The Scottish Naturalist, Volume 9

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Francis Buchanan White White
Cowan & Company, 1888

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Page 206 - Sharing the stillness of the unimpassioned rock, they share also its endurance ; and while the winds of departing spring scatter the white hawthorn blossom like drifted snow, and summer dims on the parched meadow the drooping of its...
Page 206 - Unfading as motionless, the worm frets them not, and the autumn wastes not. Strong in lowliness, they neither blanch in heat nor pine in frost.
Page 205 - I reflected on the straitened condition of the lower orders this year, to see pounds innumerable of extempore beef-steaks growing on our oaks in the shape of Fistulina hepatica...
Page 162 - Dipper is by no means a walking bird : even on land I have never seen it move more than a few steps, which it accomplished by a kind of leaping motion. Its short legs and curved claws are very ill adapted for running...
Page 199 - All these different plants belong to the second great division of the vegetable kingdom, to which the name of cryptogamia has been given, on account of the absence, in all the members, of those prominent organs which are essential to the production of perfect seed. They are propagated by little embryo plants called spores or sporules, generally invisible to the naked eye, and differing from true seeds in germinating from any part of their surface instead of from two invariable points.
Page 203 - Lichens and mosses cover the waste surfaces of the earth ; diatoms and confervse are everywhere miraculously abundant in the waters. In rivers and streams, in ditches and ponds, alike under the sunny skies of the south, and in the frozen regions of the north ; on the surface of the sea in floating meadows, and in the dark and dismal recesses of the ocean only to be explored by the long line of the sounding-lead. The ocean swarms with innumerable varieties, without their presence being indicated by...
Page 96 - No one could be better fitted than Dr. Coppinger to put into a readable shape the result of his investigations as a naturalist, and his impressions of strange scenery and savage men.
Page 135 - Rough Notes on the Birds observed during Twenty Years' Shooting and Collecting in the British Isles : with Plates from Drawings taken from Specimens in the Author's Collection.
Page 96 - Teachers and students alike have been anxiously waiting' for its appearance. . . . ,We would lay especial weight on the illustrations of this work for two reasons ; firstly, because correct figures are of enormous assistance to the student, . . . and secondly ... it contains as rich a supply of well-drawn, well-engraved, and well-selected figures as ever man could desire. Admirably printed. . . . The whole enterprise reflects the greatest credit."— Zoologist,, ,','.. • — " It is not often a...
Page 51 - ... theoretical or practical astronomy, it was as a computist that he was pre-eminent. SIR JOHN WILLIAM LUBBOCK, Baronet, was born March 26, 1803 ; educated first at Westminster School, then at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking the Bachelor's degree in 1825, the Master's in 1833 ; was admitted to the Royal Society (of which he was a Vice-President at the time of his death) in 1829; married in 1833; succeeded to the baronetcy in 1840, on the death of his father, the eminent banker, Sir John Lubbock...

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