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.
I think a large number of the readers of the Gardener's Monthly are looking for some report of this Blackberry, which was advertised with so much promise three years ago. I paid a large price for a few plants, and during the first Summer found them running on the ground six or eight feet long. They stood the hard Winter of 1876-7 without injury, and bore no fruit to speak of last Summer, but grew stout canes six feet high, which I clipped back to two feet, and this Summer they have been loaded with a small-sized perfect berry, which is quite sour and bitter - more so than Kittatinny or the wild berry. To those who can raise the Kittatinny, I would say, let the Thornless alone. To those who want a hardy berry I would advise the Snyder.
I do not wish to discard the Thornless on my grounds, for of the three varieties named, this is the only one which has furnished sufficient berries for a pie. The Kittatinny has proved too tender, and this season the birds took the Snyder as fast as they ripened. Of course the remedy is to plant more than the birds can eat, and then I shall try to get along without the Thornless.