Our "Western friends excel in large collections of native and foreign apples, which they are growing and fruiting toward establishing knowledge of their comparative values at the West, as well as aiding toward correction of nomenclature. We know of quite a number of gentlemen having four to six hundred sorts; but the two largest collections, to our knowledge, are those of A. M. Lawver, South Pass, I11., who has somewhere about 1,500 sorts of apples, and E. H. Skinner, of Marengo, Ill., whose collection numbers over 2,200 named varieties of apples, gathered from almost every part of the earth.

"Stevens' Genesee is a poor pear, rots at the core, is never very good, and never was worth growing for any purpose." We find the foregoing in the Fruit Committee's report for Massachusetts, published in the American Pomological Society's Transactions, and are not a little surprised at it. We have yearly met the pear, and eaten of it grown in many sections of the country, for over twenty years, and our experience with it has always been to place it as certainly in the pomological rank of "very good;" and often, when grown on light dry soils, we have found it to rank almost first in quality and of extra superior size and golden yellow beauty. We will venture the statement, that long after Shurt-leff's New Seedling pears have been put in the condemned list, where they belong, that Stevens' Genesee will remain on the catalogue as a valuable sort for many sections.