This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
That a man is not regarded as a prophet in his own country, often has apt illustrations. In our country, Mr. Ed. S. Morris has not been wholly overlooked in connection with the industrial developement of Africa, but his work is probably more appreciated in Europe than it is here among his own friends. The discovery of the Liberian coffee, and its adaptation to Liberia, was not only his work, but the extensive culture in that country by which a degraded and poverty stricken race is elevating itself commercially, and, as always follows in the wake of industrial pursuits, intellectually and morally, is in a great measure his work only.
In a work published by Mr. Morris, written as an appeal for means to educate the wild Africans around the Colony of Liberia, we find the following sketch of a negro boy, who is offering a present of two leopard kittens, which he had caught wild in the African woods; all he had to bestow. Now, as a civilized industrial, he sends coffee, sugar, and other products of his civilized labor, instead of wild cats, and native beasts. The change is gra-tifying to the whole world. The little Colony of Liberia is doing more to civilize Africa, than all that has been done by other nations for ages, and among the many who have worked in this useful field, E. S. Morris should ever be gratefully remembered.