As already noted, this work came to a standstill by the sudden death of its publisher last autumn.

The publisher's estate being found insolvent, the creditors could not agree on any method of carrying on the business, or on the disposal of the leading lines at private sale. The result was that the rights involved in " Flowers and Ferns" were put up at public sale on the 31st of May. The two leading bidders were Mr. Cassino, of the Naturalists' Agency, of Salem, Mass., and Messrs. Prang & Co., of Boston, the original projectors of the work. It was finally "knocked down " to Messrs. Prang & Co.

Precisely what steps will he taken for its re issue and continuance, we do not know, but no doubt it will soon re-appear in some form.