This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
"This is a new and rare variety, surpassing all others for its size, tenderness and delicacy. It is fit for table 3 months after planting; each seed at this short season producing 3 stalks as large as a candle, and will, during the year, produce at least half a bundle. It is fit for use all the year except the winter months; is not susceptible to frost, and will grow in any country or soil." Whether the genius who put that out was successful or not, he has a smart rival in America, who has been admirably successful in selling another humbug, viz.: The Arctic Morning Glory. The following story we tell on the authority of Messrs. Briggs Bros.: "Late last fall a plausible appearing, farmer-like man, made his appearance in this city and vicinity offering seeds of the Arctic Morning Glory. The great feature of this new rara avis of flowering plants, consists in its being naturally scented with a very agreeable and desirable perfume! The said sharp soi-disant florist had with him the veritable Simon pure seed growing very thickly out of a piece of sponge, to exhibit to and convince the most skeptical of the truth of his assertions. Of course he kept away from us as he knew his customers by his previous experience.
One, and the most current of his stories was, that he had several acres of it growing on his farm at Astoria, N. Y., that it was recently imported from the regions of ice and reindeer, and, consequently, very hardy - was totally unlike any other Morning Glory, and, taking all its virtues into consideration, it was the rarest novelty ever imported, and all for the low consideration of ten cents per packet. His most fertile field of operations was in the large workshops and stores. Nearly all his customers indulged in two packets, as it was so cheap as well as rare. That he must have netted a very handsome sum we believe, as we know that he took about $40 out of one large establishment alone, and, as he canvassed the business portion of the city thoroughly (as well as expeditiously), he must have been well satisfied with the results of his labor. The seed he imposed upon his customers proved to be the common garden Radish. His plan of procedure consisted in filling a sponge with seed, and, after sprouting it by means of hot water, etc., to perfume it sufficiently to give weight to his story.
When last heard from he was visiting eastern cities, and there displaying his wonderful phenomenon."
Where, oh where, is the Department of Agriculture, or our enterprising seedsmen. Here is a fine chance tor that Persian Asparagus.