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.
When the thief gets off undiscovered with his booty, - the finest peaches, nectarines or apricots on the wall, - it is usual to give them up for lost. Who could identify fruit? Who could say, these things were stolen from me, and not from somebody else? Any person can do so who will take a very little trouble beforehand, in anticipation of the chance of robbery. Let him set a mark on his most promising pieces of fruit, when in a green state, by affixing to them, on the side next the sun, an adhesive label of his initials, or any other private mark. When the fruit is ripe, the labeled spot will still remain green; and when a capture is made, the thief will be petrified at finding that there is conclusive evidence against him, even in the peach itself. This precaution is described in Notes and Queries - English! of course.
Op Carpenter's well-known "Vegetable Physiology and Systematic Botany," a new edition has just appeared (12mo, Bohn, pp. 606), under the care of Dr. Lankester, who thus states the extent to which changes have been made from the last edition:
"I have only ventured to change somewhat the terminology, and to make those additions which the progress of research, in the lapse of time between the last and present editions, seemed to demand. The introductory chapters, on the structure of Cryptogamia, in the last edition of the work, I have withdrawn, to make room for new matter, and the account of the function of reproduction in these plants, both in the physiological and the systematical parts of the work, has been re-written".