" B." Baltimore, Md., says: "I have a puzzle which I would be obliged if you can unravel for me. I bought a quantity of deciduous trees this spring, which were temporarily covered with earth on their arrival to keep the roots moist. My gardener is a first-class man, and the trees were set out with every care and skill. In spite of this excellent attention most of them have died. But, six of the trees my gardener thought too poor and would not plant. They were left covered up temporarily as I have described, as the nurseryman to whom we complained did not care to take them back - though he generously deducted them from the bill. Now, strange to say, all these six, lying on their side, and only carelessly covered, are growing nicely, while those which had such skilled attention are mostly dead. I know the trees were well planted. Can you tell why they should die and the others live?"

We never were good at untying puzzle knots, and would rather have some one else get the pleasure and satisfaction. We can only say in a general way, that there may be some difference of opinion as to what constitutes good planting. There is a great deal of mere theory - mere notion - about tree planting. Some of it harmless, but much injudicious. We have known some very ignorant men beat the men of intelligence in tree planting very easily. A man may be very successful in ninety-nine things - and yet never have caught the right knack in the hundredth.