Brett Peach

Mr. Jos. H. Ricketts, New-burgh, N. Y., writes: "In your last issue of the Gardener's Monthly you name in the list of Southern Peaches, Mrs. Brett as one of them. It is a mistake, it did originate in Newburgh, N. Y., and was introduced by the undersigned".

Antiquity Of The Curculio

There be some who believe that the old folks were not plagued nearly as much with insects as we are; especially do they talk this way when the Curculio is in question. But Peter Kalm, the Swedish naturalist, who traveled in America in 1749, sayB he found widely prevalent "a worm, which causes the plums to drop before they are half ripe." Evidently the old folks were plagued by the Curculio as we are.


This is the product of Ison-andra Gutta, a tree of Java. It was brought to notice in 1843.

Flora Of China And Japan

Among the dried plants brought from China and Japan by Mr. Veitch's collector, Mr. Maries, are no less than twenty-two new species of ferns. This shows how comparatively little we know of these countries. Among the ferns found was Aspidium Thelypteroides, which is also indigenous to the United States.

Newspaper Paragraphs

It is becoming dangerous to depend on newspaper paragraphs. The last instance is Mr. Dana's mushroom cave, which we find did not cost the third of $3,000. It is fortunate, however, that the part which relates to the mushroom is correct. There is a cave; and there are mushrooms, and plenty of them. It would be very pleasant to have authentic particulars, as there are few matters of more public interest than successful mushroom culture.

First Annual Report Of The Bureau Of Statistics And Geology Of Indiana

From Prof. J. D. Collett, Chief of Bureau We have looked through this work with much pleasure, for much as we may admire the State from mere newspaper report, this official document shows more clearly what a great State it is. Every Indianian must be proud of the showing made here. Half the State appears to be yet in timber.

Thirteenth Annual Report Of Ohio State Horticultural Society

From Geo. W. Campbell. Besides the usual valuable matter, it has a portrait and biography of the late M. B. Bate-ham.

Mr. Samuel L. Boardman

This gentleman, well known for so many years as editor of the Maine Farmer, and more recently of the American Cultivator, will now edit the Home Farm, of Augusta, Maine.

B. F. Johnstone

This esteemed gentleman well known as the editor of the Michigan Farmer was found dead in his bed by the side of his wife on the 25th of October, in his sixtieth year Through the Farmer, he has been a weekly visi. tor to the office of the Gardener's Monthly for over twenty years, and always a welcome one He was born in England, making Albany, N. Y.' his early home, and removed to Detroit, in 1850.