The German horticultural journals are beginning to growl loudly about the Berne confederation. Sieboldia says no one can understand the terms of agreement. The Belgian papers style the affair a very silly one, "cette facheuse convention de Berne." The Belgian horticultural papers hold nearly the same views. A recent congress of horticulturists at Ghent arrived at the conclusion that, although the Phylloxera Convention has failed to realize the object for which it was originally intended, it would be idle now to strive after its abolition.