Mr. F. R. Elliott, of Cleveland, Ohio, sends us the accompanying drawings from which our cuts are made, and also descriptions of some new seedling grapes which have originated with Mr. Charles Arnold, Paris, C. W. Mr. Arnold, we understand, does not yet offer them to the public, but is distributing a few plants into the hands of careful fruit-growers, in various sections of the. States, in order to have the characters of the vines as well as the quality of the fruit fully tested ere he names or offers them for public approval.

Mr. Elliott remarks uthat the character of description given here is of the grapes grown in open ground culture in Canada, and that doubtless when grown and ripened on the south shore of Lake Erie or in Missouri, the quality of the fruit would be improved, while its size would remain the same.

No. 1. This variety was figured last year in the Gardener's Monthly, but the sample sent me by Mr. Arnold is not as large as there figured, and he writes 'that it is not equal to former years, in consequence of greatly overbearing and much layering.' My description is: Bunch, long, double-shouldered; long, stout peduncles; berries black, and covered with bloom, roundish oval, of medium size, thick skin, harsh, and with considerable pulp.

No. 2. Bunch about six inches long, shouldered, not very compact; berries almost or quite round, irregular in size, black, with a blue bloom; skin half tender; flesh vinous, not sweet; pleasant, with only a small and almost melting pulp. This and No. 16 promise valuable as wine grapes.

No. 5. Bunch about five inches long, moderately compact, not shouldered; berries small, green, roundish oblong, with short peduncles; skin thick, and flesh with considerable pulp and large seeds; vinous, sprightly, not sweet.

No. 16. Bunch about four inches long, quite compact, not shouldered, full, even, and regular in shape; berries medium in size, roundish, slightly oblong, black, with a blue bloom, rich in vinous sweet, pretty free of pulp and pleasant to eat, and promises well as a valuable grape for red wine.

Arnold's No. 2.

Fig. 190. - Arnold's No. 2.

Seedling Grapes from Charles Arnold, C. W. 365

Arnolds No. 16.

Fig. 191. - Arnolds No. 16.

These descriptions are made and offered for record more as an indication of what is being done by Mr. Arnold, than as showing the actual character of the grapes, which as yet may be regarded as only partially developed."

All young vines planted this past season will be more likely to be healthy and good in spring if they are protected by some covering this winter. If there is good drainage, as there should be, simply covering with earth is all that is requisite.