The Vegetable Kingdom: Or, Handbook of Plants and Fruits

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Lott, 1843 - 227 pages

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Page 107 - But should any nation, contrary to our wishes, suppose it may better find its advantage by continuing its system of prohibitions, duties and regulations, it behooves us to protect our citizens, their commerce and navigation, by counter prohibitions, duties and regulations, also. Free commerce and navigation are not to be given in exchange for restrictions and vexations ; nor are they likely to produce a relaxation of them.
Page 167 - Vegetables produce in their organism the blood of all animals, for the carnivora, in consuming the blood and flesh of .the graminivora, consume, strictly speaking, only the vegetable principles which have served for the nutrition of the latter. Vegetable fibrine and albumen take the same form in the stomach of the graminivorous animal as animal fibrine and albumen do in that of the carnivorous animal.
Page 212 - Ger. says—I do use to cat the roots of chervil, with oil and vinegar, being first boiled. which is very good for old people that are dull and without courage; it rejoiceth and comforteth the heart, and increaseth their strength.
Page 71 - Another says, in speaking of the votaries of coffee and tobacco, " they can not wait till the smoke of the infernal regions surrounds them, but encompass themselves with smoke of their own accord, and drink a poison [coffee] which God made black that it might bear the devil's own color.
Page 85 - ... the quintal, will give a total valuation of the produce at $1,750,000. The estimate we have present• At the town of Lowell, alone, they make nearly a million and a quarter yards of cotton cloth per week, employ about 9,000 operatives, (6,375 females,) and use 433,000 Ibs. of raw cotton per week. The annual amount of raw cotton used is 22,568,000 Ibs., enough to load 50 ships of 350 tons each; and of cotton manufactured, 70,275,910 yards. 100 Ibs. of cotton will produce 89 yards of cloth. ed...
Page 24 - London during the year 1701, has recorded, as a circumstance then recent, that " a brigantine from the island of Madagascar happened to put in at Carolina, having a little seed-rice left, which the captain gave to a gentleman of the name of Woodward. From part of this he had a very good crop, but was ignorant for some years how to clean it. It was soon dispersed over the province, and by frequent experiments and observations, they found out ways of producing and manufacturing it to so great perfection,...
Page 2 - Raceme. A cluster; a kind of inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged by simple pedicels on the sides of a common peduncle ; as the Currant (Ribes.) Rachis.
Page 24 - Graminaceœ or Grasses. This important food-plant was long known in the East before it was introduced into Egypt and Greece. It is now cultivated extensively in the low grounds of the tropical and subtropical parts of southeastern Asia, Egypt, Japan, part of the Southern United States, and in several districts of Southern Europe. The culm of the rice is from 1 to 6 feet high, annual, erect, simple, round, and jointed ; the...
Page 164 - Bread, therefore, made with undressed flour, or even with an extra quantity of bran, is the best form in which farinaceous and excremental matters can be usually taken ; not only in diabetes, but in most of the other varieties of dyspepsia, accompanied by obstinate constipation. This is a remedy, the efficacy of which has been long known and admitted...
Page 199 - The term sometimes used to denote the in-gathering of the crop is not picking, but " breaking," because, with each cluster of berries a portion of the branch is broken off, the tree thriving all the better for the spoliation. The returns from a Pimento walk in a favourable season are prodigious. A single tree has been known to yield 150 Ibs. of the raw fruit, or 1 cwt. of the dried spice, there being commonly a loss in weight of one-third in curing; but this, like many other of the minor productions,...

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