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.
Two men convicted at Maidstone, in England, recently, of digging up Snowdrop roots in a private garden, were recently sentenced by an English Judge to seven years' penal servitude. This is in striking contrast with the law of a Philadelphia court, where a systematic swindler, of several years' duration, was given a comfortable rest for sixty days, instead of servitude or hard labor; and with another case, where the same Judge Thayer actually discharged a prisoner who had stolen pear trees from a nurseryman, on the ground that Pear trees were real estate, which a man "could not steal." When the Snowdrop thieves get out they will probably emigrate to Philadelphia.