This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Dr. Thomas Taylor, of Washington, read a paper before one of the sections of the recent meeting of the American Association at Montreal, in which he suggests that the house fly may be the carrier and distributor of germinal virus, which we now know to be at the bottom of many diseases. Dr. Leidy, President of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, showed before that this is actually the case. Like all useful things - for they are scavengers - the fly has its bad traits.
Mr. Meehan noted that in the list of plants having diurnal or nocturnal motion Portulaca oleracea did not appear. At sundown the leaves, at other times at right angles with the stem, rose and pressed their upper surfaces against it. The morning expansion began with dawn, and soon after sunrise the leaves were fully expanded. Mr. Isaac Burk also discovered it, as also in an allied plant of the West Indies, Talinum patens. - Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
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We learn, with great regret, that Mr. Downing met with a serious accident through being run down by a street car in New York. The wheels crushed against him, and he was taken into a store insensible. A rib was broken. Though in his eighty-first year, and suffering intensely, his physicians, at this writing (Nov. 12th), speak encouragingly of his prospects for recovery.
The numerous friends of this distinguished botanist will be sorry to learn that he fell recently and broke his shoulder bone. It is some satisfaction to be able to add, as we can do from a pleasant note before us, that it will not probably interfere seriously with active work.
This intelligent young gardener, whose papers in the Gardener's Monthly have so often given pleasure to our readers, has decided to enter the commercial ranks, and has settled himself at Claymont, Delaware. We have no doubt his venture will be a success, as there is plenty of room for first-class business men.