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Washtenaw Pomological Fruit Exhibit.--our Dying Maples

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At the special session of the l'omoogical society last Satuidav. l'rof. B. ï. Nichols was requested to see to the ttingup of a car tor the transportaron f peaches, pears and other fruit and to he proper labeliug of said car so that veryone can see even f rom a distance he Ann Albor Fruit Car. The necessity of employing a proper person to see to the accessability of aid car in Detroit and the notification f parties to whom fruit is shipped was eadily seen. It was considered neceaary to pay the smal! tax of one penny per busbel to pay expenses. Some shippers lost enough money through the berry season by two failurea of the fruit car to be opened and placed in positionfor distribution, to defrav expenses of transpertation through th whole year. Prof. Nicholsand.I. J. Farshall were requested to flnd the proper man, either her or at Detroit. As not much fruit will be shipped before the next monthly meeting of the society on September lt, all shippers of fruit should promptly meet at that time. FKU1T EXHIBIT. J. D. Baldwin: LeConte pear f rom Holton Mississippi from trees he had plantad Uier bimself some year ajro. It was lartrr than th largest goose egg. Th flsh wat melting. juicy nd dlicious, but it lacked that flaror which distinguishes our northern fruit. Also a LOnte pear from his fruit farm was shown by Mr. Baldwin . It was pigmy beside the Mississippi giant and demonstrated that this pear is specially adapted to the south. What it will be here when fully ripe remains tobe seen. J. J. Farshall showed a Bradshaw plum nearly rip, also an early Crawlord peach, which was small and hard. The plu ji was a dark purple of large size with a plain división ine. The Crawfords will be two weeks later than last year. Mr. Schenk estimates his peach erop 800 bushels. L. Baur exhibited the Rostiezer, Clapp's Favorite and Bartlett pears. The flrst is a sugar pear of Germán origin, entirely free from insect marks. lts quality is best in the Michigan fruit catalogue. It will be difficult to produce a pear more popular than the Bartlett, though the Clapp and Femish Beauty and other pears are in some respects its superior. OUU DYING MAPLES. The citizens of Ann Arbor may feel sad over theirdying shade trees. The Akgus in its last issue devoted an interesting article on its first page to this calamity. The "Democrat" called tor informátion some time ago. I do uot wish lo add to the different theories and practices already recommended, vet I may submit general principies. A well washed, well fed body resista and rejects disease easier than a poorly red, unclean body. This 'rule is applicable tothe animal as well as vegetable kingdom. In the forest the trees are annually fed by the falling leaves, which not only furnish nutriment but also keeps up moisture. Our trees on the strêet are not only robbed of this mulch, but every year the street scraper gets nearer the trees and robs them of motlier earth. The result is visible. The remedy is plain. On west Huron street, Wm. Herz, E. Oesterlin, W. Stimson, B. G.Crookston but especially B. Davison have set a good example. About six or seven feet from the trees on the street side they filled up with earth which is held bv two or three inch plank or bystone. The late Prof. J. F. Nichols, who was a man of the ünest tastes, built a stone wall along the road to keep the earth ïrom kwashing away f rom his shade ;rees. As soon as a tree is impoverished, the insect tribes, the fungi and mosses prey upon it. Jiut trees should not only be well fed but also well washed. We scrape off all the loose bark and moss from our fruit trees in June or at any time when necessary. This is followed by a wash consisting of one part soft soap dissolved in hot rain water to which we add ten parts soft water. To ten gallons of the wash we add two ounces of carbolic acid or more. Let stand over night or longer to combine. The odor is so lasting that no eggs will be deposited. Scrape with a sharp hoe and apply the wash with a stift broom or a brush with a long handle taking pains to wet inside of all crevices. I have seen maple trees that were killed by mosses . Utilize your dish and wash water to feed your trees. If you cannot get the above wash, use your wasíi water on Tuesday and keep your trees clean. The trimmmg off of any deceased part of a tree and its destruction by fire is necessaiy to keep the cause from spreading. You do not need a man from Adrián to save your trees. Do it vourself or have it done.


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