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The introduction of the General Index has necessitated the condensation of the Abstract to a somewhat greater extent than usual; but it will be found to contain the cream of the Transactions as returned by the county societies. I must call attention to the meagreness of the returns from many societies, and suggest that strenuous efforts be made by the officers to obtain more elaborate, instructive, and valuable reports from the several committees having the different departments in charge. The efficiency of a society is very properly judged by its record. If this is bald, and destitute of life and interest, it is certain that there is a radical fault in the management, which ought to be sought out and corrected.
In the analysis (1) of the Fine Bones of Messrs. L. B. Darling & Co., on p. 323 of the Report, 22.03 per cent. of phosphoric acid should have been credited, that constituent having been inadvertently omitted in transcribing.
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OFFICERS OF THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES, 1878,
MASS ACH USETTS.
President — THOMAS MOTLEY of Jamaica Plain.
President — BENJAMIN P. WARE of Marblehead.
President — JOHN CUMMINGS of Woburn.
President–DAVID NEWINS, JUN., of Framingham.
MIDDLES Ex NORTH.
President—JOSEPH L. SARGENT of Dracut.
President — CHARLES B. PRATT of Worcester.
President — THOMAS P. ROOT of Barre.
President — GEORGE JEWETT of Fitchburg.
President — JAMES P. LYNDE of Athol.
President — SAMUEL N. GLEASON of Warren.
President–WILLIAM KNOWLTON of Upton.
HAMPSHIRE, FRANKLIN, AND HAMPI) EN.
President—J. H. DEMOND of Northampton.
President– FLAVEL GAYLORD of Amherst.
President — CHARLES FAY of Chester. Secretary—JONATHAN McELWAIN of Middlefield.
President – C. L. BUELL of Ludlow.
President — JACOB STEVER of Palmer.
President – HENRY K. HERRICK of Blandford.
President—JAMES S. GRINNELL of Greenfield.
President — DAVID L. SMITH of Colrain.
President – HENRY M. PIERSON of Pittsfield.
HOUSA TONIC. President – HENRY W. SHELDON of New Marlboro’.
Secretary—HENRY T. ROBBINS of Great Barrington.
President– O. A. ARCHER of Blackinton.
President — THEODORE DEAN of Taunton.
President — JOHN A. HAWES of Fairhaven.
President—JOHN LANE of East Bridgewater. Secretary — LAFAYETTE KEITH of Bridgewater.
President – HENRY S. RUSSELL of Milton. Secretary – HENRY O. HILDRETH of Dedham.
President–EDMUND HERSEY of Hingham. Secretary — FRANK L. W.IIITNEY of Hingham.
President — GEORGE M. BAKER of Marshfield. Secretary — FRANCIS COLLAMORE of Pembroke.
President – AUGUSTUS T. PERKINS of Boston. Secretary — F. B. GOSS of Barnstable.
President – RICHARD E. BURGESS of Nantucket. Secretary—WENDELL MACY of Nantucket.
MARTHA's vin EYARD.
President — I. N. LUCE of Edgartown.