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.
"Ecclesiasticus" is mistaken in saying, as he does in September Monthly, that "no animal in a state of nature will eat any natural substance to its own destruction or great injury," for we know that in regard to some creatures the reverse is true. For some years past I have been annoyed with snails in greenhouses, in some of which castor oil beans have been sown in the spring, and as soon as the seed-leaves appear they are greedily devoured by these creatures, the result of which has always been that many of them die and more of them suffer great harm. So true is this, that any one troubled with snails might mitigate the evil by planting beans in pots and distributing them among such plants as are liable to be attacked.
It is more than likely these facts are known to you, but they do not seem to be generally understood. New Haven, Conn.