MUSHROOMS AND OTHER FUNGI
edible fungi. Not many years ago there was scarcely any literature on the subject which was easily avail-able, or was of much use, on this side of the Atlantic, but within the last ten or twelve years several popular handbooks have been published in the United States which are more or less useful in Canada; and there must be spread over the country quite a number of persons who are examining, and sometimes adding to the supplies of the domestic table, the edible fleshy fungi of their neighbourhood, without venturing to put forth to the public any account of them. It is to be hoped that before long some of these workers will publish in some way at least descriptions or lists of what they have found, so that others may be helped and a foundation may be laid for a general list of the fungi of Canada.
There are undoubtedly several of such persons within the district with which we are at present concerned, viz., the district within a radius of fifty miles from Toronto. A district so defined would include almost the whole of the counties of York, Peel, Halton, Wentworth, Lincoln, and Dufferin, as well as large parts of Welland, Wellington, Simcoe, Ontario and Durham. In these counties the neighbourhoods of Fergus, Elora, Guelph, Preston, Ham: ilton, Orangeville, Georgetown, Oshawa, Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Gorge, Caledon Mountain, and the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Scugog, have long been fruitful botanizing fields, and should be able to return a good account of the fungi.