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Freaks Of Law--which?

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It is a freak of nature, or the action of sotue law not f ully understood, by which Wfi OCCasÍO"i!lv nhkain wnimopi nf fruit or vegetables entirely different in appearance trom their natural habit? A few weeks ago we were pioking fruit from a tree containing grafts froin scions of the Baldwin and Roxbury Eusset apples, the limbs of which crossed eaoh other and the ends of the twigs of each variety intermingled quite freely, but not inore so than have thousands of others without producing any remarkablë results. In this oase, however, we were surprised to find on one little twig at the extremity of a limb several specimens of each kind of apples, all perfectly distinct and true to their kind. We have read of apples with a sweet side and a sour side, eaoh differing somewhat in color, but we nevfr f ully believed that the división line oould be traced very distinctly between the two parts. We expeot the side toward the sun will be the most highly colored, and we never believed the differente in flavor would be found greater than the difference in color between the dark and the light side. In the case of the Baldwin and Russet on the same twig, the apples bappened to be of suoh varieties as have as little resemblance to each other in appearance as any we could have selected. The Russets were perfect in their shape and color, while the Baldwins were as smooth and red as any we could have found on other trees. We supposed, at the time, that some natural laws had somehow been working in a very unusual, thongh not impossible, direction. We have now before us a specimen of fruit which must have been produced through the action of laws which are certainly very obscure, if indeed they are laws at all. This specimen grew on a Porter apple tree. It is a little under gize, being a trine over two inches in diameter either way. It has not been cut, or tasted, but it smells just like an apple, and the color is like a Porter in every respect, but in shape it is as perfect a pear as ever grew on a Vicar or Bonne de Jersey tree. Now who can teil by what law of vegetable growth this perfect pear-shaped apple was produced upon a tree bearing several barrels of fruit, all of which, except this one, was true to name in every particular ?-


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