This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In Lisbon field crickets are sold in miniature cages by bird fanciers at a penny a piece. They are kept in stock by hundreds together in open tea chests. The natives like to have a "grillo" chirping in the room, and make pets of them. So says a writer in the Entomological Monthly.
Immense numbers of injurious insects were caught in France by the use of electric lights; they fell around the lamps in numbers so large that two of the lamps in the open air had to be removed, being covered entirely by moths of every description. We have seen large jars containing a little oil, filled by insects in a single night.
Professor Huxley in a lecture on the opening of Sir John Mason's Science College in England, said: "A pleasure loving character will have pleasure of some sort, but if you give him the choice he may prefer pleasures which do not degrade him to those that do. And this choice is offered to every man who possesses a literary or artistic culture, a never failing source of pleasures, which are neither withered by age, nor staled by custom, nor embittered in the recollection by the pangs of self-reproach."
It is stated that some samples of a new seed and also of a native Cucumber, collected in Central America, have been received at the Sydney Botanical Gardens. The former is a small black pea, edible and resembling the nardoo. The cucumbers are about the size of walnuts, and are said to make an excellent pickle. - Nature.
The really scientific papers of the Challengers voyages, by Sir Wyville Thomson, are now in course of publication, volume one having appeared. It is stated that the zoological specimens obtained filled four thousand and fifty-five glass vessels, and have been reported on by the scientific men of all countries; fifteen or sixteen volumes highly illustrated will be published. Sir W. Thomson considers that the most "prominent" result is the final establishment of the fact "that the distribution of living beings has no depth-limit, but that animals of all the marine invertebrate classes, and probably fishes also, exist over the whole floor of the ocean"; and that all Alpine Florae present marked analogies with circumpolar Florae. How remarkable this when we remember how lately it was believed, on all hands, that at great depths life was impossible.