MUSHROOMS AND OTHER FUNGI.
THOMAS LANGTON, M.A., LL.B.
Fox probably fifty years persons who have received scientific training have been studying the fungi of particular districts in the United States, and have from time to time published the results of their researches; but no persons so qualified have made much investigation into the fungi of Canada or even of Ontario, or, if investigations have been made, the results have not been published so as to be generally accessible. The Geological Survey, which has for many years been compiling a Catalogue of Canadian Plants, has not yet reached the fungi, and so far as I have been able to learn has made very little preparation for making a list of them. There have not been wanting, however, amateurs who have as a recreation collected the larger or more conspicuous fungi which they have met with, and have either endeavoured themselves to identify them or have sent them to experts in the United States for identification, and have experimented in them as delicacies for the table.
Of recent years there has been a considerable popular inclination towards the study of at least the 158