Ontario Sessional Papers, 1898-99, No.18-25 . V 5 FS. 65 Section of Howell. 62 V if tori a Sessional Papers (No. 21). A. 1899 KIEFFER. There is perhaps no pear about which a greater diversity of opinion exists; some fruit mencondemning it because of its lack of quality, and others insisting that its beauty of appearance, its enormouspi oductiveness, and itswonderful health andvigor of tree make it aprofitable market variety,and that when properlygrown and ripened it isquite a desirable kind,especially for cooking.Certainly the tree sur-passes every variety inour collection for pro-ductiveness and vigor ofgrowth ; while the fruitis always uniformly per-fect in form, free fromblemishes, and, when thetree is cultivated andmanured, large in size.. Kieffer Pear—Exteriok. Origin, by Peter Kieffer, Roxbury,Pa., a seedling of Chinese Sand pear. Tree, wonderfully vigorous andhealthy ; an early and extraordinarybearer, often being laden with fruitafter two years planting. Fruit, medium to large, averagingabout 3 x 2^ inches ; form, ovate,tapering at both ends, widest atmiddle, and narrowest toward stem :skin, light golden yellow, with brightcheek, Mid very numerous brownrusset dots ; stalk, one inch long,fairly stout, in a one-sided cavity ;calyx, half open, in a medium sizedirregular basin. Flesh, yellowish white, half tender,half melting, not very fine, , uicy :flavor, moderately sweet, poor. Season, October, November andDecember to January. Quality, dessert, very poor ; forcooking good ; valuable for canning. Value, second rate for all markets. Adaptation, very hardy.