--We hope our people throughout the country have bethought themselves to plant largely of this agreeable fruit, and we would strongly advice them to continue planting as they have opportunity, while the season permits a fair expectation of the melons ripening.
They will prove very refreshing and salutary to the sick and wounded in our camps and hospitals, especially in the absence of ice, of which we shall be deprived in most parts of the Confederacy
Even in districts remote from the scenes of actual war, what might seem a superabundance of melons need not be wasted, as excellent molasses can be made from them, and that is another article which will be lacking.
We have used molasses made from watermelons, and found it very palatable.
The process of manufacture is simple; consisting in scraping out the pulp, pressing it in the most convenient mode — in a gunny-bag, for instance — and boiling the juice immediately, as it sours very rapidly.