This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One at least of the South Carolina Cork trees has perfected acorns, as specimens on my table truly indicate.
Cases of the dispersion of seeds was a subject discussed at the British Association. Various specimens were shown, especially of South African Harpagophyton, a plant whose seeds are provided with terrible hooks more than an inch long. These seeds sometimes even destroy lions: they roll about on the sandy plain, and if one attaches to the skin, the wretched animal tries to tear it off, and getting into its mouth, perishes miserably.
Dr. F. Day read a paper before the Linnean Society lately, on the instincts and emotions of fish, combating Cuvier's ideas, estimate of their total want of intelligence. He shows that they construct nests, transport their eggs, protect and defend their young, exhibit affection for each other, recognize human beings, can be tamed, manifest fear, anger, hatred and revenge, utter sounds, hide from danger, betake themselves to protection to the bodies of other animals and have other peculiar modes of defence, leave the water for food, and even different families combine for attack and defense. Their faculties nevertheless, are greatly suboi'dinated and modified compared with those of higher races of the vertebrata.
The Japanese are becoming scientists. Teikichi Nakamurra, of Tokio, has written an essay on a new method of determining sulphur in coal.