Lichen Tufts; From the Alleghanies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 Excerpt: ... only men of science who have looked into it. These are physicians, who declare the disease to have every appearance of being produced by a mineral poison. The farmers, who had before convinced themselves that if it was produced by any vegetable agent, it was an invisible one, ploughed up and examined the ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 Excerpt: ... only men of science who have looked into it. These are physicians, who declare the disease to have every appearance of being produced by a mineral poison. The farmers, who had before convinced themselves that if it was produced by any vegetable agent, it was an invisible one, ploughed up and examined the plague spots, without result. There were no chemists among them to test the soil, nor explorers to investigate the wherefore of those mineral exhalations, if such they were, making their appearance at one season more than another. This problem, of pecuniary and sanitary as-well as scientific interest, remains to be solved. When will some naturalist give us the modus operandi of the fungus called smut, in grain, and discover its remedy? Wio will demonstrate the cause of the potato disease, and devise a preventive? A reasonable acquaintance with natural science would prevent some disastrous mistakes. Men have beggared themselves in search of coal and other minerals, in places where any tolerable geologist could have foretold certain failure, since he would know that such minerals are never found in such places. I cite these few examples from multitudes I might mention, to show that mere utilitarians, of the coarsest type, have a bread and butter interest in the growth of scientific knowledge, and that the ploddingest plodders will gain a dollar and cent advantage,from the researches of those whose thriftless studies they could see no use in. Thinkers will see that the far better and truer reasons for the study of Nature, I have given first. "This is all very well," says one, "for those who have time to attend to it, but working people have no time for such studies." Let us look at this excuse for a moment. We do not expect a woman who doe...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150044793
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 52
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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