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.
Obs. The Filbert, or Hazle-nut of the old world is now becoming known among us, - and not unfrequently cultivated. " The bushes were originally imported into Italy from Pontus, and (the fruit) known among the Romans by the appellation of Nux Pontica, - which, in the progress of time was changed into that of Nux Avellana; from the place (Avella, near Naples)where they had been most successfully propagated." The young forked twigs of this shrub constitute the celebrated divining rod with which certain imposters beyond the Atlantic pretend to discover the localities of precious metals and subterranean fountains. The imposture and the credulity on which it operated, have both reached our shores; but the Filbert not being indigenous here, a capital substitute was discovered in the Witch Hazel (Hamame-lis)! The twigs of Peach trees also, have been found to answer the purpose nearly as well as the Witch Hazel; and thus the occult sciences of ore-finding and water-smelling, have been enabled, in some degree - even in this "progressive" age - to keep pace with the sublime mysteries of Clairvoyance, and Spiritual Rappings, as well as with the lucrative manufacture of Panaceas, and Indian Specifics. It is indeed both humiliating and discouraging to contemplate the facility with which a large portion of mankind can be made the dupes of such miserable trumpery.
White-weed or Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanlhemum vulgare).
The Canada Thistle, and all our great cum-berers and nuisances, are treated in this lucid manner; many more than we have inserted we had marked as of interest, but space fails us. We have given enough to designate its great value to the public, and as a book of reference it will be always useful to have at hand.
Filbert or Hazel-nut (Corylus Avellana).