This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Abutilon Avicennae. The Scientific American says that the "New Jersey Bureau of Statistics of Labor and Industries" have issued, "under its seal," an "offer from Monsieur Le Franc" to pay $8.00 per ton for straight "jute," stalks" not less than three or four feet in height," delivered in Camden, New Jersey. We note further that this is being widely copied by our exchanges.
It would be well to know what is this "New Jersey Bureau;" what value is attached to its "seal;" what security is there that anybody will take it after it is raised; who in Camden is to receive it; is there any limit to the amount to be received; if the fibre of the Abutilon Avicennae is offered, will it be accepted as "jute?" and is the offer to stand till the end of next year, - or for how long?
In connection with this we notice in another paper sent out " under the seal " of this Bureau, that no machine has yet been perfected to clean out the fibre profitably; but it is hoped one will be found some day.
One thing seems to us conclusive, that even if the machine were ready, it would take ground very rich indeed to raise this plant three to four feet high when sown thick together as wheat in a, grain field. Ground rich enough to do this could be put to better use than raising stalks at $8.00 per ton.
The whole story is so indefinite, and the results so apparently unlikely to come to anything, that we are led to make the inquiries at the head of this paragraph.