Tag Archives: Gleanings

Gleanings From The Past #13

Nonconductor Dr. Beeton, in a letter to Dr. Mitchill of New York, dated 19th of July, 1824, states, that the beech tree (that is, the broad leaved or American variety of Fagus sylvatiea,) is never known to be assailed by … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #12

Happiness The ones who seek their happiness By buying cars and clothes and rings, Don’t seem to know that empty lives Are just as empty filled with things. — Bullet [Fredericksburg, Virginia], May 1, 1936 Mind Your Punctuation ‘Mind your stops’ is … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #10

A Moving Tavern  A characteristically western arrangement for eating, drinking, and sleeping the labourers is made on the Davenport railroad. Two cars are fitted up for the purpose. One is filled up with berths on the side, as in a steamer, … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #9

A Flash When a candle is burnt so long as to leave a tolerably large wick, blow it out; a dense smoke, which is composed of hydrogen and carbon, will immediately rise. Then, if another candle, or lighted taper, be … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #8

Theory and Fact When we meet a fact which contradicts a prevailing theory, we must accept the fact and abandon the theory, even when the theory is supported by great names and generally accepted. – Claude Bernard, Introduction to the Study of Experimental … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #6

Taste vs. Genius Taste and genius are two words frequently joined together, and therefore, by inaccurate thinkers, confounded. They signify, however, two quite different things. The difference between them can be clearly pointed out, and it is of importance to … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #5

Common Sense We teach the children Danish, trigonometry, and Spanish; fill their heads with modern notions, and the secrets of the oceans, and the hieroglyph inscriptions from the land of the Egyptians; learn the date of every battle, know the … Continue reading

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