(12) A very good type of box for sending eggs by post or rail is made of stout brown cardboard, strengthened with linen at the corners and at the joining of the top and bottom with the sides, and the inside is fitted with tubular receptacles or pockets for the eggs, made of thinner cardboard. The box is light, and yet strong, the arrangement of the pockets or divisions giving additional resisting power to pressure. The pockets or divisions come right up to the top, thus giving perfect support to the bottom and lid, whilst their tubular form gives considerable lateral strength. The only objection to these neat and handy boxes is their price - 65, per doz., which is too much for boxes used for cheap sittings.

(13) My best results invariably have been from eggs packed in 12-division boxes; and I find hay better than either bran or cork, and the firmer packed the better. Both bran and cork are liable to pack tighter with the journey, leaving the eggs loose and shaky; or if there are any crevices, part escapes, which makes it worse. I fear eggs are sometimes sent out stale, and the germ weak in other cases, but am convinced that if well and, above all things, firmly packed, from vigorous parents, and untampered with, a journey of a few hundred miles, and even tossing on the sea, will affect them but little. (A. Allison.)

(14) The true secret of safety lies more in the packer than in the mode of packing or transmission. Packing is an art in itself, and does not necessarily accompany successful poultry-breeding. Jf anyone notices the apparently hasty and careless way in which a professional hand works, and tests the result against the ordinary amateur's, whose parcel arrives with its contents smashed to atoms, though enrolled like a mummy with layer after layer, it will be apparent that packing, like many other things, is a knack which comes more easily to some than others. A light, but firm touch, which seems to be rough, but in reality is merely the application of pressure in the right place, is chiefly what is wanted, and is better than all the patent boxes in the world. One more trivial detail is important: A piece of strong string, to serve as a handle, often saves the box from being dropped or banged down. For large quantities, such as 42 doz., doubtless patent boxes are invaluable. (T. J.)

(15) I have tried all plans - packing in bran, in sawdust, in oat-chaff, in moss, and many other things; but for the last 16 years I have discarded every plan as being unsafe except the one I now describe. Each egg is carefully wrapped in newspaper, and than in soft hay, such as old hay-bands or hay too soft for horses. They are then packed in the basket described below, and each egg is again packed well in with hay, the basket previously being lined at the bottom with the same material. After all the eggs are securely packed, the basket is filled with hay, and the cover wired or tied down.

The baskets I use are such as have been employed for conveying fruit to market, and I purchase them at about 4*. per dozen, including lids. These baskets vary in size from one capable of holding one sitting of eggs to one fully able to contain four sittings, and I procure them in great quantities at a time, about 400 or so. The railway carriage is of course an extra item in cost of baskets, but this does not exceed in a quantity more than about a farthing per basket.

The reason I prefer baskets to boxes is because, owing to the elasticity of the former, if thrown down there is no violent concussion, as would occur if the latter were used, and they do not split if subjected to undue,violence. I have sent eggs all over the continent of Europe, to Italy, Russia, Spain, etc, where the chance of a box arriving safely would be very small .indeed, and I venture to say that I do not hear of twenty broken or twenty cracked eggs in a whole season; and I may state that in many seasons I send out over 400 baskets of eggs thus packed, sometimes with one sitting only, sometimes with mixed sittings of many varieties. I have frequently sent large numbers of eggs to the United States of America, even to San Francisco, and they have all arrived safely, and this I venture to say could not possibly have happened if any other plan at present known of packing eggs had been adopted.

I always send eggs by rail where practicable, for this reason only - that size of package in journey by rail is not of such importance as size of package if sent by Parcel Post: consequently, by rail more packing can be used than if sent by Parcel Post.

I usually prefer fastening the lids down with copper wire in lieu of string, as giving greater security, and being less liable to be tampered with by dishonest people.

As a last remark, I think it would not here be out of place to mention that whenever a sitting of eggs is procured, no matter from whom, and no matter how packed, or how short the journey has been, the eggs should be unpacked carefully and laid on bran or some soft substance, on their sides, for at least 24 hours before being put under a hen or into an incubator. This is necessary to enable the contents of the egg to perfectly recover after the amount of oscillation they have experienced from their journey. Where this plan is not adopted, I venture to say it has a great deal to do with the non-success of the hatching process. (E. Snell.)

(16) I use partitioned boxes, made to hold 1 doz. and 2 doz., and larger for ducks' eggs than for fowls' eggs. They are strong, light, and inexpensive, with "Eggs n printed in large letters on the cover, costing about l 1/2d. each (by the gross) for the 1 doz. size. For packing I use either wheat - chaff from the threshing-machine, oat-straw cut into short chaff, or cork-dust that the foreign grapes are packed in, which I get by asking for of my grocer. I take two or three handfuls„of either, and throw in the bottom of the box, each compartment being about one-third full, then put in the eggs large end down, throw some more chaff over the eggs, and press tight down in the corners of each compartment with the points of the fingers, then fill the box a little above the level with chaff, so that the cover will press tight on the chaff and keep the eggs from shifting or shaking. Fasten on the cover with two flat, broad-headed tacks 3/4 in. long, one at each end, make a hole with a small brad-awl, and press in the tack (do not use a hammer), then tie the box round with a strong piece of string, to which the label is attached.

(17) I use a hamper of conical shape, such as is used in the trade for packing butter, 11 in. deep, and 12 in. diameter at the top. At the bottom of the basket is nearly 3 in. of hay, and on this is placed the first layer of 11 eggs, each wrapped in soft hay; on the top of these is another good layer of hay, and then on the top of this 16 eggs; then another layer of 16 eggs, and then more hay to fill up to the lid. There is, of course, a protecting lining of hay to the sides of the basket. The eggs are all very tightly and very neatly packed.

(18) Tully's box is very strongly made with 3/4 in. wood, iron hinges,handle, and clasp for padlock (often a very desirable precaution); the bottom has a felt lining, on which stand the divisions, made of stout millboard, and on the top of these is another piece of felt to protect the eggs from the lid. The arrangement of the divisions is good. It will be best understood by Fig. 262, the thick outer lines of which represent the sides of the box, and the thin ones the millboard. It will be seen that none of the sides of the compartments is formed of the sides of the box, and that the eggs are therefore not only protected from concussion, but from being crushed by any "give " in the sides, which latter, however, would not occur in a so stoutly-made box. The principle is a good one, and might be adopted with advantage in boxes of a slighter make.

(19) Each egg is first wrapped in a piece of vegetable parchment (same as used by grocers for butter), and then some soft meadow-hay is put round, making it about the size of an orange. They are then placed in a box (made to the size required - from 1 dozen to 6 dozen) side by side, with soft hay at the bottom, and then a thin layer at the top. This plan is by far the best.

The box is then tied as an ordinary parcel with two strings across the ends, and then the string is brought over the top of the box and twisted round and round until a handle is formed for the porters to carry them with; this prevents their being thrown about, and is an excellent idea. I always send by rail, and not by Parcel Post. Last year I sent away over 6000 eggs, and gave perfect satisfaction, or I should have had to replace them. Some went to Italy, Scotland, Ireland, and other places.

The vegetable parchment can be obtained for about 2d. per lb., suitable for this purpose. (H. Warren.)

(20) Freeth and Pocock's boxes are simple, and the eggs are as safe from injury inside as it is possible for them to be. Not even the roughness and carelessness in handling of the Parcel Post people could succeed in breaking an egg in one of these boxes - and that is saying just as much as it is possible to say.

For sending either very valuable eggs, or eggs a very long distance, nothing could well be better than these boxes, but their high price (1s. 4d. each) puts them out of the question for general use for such eggs as are sold at 3-5$. a sitting.

The boxes are strongly and neatly made of wood, with wire-hinged lid; the inside is lined with felt made into pockets, into which the eggs are put; and there is a false cover lined with felt, which is placed on the top, and then when the lid is shut down all is secure.

(21) Edey's boxes are very similar to other 12-coropartment boxes, except that they are intended to be used in conjunction with corrugated paper, a piece of which is placed top and bottom, between the partitions and the bottom and top, and small slips rolled cylin-drically and placed in the compartments to hold the eggs. The packing is simplicity itself, and ought to afford ample protection to the eggs. The price of the boxes, properly fitted, is 4*. per doz., or 40s. per gross. In future the boxes should be made rather larger, as at present the compartments, when fitted with the corrugated paper, will not fairly take large-sized eggs.

(22) Brown's baskets for the transmission of eggs for incubation are circular in shape, with an inside diameter of 12 in. at the top and 8 1/2 in. at the bottom, and are similar to those ordinarily used for packing small fruit for the market. They are strong, elastic, and serviceable, but more adapted for eggs sent by rail than by Parcel Post. The price is 4s. per dozen.