The clipping above is from the Southern Reporter newspaper, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland, June 19, 1879. I find it kind of mysterious. First of all, I didn't know that William Rutherford had a brother who had also moved to Montreal (William is undoubtedly the "Mr. Rutherford, lumber merchant...brother of the missing man" referred to in the story). And why wasn't Alexander working with his brother in the lumber business?
Here's the Montreal newspaper (the Montreal Daily Witness) where the story originated. May 12, 1878.
Below are two clippings which show James Rutherford's wicked gardening skills.
From the Kelso Chronicle, September 28, 1849.
From the Kelso Chronicle, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, July 16, 1869.