Mr. P. J. Berckmans writes : "I send by mail two specimens of Japanese Persimmons. The large is Tanenashi or Seedless, not ripe, but may become eatable in a couple of weeks. Fruit is not more than two-thirds the size it attained last year, owing to protracted drought.

" The small one is Kurokume, and will be ripe in a few days. I notice that birds begin to find them out. This specimen is one of fifty-five, grown upon a tree planted in March, 1880, and now 3 feet high. It is one of the smaller va-rietes, but of excellent quality".

[Hard worked editors cannot get around to see all the new things as they would like to do, and are always grateful to those who help them to keep their knowledge up to the times in the kind manner Mr. Berckmans has done. It was a pleasure to see such fine fruit. One of them weighed 6 ounces, and was exhibited to the Germantown Horticultural Society.

We have tried, and know others try, many varieties near Philadelphia, but all have been killed to the ground by the winters; but why can they not be grown in tubs as oranges and lemons are? - Ed. G. M].