USES OF THE WILLOW.
A recent article la tha "Melbourne Argaj " ia dovoted to urging the cultivation of the willow In the colonies foe coon r m o uses, l^ileponcently of Its value for ba^keta and basket- ware of all kinds, It appears that the willow Invaluable for many other purposes. No other wood bo wall stands shocks and brahea wltbont splintering, henoa It la npeoially adapted for orlokot-bats, paddle-fi jats of steamorg, breaks of railway waggonß and tracks, tha sldea und bottoms of carta and barrows for rongb work The beautiful oßtved &nd turned Tanbrldge ware, bo fashionable In Enghnd, la made of the white willow. The wood Is used by tar* a era far polishing other woods, and by oork-oatters and leather cutters for keep* ng a keen odg-j on their knives. Hoops for barrels, bowa and stretchers for waggon and tent oovorr, twigs foe tying up vegetables and plants and vines ace other as.tato whtoh the willow ii applied. Than ft makes tho bast oharoial, ani another Important u*e to whioh It Is applied Is -■hut of dying wool &nd In tannlag skim. The leaves and young tvrlgs give a pare olnnamon color to woollen goode, an 3 the bark bolng rloh m tanning (a us ad In tha preparat'on of the best k'nds of .Russian and Moooco leathers. Paxton relates •hai la the north of Earope the leaves and yoang scoots are given to oattle fresh, or are dried and s'orjd for winter feed, like those of the blroh. I. 1 "- la being used la England as a hedge pant, profit bnlng derived from the annual trimmings. Finally, from the willow are obtained aallolne end oaUoylate of aoda, employed Jn medicine— principally m rhonmatlo fever— and sa'loyllo sold, need as an antleeptlo for preserving frnlt, e*o,
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