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 agricultural editor of the Chicago Tribune has seen, at last, a head of Wheat in which grew something which "in color, size and outward appearance was Chess." He then goes on to say:
"The head of Wheat was taken to Prof. Bur-rill, of the Industrial University, for his examination. Prof. Burrill is of the opinion that the grains shown are Chess, but does not say positively that they grew in the head of Wheat. We are of the opinion that they did grow there, and we doubt not that Mr. B. would say the same, where he not perhaps afraid that a positive assertion might subject him to ridicule".
It strikes us that this paragraph does great injustice to Prof. Burrill, whose reputation as a careful botanist is well known. Prof. Burrill is no doubt perfectly justified in withholding his-positive assertion as a man of science, without any "fear of ridicule." Prof. B. would not long withhold his opinion if the facts could be proved..