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.
The correct arrangement of the suburban streets of our large cities, as well as those of country villages, appears to us as demanding more of thought and attention than has thus far been devoted to it. As a rule, no definite line has ever been marked on the first opening of a street or road, except, possibly, that of the civil engineer to designate the line of drainage according to the elevation. No thought has been taken as to just how much breadth of road was actually necessary to accommodate the public travel, or how the depression or elevation of the road-bed would tend to improve or deteriorate the value of the abutting property. Street trees are yearly planted, but with little thought of the best position for their permanent results in giving shade to the traveler, character to the street, and harmony of association with the grounds or lots adjoining. At the suggestion of one of our subscribers we shall endeavor to give this subject a careful examination during our visits to different cities and towns this coming summer, and publish our views thereon in the autumn.
Meantime, we shall be much obliged for any suggestions from private parties, and would ask of our editors of papers devoted to the improvement of all matters of rural life, to bring up the subject to their readers and ask for suggestions. Some of the points we desire to have more carefully observed in establishing the grade, etc., of a street, are: first, the width that is necessary for a roadbed for carriage travel; second, the elevation of that road-bed as connected with the natural grade of the land adjoining the road; third, the distance at which shade trees should stand from the boundary side of the street and also from each other.
Kirkwood, Mo., May 11, 1868.
Mr. Editor : Advertisements of poultry, especially of Brahmas, often mention "pea comb" as a desirable form for the crest of that variety of fowls.
I have been frequently asked, "What is the difference between pea combs and rose combs?" I confess my inability to give a satisfactory reply.
A short paragraph defining the precise meaning of these terms and describing the forms of "pea" and "rose" combs would no doubt contain information which would be valuable to many of your readers.
C. W. S.