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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. Proceedings, essays and reports at the annual winter meetings, held at Madison, Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 1870 and Feb. 7, 8 and 9, 1871
(1871 [covers 1870/1871])

Willey, O. S.
Report of the recording secretary,   pp. 15-20 PDF (1.4 MB)


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TRANSACTIONS FOR 1870.
named sorts now in our books. In view of this, too great caution cannot be
used
in accepting and naming the seedlings placed upon exhibition. For, while
such
labors are worthy of all commendation as triumphs of the noblest ambition,
con-
quests which scar not, nor leave an unhealed wound, upon memory or heart,
nor stain
upon the hand, and are worthy the life and labors of any man or woman, yet
the
danger is ever here, viz: of bestowing names unworthily, or in too great
haste, or of
re-naming a sort already in the books.
I would call your attention to the labor of a thorough revision of the premium
list. It is very much to be desired that this be done while the society is
in session,
that all may participate in its revision; and not as heretofore, be left
to the execu-
tive committee. There should be some radical changes made, many of which
have
been suggested from time to time, and more probably will be while you are
in ses-
sion. But whatever may be the result of a general revision, we would respectfully
urge the using of as large a list as practicable of horticultural journals.
The reason
of this is two-fold. It in a measure compensates the publishers to whom we
are
indebted for much service by way of advertising, and without whose aid we
could
hardly survive. Then again, it is a means of circulating knowledge, and many
may
thus become readers of the horticultural press who had never done so before.
So
that, while we help the publisher, we are also educating the people to a
stronger de-
sire for horticultural progress.
A special feature of addition to the premium list should be that of encouraging
a
system that shall give us better reports of committees. As worthy of imitation
in
this respect is the report of the Boston lIorticuftural Society. It is not
enough for
the world to know that one takes the first premium and his neighbor none.
The
objects are, or should be, two-fold, viz: to educate the people, and to encourage
hor-
ticulture. We are free to say that the masses do not know a good, or perhaps
bet-
ter, a perfect specimen of few sorts, hence the labors of examining committees
may
well be given to writing out not only the reasons why Mr. K. takes a first
premium
but why others have taken none. It is not enough to say because they were
the
best; we want to know why others were not just as good. Was it because they
were over size or under size?  I have only time to allude to it here. Many
things
will suggest themselves to you in this connection, and I would urge that
a premium
be offered of sufficient amount to encourage good reports from the chairmen
of the
several committees. Such reports need not be presented till the winter meeting
after the fall exhibition-being then in time for publication in the volume
of trans-
actions. It is a subject worthy your consideration, and a source of gratification
to
the future officers, if the manner of arranging the fruit at the fairs should
be dis-
cussed at some length. In the department of cattle and horses, they are classed
as
best Roadsters, best Devons, etc. Now is it not well to inquire if we may
not have
our fruit similarly classified. Best three, or five, or ten sorts, all to
occupy a table
by themselves, and with a suitable card printed thereon to designate the
place the
fruit occupied in the premium list. This manner has but one objection to
it, viz:
that mentioned by our friend Mr. Stilson, in a late number of the Western
Farmer;
and while this (the handling of fruit by visitors) is worthy of all consideration,
yet
are not the advantages more than sufficient to compensate. The great convenience
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