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A Floral Detective of Long Ago, 1895

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A Floral Detective of Long Ago, 1895

Posted: 15 Sep 2003 12:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
A Floral Detective of Long Ago

In early times the Dutch farmers of the up river farms of New York had an ingenious way of recovering pocket knives that might have been dropped or mislaid while plowing or gardening was going on. Cutlery was not as cheap then and abundant as in these days; so the farmer took the thrifty precaution of keeping two or three sunflower seeds in their knife handles. Then, if the knives fell upon broken ground and could not be readily found, the owners would wait until the seeds sprouted, and an isolated sunflower stalk or blossom in field or patch would signalize the possibility of a missing article's being at its root. True, the owner did not always realize the result of the scheme, because a passing boy who understood this too often "got there" before the planter.--New York Tribune. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Fri., Sept. 20, 1895)

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