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.
The Duke of Argyle writes his " first impressions" on coming to America to visit his son and the royalty of Canada. There is nothing particularly striking in his effort, the trees having most struck his fancy. One remark is so true that it deserves to be transferred here, he says: "Might I suggest to my friends in America the possibility of limiting the nuisance of advertisements on the lovely banks of the Hudson. [If he had traveled further other limits might have been suggested.] Every available surface of rock is covered with the hideous letters of some pill or some potion, or some embrocation, or of some application still more offensive, for the ills of humanity. To such an extent is this nuisance carried, that it seemed to me to interfere seriously with the beauty of one of the most beautiful rivers in the world." His grace does not reflect that we are a free people.
The Duke's Article in Fraser's Magazine for December last is a sensible one. His impressions of Niagara are fresh and good. We should have preferred the omission of this sentence, " But the famous Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence cannot be compared to the analogous scenery in many of the lakes of Europe, and especially of Scotland." He says he caught two salmon of twenty-three pounds and twenty-four pounds respectively, and one of the party killed one of thirty-one pounds. Killing is an Englishman's delight. What is to become of the lands above and far beyond the Falls when they have worn their way far enough back, the writer does not say, but that there will be a catastrophe some day, who can doubt?