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.
There was, not many years ago, an auctioneer named Robbins, in London, famous for the ornate mode of his advertising of mansions and country seats. A wag got up an imitation in which a great advantage was introduced in a N. B.: " The telegraph passes the door day and night." A more recent flourish is the following : " A quaint mansion and appurtenances, draped in the foliage of its statety pines, its ornate lakes abounding with trout and flecoying the wild duck to the fowling-piece, wrapped in the amplitude of its lawns and finely-timbered parks, presenting a tout ensemble of a •country seat, rich in the elite of winged game, intersected by never-failing streams of pure water, hydraulics might here neutralize the aridity of periodical draughts." Who does not want to purchase such an elysium ? But it is feared the mania for locomotion gives preference to Pullman cars over the delights of home.