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The Semi-Tropical


Several families have recently settled in Orange County, from Northern Alabama.

A large amount of live-oak timber will be shipped from Ferdandina the present season.

The representatives of a large colony of Russians are negotiating for land near lake Harney, in Orange County.

Over 2,000 bales of Sea Island and 1,000 bales of upland cotton, of last seasonís crop, have been shipped from Gainesville, Fla.

A new building for the St. Lukeís hospital will be erected the present summer, upon the site of the building destroyed by fire last winter, in this city.

By the laws of Florida, any man who has lost an arm or leg, no matter how or when, or from what cause, cannot be taxed for any business he may enter into; always, excepting the liquor business. This is an excellent law, and one that should never be taken from the statute book.—Jacksonville Sun

Last winter, a charter was obtained for a railroad from Jacksonville to Stirling, Georgia, by which the distance from here to Savannah would be shortened about as much as by the proposed Great Southern. Recently, the chief engineer of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad surveyed the route. The company which obtained the charter are strong enough financially to put the road through.—Jacksonville Press

Perhaps it is not generally known what a lively place Pensacola, Fla., has become. A Large number of vessels now seek its harbor for lumber and timber. Not long ago there were 150 ships in the harbor at one time, of nearly all nationalities. Weekly payments for labor in loading vessels have, in flush times, reached $60,000, and Pensacola, whose harbor is excellent, is now a thriving little city.—Boston Advertiser.

Let any man who has a thousand acres of arable land for sale, divide the same into forty acre farms, place upon each forty acres cheap but comfortable log cabins, and then let it be known in the northwest that the same will be sold to immigrants at a reasonable price, and we will guarantee that in less than sixty days from the date of said announcement, we will have a hundred applicants for homesteads. In this manner we claim that one man can accomplish more towards densely populating this garden section of Florida, than all the frothy resolutions of a dozen conventions.—Monticello Constitution

The signs of the times were never better in Tampa than they are at present. The new comers who have recently settled here are all well pleased and busily engaged in building up homes, and setting out orange groves, while the older settlers are determined not to be left in the back ground; for they too, are not idle in planning and improving their property in a way which will not only be beneficial, but also attractive. This is as it should be and is highly gratifying to those who fell an interest in Tampa, which we hope to see a city that will compare with any in the South.—Vampa guardian

On the lakes around Leesburg there is a large quantity of good hammock; and between the lakes the land is second quality pine land. On Lakes Harris, Griffin, and other smaller lakes, there are beautiful locations for building, and pleasant in the summer, as we have a fair breeze from the lakes. They are better for fruit culture, as the water protects the fruit from the cold; and tropical fruits can be successfully raised there. All of the citrus family, pineapples, bananas, guavas, sweet sap and sour sap, mama apple, monkey apple, rose apple, star apple, alligator pear, mango, cohoon, and cashew nuts will grow well on the lakes. The pine lands have to be fertilized to make them productive. There is convenient to most of the land large quantities of muck, and any amount of marl to mix with the muck. Twenty acres of pine land or ten of hammock will be sufficient for a fruit farm. The hammock will cost from $25 to $50 an acre, the pine land from $1 to $10 an acre, according to location.—Cor. of Agriculturist.

Excerpts from The Semi-Tropical: A Monthly Journal Devoted to Southern Agriculture, Horticulture, and Immigration, Vol. III, No. 7. July, 1877.


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