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.
As stated in our last, it seemed a duty to those at a distance, who were led to believe by the American Naturalist that there is something very bad about the manner in which the members of the Academy of Natural Sciences manage their own property, to let them know that those editorials were usually but the "campaign documents," often seen in political circles, and meant but little more. This last editorial preceded - what was in some sort suspected - a special ticket for officers, headed by Prof. Cope for President, and Mr. J. A. Ryder for one of the Cumtors.
Mr. Ryder being the Jessup student, whose terrible indignities in being asked to keep an eye on the museum while the person in charge went to dinner, the Naturalist recently held up to a weeping world.
It is but justice to those who read Professor Cope's onslaughts on the Academy, in the Naturalist that we repeat what we have before said, that those who really know the true situation of affairs in the Institution have no sympathy whatever with Professor Cope's efforts.
In December of 1879, Professor Cope's "ticket" was defeated, by, in the average five to one; in the election last month, seven to one - Professor Cope indeed polling only eleven votes!
As already noted, it should not be a matter that concerns the world how a local society manages its own affairs. But the editorials of the Naturalist lead scientific people everywhere to think differently, and it seems, therefore, but justice to the institution, that we complete the Naturalist's half-told tale.
The chief officers elected for the ensuing year were: President, Dr. W. S. W. Ruschenberger; Vice Presidents, W. S. Vaux and Thomas Mee-han; Recording Secretary, Dr. Ed. J. Nolan; Corresponding Secretary, Dr. George H. Horn; Treasurer, W. S. Henszey.