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.
It may be that electricity is to play a great game in cultivation. So far, it is ascertained by experiments that the influence of electricity is probably modified by the species, by climate, season, temperature, dry or wet weather, and degree of light; possibly, also by the geological and mineralogical nature of the ground; any conclusion is yet premature.
Common Sense, says Prof. Huxley, "is science, exactly so far as it fulfils the ideal of common sense: that is, sees facts as they are, or at any rate without the distortion of prejudice, and reasons from them in accordance with the dictates of sound judgment. And science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic".
About one quarter of the French wine-growing districts are now destroyed, and it seems hopeless to arrest the progress of the plague. Prof. Raynal, of Poitiers proposes, as a last remedy, the radical destruction of vineyards situated at the boundary of the infected districts, and the establishment of a neutral zone.