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pest, outside of the fact that it has legal protection. The remedy will come with the future treatment of the persimmon for market. Gathered while still hard, treated for astringency and put on the market while still solid but edible, the fruit will be cared for and put before the consumer before the mocking birds make any serious attacks upon them While there are other birds which are troublesome, the one mentioned is the chief offender. Market. The Northern people love tropical and semi-tropical fruits. Our own people love a variety of fruits. The first Japan ese persimmons put upon the markets in the South and the North were received with caution, yet when well ripened, were easily disposed of. The present sources of supply of these fruits are Florida, California and Louisiana, with California leading. While in our South ern markets they are found in bulk, the Californians pack and ship in neat crates. The California crate is similar to an egg crate, with capacity for 50, 36 or 32, according to the size of the fruit. The fruit is unwrapped and through the slats of the crates it makes a very good appearance, and the pros pective buyer can readily see the size, color and quality without breaking the package. Uses. While we are not fully acquainted with all the uses to which Japanese per simmons are put in their native country, it is quite probable that their use is as varied as is the case with apples in the Northern States. Its general use at the present time, however, is as a fresh fruit. When fully ripe it may readily be eaten out of hand, but as some varieties are quite soft, the use of a spoon will facilitate matters greatly. Some prefer them served with cream. The non-as tringent varieties may be peeled and eaten as a dessert fruit, or sliced and served as a salad. Their characteris tic flavor, varying in the different va rieties, is found to be delicious by a great majority of people. Methods of preserving or evaporation have not been ascertained, but the latter is a common practice in Japan. Care of Flower Pots. Where plants are kept in the house, they need an occasional washing and the pots must also be cleaned, but this task should not be left till the general sweep ing day, for then so much will be crowd ed into the working hours that either some part of the work will be slighted or the housekeeper will be too tired. Select some day when other work is not too pressing and carry the pots all out. a few at a time. Put them in a tub, and pour in water to the tops of the pots, that the roots may have a thorough soaking. Then with a sponge wash the leaves and stems, and this is a good time to give them special attention, if they are troubled with insects. Scrub the pots and lift them out to drain, while you wash the jardinieres and plant shelves. By this time the plants will have drain ed and may be put back in place again. Then when you clean the room, the plants can be lifted out with the other ornaments and kept free from dust. A tray may be used for the smaller pots in carrying them back and forth. THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. INFORMATION FOR SPORTSMEN A Summary of the Laws of Florida for the Protection of Birds, Their Nests and Eggs. Sunday. —Whoever uses fire arms by hunting game or firing at targets upon Sunday shall be punished by imprison ment not exceeding twenty days, or by a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars. Plume Birds. —It shall be unlawful for any person to kill in this State, for the purpose of sale or commercial traffic, any of the following plume birds: Crane, egret, ibis, curlew, or heron. It shall be unlawful for any person to purchase, trade, or traffic in any of the plumed birds of the State. Penalty for viola tion of these laws, a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars or imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months. Wild Birds. —No person shall within the State of Florida, kill or catch or have in his or her possession, living or dead, any wild bird other than a game bird, nor shall purchase, offer, or expose for sale any such wild bird after it has been killed or caught. No part of the plumage, skin, or body of any bird pro tected by this section shall be sold or had in possession for sale. Nests and Eggs. —No person shall within the State of Florida, take or needlessly destroy the nest or the eggs of anv wild bird nor shall have such nest / or eggs in his or her possession. The law protects, gulls, terns, plume and all other wild birds, also their nests and eggs, at all times, but do not include game birds in their season. The English sparrow, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, great horned owl, crow, jackdaw, and butcher-bird are not protected by these laws.. Penalty for violation of above laws. Any person destroying wild birds, or their nests, or taking their eggs shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and when con victed therefor, shall be fined five dollars for each offense, and an additional five dollars for each bird, living or dead, or part of bird, or nest or eggs possessed in violation of this section, or to impris onment for ten days or both, at the dis cretion of the court. This does not ap ply to any person holding a proper cer tificate permitting the holder thereof to take birds and their nests and eggs for scientific purposes only. Game Birds. —No person or persons shall have in his or her or their posses sion, or shall hunt or kill, any wild tur key, quail, or partridge in any part of the State, save only from the first day of November until the first day of March of any year. No person shall kill more than four wild turkeys, or more than twenty-five quail, and no party of two or more persons shall kill more than six wild turkeys or more than fifty quail in one day. And no person or persons, firm, corporation, association, or company shall sell, or expose for sale, or have in his, her. or their possession for sale in this State any wild turkey, quail, or part ridge. It shall be unlawful for any per son to entrap any quail except on his own inclosed, cultivated premises. For any violation of this law the penalty is a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars or more than one hundred dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail not ex- ceeding sixty days or less than thirty days. Any person or persons, firm or corporation who shall ship any wild tur keys, quail or partridges beyond the lim its of the county in which the same were killed shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or less than twenty-five dollars or be imprisoned in the county jail not more than six months or less than three months. The same penalty will be imposed upon any common car rier, or any agent or employee of any such common carrier who shall receive for carriage or permit carriage of any such wild turkey, quail or partridge across any county line in this State. Provided: Hunters or hunting parties may take their game home with them in this State, but not for sale. It is unlaw ful to kill wild ducks between April 1 and October 1. Fine not to exceed fifty dollars or imprisonment not more than thirty days, or both. The game birds of the State are: Swans, geese, brant, ducks, rails, coot, mudhens, gallinules, plovers, snipe, woodcock, sandpipers, tatlers, cur lews, wild turkeys, partridges or quail, turtle doves, and robins. To enter upon the inclosed lands of another that are posted, to hunt or fish, fine twenty-five dollars. Law for Non-residents of Florida. — All non-residents before hunting wild game in this State, shall apply to the clerk of the Circuit Court of the county the said non-resident proposes to hunt in, for a permit to hunt in said county. Fee ten dollars. This permit expires on the first day of March following the date of its issue, and is not transferable. Pen alty for violation of this law: a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment in the county jail not ex ceeding ninety days. Provided: that the provisions of this act shall not-apply to counties having special game laws. Rubber Planting in Hawaii. The Ceara tree (Manihot Glaziovii) is the favorite variety of rubber among planters in Hawaii. In a recent bulletin issued by the Hawaiian Agricultural Ex periment Station, it is stated that up to the beginning of the present year 400,- 000 rubber trees had been planted in the islands, of which about 90 per cent were of the Ceara variety, the remainder con sisting of Castilloa elastica and Hevea brasiliensis in about equal proportions. There are now five large rubber planta tions in operation, and rubber yielding trees are being planted on a small scale by numbers of planters. It was intended to make a first tapping, on a commer cial scale, of some of the trees in the old est plantation during the present year, or as soon as they have reached a cir cumference of 20 inches. If growers would only remember that the transportation charges on first qual ity fruit carefully packed in attractive packages, are no higher than on inferior ungraded stuff, there would be fewer in stances of the returns not equaling the shipping expenses.