From E. B. Engle, Waynesboro, Pa., Secretary.

We doubt whether any more truly valuable report comes to our table than this; as most of those who give the addresses and take part in the discussions are men of a high degree of intelligence, coupled with a practical experience rarely combined. An excellent rule for some years has been to give colored lithographs of such Pennsylvania seedling fruits and flowers that seem to have a permanent value. We have here McFar-land's late yellow, said to be a seedling of late Crawford, but much larger than that well-known and popular variety; Cumberland apple, raised by David Miller, of Cumberland county, a September apple of medium size, great beauty, and good eating quality, - in plain lithograph - and a colored plate of the Triumph Gooseberry, "a seedling of Houghton, Catawissa, Pa., on the grounds of F. F. Merceron".

In regard to these we would suggest to the excellent Secretary, the importance of distinguishing between the thing which is, and that which may be. As we understand, McFarland's peach is a chance seedling, and though it is probable from its appearance that it is a seedling from Crawford, we do not think this justifies the statement that it actually is. The danger of this is shown in the case of the gooseberry. We have had the positive statement from one who should know, that the Triumph gooseberry was found in a garden, "supposed to be " a seedling, and that its exact origin is unknown. Yet we have it here without any qualification, as a *' seedling of Houghton." The Houghton belongs to the species of America, Ribes rotundifolia, while an examination of specimens of this submitted to us, shows that it is a seedling of another species, Ribes grossularia, of Europe.

When we pointed this out to the parties in interest at the time, we were only met by the response, " How could seed of the English gooseberry get there?" Because we were unable to answer that question, it does not follow that it is "a seedling of Houghton".

It is a very good gooseberry, well worth extensive planting, - fully equal, we think, to the Industry, which is also of the English race, - but it is not a seedling of the Houghton, and it should not have been so stated in a standard work like this.