dykes. When the dyke and the canals are constructed, the meadow land, which in the last thirty years has sunk two feet below high water line, will be filled in and brought above high water line. The sand which will form the material for this filling, it is said, will be pumped by dredges from the bed of the river, the dredging serving the double purpose at preparing a way to the channels for vessels of heavy draught and making land. The cost of Improvement by this method, it is claimed, will be slight, compared with the benefit gained.
A fire which occurred at Jackson, Miss., on a Sunday morning was caused by an icicle dropping in a barrel of lime at the new Slate capitol. The lime commenced to blaze up, and the watchman turned in an alarm. The firemen could not throw water on the fire, as that would only make it burn the fiercer, so they removed what lime they could from the limehouse and let the rest burn. The bouse was destroyed.