Largo quantities of beans are imported iuto this country annually. In recent years the total esports of tobáceo from all ports of the United States have averaged about 250,000,000 pounds l a year, of which about 150,000,000 pounds on an average have been shipped from New York. Next to New York the largest I ments of tobáceo are made from Baltimore; then New Orleane and Boston rank in order. Poultry keepers are assured by an English exchange that traps baited with sunflower seed will never fail. The rats cannot resist these seed. The bienuial couvention of the American Pomological society in California Was a very successfnl altair. The society re-elected the old list of offleers. The botanist of the Uuited States departiuent of agriculture says that it is a fact, well known and admitted by leading European importers, that American oiover seed in general maintains a higher Standard of purity than that from any other country in the world. This is owing largely to the fact that American seed öleaning machinery has reached a higher state of perfectiou than that of other countries. Pofessor Bailey of Missouri is said to have obtained more than 1,000 types of pumpkins by crossing the flowers of one kind with the pollen of another.