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 Texas sheep raiser says: " I would be willing to waste a sheep on you, 'pizen ' it with kalmia leaves and then ship it to you; but then I can't be certain that you won't declare that, though it's dead and the leaves in its stomach, you are ' not convinced' that I did not feed it on strychnia or some other vile thing. Well, it's a mystery, and if I had the same reason for thinking as you do, and did not love the reasons I have for my opinion, I should change it".
[It seems necessary to repeat that we have never said sheep are not sometimes killed by kalmia and other leaves. Our point is that the kalmia is not a poisonous plant, or chemists would find the poison in it. - Ed G. M ]