This is the season when the farmer turns loose his dog for the purpose of scaring the young miscreants who come out from the city to steal his apples.
The farmer does not have any objection to the boys getting a few apples, but he objects to having his trees broken down by the young rascals. There are so few apples this year that every one counts and the less that are stolen the more the farmer will have to fill up the barrels that must be fewer than usual on account of those pests, the caterpillars.
Of course, the small boy is the same throughout the broad land, but there are so many more of them near the cities that they make the life of the farmer anything but pleasant, who lives in the suburbs.
Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Sep 13, 1899