In reply to your inquiry in regard to double working the Kieffer Pear (in March number) I would state I have two trees which were originally Duchess.

When the Kieffer craze struck us here these trees, then about three or four years old, were cut down close to the ground and a scion inserted. They have done very well and I have gathered some very handsome specimens from them, but I have not seen any difference in quality between them and those grown on standards. It would be very desirable to raise this pear of average good quality, but how we shall do this does not yet appear, unless it is all in the manner of ripening. The best I have ever eaten were grown on a light sandy soil. Peter Kieffer's soil, is, I think a pretty stiff clay. With me they vary exceedingly and when I get a good one it is a matter of good luck purely. Moorestown, N. J.

[We are glad to get this note as it gives zest still to the inquiry, why a pear sometimes good should not always be so? - soil, stock, and handling, each may have some influence. If we could find out how much, the pear grower would have the whole matter in his hands to great profit. - Ed. G. M].