This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Grundy Co., Tennessee correspondent writes: "Many cattle poisoned by seed of a pear-shaped fruit, upon a plant about two feet high. The first effect of the poison is excessive thirst, causing the animal to drink large quantities of water. It then puffs up, grows weak, lies down, and never rises again. It refuses fodder, and ceases to ruminate, dying in from one to four days. Stomach and entrails visibly ' blighted.' " But it is a pity that " science " is at such a discount, or some botanist could be found to let us know more about "a pear shaped fruit upon a two feet plant".