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.
Americans often wish that their public servants were "intelligent," and would attend to parks, squares, and other public places "as they do in Europe." But it appears they are no better off than we, and "societies" and outside pressure have to be brought in to aid the public officers to walk in the way they should go. This is an illustration:
"Mr. George Dawson, in a recent lecture at Birmingham, England, said that the office of a man's house was not only to give shelter, food, and meat, but also to surround his children with those fair sights and sounds by which the sense of beauty might be developed. There were houses in that town in which not a poem was read nor a song sung throughout the year, and yet the people wondered why their children were vulgar. Attention to the beauty of towns was one of the most neglected duties and one of the most deserving. If a town was beautiful, the people took pride in it, like to live in it, and were sorry to leave it. In Birmingham they wanted a new society, to be called ' the Beauty Society.' "