By the October number of your magazine, I see that the Editor states that this fruit is only a variety of Prunus domestica, and that " the Japanese have no native plum that is fit to eat." Now this seems to me a grave mistake. As to Kelsey, 1 have seen the trees growing in the southern part of the United States, and have seen and eaten the fruit, and have specimens of it in my office here at this time. If there is a difference between P. chicasa and P. Americana, then there is a difference between P. domestica and the species to which the Kelsey belongs, although there is doubt as to its name. The flowers of all these species are not widely different, but their other characteristics are enough so to make many species. And so it is with Kelsey, for the leaves, bark, fruit, and form of the tree, are decidedly peculiar.

It has been my privilege to frequently talk about Japanese plums with Mr. Tamari, who is a thorough student of botany and practical horticulture, and a native of Japan, and he stated plainly that this plum is a variety of a native species and that it did not belong to P. domestica, but to a species which he thought should be called P. hattan or hadan. He said it was hardy only in southern Japan, and we know that it has repeatedly winter-killed even in northern Texas and similar latitudes in the United States. If friend Meehan knows of varieties of P. domestica that are semi-tropical let him tell us.

Mr. Tamari told me of other species of Prunus only native in Japan, to which varieties belong that are not only scientifically distinct, but bearing fruit of sweet and delicious flavor. One such variety has been this year fruited by Luther Bur-bank, at Santa Rosa, Cal., which is red to the stone.

All the varieties of P. mume are only fit for pickling; and, as is well known, we have native species here of this genus that are equally bad. Bureau of Pomology, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Washington, D. C.

[We have had no opportunity to examine botan-ically, plants of the Japan Plums. Plants bought by the Editor have died in the winter, affording no chance to see- foliage or flower. The statement that they were varieties of P. domestica was made on the authority of communications in other magazines.

The Department of Agriculture has an intelligent Botanical Division - and if there is any native species of plum in Japan capable of giving such improved forms as these, that department should be able to furnish the information, without the Editor or his correspondents guessing at it. - Ed. G. M].