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On the list of Pears proposed for rejection were the following sorts which were retained at the suggestion of Mr. HovEY:
Beurre Adam, Dumortier of Manning, Duchesse Dumas, Figue de Naples, Flemish Bon-chreticn, Bacon's Incomparable, March Bergamot, Knight's Monarch, and Styrian.
The list previously recommended for trial as "promising well" was then taken up, and the only variety on it deemed worthy of promotion to the list "for general cultivation", was the Manning's Elisabeth - very highly commended by nearly all who have tested it. Branded St. Germain and Diller were stricken off the list as unworthy, and the others, after discussion, were Llowed to remain. The names of Tan Assene and Duchesse d'Orleans were changed to Van Assche and Beurre St. Nicholas, being the original names The following varieties were discussed and admitted to the trial list as "promising well": Beurre Clairgeau, Sheldon, Collins, Adams, Howell, Beurre Superfin, Lawrence, Belle Epine Dumas, and Walker.
The President was requested to name a few of the more promising new varieties, and gave the following:
Pise IX, Rousselet d'Esperin, Beurre Sterckman, Okas. Van Hoogten, Comte de Flan-dors, and Theodore Van Mane.
Mr. MaNNING added Fondante de Maline.
The Easter Beurre was introduced and discussed at considerable length. Many had succeeded well with it, and others could not ripen it. It sells in the Boston market at $3 to $0 per dozen. We shall quote the discussion on it hereafter.
The Fondante de Noel, known as "Belle Apres Noel," was well spoken of. Fondante de Noel was suggested by Mr. Berckman as the original and correct name, and was so agreed to.
We were absent during a considerable part of the discussion on Apples. The Melon and Hawley were, we believe, recommended for general cultivation, the Benoni for trial, and the Ladies1 Sweet was passed as one of the best winter sweet varieties. Several others were discussed and passed by as not being sufficiently known.
The following varieties were adopted as promising well:
Belle d'Orleans, Gov. Wood, Black Howsk, Great Bigarreau, Goe's Transparent, Kirtland's Mary, Honey, Walsh's seedling, known and disseminated by Hovey as the New Black Bigarreau.
The discussion was very unsatisfactory. There seemed to be an astonishing difference of opinion in regard to the merits of sorts. Burr's New Pine and Jenny's Scedling were recommended for "certain localities".
The following were recommended for general cultivation: - McLaughlin, Smith's Orleans, and Reine Claude de Bavay: and as promising well, Washington Seed-ling and Monroe.
Knevett's Giant was adopted for general cultivation, and the Orange and the French as promising well.
The New Rochelle was highly spoken of by those who knew it. The Needham White variety generally regarded as worthless.
The Diana was recommended for general cultivation. The Concord was discussed, but nothing more done in relation to it than to adopt the report of the committee on seedling fruits. That report will appear hereafter, and we shall also have a word to say of this variety.
We found it impossible, in consequence of frequent interruptions, to carry out our intention of making a complete report of the decisions on fruits, but as soon as the official report appears we shall correct all errors and make up all deficiencies. We know that many will be desirous of learning as soon as possible what the decisions of the Society were on certain varieties, and we therefore give an imperfect sketch without delay.