This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A sharper who represented himself to be "Harry Nugent, formerly with Stone & Co., and now a nurseryman near Media," has been victimizing the seedmen and florists of Philadelphia by buying goods to the amount of $10 or $20, paying for them in checks above the amount of bill, getting the difference in cash, and, when the goods got to their destination, no such person could be found, or even the bank on which the checks were drawn. The poor gardeners who gave a stranger $2 for horticultural magazines a few years ago, were laughed at by the knowing ones; and now these in turn are laughing to think that those who would never trust a stranger with money - oh! no, never! - will yet trust such strangers on a check. The sharper is in jail. The fate of this fellow was free board for six months.