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could ever again be cultivated. The Northerners bought up the run-out farms, and immediately began to renovate the soil. Fertility reappeared — the wilderness began to blossom as the rose. Virginia farmers began to see that there was still some hope for their lands, and immediately commenced to imitate and emulate their Northern neighbors. The result is a beautiful and fertile country — fertile and beautiful, too, in exact proportion to the preponderance of Northern population. At Falls Church, seven miles from Alexandria, where a colony of Northern farmers settled, land is higher now than in any other part of the county at the same distance from the city. The Northerners first introduced guano, now so usefully employed in redeeming and fertilizing the farms in this State. This is the uniform testimony of every one, white or black, that I talked with. The Virginians have a good deal yet to learn from the Northern farmer. I saw a large farm — of some two or three hundr<