Rumors of new, good, and better strawberries, will ever be the rule rather than the exception. It requires caution to handle the strawberry subject, there are so many interested in the introduction of new varieties. One friend writes to caution us how we commend this or that fruit, and reads us quite a lecture for telling our readers that we prefer the Marilandica to any we have heretofore known. He does not even intimate that he has seen this fruit; now we have, and, moreover, having no interest whatever in anything that is for sale, we can afford to be impartial, and express a free and honest opinion. But this is not the theme we set out upon.

A valued friend (William N. White, of Athens, Georgia) gives us a pleasant gossip about a new berry. Be says: "Our two years' wonder in this fruit io what we call, provisionally, the Smythe Strawberry, a hermaphrodite variety which came into bearing last year. It was brought by a Georgian lady from England, three or four years since. She shared her plants with two friends, one of whom (Mrs. Smythe) alone succeeded in saving three plants, and a modes-sized bed came into fruit last season. It was so productive as well as excellent) that all who saw it were astonished; and I procured a few plants, last fall, to send to Mr. G. Downing, in hopes the original name could be restored. The few English varieties we have hitherto tried (such as Bicton Pine, British Queen, Black Prince, etc.) have not succeeded. The Smythe was the earliest to ripen both seasons, and bore three weeks after all other varieties are gone, and, at the same time, in profusion. The foliage is dark-green; leaflets, large, on short footstalks; fruit-stems, stout and erect.

"Hovey's Seedling, and most of the old kinds, were, this season, more or less out off by our spring frosts. The Smythe, Walker, Moyamensing, and Bishop's Orange, were little injured, and bore profusely.

"Not much fruit here, except apples, of which there is a moderate crop. Grapes are unusnally promising".

Columbus, Geo., July 5,1857.

Dear Sir: Allow me to answer an inquiry respecting Mr. Peabody's new strawberry. I visited Mr. P.'s grounds early in March. His bed of the new variety (about three acres) was literally covered with bloom. The runners had not been removed the previous year, so that the prospect for an immense crop was very flattering; some fruit had set, and it was then evident to me that it would prove a very fine variety; but this crop was entirely out off by the very severe frost of 15th of March, and, through the remainder of that month and April, we had continuous frost - fatal to the strawberry blossom. I again saw the bed about 10th of June, when there was a tolerable crop of very fine fruit, and could have selected many trusses from the bed fully equal to those represented in the published plate, and have this day (July 4) brought home from Mr. P.'s a basket of fruit of large size and great beauty, notwithstanding a severe drought prevails, so that corn is suffering badly; and there is ample evidence that the bed would continue in bearing some time yet, if thoroughly watered.

As a market variety, it is a valuable acquisition, bearing transportation well to unprecedented long distances. It is early, of good size, remarkably fine flavor, hermaphrodite, and a great bearer. It is not a hautboys variety, however; it more resembles Burr's Mew Pine, but is more sugary.

It affords me pleasure to record this as no humbug, but, on the contrary, worthy of full confidence, at least, in the Southern States. Respectfully yours, Geo. Kidd.

Saratoga Springs, June 30. Editor Horticulturist: I have just been reading the Horticulturist, and I see in it a query as to the Rhode Island Greening, in 1856, and I take the liberty of suggesting that the little care taken in grafting as to the stocks upon which the grafts are set, seems to me to have the effect of deteriorating many of the choice apples. I have had a sort of theory, for some time past, that the original stock affected the product of a graft; thus I think I can very easily tell whether a " gillyflower" was grown from a graft set in a sour or sweet apple stock. The one from the sour stock will be much more juicy (it seems to me) than one grown on a sweet stock. If there is such an effect, why may not continued grafting on to miscellaneous stocks in time deteriorate the apple until the descendant will be recognized as a new variety? I am no practical horticulturist, to experiment in this matter, but I think the experiment might be tried by some one who has an abundance of trees, and the result reported in a few years, very much to the edification of fruit growers.

Say a gillyflower graft was set, this year, on a hard, sour apple stock, and a companion graft from the same tree, set on a sweet stock; next year, or as soon as grafts could be procured from these grafts, work them again on other branches of the same tree, and so keep grafting from the grafts to the same, and other trees of like nature, and others of various sorts. In the course of five or six years, the grafts would come into bearing, and the matter would be tested. If my theory is right, some means will have to be taken to bring back the favorite apples to their original flavors, or we shall have to go back to seedlings. Hoping you will find a grain of wheat somewhere in this bushel of chaff, I am yours, etc, as ever a friend to horticulture, E. J. Huling.