A Philadelphia lady writes: "Please give me your opinion of the usefulness or uselessness of dry leaves. I have observed people very diligent in gathering them, and I have wished my grandchildren and servant to do the same, believing that when dry they would be good for horses' beds, and afterward useful on the ground. The man who does our work, says bedding horses on leaves makes them hard to clean, and he had been told they would not decay so as to be useful to the ground, for seven years. Please give me your opinion".

[Leaves are not good bedding for horses when extra cleanliness is desirable, as the somewhat spongy character of the mass does not allow the moisture to escape as straw does, while small particles of the broken leaves are difficult to get out. As a bedding for cows there is not so much objection. The leaves would probably be sufficiently decayed for use in less than seven years, especially if mixed with stable manure in a high state of fermentation, - but it does take some time in an ordinary way for leaves to decay, and, unless they are thoroughly decayed they are apt to communicate root fungus to vegetation, which is one of the most insidious causes of injury to crops that the gardener has to deal with. - Ed. G. M].