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MR. PICKARD LECTURES ON FRUIT CULTURE, &c. SIR,—I am very pleased to notice that Mr. J. T. Recs, Pengarn has drawn the public's attention through the GAZETTE to the necessity of having the practical lectures delivered by Mr. Pickard at the U.C.W. printed in book or pamphlet form for the convenience of those who are closely connected with gardening, not in this neighbourhood only but also in other parts of the country. A hand- book of this kind—giving practical hints—is very much needed, and 1: am not aware of any kind of such publication in circulation at the present time. There are many books on gardening which tell us when to place the seed in the ground and a few other simple instructions, but nothing so practical useful, and un to date as Mr. Pickard's leture.,¡, and. I may express the hope that you or Mr. Pickard will add one more valuable publication for the information of those who are seeking light and learning in this direction. I believe it is quite possible to have a book of this kind printed both in Welsh and English but I question if it would pay so well as in the English only as the sale would be of necessity less it restricted to the Welsh only. —Yours respectfully, JOHN P. THOMAS. MR. PICKARD'S LECTURES. Sin,-Aniong the many excellent features of your popular journal there is not one, I believe, of greater interest or usefulness than the lectures given at the College on fruit culture, and I among others are grateful that you have wisely extended the course beyond the limits of the College walls. The College has done untold good, directly and indirectly through its various depart- ments, but I am inclined to believe the authorities hardly realize to what a wide circle this new course of lectures on gardening appeals. When the course will have ended I trust Mr. Pickard will favour us with another series on the management of the kitchen garden. Yours truly, COUXTRY CLERGYMAN. P.S.f must also compliment you upon the admirable selection you give us weekly in your Leisure Hour column. Such gems of thought from master minds are far better than a column of egotistic sentiments spiced with half baked home- made poetry. THE ABERYSTWYTH LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY. SIR,-With reference to the proposed resurrec- tion of the Literary and Debating Society at Aberystwyth, I believe the old Society filled a vacant place in our local life and was fraught with good to the social instincts of the Community, and I am sure many besides myself can testify to having derived benefit and instruction from the interesting gatherings that used to be held under its auspices. Though it may not be possible to revive the former institution, it should not be difficult to start another on similar lines, and I think it would be well supported, and acceptable to the more cultured and intelligent circles of local society. One of the advantages of such an institution is that it draws t< ;j-cther the various sections of a Community, and affords common ground for friendly acquaintance and exchange of courtesies and ideas between those who have no other opportunity of intercourse. In fact it fills the same place in the civil life that the hunting field does in the rural economy. Cordially and sincerely I wish you success. Yours truly, Cwm, September 18th. HENRY BONSALL. Sirt,-Allow me a few lines in your paper to approve of your admirable suggestion to revive the above Society. I remember the old Society in a very flourishing condition. The papers, the debates, and the entertainments were of a high standard, and the Society was the means of bringing together into closer union members of the different classes of residents. All the members seemed to look forward every week to the evening of the Literary Society. It is to be hoped that the Mayor, who was a member of the old Society, and who is always ready to assist in the carrying out of any projects for the benefit of his fellow-townsmen, will fall in with your suggestion and convene a meeting by circular or otherwise, of a number of residents who have their inclinations in this "1 T '7 respect, ana i am sure the project will turn out successful. Yours, &c;, T. J. SAMUEL. 17, Queen's Terrace. SIR,-Allow me briefly to bid welcome to the suggestion contained in the last issue of your paper, that the worthy mayor of onr town should take steps for the purpose of forming a Town Debating Society, which would, in its construction as a body be absolutely free of any sect, creed or politics. The suggestion is practical and healthy. That our well known Mayor should be the convener of such a meeting for that purpose is a happy one, and that such a society when formed would be likely to nurse and nourish wholesome town life and just citizenships no one will dispute. Yours faithfully, Aberystwyth, J. VAUGHAN EDWARDS. Sept. 19th.

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