New Corn

AN EXTRAORDINARY NATURAL PRODUCTION. We have now in our office, (where our citizens and farmers are requested to call and see it,) a most singular species of corn. The history of this rare freak of nature is as follows. About three years ago, a Mr. Carrico, living in Gallatin county , Kentucky, planted some of the common Indian corn in the neighborhood of a swampy piece of land which was grown over with a thick strong grass resembling sedge grass. In the fall of the year, when he was gathering his corn, he was surprised to find that ears of corn were growing and ripening upon the grass, and that on the blades of the grass separate grains were growing. Struck by the singularity of the circumstance he carefully preserved the grains and planted them the next spring. The result was extraordinary, producing a growth partaking of the qualities both of the grass and of the corn, and superior to both as forming a third article very advantageous to stock farmers. The stalks in our office present most remarkable appearances. The tassel does not bear any resemblance to the corn tassel, but is more like the heads of coarse grass— the blades are long and very slender, resembling more the blades of oats than of corn. Upon the extremities of these blades separate grains of corn enclosed in a husk presenting the appearance of hazle nut burs, are found, and to the bodies of the stalks more perfect ears of corn are attached. The stalks themselves are long and slender, and not unlike the wild rye of the country, only stronger and more substantial. We believe that this grain is at least one thing new under the sun, and unlike most novelties, it promises to be useful.


The Liberator, October 19, 1833, which acknowledged reprinting from the Frankfort (Ky.) Commonwealth