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.
John Breitmeyer & Sons, Detroit, Mich., say: "Looking over the advertisement pages in the March number of the Monthly, we, to our surprise, notice on pages 13 and 27, an insertion by Mr. Aug. D. Mylius, and Messrs. W. B. & W. M. Taber, in which it appears that they are offering the old Carnations 'Grenadine' and ' Hinze's White' as new, under the names of 'H. Red' (should be 'Grenadine'), by Mr. Mylius; 'James A. Garfield ' (should be ' H. White '); ' James G. Blaine' (should be ' Grenadine '), by Messrs. Taber. Believing that we were the first to introduce them into commerce (more than a year ago), and as we have distributed them into nearly every State of the Union under the names of ' Grenadine ' and ' H. White,' we deem it our duty to bring it to the notice of the readers of the Monthly by throwing a little light into this name changing business of our neighboring florists. Said Carnations are, very true, good winter-blooming varieties, and possess, to some extent, the merits said gentlemen claim for them.
We have received many letters from our customers asking to be informed what the difference is between all these varieties, and in order to inform them all, we would beg you to give space for this in the Monthly".
[As the proof-sheets are passing through our hands, we have a note from Mr. Mylius, explan-ing matters, which we shall give in our next. - Ed. G. M].
We have another communication from Messrs. Breitmeyer, written in a good spirit, and from this point unobjectionable. Bat the matter has grown to be a personal one, and the further discussion would not interest many readers of the magazine.
August D. Mylius, Detroit, Mich., says: "The small article I sent you about Mr. Hinze's Red and White Carnations, which you kindly inserted in January number, resulted in a great many inquiries, which I undertook, with Mr. Hinze's consent, to answer. I wrote you another article which did not appear. In that, I told all that inquired the truth about these two Carnations. All I knew was according to Mr. Hinze's statement, as he told me himself. A number inquired for plants, so I told some if the price I gave them was satisfactory, I would advertise the two varieties - White, at $6 per 100 ; Red, $5 per 100 - which I did, after receiving satisfactory answer. I advertised the plants I had propagated for my trade (cut flower). But I had no intention of advertising at all at the time I wrote the article to you last December. A few days ago, I heard from Mr. John Breitmeyer, that he intended to write an article for the Monthly concerning these advertisements - Mr. Taber's and mine - as if I were infringing on his Carnation circular. I put an honest advertisement in the Monthly. If my plants don't suit, it is my loss.
What Mr. Taber does is none of my business; but I want it distinctly understood by Mr. Breitmeyer that I knew nothing concerning Taber's advertisement, till noticing it in the Monthly. I called the Carnations Hinze's Seedlings because more know them by that name than any other, and, besides, he is the originator of these two. I cannot help if Taber calls them 'Garfield and Blaine.' If Mr. Breitmeyer has a seedling he calls 'Garfield,' that is not the same as Mr. Taber's, and has nothing to do with me, and I hope you will see that my name is not mixed up with Mr. Breitmeyer and Mr. Taber. But I know you will see justice done.
"And concerning the steam article, Mr. Breitmeyer said that only Mr. Taber and I had anything to say. I understand that Mr. Breitmeyer will put in steam the next time he builds greenhouses. I cannot help if Mr. Taber writes on the same subject. I have only stated facts as I know them. Mr. Breitmeyer can say nothing about steam, because he has none in his houses".
[As already noted, this letter was received before the one from Mr. Breitmeyer appeared in our last. It seemed important that if there were any confusion in names of the Carnations it should be known.
Perhaps if the paper Mr. M. refers to had appeared, Mr. B.'s communication would not have been needed. It was held back for a little revision, for which the editor had not found the time required.
As the matter now stands, the points we think are clear, and will not need any further correspondence. - Ed. G. M].