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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...scene. In such a paradise then did % tempter come to me--and his name was Brown. As the Tempter of old, he used beauty and gain as his lure. A mass of something red flamed up before us on the white beach. I sprang to the treasure; it was a sponge, about as large as a man's head, coarse in texture, but of a brilliant scarlet hue, lying wet and in the sunshine. Until that hour I had been fond of sponges. I had, while in England, made a collection of twenty-two out of the twenty-four genera, which Dr. Bowerbank enumerates as being on the British shores. I had read with interest the learned discussions as to whether said sponges were animal or vegetable. Johnston and Bowerbank call them animal. "Hath not," say they, "a sponge oscula and ova? Is it not nourished by algae drawn within its pores? Doth not a young sponge swim hither and thither, until, learning steady habits with maturity, it settles down in life? Cannot the sponge absorb water for its air and nutriment, and eject it again, when it has obtained what aid and comfort said water can bestow? Are not the germs of sponges locomotive, and may not the sponge be said to have morals after a human fashion, since it spends its youth in trifling, its maturity in laziness, preys on the weak, is contemptuous of that which has been worn out in its service? Hath not a sponge organic mucus, and in its decomposition doth it not exhale a most abominable and animal odor?" Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by Alpred Martieh, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. On the other hand, Agassiz and Gould declare the sponge to be vegetable. Hath tin animal, they demand, a root; doth an animal grow by slips or shoots torn from the main body? Is an animal...show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 517g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576926
  • 9781236576927