Contributions to Science

Contributions to Science

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...is capable of covering in a given time. I should not consider even quitea small child in any danger from the attacks of even a very large snake of this species, but human nature is not yet educated up to the point when assurances of this kind will be much heeded, and I greatly doubt, owing wholly to education, if there are a dozen men today in New England who would have the nerve to await calmly, unarmed, the onslaught of even a moderately sized black snake. Unquestionably, black snakes do destroy some birds; possibly, in the country, some young fowls fall victims to their appetite, but very few, as snakes feed but seldom; while the smaller species of snakes are unquestionably useful to the husbandman, as they consume a large number of insects, and I unhesitatingly say that a striped snake is as much entitled to legislative protection as is a robin. PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED. THE Bmos or THE WEST Innms. BY CHARLES B. Coax. Estes & Lauriat, Boston. 1889. Although much of the matter contained in this volume of 324 pa ges, has appeared in the " Auk," yet this is a most welcome and long needed work, and as it is the latest. is by far the best that has ever been written by the author. The work begins with a list of the principal works and papers relating to West Indian Ornithology. The descriptions are carefully prepared, and are written in the clear, though concise manner, which is characteristic of the author, and are accompanied by full synonymy, as far as pertains to West Indian records. In an appendix, the work is brought up to date, and is well indexed, while it is concluded with two maps of the West Indies. Mr. Cory has done more for the ornithology of this region, than any one else. and is still zealously continuing his...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755324
  • 9781236755322