Our esteemed correspondent, Charles H. Shinn, becomes the editor of the California Horticulturist from the first of January of this year. Mr. S. is so well acquainted, practically, with the needs of horticulture on the Pacific coast, and is withal, so cultivated and forcible a writer, that we anticipate a valuable coadjutor in progressive horticulture by our friend's accession to the editorial chair.

Bulletin L'Association des Institu-teurs de la Zone Communale De Val-congrain pour l'enseignement, etc, la Propagande Agricoles et Horticoles, Caen, France. - Edited by M. Victor Chatel. February, 1876. From the editor.

Why should French fruits, French plants and French magazines, have such enormous names ? While this question is being answered, we may observe that this is a neat little volume of about 300 pages, containing brief essays by various contributors on horticultural and agricultural matters relating to French culture, being similar in character to those of our State societies.

The paper of leading interest in this Bulletin, is by M. Chatel, himself. He tells us that, "until the present time, to small fungi has generally been attributed the cause of the greater part of the diseases of vegetation, as well as the marks and stains in the skins of fruits; but contrary to this opinion," he shows us that much more is due to minute insects than fungi.