Sessional Papers of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario Volume 18, No. 4

Sessional Papers of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario Volume 18, No. 4

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...or more. There were on this estate no old rotten stumps, but some of the adjacent uninhabited estates contained them, where probably the nest may be found, ' nevertheless the whole estate was so overrun by white ants that they had made along the fence a long track covered with the hard clay-like mud with which they usually fill the eaten parts. As the boards of the fence were thin, it was perhaps judged safer to build the canal outside instead of on the interior of the boards. The house, a framehouse, about ten years old, the stables and the wooden sheds were entirely intact. The estate near to it seemed to be entirely free from the pest. The foliage of the infested trees looked very renlarle able. Mr. Sereno Vvatson, the curator of the Cambridge Herbarium, was at first at loss to determine the leaves; the size, the shape and the venation would not agree with any known species. But when he saw the tree, he was directly sure that it was only the common Acer rubrum. Some fresh shoots near the base of the-tree had unmistakably the leaves of the common red maple. All the other leaves were very small, mostly not more than two inches broad, the midian lobe often short, sometimes blunt and not longer than the side lobes; the rips below were about yellowish and decidedly less dark than on the red maple. The owner of' the estate had for ten years not observed any change in the foliage of the trees. During the last winter the upper part of one tree, some twenty feet, broke down in a gale, and proved to be not infested by white ants. Now it was considered safe to fell the whole tree. The bark was, in the place where the gangs went up along the tree, extensively bored and hollowed by the white ants. The-wood itself was only two feet above the...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236887212
  • 9781236887214