"Sam, you are not honest. Why do you put all the good peaches on the top of the measure, and the little ones below?" "Same reason, sah, dat makes de front of your house marble and back gate chiefly slop barrels, sah." We may learn from the colored man who flattered the druggist for his honesty in advertising "taste-less medicines."

There is a garden in Oil City which had early in the season lettuce plants higher than the top of the house. It is fair to the house, however, to state that the garden is on a level with its chimney top. - Derrick.

Cucumbers are only thirty-five cents each. Yonkers Gazette. That's cheap enough, but its the funeral that costs the money. - Boston Times.

Won't wait! California fruit is at a discount. A friend writes us from San Francisco, June 21st. "I saw to-day oranges quoted at 50 cents to $1.00 per box, the latter for ' extra fruit.' So I went through the fruit dealing district of the town and found it true; one man actually offered them at 40 cents per box, containing from 115 to 180 oranges in a box. Thus is dissipated one of the golden dreams of the fondly anticipating orange growers. I found peaches at 50 cents per basket, apricots $1.00 per basket, magnificent strawberries at 10 cents per quart, and even grapes in the market. Almost everything is sold by the pound. Grapes succeed."

The first part of "The Vegetation of the Rocky Mountains" by Dr. Gray, has appeared in the "Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey," Washington, 1881. The second part by Sir J. D. Hooker will follow, the whole forming the most important botanical work on these regions so new to science. With the exception of three or four conifers, none of the trees of the Rocky Mountains are of first-rate economic importance. - Nation.

The Cologne Gazette estimates the production of beet-root sugar this year in Germany at 530,000 tons. Last year Germany, with 409,000 tons, was very little behind France, with 460,000 tons. The Gazette recommends a reduction of duty, as in England and France, to stimulate consumption.