"What are Service berries?" asked the young lady. The sergeant replied: "They are berries we get in the service; but we called them bullets then." The horticulturist could scarce give a better answer, for who ever saw a Service berry? The Editor has years threescore and more, and has often seen the Service berry tree; but the Service berries before him are the first fresh berries he has ever known. And they are not berries, but little pears - smaller than any ordinary pears, but still to all appearance little pears. The leaves of the tree are just like those of the Mountain Ash, but instead of the usual red berries, the tree bears these little pears. It is next brother to the Mountain Ash, and is Sorbus domestica, the Mountain Ash being Sorbus aucuparia. The tree seldom bears till the tree becomes quite old, and hence the fruit is so rarely seen. These have been kindly sent to us through Mr. Chas. H. Miller by Mr. Peter Kiefer, whose name is familiar as the raiser of the Kiefer Pear.

It may be as well to say to the reader that the sergeant was confounding a mere name when he thought of the military service in connection with these. Dr. Bromfield observes: "The name Service, applied to the tree and its fruit, is, I suspect, derived from (the Latin) Cervisia, a liquor prepared from grain by the ancient Gauls, and analogous to our beer, of which beverage a kind has been brewed, time out of mind from the berries of some tree of the present genus, called Sorbus by the ancients, 'quod ejus succum sorbere solent.' The Welsh prepare a similar drink at this day from the fruit of the Mountain Ash, called Sorbus sylvestris by many of the oldest writers on plants".