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.
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A sharp stick has been sharpened by some gentlemen in Pittsburg to punch Professor? Comstock on his terra-culture lecturing. General James S. Negley has, it would seem by the report of the Pittsburgh papers, routed the itinerant, a committee having been appointed to ascertain the propriety of prosecuting him for obtaining money under false pretences. We receive from various quarters where this lecturer fixes himself, very sad accounts of his doings, and it is advised to give him a wide berth.
Sir Humphrey Davy tells us that the reason why vegetables and fish should be plunged in boiling salt and water, is that this soton boils at a higher temperature than plain water, and that the sudden scalding fixes the albumen, mucilage, and other nutritive parts of the viand, instead of their being macerated and sodden, and so partly lost in lukewarm water.
At the annual meeting the following gentlemen were elected officers of the Society for the year 1868: President, H. D. Scott; Vice-President, Silas Price; Secretary, Jos. Gilbert; Treasurer, F. E. F. Barnes; Directors, H. D. Scott, Silas Price, Jos. Gilbert, F. E. F. Barnes, John G. Heinl, Wm. Patrick, G. W. Edwards, A. B. Pegg.
At a late meeting of Strawberry tasters, amateurs, a decision as to the best variety not having been agreed upon, it was proposed to leave the question to the birds. A careful watoh was set, and it was discovered the rogues gave a preference to Burr's New Pine, and we are, not sure but they have good reasons lor their preference.