In Mr. Rivers' paper on Pears, published recently the lecturer notes that Shakespeare only mentions this fruit once (" Merry Wives of Windsor," n. 5), but in ' Winter's Tale,' n. 2, the poet mentions Wardens -

I must have saffron to color Warden pies - and Wardens were undoubtedly cooking Pears

(cf. Bacon, " Essay xlvi."). Again, Mr. Rivers asserts that Herrick does not mention this fruit. Surely he never can have looked through that poet's "Hesperides?" I find no less than seven separate allusions there to Pears, and he, besides Sir John Suckling, has immortalized the Katharine Pear -

So Cherries blush and Katherine Pears.

- The, Maiden's Blush. "Hesperides".

Herrick also mentions the Warden - Of roasted Warden or baked Pear.

- To Phillis, "Hesperides".

And to a Christmas custom, in which the Pear is alluded to Wassail the trees that they may bear You many a Plum and many a Pear.

- Ceremonies for Christmas, "Hesperides".

Spenser speaks of the Pear in his "Shepard's Calendar" (March 3), and Chaucer, who perhaps more than any other poet loved the freshness of spring and early morning, alludes to the beauty of the Pear tree in its full bloom - She was well more blissful on to see Than is the new Perjonetti tree.

- "Millere's Tale," line 61.

All who have read the " Canterbury Tales " will >remember the incident of the Pear tree in the "Marchand's Tale." - P. E. N., Upper Norwood, in Garden.