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County Pomological Society

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The regular monthly meeting ot this sooiety was held at the court house last Saturday. Music, both vocal and instrumental, was furnishedbyMr. Nathan White and daughters, while the usual beautiful display of flowers was made by Mr. Toms. " Injurious inseots," was the subject under discussion. Mr. Baldwin stated that London manufacturers had sent him circulars respecting London purple, as a substituí for Paris green for the destruction of insects, which he thought a preferable article, and much cheaper. Used the same as Paris green. An article giving the views of Prof. A. J. Cook upon the coddling moth, was read by the secretary, in which he recommended the keeping of swine in the orchards and the use of bands. J. W. Wing said that the building of little fires he knew by actual experience to be effectual in destroying insects. Ilis attention was first called to this noethod by a lime kiln, the fires at night attracting myriads of insects, and eversince he had burned lime his orchards were free froni insects. Tho birds are of incalculable service in rid ding the country of these little pests, aud are worthy of our tenderest sympathy and closest protection. He also thought the keeping of swine in orchards a good thing ; at least sonic kind of domestic animáis should be kept there to eat up the wormy fruit, and he never knew of hogs injuring the trees. Judge P. L. Page agreed with the former speaker that little fires wcre valuable as a means of destroying insects, but thought it too much wdrk to be carried out by the people generally. He thought all huuting upon the prewises of farmers should be f'orbidden, as it tended to drive off the birds. The law is stringent in this respect, and it is the duty of the people to enforce it. Notices should be postcd up on the premises of farmers forbidding these depredators on the grounds ; and if moral suasion has no effect, then take advantage of the law and prosecute. Mr. Baldwin said that the Lirds would bring forth insects from underneath the bands on trees with wonderful ingenuity. Mr. Dorr gave his experience, and highly recomraended swine for orchards ; lie kept 25 in his orchard of 3,000 trees, with excellent results. He allows them perfect freedom to root as they please, and has never known of their injuriug anything, on the contrary thinks the rooting has a good effect upon the trees. He reiterated the importanoe of the birds. He also thought fowls in orohards a capital idea, and stated that he kept 100 white leghorns for that purpose. A brother-in-law who had a plum orchard oear the railroad always had plenty oF fruit, ana iieau....., .,.„,, ;nin„oftne curculio to the coal stnoke from the cngines. N. B Covert denounced boys with guns and dogs following at their hecls, and advised everybody to forbid them on their premises. Mrs. N. H. Piorce read a paper upon the "influenoe of music and flowers," which was well reoeived. Mr. Baldwin called attention to a circui lar from the state society, asking different counties for information regarding the history and progress of fruit culture. L. Davis made a strong appoal in behalf of the robín, thinking it one of the most i beautiful and useful of the birds. i Mr. L. Davis and Mrs. N. II. Pierce were each requested to prepare a paper for the . annual meeting of tbe state society, to bc I held here the coming winter. A vote of thanks was tendered the choii and Mr. Toms, and the meeiing adjourned,