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.
The Country Gentleman has the following from a correspondent:"I have read the item headed Swindling Offers, in your paper of Feb. 21st. I have no doubt the person of whom complaint was sent you is the same one that was operating for you (in his own behalf) last Spring. He has been at work in this section for over a year, and has no doubt fraudulently collected several thousand dollars. He has thousands of victims. The Country Gentleman, Germantown Telegraph, Gardener's Monthly, American Agriculturist and the Farm Journal, all received his attention, besides nearly all the seedsman, of whom he was 'cousin' or 'brother.' The fellow is now in limbo, and at the hearing, the court-house appeared to be full of witnesses against him. He was held on nine charges in $300 each".
By the efforts of the publisher of the Gardener's Monthly this fellow was caught, but it appeared on the trial by the statements of per sons in court that this man has been perhaps all his life engaged at his business. There were a quantity of foolish young girls to all of whom he was engaged to be married, and one, whom he married, was in the vicinity. How many more in other parts of the country is not known. A large number of photographs of probable victims were found in his possession. It seemed hard to the publisher of the Gardener's Monthly that no effort but his own should be made to bring such a consummate scoundrel to justice, but the result shows the wisdom of the "parties of the other part." All his efforts simply resulted in sending this gentleman to pretty fair board and accommodations at the public expense for sixty days, after which he will have liberty to go on again with his swindles. It would have been cheaper, and have done just as much good to have paid the rascal's board for sixty days than to have gone to the trouble of catching him and the annoyance of prosecution. Justice of this sort is an outrageous farce, and in future those who choose to give money to strangers under pretense that they are collecting for the Gardener's Monthly, must do their own prosecuting.
If Mr."C. E. Price" is to live decently at the public expense, he may as well do it without all this fuss and trouble to so little purpose. If such fellows were set for a year or two to break stones to mend turnpikes instead of being confined for a few days in a cozy, comfortable parlor with a Bible to read, and a kind prison agent to visit and talk to them about the " enormity of their offences," and such like stuff, which has as much hold on their consciences as water on a duck's back, there would be fewer of these fellows outside to plunder the unwary. As he will be out about the last of May, let the Delaware people take him, and give him a share of that State's attention.