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.
Some time since a correspondent sent us a cut of new fruit and some account thereof. It had some merit, and the account was moderately written. It seemed information that would be of service to the mass of readers, and we decided to use both the cut and the description. Before it could appear in our columns, it appeared in two or three weeklies, and, of course, we did not use it in our magazine. The correspondent now asks "on what principle we first accept and then refuse an offering." The principle is that we print only what we think will be information to most of our readers. It is not information if widely published before it appears with us. We have no space to merely advertise one's goods. The regular advertising columns will do this.
We are always glad to get information or drawings or cuts of new things that evidently have value; but we must be satisfied that they will really give news, and good news to the reader. That is the "principle."