A Rochester correspondent remarks: "Allow me to call the attention of your readers to the importance of teaching horticulture in the public schools. Denominations say, ' Let us have the children to direct. We care not who has them when grown. We will conform them to our views.' What an opportunity we have here to make intelligent horticulturists ! Every well-informed pomologist should give practical talks at least once a year in the public schools".

[The Editor of this magazine has been for four years Chairman of the Committee on Schools of the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia, and has had, in this capacity, the general oversight of expenditures for the education of over 100,000 children, involving a cost of about $2,000,000, - and this has afforded him ample opportunity for testing innumerable theories advanced in regard to the public school system, and he is convinced that the greatest danger to the public school system comes from the probability of its breaking down by its own weight. A certain amount of taxation must be endured in order to govern a community, - but there comes a time when the limit of taxation must be reached, and when nearing this, how to raise the money becomes a greater question than what to do with the money. This is fast getting to be the trouble with the public school system. Imagine a city like Philadelphia paying one-fourth of its available income for public education. That is what it is doing, - yet there are continual efforts to engraft horticulture, botany, cooking, sewing, the mechanic arts, and numberless other very useful things on to this public system. The advocates of every one of these progressive movements contend that they will not add any more to the cost of teaching.

We find by experience they do so; in brief, we have to come down to this question of teaching horticulture in schools that though the good that would come from it is unquestioned, the Editor is compelled to believe that society cannot afford to do it out of taxation. It is one of those things best left to private enterprise, - or even charity, if we care to put it in that shape. - Ed. G. M].