HAVE set over 40 varieties of grapes in my garden and among them 10 different numbers of the above Hybrids. The latter very pleasantly disappointed me in their behavior during the summer, which in the West has been so exceedingly trying to the foliage of most kinds. Not only did they pass through the drouth as well as the Con-. cords, growing without interruption through the entire season, but they ripened up their wood fully as well. The "Wilder" seems to be the most vigorous, though not a great ways ahead of the Salem. If the latter only comes out safely next spring, I see no reason why it may not be safely placed alongside the Concord and Delaware as one of the leading grapes. A few of us here, having heard so much of this kind, determined to try a box of the fruit this fall, and so, sent on to Messrs. J. H. Babcock & Co., of Lockport, N. Y., who claim to be " Headquarters " for this variety. The clusters were not so large as we expected; but the size of the berries and most excellent quality of the fruit made up for all other deficiencies.

For a market grape, I should think nothing would equal it, for its appearance is magnificent, and flavor not much below the Delaware.

Of the many vines which will be set in our State next spring, I think a larger proportion of these Hybrids will be selected than ever before.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. W. J. Abernkthy.