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.
We have always considered anything like a regular use of wine a sure stepping-stone to the drunkard's platform, by far more insidious in its effects than the use of strong beer, about which there is so much clamor. The California Agriculturist says of the effects of wine-making and drinking in that State: "Those who have been longest in the wine manufacturing business are the poorest; and, besides, many of them, with their sons and daughters, have contracted a taste for strong drink which is fast bringing them to destruction - that wine can be bought in many of the older wine-producing districts for the cost of the cask in which it is stored."
At the late meeting of the Illinois State Horticultural Society, held at Gales-burg, Dr. C. W. Spaulding of St. Louis, read an able and interesting paper on the "Influence of Domestic Wines." He took the position that their use will greatly tend to the lessening of intemperance throughout our country. His positions were at once assailed by the more radical members, and a lively discussion ensued, resulting in the appointment of a committee to investigate and report. That committee has a work before it of no small magnitude, and if it should make a thorough inquiry into the whole question, its report will be received with a great deal of interest. The forthcoming volume of the Society's Transactions, embracing proceedings of the meeting above mentioned, essays and reports from district societies, is expected to be a very valuable one.
By Charles Reemelin. The increased extent of vine culture in this country brings with it more and more of a desire for knowledge in the way of transforming the surplus of the crop into good wine. To meet this demand, this book before us has in it much of plain practical instruction, but without anything specially new. The author approves and advocates the practice of Gallicizing, and through it imagines a wine standard will be created free from the spirit of the British, the acid of the German, or the sweet character of the Spanish. To the new beginner, the work will be found an acquisition, and it is well worth the attention of all vine-growers. Cincinnati, Ohio: Robert Clarke & Co., Publishers. Price, $1 25.
Well known and every where approved. Recommended unanimously.
"Far better and more prolific when top-worked."
We have from Mr. R. Peters some very fine winter apples, worthy of note, vis: Nickajack (already figured in this work), Green Crank, Limber Twig, and Sharkley. The latter, Mr. P. thinks the best of all apples for the " cotton growing countries," as a late keeper. Nickajack ranks next as a keeper. Green Crank is preferred by many to the Nickajack, but does not keep so long. To our taste it is the best apple of the whole. Limber Twig is well known at the north, and is valued by the " old times" men, who hauled hundreds of miles to market, and then shovelled the apples into and out of the wagons; after all this they would keep until April and May.