VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS.  - a noticeable feature in English landscape is the portion of soil which is severed from various fields, and let out to the poor residents in the villages, who, by means of the produce therefrom, are enabled to add in some slight degree to their small incomes.  We say slight, because the labourer who is in possession of the few feet of ground has not much time or opportunity to develop it; he principally devotes one day a week, and that is Sunday, to the purpose.  This system of allotments was instituted in the early portion of the last reign, its object being to utilise waste or unused land by letting it out in small proportions to industrious cottagers, the administration being left in the hands of the local vestries.
 
Though the benefits to the poor have been undeniable, the management of the letting having fallen into some confusion, it was found necessary last year to introduce a measure to place the administration upon a better footing.  This measure has become law, and its sections provide for the annual appointment of a committee of twelve persons, to be selected from the allotment wardens appointed under the previous Act, or by the vestries of any of the parishes, where the allotments to the poor should be thought expedient.
 
This yearly term of office is a good guarantee for the equitable allotment of the land at disposal.  The first meeting for the appointment of this governing body will take place in the course of the present year, and similar meetings are to be held in the month of August in every following year, the proceedings at these meetings to be presided over by a chairman, who is to be elected from the body, and is invested with the usual powers and a casting vote.
    If any failure should occur in summoning or appointing this governing body, the Inclosure commissioners for England and Wales may, on application by the parties interested, appoint a body.
 
Formerly the extent of individual allotments was limited to quarter of an acre, but this limitation is extended by the present Act, and the governors are empowered to demand that the rent to be paid for the land allotted should be paid one year in advance.  These are the only sections that refer to the real administration of the allotments, which we trust will be satisfactorily administered.
 
The benefits that the poor inhabitants of villages derive from the small pieces of garden ground allotted to them are indisputable, and any measure having for its object the extension of those benefits must be welcomed.
            ........................ 'Farmer'

BEEF CONSUMED IN U.S.A.
 
The quantity of beef consumed in the principal cities of the United States is something enormous.
 
To satisfy the cravings of the busy population of New York, 450,000 cattle are annually subjected to the pole-axe;  Philadelphia yearly consumes the carcases of 250,000 animals;  the appetite of Boston is appeased with 120,000 beasts;  Brooklyn is content with 100,000;  St. Louis as many as Baltimore - 150,000;  Chicago, 170,000;  and other cities and towns about 400,000.
 
When we think that these cities are great pork consumers besides, the figures are all the more wonderful.