This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
-- In hardiness and productiveness it is unexcelled by any other variety. In size the fruit is simply enormous, far surpassing any other sort. The berries run seven-eighths and fifteen-sixteenths of an inch in diameter and are of handsome appearance. The bush is exceedingly healthy and vigorous, throwing out stout, stocky canes, well adapted for supporting their immense load of large, beautiful fruit. We advise the planting of at least a dozen plants of this promising new variety. A profitable berry for market and unexcelled for home use; one of our favorite berries; ripens early.
-- Requires a good, strong soil to produce best results, and responds liberally to generous treatment. The canes are large and productive of fruit of the very largest size, not as fine in quality as some of the other sorts, but a good market fruit; Gregg ripens late in the season.
-- A most desirable Black Cap in every respect. The canes are magnificent, strong, vigorous growers, of ironclad hardiness, they are immensely productive of jet black fruit of large size and are very attractive, hence a first class market berry, as well as one of the best for the family use. The Kansas ripens in mid-season, and the fruit is very firm, but its superior flavor is the principal reason for its growing popularity. A fine berry in every way; quality unexcelled.
-- The growth very vigorous, fruit medium to large, firm, fine flavored, juicy, sweet, very good to best in quality. Productive and remains a long time in fruit; a good berry for all purposes.
-- The fruit is black and resembles Gregg very much. It is a better flavored berry than Gregg, tougher in texture, and therefore a better shipper. In size it excels Gregg by almost 25 per cent., being extra fine for canning and evaporating. The canes, too, resemble Gregg, are free from disease, upright in growth; a good market fruit and also valuable for home use.
-- Ripens mid-season, between Souhegan and Gregg. The fruit is nearly as large as the Gregg. Very uniform in size and holds out large to the last picking. The color is nearly as black as the Souhegan. It is of splendid quality, firm, and a very excellent shipper; valuable for market.
-- The first to ripen; fruit good size and quality; canes wonderfully productive, vigorous and hardy; ripens its crops in short time; one of the best varieties of Black Caps; desirable for market on account of its fine appearance and high quality; one of the best for the home planting.
-- Enormously prolific of jet black berries, and the best in quality of any Black Cap; the very earliest to ripen, coming with the later varieties of strawberries; perhaps the best early variety we have for all purposes.