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First Conversational Meeting, December 13th

Mr. J. C. Parsons in the Chair. Subjects for Discussion - "The Cultivation of Fruits," and the "Pot Culture of the Rose,"

P. B. Mead made some introductory observations on the importance of these conversational meetings, after which he read an Essay on Fruit Culture, and concluded by moving that a com-mittee be appointed to report a list of the best fruits for the vicinity of New York. Passed. A committee of five was appointed.

The subject of the Cultivation of Roses in Pots was taken up and discussed. It was agreed to adjourn the subject till next meeting, when the General Cultivation of the Rose would be taken up. R. R. Scott, Sec'y to Conversational Meetings.

First Order Of Motion

If the four legs reach the ground in succession, the left hind foot reaches the ground first, the right hind foot second, the left fore foot third, the right fore foot fourth. This is the gallop of four beats, sometimes denominated the canter. This order of movement is not adapted for great speed, but is an agreeable motion in riding on horseback for ladies, or for gentlemen who ride lazily or badly.

The First Strawberries

Mr. Watson, the proprietor of Rosedale Nursery, presented us yesterday with the first strawberries of the season. They were well-matured, ripe, and juicy. We think this a little ahead of any one else, which speaks loudly in favor of our county both as a fruit-growing and berry-producing section - Southern Banner, Brenham, Texas.

First Year

Buds and grafts should be carefully looked after. Many show a disposition to fork, and unless attended to promptly, will make unsightly trees, and many of those which require more than one year to make merchantable trees, will at two years be past remedy. Side branches that threaten to outgrow the leader, should be pinched back to give them a chance to recover their position. This prunin in this latitude is usually required the last of May, and one dressing suffices or most of the plants. A second dressing should be given about two weeks after the first, to reach those not ready for the operation then.

The principle should be borne in mind that these plants require all their branches and foliage for their perfect and rapid growth, and they should be despoiled as little as possible. Pruning is a necessary evil, and should only be resorted to as a means to correct the shape of the plant.

Five Most Profitable Cherries

May Duke, Black Tartarian, Napoleon Bigarreau, Monstreuse de Mezel, Tradescakt's Black Hcart.

Flavor Of Wine

A CALIFORNIA vineyardist writes to Prof. J. L. Tracy, of St. Louis: "Can yon tell me why wine, made in California, from vines not irrigated, is entirely free from the earthy flavor so much objected to in the wines of that country? Why do the roots of vines, not irrigated, penetrate deep down through the dry, gravelly soil, while those that are watered remain close to. the surface? "