Large Japan Persimmon

The largest fruit matured in California so far, measures about eleven inches round, and two together weighed a pound and a half.

Cherry - Ne Plus Ultra

Mr. Charles Arnold regards this as a great acquisition. It has a strong resemblance to Napoleon Bigarreau, and not superior to it. It was raised by Mr. John Mosely, of Goodrich, Ontario.

Apples For Australia

Notwithstanding the beautiful display of apples made by Australia at the Centennial Exposition, California seems inclined to try the export of American fruit to that distant land. Delong & Co. made a large shipment last fall - Roxbury Russetts and Tulpe-hockens'. (" Talpahawkins," our correspondent says).

Rivers' Early Silver Peach

The Florist and Pomologist gives a colored plate of this variety. It seems larger than any of the early Peaches of Mr. Rivers as known in this country. The plate represents the fruit as three inches across. It was raised by the late Thomas Rivers in 1859, from seed of the White Nectarine.

The Durn Strawberry

This is an Alpine Strawberry raised in France, and bearing all the year round. It is believed to be one of the best of the Alpines. It must be remembered that Alpines are scarcely worth cultivating in low elevations or warm countries. As the name implies they are adapted only to cool or special culture.

Smith's Improved Gooseberry

P. says: "Will some of the readers of the Monthly give their experience with Smith's Improved Gooseberry. Is it free from mildew?

Thuja Standishii

It has been generally supposed that this Japan introduction was synonymous with the Thuja gigantea of the Pacific coast, but Dr. Masters, in a recent Gardener's Chronicle, decides that it is a distinct species.

John W. Harden

We learn by an obituary notice in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, that this well known mining engineer was born at Leicester in England, and died in Philadelphia Nov. 8th, 1879. He was educated as a gardener, and the laying out of the gardens of Captain Cust at Wormleybury, and of Sir Ralph Howard, both near London, was the work of his hands. He settled in America in 1865, taking charge of the Plymouth Coal Company's works in Luzerne County.

Beet Sugar Culture

By E. B. Grant, Philadelphia. Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger. "The object of this book," says its author, " is to call attention to the importance of beet sugar production in the old world, and to demonstrate the advantages and feasibility of establishing it in the United States." As more than usual interest has been taken in this subject of late, the work is a very timely one.