I venture, through the pages of 'The Gardener,' to ask its numerous readers if any of them have experienced any difficulty in keeping down this pernicious pest? For the last few years I have been very much troubled by them attacking the bushes just before the fruit begins to ripen. I may mention that the soil, a gravelly hard pan, has been regularly forked over and manure added ever season. Acting on the idea that the roots might have got away down into the cold bottom, where they were beyond the reach of the ordinary modes of culture, in the autumn of 1876 I set to work and had them all lifted, trenched the soil to the depth of two spadings deep, and forked in a quantity of stable-manure, planted the bushes, taking care to spread the roots very evenly over the surface, then covering up with good fresh soil; that season they matured a good crop and made fair wood. But again, in 1878, they were attacked by the fly; again I managed to save the crop by taking a pair of hand-pruners and cutting off the points of the wood affected; but this is a process which for several reasons I would not like to repeat.

I shall therefore feel obliged to any of your readers who may have been troubled by the same pest giving their remedies in ' The Gardener.' Rifleman.