This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The good cause of forestry would prosper much faster if it could be relieved of the load of humbug and nonsense which it has had to carry - a load packed on its shoulders by sensationalists, who seem to think that anything which will alarm people is good for the cause whether the thing be true or not. So widespread is this nonsense that the Gardener's Monthly has had to stand almost alone in opposing it. This it does on the principle that nothing but the truth can help any good cause permanently. Here before us is an essay by one whom the people look up to as an " authority" on forestry matters. We read in it that " in the early history of the Eastern and Middle States, a farm was regarded as lacking in an essential feature if there were no spring upon it, and the farmer's wife would as much expect to do without milk pans as to do without a spring-house. But now a spring-house is a rare sight." And now " brooks, creeks and smaller rivers have dried up".
The property owned by the editor of this magazine, is perhaps the first piece of forest land that was cleared in Pennsylvania. The " spring house" is known to be 150 years old - how much longer is lost to history. There are numberless other "spring houses" in an area of twenty miles. For the last 150 years the forests have been cleared off, till now there are none worth speaking of within a hundred miles at least. In this county, of one hundred square miles, there is not, all told, one hundred acres of forest. But the springs and spring-houses are there as they always were; and the Wingohocking, which winds through the editor's grounds, is just as full as it was when the Indian took the name of Logan in exchange for the name which the stream bears. We doubt very much whether there is a single spring-house in Pennsylvania which has had to be abandoned through the spring drying up, unless it were from a railroad cut, or some similar work cutting through the underground stream.