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.
Until Ecclesiasticus told us so, I never knew the mole was our friend; but this is the endearing manner in which he speaks of them: They do not eat roots - they only throw up the ground! We will let the vegetable gardeners of Florida, Bermuda, Charleston and elsewhere, decide. To tell them that it is easy to tread down the burrows the mole makes, is sarcasm. I am satisfied that castor-oil beans will drive away moles. I have not any beans to sell, nor any motive in writing but the public good. If people try the method who are troubled with these "friends," well and good; if they have no faith in it, and do not care to try it, well and good also.
But. bless my stars! "No animal in a state of nature will eat any natural substance to its own destruction or great injury." What about the Andromeda, or "Kill Calf?" and what about the "loco weed," or Astragalus mollissima, the doings of which Prof. T. C. Porter only so recently described? Perhaps Ecclesiasticus will say these animals are not what he means by "a state of nature;" they are domestic, but not wild animals. If he take refuge under this flimsy veil, how about the beans from which the natives of the West Indies get a paste with which they intoxicate fish and catch them? Is not intoxication a great injury? Or is a fish not an " animal in a state of nature "?
I am as well aware as Ecclesiasticus, that scientific men say moles are solely carnivorous; but they say a great many things, and have often been compelled to eat their own words. If I had never known a scientific man to be mistaken, I also might doubt my own experience, and then believe that a mole would not eat a castor bean.
Chambersburg, Trenton, N. J.