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Important Peach Discussion

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In the absence of President Scott, Charles Treadwell presided over the Horticultural Society last Friday. Mr. Ganzhorn reported for the mittee on the diseases of the peach. Aftergiving a history of the spread of the yellows in the peach belt on Lake Michigan, which destroyed whole orchards, he stated that the committee had detected the yellows in peach orchards in this vicinity and went to work, according to the law, to have commissioners appointed, to see to the destruction of the trees inf ested by the yellows. The same law applies to the black knot in cherry and plum trees. As the yellows seem to appear also in the city limits, the mayor and city attorney declined to co-operate witl the committee and the commissioners [The reason for this was that the law did not apply to cifiies and the mayor had no right to appoint commission ers. - Ed.] Mr. B. J. Conrad remarked that the commissioners had a right to extend their duties into the city limits as the city was located within the township of Ann Arbor. B. J. Conrad, chairman of the com mittee on transportaron, reported He read correspondence with leading commission men of Detroit, which showed that the society did not need an agent in Detroit to take charge o: the fruit car. On the 27th of July when a heavy shipment went down to Detroit, Mr. Conrad took an evening train, stayed at the Griffin ove nigh rnd was at the depot at 4 oclock a. m. to see how the Ann Arbor fruit car was disposed of. He found the car in proper position. Two men connected with the railroad appeared. They a once separated the different consign ments and placed them in position for the commission men to take thei berry crates away. They handled our goods as carefully as the railroad men in Ann Arbor. The drays came and took away their consignments. D. O. Wiley's man came and took away his berries. Did not see him do any more. ï)o one knew who Mr. Conrad was. He was, therefore, satisfied that no special agent was necessary. He also consulted Mr. H. W. Hayes, ticket and freight agent of the M. C. E. R. at Ann Arbor, who stated that the Ann Arbor fruit car would reaeh Detroit early in the morning, unless prevented by an accident; that only the railroad authorities could open and dispose of the distribution of the goods. They might employ a dozen special agents in Detroit. It would not make a partiële of difference. The f easibility of sending a, during the peach season, to St. Paul, was discussed. Mr. Conrad reported that 400 bushels are necessary to send a refrigerator car, whick would leave here on Monday and arrive at St. Paul on Wednesday. A commission man of St. Paul wrote to him that even apples there are sky-high. Most of the large growers being absent, as usual, this matter had to lay over until next season. Some thought Boston or other eastern markets were better than the west. Mr. Eugene Frueauff reported that Me saw, last season, four peaches sold for one dollar in the Philadelphia market. He is sure that they were Ann Arbor p.eaches. "Washtenaw saises more peaches and other fine fruits every year, and the Detroit market is frequently gluttec by shipments from Michigan, Ohio and even western New York. A fruit exchange will finally become a necessity, if bad packing by growers and robbery by unscrupulous commis sion men shall be prevented. An honest packing of peaches was strongly recommended by Mr. W. F. Bird.