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 following valuable note has been handed to us by Mr. John Putter.
"Augusta, Ga., February 12, 1881. "Mr. J. Putter, West Chester, Pa.:
"Dear Sir: - The question of the existence of the 'Yellows' in Peaches in this State has been discussed in our societies and the result is that no one could positively say that he had ever seen a genuine case of it here. In the course of my observations, extending over twenty-five years, I have never seen a tree affected with it here, or in any place south of New Jersey; and I am, therefore, safe in saying that the disease is unknown in this section. What may have happened in Mississippi, according to the statement made by a member of Penna. Fruit Growers' Society, may be possible; but I should like undoubted evidence of this, and if the locality can be ascertained where the disease affected the trees we can readily find out the extent of the disaster and perhaps the origin in that locality. This is an important matter, and if the fact of the loss in Mississippi is really so, there is cause for careful investigation.
"P. J. Berckmans."
[The "member" referred to, was the editor of this journal. He merely stated what he saw himself on the line of "Jackson route," through the State. It would not have been difficult in that year to find plenty of "samples." It is scarcely possible that one familiar with "yellows" should not know it, though the trees be many yards away. If these trees with their yellowed leaves, "water sprout" branches from the trunks, and dead branches generally, had not the yellows, they had something else just as bad. This statement was made in our magazine at the time of our visit, and does not seem to have been controverted before. - Ed. G. M.]