Another tidbit from my article on Miracle Wheat.
For those who don't know what this is about, Charles Taze Russell started selling some wheat in the watchtower publications and supposedly this wheat produced "miraculous" amounts of wheat, hence the name "miracle wheat".
The first picture shows ALASKA "Miracle" Wheat. (The "Miracle Wheat" that Russell promoted was a different kind, later named "Stoner / Miracle Wheat"). As you can see, it is much different than regular wheat. Regular wheat does NOT have branching heads like it. It was easy for con artists to impress gullible farmers into buying the seed of this type of wheat at exhorbitant prices. In 1908 the USDA printed a warning, since the wheat, in general, was very bad at milling and also did NOT produce more (or if it did, marginally more) than normal wheat. Its sellers and promoters sold the wheat for insane prices, up to 300 times market value of regular wheat.
In any case, the WT snippet below shows that C.T. Russell was incredibly gullible and spectacularly ignorant on wheat.
The highlighted portion shows that he had read the USDA report on Alaska wheat, BUT IN THE PARAGRAPH ABOVE IS PROMOTING THE SAME ALASKA WHEAT UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME!
I am at a loss for words at how to describe Russell...