This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Hollister, of California, had a large crop of Almonds in the fall, but it is a question whether they will pay to prepare for market. The cold damp summer has made the shuck stick to the nut so tightly that it is a most tedious and expensive job to take it off. The Chinamen offered to shuck them for two and a half cents the pound, but Mr. H. thought that too high, and tried white labor, but it failed him. Lately he has been hauling the almonds to Santa Barbara to a man who agreed to take the job, but he too has fizzled out, and the Chinese want five cents. Thus all avenues to wealth are beset with difficulties.