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 is from the Farmer's Home Journal, of Louisville, Ky. After quoting the remarks of the Gardener's Monthly, the editor says: "We are pretty well acquainted with the orchards along the 'Jackson route,' and we have never known anything to resemble yellows among the peach orchards so far. The editor must have fine eyesight to be able to detect this disease, rolling along at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour.
"Trees were badly injured two years ago by cold, which caused the leaves to turn yellow, and the trees died out, and very often trees are yellow from an attack of the borer or bad cultivation; but we must be poor horticulturists not to be able to find out by examination what was discovered by a mere glimpse from a car window."
Our friend is a little facetious on such a serious question. We may say in brief, that one who could not tell a peach with the "yellows" from a merely yellow peach tree, even though "rolling along at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour," would be unfit to discuss the subject. For the writer's part, he would guarantee to tell a peach tree with the yellows from a merely yellow peach tree, though the train were going at forty miles an hour, and though it were going smoothly or "rolling" along. As for locating the places where these trees with yellows were seen, it is next to impossible after these many years. It may be that the disease was local - introduced with the trees - and that the conditions were unfavorable for its spreading. It is in the favor of this view, that those who are writing about it evidently do not know what it is. If common, they would not write like this.