How ever this tree obtained a reputation for durable timber we never knew, and have been surprised at the enormous demand for timber planting in the West. A correspondent of the Country Gentleman from Middlethorpe, New York, says he "set about twenty ailanthus posts six years ago. They were large and sound, some whole, some split in two, and others in four posts. In three years they showed signs of decay. Now there is not one that is not rotted entirely off, or that could not be broken by a man pushing against it." This does not decide the matter, as there are often local circumstances, but it accords with our impression. How is it?