This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The California Agriculturist says:
"Several cherry orchards about San Jose have, within the last two or three years, showed the presence of some disease which has alarmed and puzzled the orchardists not a little. The trees, one by one, in portions of the orchard, would commence dying at the top. The topmost limbs would die first, and so down till, in some cases, the entire tree would die. In others, after a few of the main limbs died, the trees would take a new growth from the bottom limbs and show signs of recovery. We have visited several orchards and undertaken to ascertain the cause. No orchardist could account for the trouble."
[We find the roots of many trees that are sick injured by gophers, but much doubt whether such injuries, however harmful, would result in the appearance as described. - Ed. G. M.]