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.
As already noted in the Gardener's Monthly, it is a matter of surprise to every intelligent foreigner, that with so much in America to praise, our roads and paths should be generally so execrable. He does not know how we love self-government, and hate to have general laws. Every little thing to be done must have almost unanimous consent, or it must remain as it was in the days of Adam. This is wise so far as it goes, for power once transferred is often difficult to be resumed again. But in the matter of roads, no one is oppressed. Every one is benefited by a good road; and we see no reason why the proposition often made in our magazine might not be adopted by every corporation. The proposition is that when a macadamized or similar good road can be made for 5 per cent, of the estimated value of the property along its front, such good road should be duly made according to law, at the expense of such fronting properties.
This matter of good roads is especially for good horticulturists to work out. If horticultural societies would take in hand such matters, and be a power in the community, they would De very much more popular than they are.
Appropriate to these remarks is the following from the Daily News of Dennison, Texas: "In Texas, nature has exerted herself to create pecu-liarly beautiful sites for cities. There is no place on the continent possessing more lovely ocation than our own State. By rushing rivers, near wondrous springs, in mottes of ancient oaks, on rolling prairies, our cities are built.
Everything within, around, above, is on the grandest scale of nature; yet, how many cities, towns, or villages within the borders of the State look ragged! There is something that jars the harmony of the 'make up' - something loose in the attire. Here, there, and yonder, in every city, we see individual residences, built with taste, arid the surroundings in keeping, fences in good repair, sidewalks perfect, shade trees planted. Nine chances out of ten the owner, on a wet day, after leaving his own sidewalk, will have to wade through the mud to get down town. His city has not sufficient backbone to force property owners to build sidewalks".