A correspondent from Belvidere, N. J., says: "You are always so exasperatingly correct in all you say or write that it does one good to be able, if only for the short time that elapses before you sit down on one, to catch you napping. You write as a comment on the first item in "Scraps and Queries" in September Monthly that "we did not know before that when older seed did grow it took longer to sprout," and add, " We take this as evidence of low vital power," etc. Now, why may you not just as well take it as evidence that the integument of the seed in question had become so hardened by age that a longer time was required for the moisture necessary to germination to penetrate it? Were you to take a canna seed before perfectly ripe, when it had hardly vital power enough to grow at all, I fancy it would sprout in much less time than a seed fully matured and full of vitality. Indeed, is it not a fact that all seeds sprout more quickly when slightly immature?

" I take it for granted that the vital power in all living organisms increases until the period of full maturity".

[Is it correct that the integument of a two or three year old seed is harder - that is, less impervious to moisture - than one that has been carefully dried and is only a year old? - Ed. G. M].