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Washtenaw Pomology

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orty-ei2lit variotles of Olirvsnntliemurns exhibited by Mr. J. Toras the florist, and the elite of Ann Arbor womankind to admire tliera. It was a sight indeed. But to a fruit-crank llke the scribe wno thinks the hlstory of the world began with pomology and will very llkeff eud with it when Piiradise will have been regained, the fruit show took the lead. Indeed the women, with their instinetive longing for the fruit of the tree, looked 83 cagerly at the hisclous apples and poars and made as many Inquines about them as they did about the charming flora. The honorable founder of thïs socisty, Mr. J. Austin Seott, with his experience of over a half a century in fruit growing, leud with the zeal of u youthful poraologist in the exhibition of apples. ]t contiüned the " Austin " which tic hud originated and was nanied after him by Marshal P. Wilder, the late president of the American l'oinolojiioal Society; it is a winter uppie of fair size and beautiful color. The Grenlwinkle, a sweet red f all apple best lor hnking; Belmont. Fall Pippin, lien Davis, Greening, Ladies Sweeting, Taiman Sweet, Winter Permail), called by Mr. S. the richest apple, Canada lied, Swaar and Jonathan. Over tliis liighly colorea apple one lady ;t quite luto ecstacy. That beauliful lijrht and brlght spot which ofien mnrks this apple on the uuderslde, hadjespcclally ttractcd her atteuttoD. Our honored president, Mr. J. D. Baldwin. to whom this society is raucli indebted for practical results, eshibited the B-ildwin, Ihe Kinir, the Grceoing, the Southern Yandervere apple and the Le Ponte and Kleffer pears. So lar Mr. 15. gives the latter pi ar the preference over the former. E. Baur exhibited ten varieties of apples: QreentBff, Klng, Ohio Nonparcil, l'ijnin, Spy, Canada Hcd, Red Rootst. WajfHer, Jonathan and Gloria MunJi; ten varietles of pears: Louise Bonnc, Onondaga, Bose, Anjon, Mount Vernon, D'Aremberg, Vicar, Winter Ni lis, KielVur and Angonleme. Also red raspberry and pear syrups wliich were enjoyed by nll who tasted them. The pear svrup is made f rom fully ripe Bartlett and Fleniish Beauty pears in lar;e quantitics wil hout any sujjar or spieesas these pears contain, when fully ripe, plenty of silgar and of fiavor. To the request to describe this pear exhibit with reference to quality and inarket value the nndendgiud ivouhl say that it would require more time, space and labor than people imagine. Suflloe it to remark, that the pear is one of the finest fruits. At present the Detroit and Chicago markets are overstocked by carloads from western New York. Yet for a specialist who is not afraid of hard work, and gcler.tillc investigation to overeóme the dl6ea.se8 and eneinies of this tree there is room at the top of the ladder. Miss Sarah Fletcher had a line exhibit of jeüii'S. Mr. Toma sliowpd besides his tlowers, Phisalis Alkekeni, conunonly called grouud cherry in natural and preservad state, which tasted deliciously. Prof. B. E. Nichols reported as chairman of the committee on transportalion. H stated that the Iruit transportaron by the Michigan Central II. B. company in some respects had uot been satisfactory. The failures werc caused by the Ann Arbor office which falled to tele graph to the Detroit ofllce the nnmbcr of the car which contain cd Ann Arbor fruit. Somethinr must be done in the future to avoid such irregularities. Mr. Clongh wa-i requested toreporton the fruit factory bonus. But Mr. Martin Clark, whom'hc expected to jjive the aniount of collections was not present at the time. Q lite a discussion in regard to the usefulness of the fruit factory to the fruit jirowers as well as to the cominunity in general aróse and it was decided that the factory would do ten times as inuch good if it wou'd go into canninjr. It was reported that the Ann Arbor Preserve and Pickling company located on the soutli Pittstield road had sold out their wliole stock of canned goods. Thls shows that canning of fruit fiom Wasbtenaw couuty will have a future. All the committees promisnd u full report at the anntial meeting of the society which occurs on the flrst of December.


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