This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This variety of cultivated nut (Juglans regia, Linne), of which we have here a drawing of the fruit and of a branch, is remarkable for the shape and principally for the length of its fruit, which is excellent to eat. The nut being delicate, opens very easily; the fruit in it is superior, and very abundant, considering the slight thickness of the enclosure, which comes off easily. It is a beautiful and good variety, without any fault but that of being unknown.
JUGLANs REGIA BARTHERIANA.
Its origin, like that of many others, is still a mystery; - we owe it to M. Barthere, horticulturist, of Toulouse, who discovered it in a field, where it was growing with other trees. He says this variety is very productive, and early in bearing fruit, since in four or five years, the young plants, growing from kernels, begin to bear nuts. It appears vigorous; the specimens before us are but a year old and very healthy.
Horticulturists or amateurs wishing to possess this variety, can address M. Barthere, who will send it to them either in plants or in fruit. - Revue Horticole.
When the hydra becomes unwieldy, he splits himself into two parts, each of which becomes independent, and grows until the animals are formed equal to the former bulk. You may take the tentacula from one and engraft it upon another, by cutting an orifice and thrusting it in, when it immediately unites by joining heads, bodies and tails together. You may make an artificial monster, such as is rarely seen by man. No imaginary combinations of chemical or mechanical powers bear the least resemblance to this wonderful reproduction, nor can this hopeless enigma be solved; all we can do is to behold the phenomenon in silent wonder, and praise nature for showing so much solicitude to secure the multiplication of species, and disseminate then throughout the habitable world.
If the claws of lobsters, fins of fish, heads of snails, are cut off, they will be reproduced. I once cut out the eyes of a lizard, and new eyes were formed, as perfect in every respect, as those removed; - as I never kill or injure animals, even to aid science, I must be permitted here to state, that the lizard in. question partially lost its eyes through some accident unknown to me, and I cut them out to relieve it from apparent pain, not believing in the doctrine that it is always best to kill, in order to put a creature out of suffering; had I done so in this instance, I never would have known that eyes could be renewed in a lizard. - Pelt's Report on Fishes.