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    H. M. Stringfellow (Author)

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXI. Effects of Cultivation. HILE for years I have known in a general way that sod fruit would keep longer than cultivated, I was greatly surprised, during my World's Fair shipments, at a remark in one of Mr. Sam Dixon's letters, that, 'while all other fruit rots quickly, yours looks like it would keep forever.' Knowing that all of it was full ripe, I was much puzzled, and fell to wondering why my peaches kept longer than others, aad could see no possible reason except that they had been grown naturally, upon trees whose feeding roots had never been disturbed, thus enabling them to so perfect their fruit, combining its sugar, acid and color in one harmonious whole, as to form a peach immune to rot. So, last summer I determined to test this theory, so big with possibilities for the fruit-grower, if true, and on the 15th of last July, the first day of that awfully hot wave that swept over the country, I shipped by express two baskets of Elberta peaches to Mr. Williams, of the Practical Fruit Grower, Springfield, Mo.: two to Mr. Olcott, of American Fruits, Rochester, N. Y.: two to the Pacific Fruit World, Los Angeles, Cal., and one to Mr. J. Horace McFarland, of Harrisburg, Pa.,--requesting all of them except Mr. McFarland to return one basket at once to me at Lampasas. The peaches all went in perfect condition and were pronounced 'firm, juicy and delicious,' 'just as fine as if picked fresh from the tree,' Mr. Poland, of the Pacific Fruit World, declaring 'they were magnificent, fit for an epicure.' The other three baskets were returned without opening, the one from California by some delay, having taken sixteen days to make the round trip, but all the peaches were still perfectly sound. Not satisfied with that performance, I closed each basket on arrival and forwarded it to F...
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