American Garden 9(10): 357 (Oct 1888)


From a Photograph, Tacoma, Wash. Ter.

We all know how fond old gentlemen are inclined to be of telling stories of the size and abundance of the fruit during their youthful days; but the calm investigator, although willing to concede the deterioration of varieties in different localities, is no less certain that the best fruit in our more favored regions is far beyond the reality of any other time, and equals the fondest imaginings of our old friends. In the new land of Tacoma, Wash. Ter., on the ground of the late Gen. M. M. McCarver, were set fifteen years ago the trees from which were cut the branches of cherries of which our pictures were taken on July 7 last, and it is said quite a number could have been cut equally as fine. The following description is from Henry Bucey, president Washington Horticultural Society, who says thousands of people saw the originals before and after they were photographed. Four boughs with their cherries weighed just 9 1/2 pounds. The length of the largest was 13 inches and the shortest 9 1/2 inches. Each was from one-fourth to one-half inch in diameter. The largest bunch of cherries was 7 inches in diameter and weighed 4 pounds. The black ones are of the variety called Black Republican, or Luelling, which originated with Seth Lewelling (Luelling) of Milwaukee, Ore. The fruit is large and roundish heart shaped in form, black in color, and is classed by the Am. Pomological Society as good for market and family use. It has not been tried to any extent in other parts of the country, but from their vigor in the Northwest success may be expected from them. The light colored bunch is of the kind known as "Royal Ann" on the Pacific Coast—a foreign variety belonging to the Bigarreau class and known as Napoleon elsewhere—as will be recognized from the large size, roundish, heart shaped form, yellow ground shaded and marbled with red. It is well known as a market fruit in the older portions of the country, although some cultivators think a better selection could be made in planting for family use.

The proposed law allowing patents to be given to originators of new varieties of useful plants is again attracting attention among fruit men.