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Some time last summer, while budding some young Peaches, I found that ants had taken possession of some ten feet in one row. They very earnestly resisted my attempts to innoculate the trees, inflicting many unpleasant wounds on my hands and arms. In order to disperse the warlike little nation, I sprinkled near a pint of fine guano along the little ridges. This threw them into immediate consternation. I noticed little collections of winged ants huddled close together, and seeming to be quiet while those without wings ran about in great agitation. The following day not a single insect could be found where the day previous they appeared to be innumerable. A. B. Lawrence. - Woodville, Miss, California Items - for most of which we are indebted to the California Farmer, an excellent weekly journal, published at San Francisco, by Messrs. Warren & Son :
"Apples or Gold in Pictures or Silver." How shall they be preserved! - We were shown one of the most splendid specimens of the Golden Pippin, from Oregon, that we presume has ever yet been grown. It was brought to our office by L G. Woods, Esq., received by him from Oregon. We note the weight, one pound and fourteen ounces - fair and very beautiful. It was Mr. Woods' desire to preserve this noble specimen and send it forward to the Great Exhibition at Paris, if it could be done; we are satisfied, however, of the impossibility of its being done -fruit being perishable in its own nature. However perfect the covering upon the outside, decay would commence within, and in a brief time it would fall to pieces by the decay and pressure of the atmosphere. If the covering were thick, the beauty and originality of the fruit would be lost. The only way of preserving its size, color, and form, is to have a perfect fac simile in wax. In this manner a perfect resemblance can be had, so perfect as to deceive the eye. Such specimens of our beet California and Oregon fruit we have now on exhibition at our rooms.
We are rejoiced to see the house of Adams & Co. thus interested in Pomology; we consider it an express favor done to the science in general, for which all should rejoice.