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.
Published by Edward Stern & Co., Philadelphia. In this excellent magazine the articles are usually such as appeal to general intelligence, and not infrequently are some among them which appeal to that special class to which so many of the readers of the Gardener's Monthly belong. In the April number, for instance, is a paper by Dr. D. G. Brinton, on the Books of Chilan Balam, books which were in existence on this continent no one knows how many hundreds of years before the white men found it. It appears by Dr. Brinton's researches that they were destroyed as superstitious by the clergy of the Spanish races, who conquered the native races to whom these books belonged. These people had a written language, and a book of records was kept in every Indian village. The paper, as now in China, was made of the bark of a tree, and the books told of the medical virtues of the plants of that country, with probably many other matters which would be a mine of wealth to a student of the floral history of this continent.
It is more than likely as the advanced civilization of the north presses inwards against Mexican indifference and de-structiveness, here and there remains of records, and other facts will be found which, when put together, will yet throw some new and bright light on the ancient history of this continent. We have already learned wonderfully from the opening up of Arizona and New Mexico, and we may judge from these how much more we shall know when civilization reaches the " heart of the dark continent," as Mexico as well as Africa may be termed.
The publication of this interesting magazine ceased with the issue of the July number.