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.
One of the most difficult arts is to report correctly the discussions at agricultural and horticultural meetings. In many of the reports that come before us, it often happens that there is no evident relation between the questions and answers, and the result is more like a report of an assemblage of lunatics than of rational beings. But these Transactions are a model of perspicuity. The art of collating just what a speaker means, seems well understood, and one can read it through feeling that he has really a condensed account of what actually took place.
Of the subjects under discussion, the "Influence of the Stock on the Graft," must have been very exciting, as it was carried over for three different meetings. Most of the speakers seemed to believe that there is more or less of an influence. Mr. C. M. Hovey was among the few who did not believe. The Editor of the Gardener's Monthly was referred to by one of the speakers as the authority for a quoted fact, but Mr. Hovey "put no faith in Mr. Meehan's experiment; analogy shows that what is claimed cannot be done." It is some satisfaction to note that Mr. Hovey evidently has no more faith in his own experiments than in anybody ■else's, for during the past few years he could have tested the matter for himself if his faith in "analogy" had allowed him ten minutes for this purpose.
The balance of the proceedings is taken up chiefly with apple culture, so that it is really a good pomological number.