2 SEPTEMBER 1865, Page 1


SEPTEMBER is come without the cholera, which keeps circling round the basin of the Mediterranean, and seems to have at present no Northern impulses, so we may reasonably hope to escape that unpleasant excitement for this year. If it comes at all it usually appears in July, or at latest in August, though culminat- ing in deadliness in September. As we are also assured that the cattle plague, though most fatal to individual graziers and dairy- men, is not likely to affect any very large per-centage of English cattle, and the hay harvest and root crop are so good that the healthy cattle will probably gain in flesh this winter (as com- pared with last) as much as we lose by the diseased, our autumn prospects are not so bad. The wheat is supposed to be pretty good in quantity but injured in quality by the rains, and the American wheat has likewise suffered much. On the whole, how- ever, the food horizon is much clearer than it was. The heavy cloud that hung over beef is slightly lifting, and with the pre- sent improved weather even bread may be said to be "looking up."