" Prairie Rose," Rochester, N. Y., writes: "I note that you do not seem favorably disposed towards the Manetti stock. Roses seem to do very well on them, so far as I have seen. What is the objection to them?"

We do not think we have ever said anything against the use of the Manetti stock in itself. As our correspondent finds, so we also have found roses to do very well on them, as a general thing. But whatever their real virtue may be, it is found to be a fact that such roses become unpopular with the masses, and there is no profit in growing what people will not have. The trouble is, that the leaves are too much like the leaves of the roses. Suckers come up and the people cannot distinguish them. The sucker kills the graft and the owner does not know it. The Manetti lives and the rose dies. When the rose owner has invited his friends to come and see his lovely collection of a hundred roses, only the one poor Manetti rose opens its buds for the feast. He vows, and all his neighbors vow, never to have a grafted rose again. And what is the rose seller going to do about it? This is the main difficulty that we have found.

In England, however, where they gathered up the Manetti after their American cousin threw it over the garden fence, they seem to have other reasons for hostility to it. A recent Garden says:

'* Of course, as Manetti stocks can be so easily made and budded, and so quickly form big salable plants, they will die hard, for there is no denying the Manetti the merit of convenience, but that is about its only virtue".