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.
The most striking article on the senses of the dog will be found in the Gentleman's Magazine (London) for September, and it is by a lady. She says: "How can we account for so much potentiality of intellect in the dog, who has no special organ of touch like the monkey's hand or the elephant's trunk? I believe we must take refuge in the sense of smell. This sense is of so little intellectual importance amongst human beings that we are apt to overlook its immense value to the lower animals; but it plays a large part in the consciousness of our dumb relatives. We cut open the head of a dog, and we find a large and developed optic centre, much the same as man's; but we also find a very big and very important olfactory lobe. While sight supplies us with distant information, it is smell that serves the dog."
A recent writer points to the great value of the wood of the Matai (Podocarpus spicata) of New Zealand. A tree that had been buried three hundred years was found to be sound and fresh. An inspection of the hard wooded trees of Honduras and Cuba results in the belief that if wanted we have a grand resort. In making an inter-oceanic canal, it is to be expected these sources will not be forgotten.
Cocoanut fibre plays a distinguished part abroad, both in gardening and mat manufacture. Can any one tell us whether the thousands of cocoanuts brought to this country are similarly utilized?
Well may Charles Reeve, of Baltimore, say in the Scientific American:
"Man is born without any knowledge whatever, and yet he has the capacity to attain the wisdom of the highest angels, and light is given in proportion to his power to receive and appropriate. Within the past one hundred years a greater flood of light has been poured upon the earth than has fallen during any ten centuries since its creation. What tongue can tell the progress of the next golden cycle?"
Tin has been discovered in Maine, and the work of getting it into commerce will soon begin. If successful, this metal will prove of more value than gold.
A gentleman wishing to compliment a lady friend, sent her an artificial branch of elegant orange blossoms on Christmas day. She returned the gift with a basket of fine fruit on New Year's day, and pretended in verse that they were grown from the said spray. He returned the basket with the following:
Your oranges grow
So well under snow,
I hope you'll continue the culture;
Having cut down your maples,
Now turn in and raise staples;
May they all be as fine as the sample,
For taste and beauty they really are ample,
And for such your neighbor is surely a
A correspondent asks if the Cedar of Lebanon is hard}' near Philadelphia? Yes, perfectly so, if slightly protected by other trees. Two of the writer's planting "long ago" are now bearing beautiful cones; but they [are very near their northern limit. How strange that we should see so few.