Excerpt from The Channel Islands and Their Agriculture
The subject assigned me to-night is the Channel Islands and their agriculture. There is no more interesting spot on the face of the globe, and none that displays sharper con traste. Geographically belonging to France, territorially they form an outlying dependency of the British crown. Apparently most barren and unfertile of soil, they yield crops rivalling in richness those of the virgin plains of our own great West. Rent and torn by the waves that rush in upon them from the Atlantic, lashed by the reﬂuent surge from the coast of France, and swept by the boiling tides that under favoring circumstances rise to a height of over forty feet, they find in the ﬂoating sea wrack of the very waves which threaten their existence the chief element of their fer 'tility. Lying at the very entrance of the English Channel, just where it broadens out and loses itself in the immensity of the ocean, and exposed to every wind that blows, they yet enjoy a climate so equable and mild that the ﬂowers of the tropics bloom there the year round in the open air.
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