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tments was well known, but it does not appear that these facilities were used for floricultural purposes. Regular hot-houses are of late introduction in our botanic gardens. Ripe pineapples were first obtained in Europe at the end of the seventeenth century. Linnaeus states that the first banana which flowered in Europe was in Vienna, in the garden of Prince Eugene, in 1731. The accordant accounts of Hernando Cortes, in his reports to the Emperor Charles V., of Bernal Diaz, Gomara, Oviedo, and Hernandez, leave no doubt that at the time of the conquest of Montezuma's empire, there were in no part of Europe menageries and botanic gardens which could be compared to those of Huaxtepec, Chapultepec, and Tezcuco. Hot-press. (Paper.) A means of calendering and smoothing paper by subjecting it to heavy pressure between glazed boards; a hot iron plate is placed at every 20 sheets or so, to heat the pile. Hot-saw. A buzz-saw for cutting up hot bariron, just from the rolls