Every plant-lover has heard of Douglas. His name has been given to numerous pretty flowers, and the Douglas Spruce has given him a great name among those with whom even a love of flowers is unknown. The portrait here annexed is from the Gardeners' Chronicle. He was born in Scone, in Scotland, and studied gardening in the nurseries of Messrs. Brown, at Perth, and later in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, when Mr., afterwards Sir William, Hooker, was Director. In 1823 he was engaged by the Royal Horticultural Society to collect plants and seeds in North America, and he particularly distinguished himself by his work on the Pacific coast, especially in the region of the Columbia River. In a second trip he visited California. In 1833 he left California for the Sandwich Islands. They have a plan to trap wild animals by digging a pit, and covering loosely. The creatures break through and cannot escape. Douglas fell into one of these, in which a wild bull had been already captured. He was torn and trampled to pieces by the infuriated beast.

He was one of the most energetic and successful of plant collectors.

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