Mr. Editor, - Were it not that I know you personally to be a man of good sense and gumption, I should class you among the green ones. Could not you see from the "hand write" that my article, published in the May number, page 222, signed Pratiquer, was written in a female hand, and that the hits on female names were consequently legitimate? why need you, in another article, page 223, say, "Ugly Pratiquer?" Ugly, indeed! You must know I have as handsome a miniature of him as you or any body else ever saw. But my present object is to let you know how you were taken in. Pratiquer, being engaged in his vineyard, desired me to furnish an article for him for the May number, and I thought it a good opportunity to give the female names a sly poke under the ribs. You men are so weak on that point that you prefer to give a poor name, if female, thinking it flatters our vanity. Now, I am willing to compromise with you: call flowers by female names, for they are changeable, evanescent, and many soon go out of fashion; but fruits should have something substantial in the name. I do not fancy your suggestion to give male names, but I think it preferable to ladies' names, which change in every generation at least But enough of this.

I wish you would treat us ladies, as you are pleased to call us, as if we knew something, and were at least as nearly equal to men, as the rebels are said by themselves to be to the Yankees - one to five - I think you would find your account in it.

How about that joke of the Tropoeolum which you played on one of your lady friends? Will you tell me, or shall I apply to Mr. Buchanan? Tours really, Frances Mart.

[Well, Frances Mary, we suppose we shall have to accept your explanation, and admit that we have been "taken in" by a woman; but how could you have "gone and did it?" See how you have rewarded our innocent and unsuspecting nature. Many men would go into antics, and never trust a woman again; but we shan't do that. We shall go right on trusting in women, and think them all angels. We said "Ugly Pratiquer," but only playfully. Isn't that plain? Now, Frances Mary, what do you mean by calling the women "changeable," and "evanescent," and "going out of fashion?" You know they ain't and they don't! We can't compromise on that basis; it wouldn't do, for we should lose more than half our friends. We'll do it on a more reasonable one, though. Don't we treat the women as though they knew something? That's odd enough. If you had made the opposite point, you would have been much nearer the head of that nail. Why one good woman is equal to any five men, and better than all the rebels in Secessis. - The joke about the Tropoeolum consists in this, that we left a new and rare green-house plant in charge of a female friend, and she ate it up for a common 'sturtium! Wasn't that good? - Ed].

Dear Sir, - As it may be interesting to some of your readers to know how to preserve the flower of the Night-blooming Cereus, I will give you my experience in preserving it. On the 27th of June, 1861, I saw that I was going to have a flower that night. Having seen it stated that the flower could be preserved in spirits of wine, I procured a large glass jar filled with spirits, and when the flower was fully open, about ten P. M., I cut it off from the plant, and put it in the jar, so that it was all covered with the spirit. It is still in a perfect state of preservation.

I preserved one on the 25th of May last, which looks well. As the flower opens and is gone in a few hours, it is not the privilege of a great many to see it on the plant. Yours truly, George Cruikshanks.

Whitinsville, Mass., July 8, 1862.

[The above is a very good method of preserving the Night-blooming Cereus, as well as many other flowers, and may be new and interesting to many of our readers. If it be wished to send the flower to a friend, cut it off during the day, and put it in a box with sufficient room to expand. It must be cut, of course, on the day of the night that it would naturally open, to have it in perfection. We have had them open in our hand while carrying them to a friend. - Ed].