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.
Picking up a Sunday school book recently, a picture was noted of Moses on his return from Mount Sinai. Each hand held a tombstone, evidently weighing about 150 pounds or more with the ten commandments engraved thereon, which, in his impetuous anger, he was about to smash into numerous fragments by throwing on the ground. We believe he would be a much madder man had he lived to this day, and had to wade through the swampy mass of literature which, by virtue of our editorial position, we have to do. We begin to feel as a much worse example to a Sunday-school child than the picture of Moses afore-cited. For with this horrid collection, it is very hard to keep one's temper. Forestry is injured, not served, by these publications, and an act of Congress is badly needed to keep the crop of scribblers on forestry down.
Before us is a book issued by quite a reputable publishing firm. A considerable portion of "reasons for planting a forest," is devoted to showing that the leaves of forest trees " oxygenate the atmosphere." Any one who reflects must know that a forest of oaks or maples would do no more to "oxygenate" than a field of clover or a crop of corn, and as the leaves on a forest are only "oxygenating" four months in the year, it would be much better to " oxygenate " by a growth of blue grass, which has "breathing foliage" the whole year through. But it is useless to follow after all these gukes. Wherever there seems to be a popular boom in anything, there is generally found a class of noodles very anxious to appear as the prominent movers in rushing it along; and which, for a time, appears as a truly powerful set.