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EOBBET HOOPER PEAESON entered Kew as a gardener student in 1889.

H e came with first-class testimonials, and he soon showed by his keenness at work, in the library, and at the meetings of the Mutual Improvement Society that he was built of the right sort of stuff to make headway in the world. Dr. Masters found him out, and in 1892 he joined the editorial staff of the Gardeners' Chronicle. Ten years later he was appointed Assistant Editor of that paper and in 1908 Managing Editor. Those who knew Dr. Masters can detect his influence in the professional style and methods of Mr. Pearson. The worthy doctor was in sympathy with horticulture and its practitioners. He knew a hawk from a henshaw, and he steered a course for the good old ship the Chronicle that kept it clear of rocks and shallows, aud its logbook free from doubtful records. This is also the method of Mr. Pearson, who manages the horticultural side of the paper, Dr. Keeble having charge of the scientific side. A paper man has to be in sympathy, or pretend to be, with all sorts of conflicting movements and men. If he takes sides he runs grave risks, unless there is clear evidence of wrongdoing, and then he may use the whip. I t is to the eternal credit of the Chronicle that any genuine effort to promote the interests of gardening and gardeners gets the support of that paper. The first serious attempt made to establish an Association of Professional Gardeners was well backed up by Dr. Masters, guided no doubt by his Assistant Pearson, who was one of the founders of the B.G.A. There is no heartier Kewite than Mr. Pearson, and none of the younger men have done more credit to their alma mater than he. That he is a worker is shown by his books and papers on various horticultural subjects. H e is a Member of t h e Scientific and Floral Committees of the E.H.S., and of other committees of other Societies, and he is a Director and Hon. Press Secretary for t h e International Horticultural Exhibition, 1912. So much for the professional character of Mr. Pearson. On the other or off-duty side, he is what is known as " a white man." Born in 1866, he is older than he looks. A good talker, genial, game for a lark but knowing where to draw the line, and absolutely free from the commonest human weakness known as " side," I should say he rather hides his light than puts it behind a bull's eye. H e has made his mark, and unless the gods turn away from him he will make it still longer and wider before he puts down his topis. H e has his faults, but they shall not be named here. A Staffordshire man, he now lives at Braewyn, Earlsfield Eoad, Wandsworth Common. H e has a wife, whom he married in Monmouth in 1892, and one daughter. W . W. 2M


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