In Number 337, page 19, of the Gardeners' Monthly, Mr. Thomas Bassler, of Geuda Springs, Kansas, takes exception to the hint given in my sketch of the Adirondacks, in Number 335, as to the use and utility of growing trees there, and thinks the scheme impracticable.

I spoke chiefly in favor of the Sugar Maple. He thinks if the Government would establish nurseries in Kansas of trees adapted to that part of the country, it would be much better than hauling them there from the East. He is perfectly right in that, and I could wish every success to the undertaking, especially if they can be grown there as easily and cheaply as they can be grown here. But he says, "the Sugar Maple does not grow well or has not adapted itself to the climate of Kansas," - and on the whole he does not consider it a safe tree to plant in this country. He jumps at a very sweeping conclusion in this - in face of the fact that it is so extensively cultivated as a shade tree, and is already producing one-twelfth of all the sugar made in these United States. As to shipping long distances there is some show of reason in that, even with our rapid system of overland railroads, but he must recollect that nearly all our nursery stock has to be shipped near or far, and for several years we have been importing and shipping trees, etc., from Europe over the great Atlantic. But the objection about careless handling on the part of the settler is no argument at all, for that sort of people would handle their home grown stock just as carelessly as they would ours.

Now we have grown thousands of trees in the Adirondacks by merely brushing and clearing the ground just before the seeds fell, and then stirring the ground or raking it over afterwards. The ground is suitable, and there is no trouble in collecting the seeds, for many sorts at least, which is quite an item; and the partial shade affords them shelter from the direct rays of the sun and they thus grow very fine.

Mr. Bassler and others may take a hint from this if they find it of any service to them in their different localities. We only wish to see the good work progressing and to render any assistance in our power to so worthy an object, and to one promotive of so much public good.

Chambersburg, Trenton, N. J.

[When Mr. Bassler used the words "this country" he was, we suppose, referring to Kansas only. The Sugar Maple does fairly well in Iowa. - Ed. G. M].