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.
As one of the craft, and having considerable to do with shipments of trees and plants, I wish to know whether there are on record any legal decisions with regard to cases of neglect or delay in forwarding. Though such occurrences are very common, and often very aggravated, I do not now remember to have heard of any prosecutions. As important an item in transportation as trees and plants have become, it certainly seems to me high time that forwarders were a little better posted up in their duties and the public in their rights.
If you know any decisions please inform us. If there are none now there ought to be, and, though a " peace man," I would, if need be, cheerfully contribute to test some (reasonably provoking) case. F. K. P. - Delevan Nursery, Wis.
This subject has a most important bearing upon the interest of Horticulture at this moment. Railroads are so overrun with freight, and forwarders are so careless, that it has become next to impossible to forward trees with reasonable dispatch. It is not uncommon for parcels to be delayed between Rochester and,, Buffalo (about 75 miles) some six or eight days. Can we not have an arrangement made with some of the express companies at moderate rates ? Something must be done. We believe that forwarders are responsible for any loss incurred by unreasonable delay; but there are so many excuses, and it is so difficult to reach the culpable party, that law is of little use.