It has always been a mystery what rule our English friends had for their choice of names. Mr. Barron, whose name is closely associated with evergreens, says that in that "old-fashioned country we have been taught that the best name is one somewjiat descriptive of the plant." In this country we hold that the best name is the one which was given with the first description in a recognized botanical work, and we leave to the one authorized to name it all consideration regarding the fitness of things. By following this law of priority we avoid all wrangling about "the proper name."