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.
From the San Francisco Chronicle I take the following paragraph, one of several which make up a short communication thereto, entitled "Chinese scavengers":
"A great quantity of orange peels are gathered by these industrious scavengers; and perhaps many a fall on the sidewalk, with consequent breaking of limbs, has been escaped by the removal of the innocent cause of accident by the nimble fingers of the Chinaman. To such a great extent is this orange peel industry carried on that many roofs in Chinatown are sometimes covered over with the yellow rinds. After they have become thoroughly dried they are used in kindling fires, and are said to be superior to any other fire kindler".
So much at least may be said of a few of the most despised and at the same time most industrious race on the face of the earth.
Santa Cruz, Cal.