In reading the list of premiums to be awarded by the next annual Agricultural Fair of Howard County, Ind, published in the Howard Tribune, we observe that the committee having charge have wisely concluded to present to successful competitors in the exhibition, bound copies of agricultural, scientific and ? mechanical publications (including the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN) of acknowledged worth We think this system of rewarding merit far preferable to that heretofore observed A medal or diploma has no actual worth beyond the expression of the favorable opinion of the judges by whom it is awarded; whereas the presentation of a valuable publication, treating of science, mechanism or agriculture, will not only convey the reward intended, but be of great service in cultivating the mind of the person to whom it is awarded We commend the example of this remote agricultural society to others of a like character who claim a more exalted position