This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V25", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Our readers will remember that the publisher of the Gardeners' Monthly put himself to the trouble and expense of capturing and prosecuting a fellow who took money from people under pretence of collecting subscriptions for the Gardeners' Monthly. It was only sixty days' imprisonment for several years' stealing, and the publisher thought it was hardly worth, at this rate, all the trouble to protect people from their own imprudence. It now appears that some such a fellow has been making a grand haul in the interior of the State, collecting for the American Agriculturist.
It is amazing that any one will pay money to a stranger, before he gets the goods. Even the most conscienceless tree-agent takes orders only, and generally delivers something before he gets paid. It is wonderful that there should be any money in a fraud like this of the "Magazine agent."