The following method is practiced in some parts of Maine for packing apples for ship ment to California :—Each apple is wrapped in paper, and then placed in the barrel in lay ers. Between every two layers of apples is a layer of powdered charcoal. The apples are thus prevented from coming in contact with each other, and through the anti-putrescent qualities of the charcoal, the rot, even should it attack a part ot the fruit, will be pi vt iif.d from communicating to the remainder