A Louisiana,Mo.,correspondent says: "This berry so far is only locally known, for I have purposely held it back till I could propagate a good supply of plants, and thoroughly test in ordinary field culture without protection. The upright cane sorts, Turner, Herstine,Brandywine and Philadelphia, killed to the ground last winter, while the Thwack leaved out to the very tips, and bore an enormous crop of fruit last summer. These other sorts have usually been hardy, but last winter with us was unusually hard on small fruits,and they all failed. The Thwack is a cross between the Herstine and Brandywine.