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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.
Secretary—EDWARD N. PERKINS of Boston.

ESSEx.

President — BENJAMIN P. WARE of Marblehead.
Secretary CHARLES P. PRESTON of Danvers.

MIDDLESEx.

President JOHN CUMMINGS of Woburn.
Secretary BENJAMIN W. BROWN of Concord.

MIDDLESEX SOUTH.

President–DAVID NEWINS, JUN., of Framingham.
Secretary ABEL F. STEVENS of Natick.

MIDDLES Ex NORTH.

President—JOSEPH L. SARGENT of Dracut.
Secretary—E. T. ROWELL of Lowell.

WORCESTER.

President — CHARLES B. PRATT of Worcester.
Secretary GEORGE H. ESTABROOK of Worcester.

WORCESTER WEST.

President — THOMAS P. ROOT of Barre.
Secretary HENRY J. SHATTUCK of Barre.

WORCESTER NORTH.

President — GEORGE JEWETT of Fitchburg.
Secretary WILLIAM A. CARLETON of Fitchburg.

WORCESTER NORTH-WEST.

President JAMES P. LYNDE of Athol.
Secretary E. T. LEWIS of Athol.

WORCESTER SOUTH.

President — SAMUEL N. GLEASON of Warren.
Secretary — AMASA C. MORSE of Sturbridge.

WORCESTER SOUTH-EAST.

President–WILLIAM KNOWLTON of Upton.
Secretary—JOSEPH H. WOOD of Milford.

HAMPSHIRE, FRANKLIN, AND HAMPI) EN.

President—J. H. DEMOND of Northampton.
Secretary—L. C. FERRY of Northampton.

HAMPSHIRE.

President– FLAVEL GAYLORD of Amherst.
Secretary H. M. McCLOUD of Amherst.

HIGHLAND.

President — CHARLES FAY of Chester. Secretary—JONATHAN McELWAIN of Middlefield.

HAMPDEN.

President – C. L. BUELL of Ludlow.
Secretary—J. N. BAGG of West Springfield.

HAMPIDEN EAST.

President — JACOB STEVER of Palmer.
Secretary—O. P. ALLEN of Palmer.

UNION.

President – HENRY K. HERRICK of Blandford.
Secretary ENOS W. BOISE of Blandford.

FRANKLIN.

President—JAMES S. GRINNELL of Greenfield.
Secretary—JOHN A. AIKEN of Greenfield.

DEERFIELD WALLEY.

President — DAVID L. SMITH of Colrain.
Secretary–M. M. MANTOR of Charlemont.

IBERKSHIRE.

President – HENRY M. PIERSON of Pittsfield.
Secretary—WILLIAM H. MURRAY of Pittsfield.

HOUSA TONIC. President – HENRY W. SHELDON of New Marlboro’.

Secretary—HENRY T. ROBBINS of Great Barrington.

HOOSAC VALLEY.

President– O. A. ARCHER of Blackinton.
Secretary— H. CLAY BLISS of Northampton.

BRISTOL.

President — THEODORE DEAN of Taunton.
Secretary D. L. MITCHELL of Taunton.

BRISTOL CENTRAL.

President — JOHN A. HAWES of Fairhaven.
Secretary CHARLES DURFEE of Fall River.

PLYMOUTH.

President—JOHN LANE of East Bridgewater. Secretary LAFAYETTE KEITH of Bridgewater.

NORFOLK.

President – HENRY S. RUSSELL of Milton. Secretary HENRY O. HILDRETH of Dedham.

HINGHAM.

President–EDMUND HERSEY of Hingham. Secretary FRANK L. W.IIITNEY of Hingham.

MARSHFIELD.

President — GEORGE M. BAKER of Marshfield. Secretary FRANCIS COLLAMORE of Pembroke.

BARN STABLE.

President AUGUSTUS T. PERKINS of Boston. Secretary F. B. GOSS of Barnstable.

NANTUCKET.

President – RICHARD E. BURGESS of Nantucket. Secretary—WENDELL MACY of Nantucket.

MARTHA's vin EYARD.

President I. N. LUCE of Edgartown.
Secretary B. T. HILLMAN of Chilmark.

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