Of course I can only speak for myself, and others in my immediate neighborhood. In my own case I cannot do better than copy a few items from my sales book. In 1869, the average price was 13 cents per pound; in 1870, Sept. 1st, 400 lbs. Hartford to Scranton, at 20 cents; Sept. 8th, 300 lbs. Ives at 15 cents; Sept. 12th, 400 lbs. Concord to Wilksbarre at 12 1/2 cents; none sold less than 12 1/2 cents per lb. 1871, first Hartford 15 cents, to Scranton; Sept. 14th, 242 lbs. Concord to Williamsport at 12 1/2 cents; Sept. 20th, 700 lbs. Concord to Plymouth at 12 1/2 cents. The last shipment of Concord, 700 lbs. to Pittston at 10 cents. 1872, first Hartford 15 cts.; first 300 lbs. Concord at 12 1/2 cents; all the rest at 10 cents, excepting 2,400 lbs. Concord at 5 cents. The crop was heavy in most vineyards last year, and sales inactive and low. A great many more vines are coming into bearing every year, and I think that grapes will bring less money next year thau last.

So far the grape has proved profitable to me. The old vines of the Concord rot more or less every year - enough to spoil the bunches for shipping as table grapes. The 2,400 lbs. sold at 5 cents, were of that character. Had they not rotted, there would have been at least 3,400 lbs., and they would have brought 8 cents at least. I sold them to a distiller for brandy.

We have one advantage in Catawissa; our grapes do not ripen until the Jersey crop is on the wane, and the Lake grapes do not come in until ours are nearly over, and that enables us to get better prices. One of our largest grape growers in this part of the State is Mr. George B. Youngman, of Sunbury, who has four acres of Concord in bearing. I wrote him, asking him if grape growing had been profitable with him, and telling him why I wanted the information. He says:

"To the question, has grape growing proved profitable? I will answer, it has been profitable with me for the last three years. I received from 7 to 12 cents per lb. for my grapes; a fair average I think would be 8 cents per lb. But I received more than any one else for Concord in Sunbary, because they were better than any in the market, so every one said who bought and tasted them. Had the question been - " What are the prospects of grape growing - will it be profitable?" I would have answered - I think it will not be profitable. There are too many going into it; besides, many farmers are growing a few vines, and are bringing grapes to market, and the prices are going down - down - down. If I can, after a year or two, average 5 cents per lb. for my grapes, I will be glad of it, and at that price I won't become rich. I apprehended this, and have prepared myself for wine making. During last Bummer I built a wine vault, arched of course, and well under ground. I reach it by a perpendicular descent of 19 feet. Being deep, the wine will keep well. It will hold from 10,000 to 15,000 gallons.

I am now prepared to make wine.

"The question now arises: Can I sell it at prices that will pay? Is not the local option law that is now about going into effect in our State, a lion In the way? The information we have from California and the Lake region, on the wine question, is not encouraging - too much competition. Were my advice asked by one about going into the grape business, I would say, don't do it. I should like to have the proceed ings of the convention about to assemble. Please let me hear from you on the grape question after the meeting. I had intended going to the convention, but am sorry I can't spare the time. Repectfully yours, " Geo. B. Youngman."

Question: "Has any Grape introduced since the Concord been generally reliable?"

I think not, certainly not as far as my experience is concerned. I have tried a great many of the varieties that have been brought out since the Concord, and have never found any of them worth growing. A great many varieties are much superior to the Concord, and thousands and tens of thousands of the vines have been planted. But go into the markets of our cities during the grape season. How many crates of Adirondack, Allen's Hybrid, Diana, Diana Hamburg, Iona, Rebecca, Maxatawny, etc., etc., do you find? Not a great many, I think, but everywhere Concord, Concord I have found nothing profitable in the way of table grapes except Hartford and Concord, just because every one else plants the Concord.

About the experiment in cultivation I spoke of, I will now explain. I think some of the older members present may recollect my suggestion, some seven or eight years ago, that I thought many of our native grapes would do better with less cultivation, even growing them in sod, citing instances of vines growing in city yards, bricked all over, so that the roots never see a particle of sunlight. I remember very well seeing one or two noses going up at the very thought of growing grapes in grass, but the following spring I put it in practice myself. I took the last two trellises in my vineyard, vines three years old, and sowed it thick with grass seed, and from that time to this, there has never been a pound of manure put on it. I mow it once - about the last of June or first of July - and let it rot on the ground, and now for the result. There are 68 vines in the two rows, and they averaged 1,500 pounds of grapes for the past four years. They are wine grapes, Clinton and Franklin. The Franklin is the best wine grape we can grow in this part of the State, that is, I think so. I had tried it in cultivated ground, and had seen others try it, but it made such an enormous growth of wood, and but little or no fruit, so I determined to try my theory of grass.

The sod soon checked that rampant growth of wood, and the crop of grapes is beautiful to behold, from the lowest vine to the top, one mass of fruit. The berry of the Franklin is larger than the Clinton; has about three Per cent. more of saccharine matter, and makes a wine something like Norton's Virginia. At one end of my trellises is a Hartford vine, which has borne fair crops of fruit, and does not drop the fruit as much as in cultured ground.

The two past seasons I have cultivated the rest of my vineyard lightly in the spring. Sow with oats and harrow in. It prevents the ground from working after heavy rains, and saves a vast amount of labor. Of course I let the oats rot down, which makes a covering for the ground during the winter. I would mention, that the vine on which the grapes have rotted for the past three years, are not in the vineyard, but in my garden, and have always been kept scrupulously clean, never allow-ing the ghost of a weed to be seen therein.