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.
At a recent meeting of tie American Institute Farmer's Club, a correspondent having asked for an expression of opinion about the Eumelan grape, Mr. T. O. Paine, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, said:
"My Eumelan grapes began to color about the middle of August, and were good to eat on September 10th, and even before that time they would have been called ripe by many. They grew better all the month. I set their time of ripening before the Delaware, Israella, and Allen's Hybrid. With me the Hartford Prolific got its greatest goodness a few days before the Eumelan. But the Hartfords grew on an old vine, while the Eumelans grew on a vine only three years old, and I doubt if the Hartfords would be any earlier upon a vine of the same age. The Hartford Prolific ceased to grow better, and began to flatten in taste and to drop its berries, while the Eumelan kept on improving. My Eumelan vine (three years old), set seventy-nine clusters.
"I picked off sixty-five, leaving but fourteen to ripen, which I thought sufficient for a vine of that age, but the vine grew too vigorously, and could have ripened twenty or twenty-five bunches with advantage. The vine had not work enough to do. In quality nothing is to be said against the Eumelan, and everything for it. It is the only black grape I have seen that is worthy of being put on a plate with the Iona Delaware and Allen's Hybrid. A friend of mine has twenty Eumelans growing, now two years old, as healthy and handsome vines as I have ever seen. I consider the greatest danger the Eumelan is likely to suffer from, is over-bearing, which grape-growers will consider a good fault".