We have often alluded to the necessity of thinning a heavy crop of fruit in order to secure fair and finely grown specimens as well as to save the tree from injury; but with all that has been said, the matter receives very little attention, and everywhere - both in gardens and orchards - we see trees overloaded and breaking down with small, indifferent fruit, scarcely worth gathering. "We saw lately a very striking instance of the effects of a light crop on the size of fruits. At the late show of the Genesee Valley Horticultural Society, a dish of Sheldon pears was exhibited by the Hon. L. A. Ward, all measuring full three inches in diameter each way. We took the trouble to inquire into the circumstances of their growth, and we were informed that the crop was unusually light. The weather in the spring had performed the thinning process effectually, and has thus shown us what may be done with the Sheldon. We may add, too, that these Sheldon* were of the finest quality, equal, at least, to the best pear we have ever tasted.

We are not sorry, therefore, at the part we have taken in bringing it to notice.