The Florists' Convention at Chicago, commencing August 16th, will, besides the address of so intelligent a gentleman as President Craig, a paper on hybridization by John ,Thorp, on " Fungoid diseases" - that is to say - fungal diseases, by C. L. Allen, and on orchids by H. A. Siebrecht. F. R. Pierson is to talk of business methods. Roses will get great attention from the essayists. Summer propagation and best varieties, by Mr. E. G. Hill; Charles Saunderson, Roses on Stocks. Mr. Ernst Asmus will speak on forcing bulbs, and Mr. Jackson Dawson on forcing shrubs. Mr. J. W. Elliott gives a paper on Art in Floral-work, and a paper will be read from Mr. W. R. Smith, of Botanic Gardens, Washington, on some subject not announced. Mr. J. M. Jordan, of St. Louis, is to give some idea of cut flowers as a retail business. The members also expect to get into hot water over the heating question. In relation to getting to Chicago, Mr. Lonsdale, the secretary, says:

"The railroads generally have offered a rate and a third. That is to say, a full fare must be paid to Chicago and the reduction is made on the return trip on the presentation of a certificate duly signed, etc.

"Take Note: - When purchasing tickets for Chicago, get the local ticket agent's certificate, with railroad stamp affixed, certifying that full fare has been paid to Chicago. This is necessary in case the members or delegates for any reason forget or fail to produce regular certificates".

As we go to press we learn that the meeting at Chicago was a very successful one. There were some fifty from New York and sixty from Philadelphia.

The address of the retiring president, Craig, was very well received. Mr. E. G. Hill, who formerly served officially as secretary, was elected president. Mr. Edwin Lonsdale declined a re-election as secretary.

An interesting incident of the meeting was a public welcome to Mr. Henry Bennett, of England, the raiser of so many famous roses, who was present on a visit from his country. His presence was announced amidst rounds of applause, that evidently disconcerted him. He broke down in an attempt to return thanks, at the warmth of his reception, and retired from the stage with tears, coursing down his cheeks. He is a chunky, blue-eyed, pleasant faced little gentleman, with iron-gray side whiskers. The thousands who have derived so much pleasure from his floral exertions will wish him many years of life to continue his useful services.