Henry David Thoreau
Maples and Birches
by Joseph Holmes
The Adventures of Henry Thoreau
A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
The Maine Woods
Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson & Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science
Delphi Complete Works of Henry David Thoreau
"An Insect View of Its Plain"
Insects, Nature and God in Thoreau, Dickinson and Muir
is a common saying among country people that if you eat much fried
hasty pudding it will make your hair curl. My experience, which was
considerable, did not confirm this assertion.
Horace Hosmer was picking out to-day half a bushel or more of a different and better kind of cranberry, as he thought, separating them from the rest. They are very dark red, shaded with lighter, harder and more oblong, somewhat like the fruit of the sweet-briar or a Canada red plum, though I have no common cranberry to compare with them. He says that they grow apart from the others. I must see him about it. It may prove to be one more of those instances in which the farmer detects a new species and makes use of the knowledge from year to year in his profession, while the botanist expressly devoted to such investigation has failed to observe it.
The farmer, in picking over many bushels of cranberries year after year, finds at length, or has forced upon his observation, a new species of that berry, and avails himself thereafter of his discovery for many years before the naturalist is aware of the fact.
It is often the unscientific man who discovers the new species. It would be strange if it were not so. But we are accustomed properly to call that only a scientific discovery which knows the relative value of the thing discovered, uncovers a fact to mankind.
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