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.
We know very well that the Phylloxera is a native of the new world, and has been introduced into the old; but the French have the question yet under active discussion. The editor of La Vigne Fran-caise, shows how impossible it is to be of European origin, and also that the historic vine disease of the twelfth century, called by Strabo phteir, though a root disease, must have followed from other causes. The same paper notices that the Phylloxera has made its appearance at length in the vineyards of Switzerland.
In order to guard against the introduction of the Phylloxera, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal have entered into a joint convention and "resolved" on the most absurd enactment. It is remarkable that while we are continually hesitating about what to do, while wondering what the mother countries will say about us, they offer us such silly examples. The London Gardener's Chronicle likens the results of this convention to the man who, with one foot frozen, burns the other.