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At the January meeting of the Washtenaw Pomological Society, held last Baturday, Prof. J. Austln Soott prestded. Mr. Ganzhoru rcad the minutes of thé annual meeting, wbich were approved. In the absence of C. D.!, cbalrman of the coniruittee on transportation, the corresponding stftttd that be had visited, wlth Mr. Parshall, Mr. llayes, who rcfused to eive the number of bushels of berries shlpped in the Ann Arbor fruit car, and advised to address Mr. D. A. Waterman, of Detroit, auditor of Din Tl O.R.R.. who answered: "Tiiere are a number of fruit shippersabout Aun Arbor, nut raembcrs of your society, who object to having the company give the Information. Therefore we are in this case quite cempelled to decline the favor whlcb otherwise we would be glad to extend." The factí Ín tbe case are: The society made quite an effart to bring ibout cheaper transportation and better handling of our fruit by í'reight. An agent was hired at Detroit to see to the distribution of the fruit as soon as the car arrived in Detroit, early, at or before 5 o'clock a. m., so tbat tlie fruit would get to the commission houses in time tor market. Any delay in this respect would íiave proved a loss to the shippers. The society also bad some large hand bilis printed: ''Ann Arbor Fruit Car,"' so that this fruit car could at once be seen at iis arrival Id Detroit and be placed in UHl TUT UlOtl lUUVIVfU. A. lio vajh,iis"-o " this trouble amouiit perhans to i cents per bushel. And now it comes to light that tliere are snippers of fruit who avail themselves of these advantages, but re f use to bear the burden with tliose active membera who gave their time and talent jriatis 1 11 bringlng about a clieap and Úrst-class transportation, whioh rives tliem time to g:itlier thcir fruit ind costa tbree times lees thau tlie formar transportation. What will St. Peter do with such penf when tliey come to the gate for lnílier transportation ? Mr. J. Austin Seo stated that on countof liis o!d aja lie wriously oonsidered the acceptance of llie office (of president), but if !:e could do anytbing tor the building up of the society lie would most cheerfu ly lend a helping hand. He had been enged in fruit growina seventy years, conimenced grafting and budding in nis boyhood. He }ointeil witli pride to A. J. Downing, Charles Downiiig, M. P. Wilder, Dr. Wariler Campbell, T. T. Lyon and otliers of a nattonal reputation in fruit culture and its literature, and could not see any reason why tliis society should not have one luindred frood active members. The fruit interest in this county was of such importance that lawyer?, county Omeers, and in short ali;enteipnsniir men and women shouid take liold and niake fruit frowing a sucoess. Mr. W. F LSird spuke on speclulties in fruit growinsr. He cit d exatnulea of narvi'Ious success by speci;ilists in the culture of Btrawberrles, upples, celery, etc. Speciüliíts i-an atlcnd better to the details oi tlieir busines. Tiiose who ivá t"K niany irons in the flre would liave some hu rut. "The older I (trow the more ï am convinoe'l thut Hih man of one iilea 3 thi' BilC0K3-ful man. Our high pres-U't duCHtion i the cuse nt o miiny f;nlures. E"luction Pboutd li'id out early wliat a cliild ia trn(.(l tor nud diiect ns echoolinjj accordmgly. 1 i order to become a spi-ci-ilist one mu#t bein early. More breadm;ikit;g, and the art of Ixirticulture and tarming, mire botany is needtd In our gnhools." The discourse was bihn tull of cocnnion seusr. E. B mr supported these ideas, stHting that iu Germauy itinerant teachers Wfliiderlehrer) of hoi ticu! ture and agiiculture were especially trainer! by the fjovenmient to #ive instruction iu agri ciiture and its kindred branches in the comino n sclmolo, especially in the villages wheru the farmers and fiu t fcrowen are predominatiiift The tiller of the soil ithe backb me of tlie country. Let liim be trained in his important calling aearly as possible. Tlie president: - So many younir men fail becausi; they run from ene thlnp to anotber. Mr. (3anz Lorn lound aome dlffloultles in specliltieg 'We started out in peach culture. Tliree cold winters in succession killed most of our trees aud we bave uot recovereil vet. Started in grape }!rowinjr, which was interrupted by rot and cnded in allures. One who bad mentís enoufrh to bridge over could carry out specialtics ." Mr. N. Farimm, of Nortli Buss Isle, 0., was catled apon. He said lie liad been engaged in grape growingfor thirty years but does not know how to do it yet. Mr. Allmaml stated that lie had made a succeas of fruit growing insofar that lie could make ends meet, but lie could not raise such crops as Mr. Bird clted. He grew the first strawberries tor tue Ann Arbor market. Mr. Gíinzliorn read a very interesting jiapnr on p-ar bliglit, the leaf blight and t (ie tire blijílitTilia pajier vau wnrtb any amount of meinberslii]) fee Quite a iliseussioü followed, in wliich pe ir trees were n:imed which ai e not subject to blight and the reason why was deoionstrated. This topic will be continueu at soiue tnture meeting. Those present joined tlie society, Mr. Eugene Frueauff being amone the new members. EXH1BIT. J. J. Parsliall - Fallanwater, Baldwin, Belmont. Jonathan, Red Canada and Jreening apple. W. F. Bird - Xiagara, 8alem, Isabella grapes and fine celery. E. Buur - app'es, peaclies and pears -dried, Winter Nelis and D'Aremberg jiears, green; Salem grape and raspberry syrup three yeara old, highly appreciated by those who tasted it. TOPICS FOK FEBRUART MEETIN(i. How can we increase the interest in our society ?- by J. Austin Scott, the president. The Sickle or Sichel pear: lts origin - ijy E. Baur. Sale of our Fruit,- by J. Ganzhorn. Curled leaf In peach trees - by C. C. ■CIxrk. Executive committee meets on the 17th of January, at two o'cloc'c, at the court ■house. K. Bauh, Corresponding öecretary.


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