This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Mr. W. V. Andrews, who signs himself"Cor. Secretary of the Long Island Entomologist's Society, U. S. A.," sends a communication to Hardwick's Science Gossip, advising the English people not to use Paris green in case the potato beetle appears there, as"its use is entirely unnecessary. For small plots of land, hand-picking by boys and girls is efficacious, and without danger, for I do hope that your readers are not believers in the foolish stories told of the beetle being poisonous. For larger lots, an ordinary butterfly bag-net, swept gently along the potato-tops, will capture more beetles in an hour than Paris green will kill in a week." He then goes on to tell how Paris green came to be used in this country, in these words:
"Mr. Rye tells you that Paris green is a favorite remedy here, but he does not understand the American mode of doing things. Some State entomologist or other probably had a friend in the oil and color business, and gave a friendly puff to Paris green. Then the oil and color man advertises in some agricultural papers that he has the 'never-failing exterminator' of potato bugs - Paris green, and the editor of that journal at once strongly recommends it. You do not do things in that way in honest old England, but we do here".
Paris green was first recommended in the Gardener's Monthly. We doubt whether any advertisement, not merely of Paris green, but of any"oil or color man," ever appeared in its pages. We have been a pretty close reader of the leading agricultural papers of our country for years, advertisements and all, and we have rarely seen an advertisement of Paris green.. At any rate, we are quite sure there was at no time any necessity for"editorial notices" to make it go. If they have any room for another honest man in honest old England, America can very well spare this Mr. Andrews.