THE expedition to the Rocky Mountains found, on the borders of the Arkansas and near the eastern side of the Great Desert, hundreds of acres of the same kind of vine (vitis vinifera) which produces the wines of Europe. These vines were growing in a wild state, and were surrounded with hillocks of sand, rising to within from twelve to eighteen inches of the ends of the branches. They were loaded with the most delicious grapes, and the clusters were so closely arranged as to conceal every part of the stem. These hillocks of sand are produced by the agency of the vines, arresting the sand as it is borne along by the wind. - Horticultural Register, August, 1836 - From the Rural Carolinian, December, 1872, page 136.

Early in the nineteenth century, my grandfather sent laborers to Long Island, on the coast of Georgia. Walking on the sea beach, they found grape vines growing a little above high water mark; they were loaded with delicious grapes. After the men had gorged themselves they became blind, and remained so for three days.

A year ago I noticed a wild grape vine growing on a low hummock near the black rush; part of the vines entwined a tree, others had run over the rushes and taken root. The rushes were about two and a half feet high, and the soil on which they grew, a moist rich clay loam; the soil of the hummock was only a few feet higher, a rich moist sand loam. The grapes on the tree were small, sour, watery, of the variety vitis vulpina. Those rooted among and running on the rushes were large. fleshy, sweet and agreeable, only to be recognized as the same kind as those on the tree by the parent vines issuing from the same stock.

Hamilton, St. Simon's Isle, Geo.