SEVENTEENTH YEAR!!! On the 5th of Januaiy next, the FOURTH VOLUME of the "NEW SERIES" of the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN will be commenced. In announcing the above fact, the publishers embrace the opportunity to thank their old patron? and subscribers for the very liberal support they have hitherto extended to this journal; placing it, as they have, far beyond that of any other publication of the kind in the world, in point of circulation. The extent of the circulation evinces the popularity of the paper; and while our readers seem satisfied with the quantity and quality of matter they get in one year's numbers (comprising 32 pages and costing only $:), the publishers are determined to still improve the paper during the coming year. The SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN has the reputation, at home and abroad, of being the best weekly publication devoted to mechanical and industrial pursuits now published, and the publishers are determined (if labor and enterprise will do it) to keep up the reputation they have earned during the SIXTEEN YEARS they have been connected with its publication. TO THE INVENTOR ! The SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is indispensable to every inventor, as it not only contains illustrated descriptions of nearly all the best inventions as they come out, but each number contains an official list of the claims of all the patents issued from the United States Patent Office during the week previous; thus giving a correct history of the progress of inventions in this country. We are also receiving, every week, the best scientific journals of Great Britain;, France nud Germany; thus placing in our possession all Unit is transpiring in mechanical science and art in those old countries. We shall continue to transfer to our columns copious extracts from UICBC journals of whatever we may deem of interest to our readers. TO THE MECHANIC AND MACHINIST ! No person engaged in any of the mechanical pursuits should think of "doing without" the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. It costs but four cents per week; every number contains from six to ten engravings of new machines and inventions, which cannot be found in any other publication. It is an eetabliehed rule ef the publishers to insert none but original engravings, and those of the first class in the art, drawn and engraved by experienced persons under their own supervision TO THE CHEMIST AND ARCHITECT I Chemists and architects will find the SCIENTIFIC AMEMCAN a useful journal to them. All the new discoveries in the science of chemietry are given in its columns, and the interests of the architect and carpenter are not overlooked; but all the new inventions and discoveries appertaining to these pursuits are published from week to week. TO THE MILLWRIGTIT AND HILL-OWNER I Useful and practical information appertaining to the interests of millwrights and mill-owners will be found publishediuthe SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, which information they cannot possibly obtain from any other source. To this class the paper is specially recommended. TO THE PLANTER AND FARMER ! Subjects in which planters and farmers are interested willbe found discussed in the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN; most of the improvements in agricultural implements being illustrated in its columns. TO THE MAN OF LEISURE AND THE MAN OF SCIENCE ! Individuals of both these classes cannot fail to be interested in the SCIENTIFIC AMEEICAN, which contains the latest intelligence on all subjects appertaining to the arts and sciences, both practical und theoretical; all the latest discoveries and phenomena which come to our knowledge being early recorded therein. TO ALL WHO CAN READ! Everyone who can read the Englieh Language, we believe, will be benefitted by subscribing for the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, ai; d receiving its weekly visits; and while we depend upon all our old patrons renewing their own subscriptions, we Mould ask of each to send us one or more new names M-ith his own. A single person has sent us as many as 160 mail subscribers, from one place, in a single year ! The publishers do not expect every on will do as much ; but if the 3,500 subscribers, whose subscriptions expire with the present volume, will each pend a single name with their own, they will confer a lasting obligation upon us, and they will be rewarded for it in the improvement lv shall be enabled to make in the paper Try thus increasing our receipts. The following are the- TERMS. To mail subscribers : Two Dollars a Year, or One Dollar for Six Months. One Dollar pays for one complete volume of 41t; pages ; two volumes comprise one year. The volumes commence on the first of JANDAEY and JULY. CLUB RATES. Five Copies, for Six Mont lis...........................4 Ten Copies, for Six Months...........................fcg Tea Copies, for Twelve Months.....................$15 Fifteen Copies for Twelve Months.........-........$22 Twenty Copies, for Twelve Months................$28 Forall clubs of Twenty and over, the yearly subscription is only-Si 40. Names can be sent in at different times and from different -bfficea. Specimen copies will be sent graflif tcr any partof the country. Southern, Western and Canadian money or Post-office stamps taken at par- for subscriptions. Canadian subscribers will please to f emit twenty-six cents extra on each yeorNs subscription to prepay postagSi MTOW & co." Publiiherii Ko* 8? ftrbftw, No* York"