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.
The October fire in New Jersey is estimated to have consumed between $100,000 and $150,000 worth of property, besides the losses of time by the great number of men engaged in trying to prevent its spread. It is believed to have originated by some boys endeavoring to burn out a bees' nest from a hollow tree, and yet there are people clamoring for a " law to make those who carelessly start fires responsible for the cost." How much of the cash could be collected from these bare footed Ishmael-ites? To our mind, it would be more sensible to make those responsible who leave piles of dead brush wood around in every direction for a forest fire to feed on. Possibly legislative attention may be turned in this direction, some day.