The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, at its meeting on the 1st of January, paid due honor to the memory of their esteemed associate, Col. Wilder. The leading members each paid a warm tribute. The remarkably youthful trait which he carried with his years, to which we alluded in our notice, was particularly dwelt on by Mr. Robert Manning, who concluded his remarks by observing:

"One of Mr. Wilder's most prominent characteristics was the perpetual youth which, in spite of the infirmities of age, he carried with him, and which led Governor Long, in his speech at the meeting of the American Pomological Society in this city in 1881, to speak of him as at once the oldest and the youngest man in the State. This had been attributed to his love for rural pursuits; but the speaker thought it due rather to his kind and loving heart, continually overflowing with regard to every one, so that they who had known him but a short time, felt that in his death they had lost a dear friend." This thought, the speaker said, had been better expressed in Whittier's lines, with which he closed:

"To homely joys and loves and friendships

Thy genial nature fondly clung; And so the shadow on the dial

Ran back and left thee always young. * * * *

Thy greeting smile was pledge and prelude Of generous deeds and kindly words;

In thy large heart were fair guest-chambers Open to sunrise and the birds.


O friend ! if thought and sense avail not To know thee henceforth as thou art,

That all is well with thee forever I trust the instincts of my heart.

Thine be the quiet habitations, Thine the green pastures, blossom-sown,

And smiles of saintly recognition As sweet and tender as thy own.

Thou com'st not from the hush and shadow

To meet us; but to thee we come. With thee we never can be strangers, And where thou art must still be home!"