At a meeting to celebrate the introduction of the potato into Europe M. Henri L. de Vilmorin, of Paris, read a paper on "The Introduction of the Potato into France." M. Vilmorin said that the potato was first introduced into the Dauphiny from Switzerland. At first it was not extensively grown, and was used as fodder for cattle, and there existed a strong prejudice against it. But a bouquet of its flowers being presented to the king, who greatly admired them, the prejudice was gradually overcome, and the potato became more generally known. In 1830 the Agricultural So Ciety of Paris sent to him a large collection of known varieties which were grown and compared, and resulted in their reduction to 120 distinct kinds. Since then some 2,000 named varieties had passed through their hands, and they had reduced these by about 550 distinct sorts.