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.
"A. A.," Newburgh, N. Y., writes : " I send to your address to day, by mail, a small box containing three tomatoes (Acme), which you will see are blighted by something which is beyond our understanding, and if you will be kind enough to give us your opinion about it, you will greatly oblige a number of the readers of the Gardener's Monthly in this county, as the disease is quite common here. I had five varieties of tomatoes planted in rows four feet apart, and none are affected but the Acme. We have had a very dry summer which might affect that variety".
[The disease here referred to has been very serious in many quarters. It is not confined to any one variety. So far as we have seen, it is manifested just before maturity. It appears as a dark, rather hard spot, and soon after decay spreads over the whole fruit. In the earlier stages it may be noted by a change in the tint, from the natural dark green to a light green. If cut across at this time, the mycelium, or thread of the fungus, may be readily seen through a pocket lens. We have no knowledge, as yet, of the genus or species the fungus belongs to. - Ed. G. M].