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.
X says: - "I see the Gardener's Monthly quoted as authority that this is an excellent fruit, and others also quoted that the fruit is worthless. How is this; and what is the public to think?"
[This is a very simple question. If the public is to think at all, it must do as other judges do. All judges do not look at things in the same light. The story of the Dutch judge may give' our correspondent some clue as to how to think on the matter. Half a dozen witnesses were produced, who positively swore they saw the man steal, but the defence produced a dozen who did not see the man steal, and the judge considered the majority favored the defendant, who was accordingly aquittcd. All we can say is that we have eaten fruit of the Kieffer Pear which was equal in luscious richness to any pear we ever ate. The whole of the Judges at the Centennial who had some fruit before them, also seem by their report to have had a favorable experience. Now if there are some gentlemen who have had fruit of it that was not commendable, it is no more than general experience with other fruit; for everybody has had Vicars, and Flemish Beauties, and other fruits that were not worth eating. If these poor samples happen to be sent for opinions, of course no editor can do anything else but speak of it accordingly.
We expect some time to have a poor specimen of the Kieffer as well as of any other kind - but that will not alter our opinion about the excellent fruit we have tasted. - Ed. G. M].