Home Studies in Nature Mary Treat

ISBN: 9780217227643

Published: January 14th 2012

Paperback

82 pages


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Home Studies in Nature  by  Mary Treat

Home Studies in Nature by Mary Treat
January 14th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 82 pages | ISBN: 9780217227643 | 3.74 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... transported back through the ages, and becomeMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... transported back through the ages, and become one with the ancients, when nymphs peopled the woods and presided over the trees, and had the power to re-ward or punish those who prolonged or shortened the life of the trees in which they lived.

But as I emerge in the broad sunlight the fancy is dissipated, and I bow to the higher wisdom of to-day, which gives only to a Supreme Being the power to rule over mortals, to reward or Lest the reader should accuse me of losing my subject in the cedars, I hasten to say that these great swamps are simply the banks of the rivers and streams-which run through the pine-barrens- so I have a legitimate right to wander on. The banks sometimes extend a mile or two beyond the edge of the stream, and are not very picturesque nor generally attractive.

But when it is asserted that there is nothing of interest connected with them, it only shows how little some people can manage to see. The streams themselves are not devoid of interest. Their red waters are constantly undermining the trees, causing them to fall, when they do not decay, and the falling trees are slowly and continuously changing the bed of the streams.

How far below the surface they extend I do not know, but they are found to a considerable depth, in an excellent state of preservation. They are often extricated, and made into shingles and other useful things, which are said to be much more durable than when made from trees which have been cut for such purposes. If the geologist did not tell us that the structure of the State of New Jersey forbids the possibility of ever finding coal-mines within its borders, we might be disposed to think that we had not wholly emerged from the carboniferous era, and that ages hence coal would be found where these cedars now stand.

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