The Knickerbocker Volume 24; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine

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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. 1844 Excerpt: ...number is emphatically styled as 'indeed a rich issue.' I could conceive of nothing richer in the shape of art to show to a friend.' We shall take some pains to learn more of this art, and its capabilities.' Meantime, speaking of plants, let us ask our friend if he ever heard of the celebrated 'Rat-tail ...
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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. 1844 Excerpt: ...number is emphatically styled as 'indeed a rich issue.' I could conceive of nothing richer in the shape of art to show to a friend.' We shall take some pains to learn more of this art, and its capabilities.' Meantime, speaking of plants, let us ask our friend if he ever heard of the celebrated 'Rat-tail Geranium,' which was first brought to public notice by a famous beau and courtier at Washington, some years since I It seems that he had a passion for geraniums; and on one occasion he was informed by a friend ('beshrew him for a mad wag!') that if he desired to enrich his collection of plants with one not to be had elsewhere, and which had just been imported from the Niger, to lose not a moment in securing it. This was sufficient. Away he posted, and for a pretty penny became proprietor of the only rat-tail geranium in America. Placing it under his arm, he repaired to the residence of the lady of one of the high dignitaries of the federal city. Placing it carefully upon the window-sill of the drawing-room, and as carefully adjusting the stem, which he said in consequence of a long voyage had become a little dry and lost its foliage; and giving especial directions to have it exposed to the sun, kept well watered, and taken in at night, he made his congee, and departed. On the third day it began to send forth its fragrance; each succeeding day it increased, but showed no signs of budding. On the sixth day curiosity was on tip-toe to ascertain, by actual examination, the structure of a plant so redolent of a most remarkable perfume, and yet so withered and stiff, as was the stem of the 'Rat-tail Niger Geranium.' On removing the earth, and following the stem downward, lo! there lay the remains of an enormous rat, with his tail tied neatly up to a stick!-.. Who ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150297793
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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