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.
The Quinine tree is now thoroughly acclimatized and cultivated in India and results already assured. In Ceylon the experiments have been entirely successful, the price of the drug having fallen to 8s. 6d. the ounce. In a few years the exports from India will be considerable, and the superiority of quinine over opium as a means of preventing and curing disease, it is believed, will produce a revolution in the Chinese consumption of the two articles, and that the imports of opium from India to China will be replaced by quinine; and by this happy and simple process, a solution would be found for the dangers and uncertainties of the large revenue of India, and still more for the perplexing moral questions which cannot be separated from the large and direct share of the Indian, and therefore of the English government in the maintenance of the opium traffic with China.
The Annual Report on Kew Gardens is very interesting. There is much to interest on the subject of India Rubber, of which 4,651 tons were imported into England last year, and combined efforts are making to discover where to plant the several species of trees which produce it. How useful might our Park garden be in such efforts. New uses are found for caoutchouc, one of the most recent being for linings and panellings of railway carriages instead of teak. Dried chestnuts and the flour made from them are also reported on, as well as a scented tree sent from San Francisco, a species of Bursera from which an otto is made. The storm of August, 1879, broke 38,649 panes of glass, and the weight of broken glass was eighteen tons.