Letter | Published:

Intellect in Brutes

Nature volume 20, page 505 | Download Citation



LAST year we spent our holiday at Llan Bedr, Merionethshire. Our host has a house in the above village and another at Harlech, a town three miles distant. His favourite dog, Nero, is of Norwegian birth, and a highly intelligent animal. He is at liberty to pass his time at either of the houses owned by his master, and he occasionally walks from one to the other. More frequently, however, he goes to the railway station at Llan Bedr, gets into the train, and jumps out again at Harlech. Being, most probably, unable to get out of the carriage, he was on one occasion taken to Talsarnau, the station beyond Harlech, where he left the carriage, and waited on the platform for the return train to Harlech. If Nero did not make use of “abstract reasoning” we may as well give up the use of the term.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Author information


  1. Manchester, September 20



  1. Search for WILLIAM HORSFALL in:

About this article

Publication history





By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.