A gentleman now in California writes of what must be to an American a novelty of interest: "I am just going to Mr. Cooper's (at Santa Barbara) to be present at the whipping of his extensive grove of almond trees! From thence I shall stop at the new institution for canning fruits, especially apricots, of which I hope to send a case via Cape Horn, packed with American almonds." We hope this is not a mere bravado. The Nineteenth Century has a pleasant article from the Earl of Dunraven, who has purchased Este's Park and improved it by various modes. A visitor thither this summer, who has seen the Yosemite Valley, and nearly all the great sights, declares Este's Park the most beautiful scene in the world; though not so grand it is perfect in its grown trees, fine mountain views, etc, etc. The hotel of the Earl closes early in the season, but we advise parties to make preparations to visit this place next year.

Collectors of all sorta exist in a highly populated and civilized community. Rare butterflies, rare plates, any rarity finds purchasers. As an illustration, two eggs of the extinct great Auk were lately sold by auction in Edinburgh, both being purchased by Lord Silford, one at 100, the other for 102 guineas, probably the largest sums ever paid for an egg, with the exception of that of the Moa, a single specimen of which was sold at the same place in 1865 for 200. The writer was dining in England with a collector of rarities when, in the middle of the meal, he was called out to exhibit his treasure of an Auk's egg, and barely got back to tea. He valued his egg some years ago at 50, so they are rising in price.