I cannot but think that this new and distinct variety will prove to be a valuable acquisition to our list of Runner Beans. Whilst thoroughly differing in its character from the old Scarlet Runner, it differs also materially from the rest of other well-known Runners, inasmuch as it partakes more of the nature of a good dwarf Bean in appearance, being medium-sized in the pod and straight in shape. The flower of it is nearly white, and enjoys the faculty of being a good setter. In this respect it has proved during the past exceedingly dry summer a much more reliable friend to the gardener than even the Scarlet Runner, as in the case of the first the supply of pods was continual, whilst the latter suffered so much from the heat that the greatest proportion of the blooms fell off without bearing fruit. A neighbouring gardener, to whom I gave some of the seed, and who grew it last summer, assured me that but for it he should have been quite destitute of Beans, as the other kinds, both dwarf and runner, had quite given out. The seed of it is about the size of that of a large French Bean, is reddish in colour and quite distinct in character. The plant usually grows from 5 to 6 feet in height, and as a cropper is wonderfully abundant.

To market-gardeners it must be most useful, and as it is very sweet and soft to eat, must soon become a favourite with the public. I like to use moderately-high pea-sticks to stake it with, as they seem to be better adapted to its habit of growth than very long straight sticks are. I am not sure that it is yet largely in cultivation, but when it is it will prove to be one of those sterling things that have but to be known to be appreciated. A. D.