A lady writing from Franktown says: "I have found our wild flowers do not grow in cultivation, with a few ex ceptions. I have lifted them, earth and plant, and planted in flower beds not far distant, and some just died, others would grow for a time and disappear. Here is a list of kinds that have grown with me: I. Mimulus Lewisi. 2. A blue Larkspur, flowers in early spring, then seeds and disappears till spring again. 3. A pale lilac, or white primrose, flowers early spring and disappears till spring again. 4. A plant with flowers like chicory, grows tall and is rather showy. 5 Mimulus Rorlii. 6. M. Cardinalis. The Habe-naria leucostachys grew for a time in the flowerbeds and seeded. Now grows fine in the thick grass below the beds, just as cowslips do in the old country.

We have had a very changeable spring. And I think the codling moth is disposed of, as the frost killed the apple and pear blooms. We had cleaned and burned all trash in and around the orchard, as we found the cocoon of the moth in old boards, boxes and anything they could get cover in, and were keeping them down; but I hope this frost will finish them. It is quite a loss and very discouraging. We have two orchards, one old one of about 1,100 trees, and a younger one of about 800 trees. It is eight years, I think, since the apples were killed; before the thermometer was down to 18 below freezing point, before they were killed. A neighbor burned wood round the orchard all night, and we think his is a little worse killed than ours. Currants, gooseberries and strawberries were only slightly hurt, and some cherry bloom escaped.

We had a very severe shock of earthquake on the night of the 3d of June, about three o'clock. The loud rumbling wakened us up. When the old earth ceases to feel solid it is a little frighten-some. It is eighteen years since we had an earthquake more than a slight wave before. This one was very severe south of this place, but no one hurt.