This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One might suppose a connection between the authors of Pinafore and Sir John Lubbock; the one rings the changes on sisters, cousins and aunts, and the other brings up with his observations on ants only, both to the great satisfaction of the public.
" Remains to be seen," is a favorite expression of our friends, who make newspapers so interesting now-a-days. The phrase is a good one, and recommended to every man or woman who places a seed in the ground.
Philosophers and others have long been looking out to discover reason and reflection in the brute creation, but seem to find neither to any great extent, except in ants. Sir John Lubbock and Dr. McCook find much to amuse in the study of those insects - the harvesters and the honey-makers, etc.; but no animal has yet been found to exhibit true concerted action, or to express by external signs, distinct intellectual perceptions - processes of which all men are nominally capable. Apes, like dogs and cats, warm themselves with pleasure at deserted fires; yet though they see wood burning, and other wood lying by, though they have arms and hands as we have, and the same sentient faculties, they have never, so far as known, been recorded to add fuel to maintain their comfort.