It is not so long since we had to record the death of Mr. W. L. Schaffer the well known President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, whose magnificent gift through his sister and nephew, Dr. Schaffer, of the great Horticultural Hall in Philadelphia, to the Horticultural Society, is so well known. We now have to record the decease of his successor in the Presidency, Mr. J. Eastburn Mitchell, which occurred at his residence in Logan Square, Philadelphia, on the fifth of October, in the seventieth year of his age.

Mr. Mitchell succeeded to a very profitable business founded by his father as a manufacturer of mill stones, to which many cognate branches were subsequently added. He always had a fondness for gardening, and early in life became a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, serving faithfully in subsequent years on many varied committees. In 1858 he built a country place on Chestnut Hill near the built-up portion of Philadelphia, on which he had cold graperies, plant houses, a fine amateur collection of fruits, and beautifully laid out grounds, which he enjoyed for several years, till, for family reasons he removed to the city proper.

He was a remarkably public spirited man, and contributed liberally to many associations and causes in which he had no special interest, but simply because of the pride he felt in the good name of the city.

When the great American Centennial was arranged for to be held in Philadelphia, he entered cordially into the effort to make it a grand success, and the writer of this believes that to Mr. Mitchell more than to any other one man, is that city indebted for the magnificent conservatory, erected at that time, and which now is among the leading attractions of Fairmount Park.

At the present time gentlemen of means who take an active part in promoting a love of horticulture in public ways, are not numerous in Philadelphia, and this makes the loss of an active worker like Mr. Mitchell at this time, one the more to be regretted.