J. R. P., Frankfort, Ky., writes : ""Which is the Ironwood, the Ostrya Virgmica, or the Carpinus Americana ? I have always regarded the latter as the Ironwood - in this State - but I see that on this there is a disagreement among botanists. In Torrey's Flora of New York he calls the former (the Hop Hornbeam) the Ironwood.

[In these parts the Ostrya is known as Iron-wood. The Carpinus is"Hornbeam" in the books, but among the woodmen it is generally Blue or Water Beech. - Ed. G. M].