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Afloat on the Ohio –by: Reuben Gold Thwaites

Afloat on the Ohio, An Historical Pilgrimage, of a Thousand Miles in a Skiff, From Redstone to Cairo.

There were four of us pilgrims—my Wife, our Boy of ten and a half years, the Doctor, and I. My object in going—the others went for the outing—was to gather "local color" for work in Western history. The Ohio River was an important factor in the development of the West. I wished to know the great waterway intimately in its various phases,—to see with my own eyes what the borderers saw; in imagination, to redress the pioneer stage, and repeople it. ( From the Preface )

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Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee

Langstroth revolutionized the beekeeping industry by using bee space in his top opened hive. In the summer of 1851 he found that, by leaving an even, approximately bee-sized space between the top of the frames holding the honeycomb and the flat coverboard lying above, he was able to quite easily remove the latter, which was normally well cemented to the frames with propolis making separation hard to achieve. Later he had the idea to use this discovery to make the frames themselves easily removable. He found that, if he left a small space (less than 1/4 inch or 6.4 mm) between the combs, or ...

Nature –by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature” is a short essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Recent advances in zoology, botany, and geology confirmed Emerson’s intuitions about the intricate relationships of nature at large.

The publication of “Nature” is usually taken to be the watershed moment at which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. Henry David Thoreau had read “Nature” as a senior at Harvard College and took it to...

Baree, Son of Kazan

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Baree, Son of Kazan.

James Oliver Curwood.

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Preface

Since the publication of my two animal books, "Kazan, the Wolf Dog" and "The Grizzly King," I have received so many hundreds of letters from friends of wild animal life, all of which were more or less of an inquiring nature, that I have been encouraged to incorporate in this preface of the third of my series "Baree, Son of Kazan" something more of my desire and hope in writing of wild life, and something of the foundation of fact whereupon this and its companion books have been written.

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A Florida Sketch-Book –by: Bradford Torrey

This is a series of late-19th Century essays about Florida’s flora & fauna written by a Massachusetts-based naturalist.

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[Transcriber's Note: The original scan for text page 142 is missing This is noted where it occurs in the text.]

A FLORIDA SKETCH BOOK

By

BRADFORD TORREY

Books by Mr. Torrey.

BIRDS IN THE BUSH. A RAMBLER'S LEASE. THE FOOT PATH WAY. A FLORIDA SKETCH BOOK.

1894

CONTENTS

IN THE FLAT WOODS

BESIDE THE MARSH

ON THE BEACH AT DAYTONA

ALONG THE HILLSBOROUGH

A MORNING AT THE OLD SUGAR MILL

ON THE UP...

The Biography of a Grizzly –by: Ernest Thompson Seton

I first read this little book when I was in the fifth grade, and now more than fifty years later, I still find it fascinating. Ernest Thompson Seton was a man with a concern for nature her creatures and an excellent story teller. I could almost feel Wahb, the great grizzly’s pain and frustration as he tried to avoid contact with humans and just be left alone to carry out his bear business. Listening to this audio book will be an hour and a half well spent.Summary by Mike Vendetti, Narrator.

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent spelling used in the origina...

Studies About Trees

In this work Levison aims to create a book that allows beginners to be able to understand how to identify trees, as well as to give information of their structure and uses. Once these topics are addressed, he then moves into concepts of care, planting and forestry.

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[Illustration: Frontispiece.

"Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your Teacher."

WORDSWORTH.]

STUDIES OF TREES

BY J.J. LEVISON, M.F. Lecturer on Ornamental and Shade Trees, Yale University Forest School; Forester to the Department of Parks, Brooklyn, N.Y.

FIRST EDITION FIRST...

The San Francisco Calamity by Earthquake and Fire –by: Charles Morris

The first half of this book describes the devastating earthquake that hit San Francisco in 1906, and the subsequent destruction caused by fire. Various eyewitnesses and victims give their account on the tragedy.

In the second half, a number of different other earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are retold, like the eruption of the Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeij or the explosion of the Krakatoa, together with scientific explanations for the causes of earthquakes and the eruption of volcanos.

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THE SAN FRANCISCO CALAMITY BY EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE

A Complete and Accura...

Lectures on Landscape –by: John Ruskin

A series of lectures on landscape painting delivered at Oxford in 1871, by artist, critic, and social commentator, John Ruskin.

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LECTURES ON LANDSCAPE

DELIVERED AT OXFORD

IN LENT TERM, 1871.

Library Edition

THE COMPLETE WORKS

OF

JOHN RUSKIN

CROWN OF WILD OLIVE TIME AND TIDE QUEEN OF THE AIR LECTURES ON ART AND LANDSCAPE ARATRA PENTELICI

NATIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NEW YORK CHICAGO

[Illustration: BRANTWOOD

FROM A PHOTOGRAPH]

PREFATORY NOTE.

These Lectures on Landscape were given at Oxford on January 20, ...

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