The ice crop.
--The present season has yielded an immense ice crop.
The ice trade is yet in its infancy, but, compared with what it was twenty years since, the increase has been almost incredible, as also the improvement in the method of cutting, storing and shipping it. Twenty years ago, on the 1st of February, Messrs. Barnard
& Stone cut and put into the house three hundred tons of ice; and so great a feat was this considered that the gentlemen gave a great supper in the evening.
On the same day, in the year 1861, Jacob Hittinger
, the most experienced ice cutter in New England
, cut and stored in the same number of hours six thousand tons.--Twenty years ago it took a whole week to load a ship with ice, and now, after the ship is fitted, the same quantity can be put on board and stowed in one tide.-- Boston Com. Bul.