A small, round, thin leaf is unmistakable evidence of a pear not much removed from the wild type, and is rarely, if ever, produced from the common seeds of the garden. A long, soft leaf, as well as a large and broader one, is favorable - the darker the better. But they do not possess certain indications of character, for I have noticed the Black Worcester shows a leaf nearly, if not quite, as handsome as the Bartlett. Long-jointed branches are favorable. The color of the new wood is some indication of the color of the fruit. The Winter Nelis is darker than the Bartlett, the Sheldon than the Anjou.