Is an expression frequently employed in conventions and other places, to designate and recommend a description of article which looks well and is readily produced. It might be proper for some one to protest, in the name of the public, against the use of the phrase, unless it is accompanied by an explanation. While we write, the "Country Gentleman" came to hand, with the following paragraph from a nurseryman, recommending various strawberries, and among them his own, which he prefers to all others. We had set out determined not to cite examples, because they are so numerous and well known, but the following will serve to confirm what we mean to say. It stands literally thus:

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Even a Boston monthly says, of the Summer St Germain Pear, in his June number, "compared with the Boston, Tyson, and Rostiezer, it falls short of the require, ments of a superior pear; but judged by the popular standard of a market fear, as for judge the Bartlett and some others, it is a valuable variety." Is it possible ? In his own language, "the public may truly say, the smallest favors gratefully received," and we add for him, inferior in proportion.

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Your excellent remarks on this subject remind me of another common fault with Horticultural writers and speakers, though not by any means confined to them. I mean, omitting to tell the whole truth. A single instance will illustrate my meaning, though many others might be given. "Cahoon's Seedling Rhubarb" has been written up in the papers, and talked up before that very humorous association in New York City, called the "Farmers' Club," on account of its great size, but they fail to tell you that it is utterly worthless for "market purposes " or home consumption, from the fact that it is so late; one is tired of pie plant before "Cahoon" is large enough to use, and that after it has attained size it is coarse grained, without flavor, and inferior in every way to "Linnaeus" or "Victoria." It belongs to that numerous family annually distributed through the country for the especial benefit of the " Sparrowgrass " and "Beach Tree " people. I would advise " Beach Tree" in his next experiment to use such manures only as are manufactured expressly for his class, such as " - 's Improved Super-Phosphate of Lime " - he will run no risk of killing his trees, nor anything else, with them - they are very harmless.

I wish to add my testimony to that already published in favor of "Wilson's Seedling Strawberry," both for "market purposes" and for family use. It is very productive, of handsome color, perfect form, good quality, of larger average size than "Hovey's Seedling," and bears transportation well. We have picked three pints from a single plant, (a pint each time at three different pickings,) and nearly one hundred quarts from one hundred and fifty plants - ten times more than Hovey gave us.

I cannot agree with a Philadelphia correspondent of the Country Gentleman, in condemning Peabody's Seedling. It has done well with me, and though not as large as the picture, is fully equal to the renowned Hovey in size, quantity and quality, and superior to it in vigor and uniformity of growth. Fitz Randolph.

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Your excellent article under this caption, Mr. Editor, contains precisely my own views on the subject, and I am quite rejoiced that you espoused what I consider the right side of the question. I long since became disgusted with the immense quantity of talk which has been lavished upon "fruits for market" and "fruits for cooking," both in and out of the conventions, the former term being translatable into " large, flavorless fruit, which bears well," and the latter " a fruit which is inedible in a raw state," both classes being utterly unfit to be eaten or cultivated in any civilized community. This system of occupying cue's ground and attention with trees bearing poor fruit, merely because they do bear, seems to me very absurd. There are many varieties which are good both for eating at home and selling in market, and free bearers withal. So, too, in respect to culinary purposes. The commonly received opinion that a fruit can not be cooked unless unfit for anything else, is very erroneous, and I have satisfied myself and others to the contrary. For instance, the Duchesse d'Angou-I«?me pear, which I have never heard spoken of as ua cooking fruit," is nevertheless capital for that purpose, while yet hard, and the same is true of many others.

No one need look for better "cooking apples" than the Fall Pippin, Baldwin, R. I. Greening, and other table varieties. In the case of a variety which will keep for an unconscionable length of time, or is fit for cooking remarkably early, I would make exceptions, but am strongly in favor of discarding nearly the whole tribe of "cooking" and "market fruits," as commonly so called, without the least remorse.

The theory that a fruit, to be salable, must be, if not flavorless, of indifferent quality, is not founded upon fact. The true state of the case is, that there being but rarely any other than such fruits in the market, people are compelled to purchase them or none. I question if any fruit ever had a more widely spread popularity or was more eagerly sought for, than the White Doyenne pear - the Virgalieu of the New York markets. This certainly is not " a market fruit" in the common acceptation of the term, but of the very first quality, when well grown, and that it"cooks well" I can testify.

One of the finest of the subacid cherries, the May Duke, has no superior for cooking, and the Imperial Gage is a capital substitute for the coarse tough White Magnum Bonum plum, as a preserve. Let us then, Mr. Editor, commence a war of extermination against poor fruits "for market purposes:" continue to wield your influential pen in the cause, and we shall see if good will not triumph over evil in the end. yours, A Buffalonian.

["A Buffalonian," on the whole, is about right; still we could hardly make up our mind to "cook" the Duchesse. She is too good, and at present, and until more extensively cultivated, too valuable, to be devoted to such a purpose. - Ed. H. ]

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This article of mine seeming rather out of place here, I may be allowed to remark that it was written in reply to an editorial on the subject, in vol. 13, p. 297.