TRANSACTIONS OF THE STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: WITH REPORTS OF COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETEIS, FOR 1853

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Page 346 - The honeybee that wanders all day long The field, the woodland, and the garden o'er, To gather in his fragrant winter store, Humming in calm content his quiet song, Seeks not alone the rose's glowing breast, The lily's dainty cup, the violet's lips, But from all rank and noxious weeds he sips The single drop of sweetness closely pressed Within the poison chalice.
Page 368 - Before these fields were shorn and tilled, Full to the brim our rivers flowed ; The melody of waters filled The fresh and boundless wood ; And torrents dashed and rivulets played, And fountains spouted in the shade.
Page 451 - Of all inventions, the alphabet and the printing press alone excepted, those inventions which abridge distance have done most for the civilization of our species.
Page 349 - To that cathedral, boundless as our wonder, Whose quenchless lamps the sun and moon supply ; Its choir the winds and waves — its organ thunder — Its dome the sky.
Page 601 - America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion, and every movement seems an improvement. The idea of novelty is there indissolubly connected with the idea of amelioration. No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man ; and what is not yet done is only what he has not yet attempted to do.
Page 308 - uplifts" at Little Falls, which rise 147 feet higher than lake Erie, and the "highlands" of the Hudson might also have interposed barriers to an outlet across the state of New York. A single communication only would then exist •with the ocean, viz: through the valley of the Mississippi. That the lakes once discharged their waters in this direction, such additional evidence is furnished by the appearance of the country, that in this our argument, but serves to add confirmation to the general opinion.
Page 348 - Yet here at least an earnest sense Of human right and weal is shown; A hate of tyranny intense, And hearty in its vehemence, As if my brother's pain and sorrow were my own.
Page 332 - ... collected. If I am correct in the above conclusion, the coal bearing sandstones, or strictly speaking, the coal basin, occupy an extent of surface, nearly oval in form, whose centre very nearly corresponds with the true centre of the peninsula. The tract thus embraced is 150 miles in length, north and south, and upwards of 100 in extreme breadth; covering an area of about 11,000 square miles, or one-fourth the entire area of the lower peninsula.
Page 299 - Thus, according to circumstances, we find a variety of forms assumed by these deposites, from a "tufaceous marl," in which the particles have but partially cohered, to a hard "tufa," or travertin rock, appearing as ledges in exposed hill sides. All these recent fresh water limes exist in great abundance in most of the counties enumerated, as well as throughout the interior of the state. In the northern part of Hillsdale, and the counties of Washtenaw and Oakland, in particular, so extensive and universally...
Page 299 - ... the interior of the state. In the northern part of Hillsdale, and the counties of Washtenaw and Oakland, in particular, so extensive and universally distributed are the beds of this useful mineral, that an attempt to ascertain and enumerate all the places in which it exists, is unnecessary, if not impossible. But notwithstanding its wide distribution, the uses, and even the existence of this mineral are so little known or heeded, even by those who have most reason to appreciate its value, that...

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