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.
J. says: " You hit the nail square upon the head when you say that the most perfect machinery is the most likely to win, and so reasoned a neighbor of mine who has been many years in Select Council. He told me that to be able to run understandingly with each and every "machine" in the city that he joined every secret oath-bound society in the city. And now Mr. Editor, as you appear perfectly satisfied that the superintendents of our public parks are not the right men in the right, place; who are they, and who appointed them to the position that they occupy? If they are-members of secret oath-bound societies, - which you can easily find out, and which my experience in politics would say that they were - it was not chance but a regular carried out policy that put them in over the heads of the worthy diffident man who would rather lose the office than join an illegal oath-bound society to gain it".
[Our correspondent, whom we know to be-one of the most worthy men who ever lived, asks us a question: but his own letter contains-the answer. It was the most perfect machinery, which placed the incompetent men in charge of the public gardens. They who would have better men, must perfect machinery, and have-competent engineers to run it, if they would have their desires respected. The trouble in all these questions seems to be that the fleet hares knowing that they ought to win, lie down and sleep, while the miserably slow tortoises keep pegging away, and get in first at last. - Ed. G. M].