James Vick Strawberry

Eminent pomolo-gists in whom we have confidence, praise this new Rochester seedling, remarking especially on its productiveness.

This new variety is credited with being an abundant bearer. A correspondent informs us that one plant on his grounds at Rochester yielded one hundred and eighty berries.

Frame Buildings In Cities

Geo. May Powell suggests that shingle roofs and frame buildings should not be tolerated in closely built-up towns, and that this would, in some measure, lessen the demand on our forestry supplies.

Forests Of The Wabash Valley

Mr. Robert Ridgway says that in the Wabash Valley there are found no less than thirty-four species of large timber trees - that is to say, trees which sometimes reach 100 feet high.


A correspondent refers to statements made in various "local histories" of the truffle being found in the United States, and asks whether we know of such instances. In reply, we can only say, that we have often met with such statements, but they always seem to be founded on mere "hear-say" evidence, which, without other confirmation, is not satisfactory. On the whole, it is safest to believe that the truffle has not been found in the United States.

Silk Culture In The South

Col. M. B. Hill-yard, who did much to aid in the founding of McComb City, in Mississippi, and has been so closely identified with the introduction of numerous Southern industries, has for some time past been successfully engaged in the encouragement of silk culture. Few men have labored more earnestly or more successfully in restoring to the South prosperity through industrial enterprises than Col. Hillyard.

Kenilworth Ivy

We note by a contempo. rary that this plant "is not an ivy, but the Linaria cymbalaria of botanists," and that "its proper English name is Creeping Sarah." Perhaps it is no more a "Sarah" than an "ivy" - but it seems hardly worth while to dispute about these things.

Edward J. Hooper

The death of this gentleman in San Francisco, the first week of September, is recorded in the California papers. He was the author of the "Western Fruit-Book," and a well-known newspaper writer on rural topics. He was a native of England, but settled early in the West, removing to California in 1870. He was eighty years old when he died, with the satisfaction of having spent a very useful life, and that he would leave an excellent reputation behind him.