The Universe, Or, the Wonders of Creation; The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Little

The Universe, Or, the Wonders of Creation; The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Little

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... seen. We find them as well in the details as in the organism viewed as a whole; in the aspect of a plant as in the obscure functions of the cell. The same pores exude at one time a beneficent nourishment, at another a treacherous poison; demulcent juices or corrosive liquids. The same fruit, or the same root, nourishes or instantly kills us. The tapioca, on which the American savage feeds, and which is so often employed at our tables, abounds in the midst of a poison as deadly as the philters of Locusta. The edible portion is taken out for the purposes of commerce; but the negroes, when they want to commit suicide, eat the root whole. The effect is almost as rapid as that of prussic acid.1 On one spot bloom friendly flowers, the folds of which only distil a perfumed nectar that the bee transforms into honey; elsewhere, sombre corollas, like those of the crownimperial, and some azaleas, exude only venomous juices. Woe to the insect that feeds thereon, for they yield only deadly products. Our readers will recollect the accident which overtook the army of Xenophon near Trebizond, 1 Two products which are extensively used as food for man, cassava and tapioca, are elaborated in the midst of the most deadly juices. They are both furnished by the root of the Manihot utilisxima (the Janipha Manihot), found extensively in Africa and the West Indies. The negroes are well acquainted with the virulence of this poison; but as it is very volatile and easily decomposed, being considered analogous to prussic acid, it is easily destroyed and rendered powerless by fermentation, so that the rude trills of America manage to extract from the starchy root of the manioc the nourishing food so often served up at our tables under the name of tapioca. It is composed of...
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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236574761
  • 9781236574763