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beaten off by a paddle. This reminds one of the still simpler plan of the Northern Indians of Minnesota and Canada, who collect their store of wild rice by leaning the heads over the side of the canoe and beating out the grain. The above plans of heading the grain leave the straw in the field, which is a merit or otherwise, according to the circumstances of the case,—location, market, and mode of farming. It would be absurd to overlook the different circumstances of Minnesota and Middlesex, which determine the question of economy. Pliny well says:— The diversity of the methods employed in harvesting mainly depends upon the extent of the crops and the price of labor. The modern era of reaping-machines commences with the latter portion of the last century. The names of those who made the earliest attempts should be preserved, for in this, as in almost all similar cases, it was after a succession of earnest attempts by different parties that the desired success was achi