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Washtenaw Pomological Society

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At tlie monthly meeting all wero glad to see Mr. J. Austin Scott, the founder of our Society, hale and hcaity, taklng as Hvely an interest In the topics ot discussion as ever before. Mr. Ganzhorn read a very interesting paper on the apple. The apple is kiug among the fruits of our county The apple is not subject to blight likc the per.r tree; it is the most profltable fruit. It paid the farmers of Washtenaw county last season it lenst f 150,000.00 cash, while it filleil their cellars with plenty of tliis lu.-cious fruit. Michigan apples sell at Boston, Snows for $3, Kings for $5 per bbl. Tuo evaporators and fruit factories same to the the relief of the orehardist. Allim nalnger & Schneider bwjjlit 20,000 bushels of appl 8. Mr. Qranger froin western New York put lip a very large dry Ing establishment in the Vol, brewery. Three dryers were in operatlon at Chelsea. All over this county jelly and dder factories were in operation. The American consuls abroad had their attention directed by the Secretary of State to the extraction of juices f rom the apple. The process of dcfusion, employed in extractini; the juices from the suriir-beet in Europe, was reported most layorably upon by the consuls. This process is employed now on a larjfe scale in the old world in extracting fruit juice?, 85 to 95 per cent. of the apple juices are extracted; the eider by l.iiis prncess is said not to fermeut uuless sugar or yeast be added. Arringements are made to introduce this new process in this country. A vote of thanks was tendered to Mr. Oanzhorn for this excellent paper. Mr. Tucker, formcrly of western New York, now a resident of Ann Arb:r. ad dressed the Society. He h id visited every school district in this and other couniies where applc-i are jrovvn. No county superior lo Washtcnaw for fruitfrrowlng in general. O.ikland county produces more npples than any other in the state. Mr. Tucker is one of the principal agents, and partner, in the Uydraulic Press Co. He encourages plañís by Ihe eider and vineiiar manufactures all over the etate. At a meeting held three weeks ago at Ciiiciijro, Mr. Tucker recommended Ann Arbor for the establishment of a plant. Ilorticultural societies should support them lp legislativo enactmeiits by which they are protected igainst che manufacture of vinegar from corn, which is branüed eider vinegar, and against adulterated jellies. Every state, and espcciully MIchfgaD, should nppolnt a fruit conimissioner to nrevent these adulterations, whicli are lnjuring the public healtli. Mr. Win. McCreery presented a very Interesting paper on the proeeedings of the lOth animal meeting of the New Jersey Suite Horticultura! Society. The discussion of the subject of disposlng'of producís through the commission merchant resultsd In hU favor, although tliere are abuses connected with the system. A method is necded which wil] secure to the rowiT a fair and equitable relurn for liis condgnment. If the present wny of makins: out net proceed onnnot be altered perhapa somc plan inay be devised whereby tlie cotnmission merchant mny feel disposed lo i fler gome u - T" í - f"r consigiinients tnan neiloes at present. Tlie business abiliiy of the commission merchjints was defended. They have au acquainta.'ice with a large class of buyers and possess a famularlty with tbj kind and qaalWy O( fruit eacli U'ually buys. Pamlliarity with the way the markct is affected, either by fjlut or scarcity, is only acquired by cuns:ant attention and the knowledge of how best to dispose of a lo: of perishable produce in times of emergency is not ac quired in a day. The Society resolved "to oondemn the practice of commlsslon mea of supplylng enipty packages to customera, beeause it encoura-ies disbonest packing; to insist that the practice shall become universal of maklns weekly payments and statements; to demand honest quotations frora any ibipplng poiut where perishable artilles are handled; to comlemn the taking of fruit froin open packiiires by customers or employés of the cimimission men and to oondemn the practice of selllng the produce of different consignen in lump Iota, insisting tliat eaeh mao'a goods shall be soldon their own nierils. The spcedy return of berry crntes and bushei baskets is insisteJ upon." Air. J. J. Parshall, who m tde microscopic observations of tlie fruit bud?, apprehends no danger. Hou. J. Au.-itin Scott exhibited very line specimens of the Belmont, Jonathan, Roxburv Russet, Lady's Sweetinsi (one of the latest and best keepen), Talman Sweet, Swnar, Bellflower, Greening, Charles Treadwell: Knlish Kedstreak, Genetting, Jonathan, the ñnest specimens on exhibit. E. Baar: Jonathan, Greening, Enjrlish Utisset, Bellflower; pears, D'Aremberg and Lawrence. J. Ganzhorn: dried apples from Ben Davis apple, a variety which ottierwise is neglected but which seems to be BQperlor as a dried product. At the Febmary meetinji Professor Spaldine will have a narfr on fnneus diseases and their cure.


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