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.
This distinguished gentleman loves to show up what he regards as the weakness of many modern teachers of science, but his lectures show that he is very ignorant of the sciences he professes to review. In a recent address, we have the following choice bit, which, among a vast amount of agricultural nonsense in regard to Colorado, will make the botanist smile:
"Here grows the strangely nutritious buffalo grass, which amazed me by its sweetness when I plucked tufts of it near Cheyenne".
Those who have collected the Buchloe dacty-loides have hardly found it at Cheyenne or anywhere high in the mountains of Colorado, for it is a denizen of the plains, and the idea of " plucking tufts" of a creeping plant which rarely grows more than three or four inches high, is as "amazing" as the "sweetness" which the Reverend gentleman professes to have found. Whether he ate the grass like Xebuchadnezzar in order to ascertain its "amazing sweetness," or whether he uses " sweetness" as some people would who may talk of a rose or a carnation, is not clear, - but he certainly found neither in the buffalo grass.