The American Botanist, Volumes 27-29

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Willard Nelson Clute
W. N. Clute Company, 1921 - Botany
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Page 130 - I have seen at Medina and Tayf locust shops where these animals were sold by measure. In Egypt and Nubia they are only eaten by the poorest beggars.' ' The Arabs, in preparing locusts as an article of food, throw them alive into boiling water with which a good deal of salt has been mixed. After a few minutes they are taken out and dried in the sun; the head, feet, and wings are then torn off; the bodies are cleansed from the salt and perfectly dried, after which process whole sacks are filled with...
Page 46 - In sublimity — the superlative degree of beauty — what land can 'equal the desert with its wide plains, its grim mountains, and its expanding canopy of sky ! You shall never see elsewhere as here the dome, the pinnacle, the minaret fretted with golden fire at sunrise and sunset ; you shall never see elsewhere as here the sunset valleys swimming in a pink and lilac haze, the great mesas and plateaus fading into blue distance, the gorges and canyons banked full of purple shadow. Never again shall...
Page 130 - Thus far Burckhardt. Locusts are not eaten in Syria by any but the Bedawin on the extreme frontiers, and it is always spoken of as a very inferior article of food, and regarded by most with disgust and loathing — tolerated only by the very poorest people. John the Baptist, however, was of this class, either from necessity or election. He also dwelt in the desert, where such food was and is still used, and therefore the text states the simple truth. His ordinary "meat" was dried locusts ; probably...
Page 82 - ... above, was that of a number of tea-trays floating, with here a.nd there a bouquet protruding between them ; but when more closely viewed, the leaves excited the greatest admiration, from their immensity and perfect symmetry. A leaf turned up suggests some strange fabric of cast-iron just taken out of the furnace ; its colour, and the enormous ribs with which it is strengthened, increasing the similarity. I could find no prostrate trunk as in the other Nymphaeaceae.
Page 1 - WHEN winter's cold tempests and snows are no more, Green meadows and brown furrowed fields reappearing. The fishermen hauling their shad to the shore, And cloud-cleaving geese to the lakes are a-steering; When first the lone butterfly flits on the wing, When red glow the maples, so fresh and so pleasing, O then comes the blue-bird, the herald of spring, And hails with his warblings the charms of the season.
Page 34 - Iceland. Siberia, and elsewhere to within 8 or 10 of the North Pole, in a region that has since become a desert of snow and ice. In the Flo.
Page 64 - ... could give a long list of men in the most diverse professions, lettercarriers, stage-coach drivers, hosiers, portrait-painters, engravers, parsons, priests, stockyard superintendents, engineers, bankers, country-grocers, country-doctors, army officers, mining prospectors, school teachers and clerks, whose researches have greatly enriched entomology and other departments of zoology. In such vast and complicated sciences as biology and archeology the work of the amateur is so much needed and so...
Page 72 - ... the race can survive. We not only tolerate, but even foster in our midst, whole parasitic trades, institutions, castes and nations, hordes of bureaucrats, grafting politicians, middlemen, profiteers and usurers, a vast and varied assortment of criminals, hoboes, defectives, prostitutes, white-slavers and other purveyors to anti-social proclivities ; in a word, so many non-productive, food-consuming and space-occupying parasites that their support absorbs nearly all the energy of the independent...
Page 72 - ... and other purveyors to antisocial proclivities, in a word so many non-productive, food-consuming and space-occupying parasites that their support absorbs nearly all the energy of the independent members of society. This condition is, of course, responsible for the small amount of free creative activity in many nations. Biology has only one great categorical imperative to offer us and that is : Be neither a parasite nor a host, and try to dissuade others from being parasites or hosts. Of course,...
Page 3 - And there the primrose stands, that as the night Begins to gather, and the dews to fall, Flings wide to circling moths her twisted buds, That shine like yellow moons with pale, cold glow, And all the air her heavy fragrance floods, And gives largess to any winds that blow.

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