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.
If anything were wanting to place the employments of country life in strong and favorable contrast with those of our great cities, it has been the crash of stocks, and pecuniary losses in the latter, since our last issue. We then recorded the general appearance of smiling faces among the country-dwellers; in a few days, all smiles faded from the cheeks of the city. Broken speculators, broken banks, broken trusts, merchants, manufacturers, railroads, and other corporations, were tripped up by events as unexpected as the tornado and hurricane. Country folks continue to exhibit countenances unsullied by anxiety, because they have kept within their legitimate business, and have not permitted body and soul to be absorbed in growing suddenly rich. The contrast is instructive: while the speculators' coffers are dried up, the farmer and gardener has his barns and his cellars teeming with the produce of his land, and has no one to make him afraid. Let the people take warning, and learn that the non-producer who endeavors to live without the labor to which man is doomed, is, in the end, the unhappy being now so often met with in streets and exchanges, borrowing money - his independence destroyed, and all but overwhelmed with a sense of his obligations to others.