Bush Fruits

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    THIS is in more senses than one a remarkable book. The title-page tells us that it is a “Horticultural monograph of raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, currants and other shrub like-fruits” (sic). The preface tells us that the book “is an extension of a thesis presented to the Cornell University for the degree of Master in Science in Agriculture.” It is hard to imagine any university in this country recognising a thesis on the art of growing gooseberries and currants ! Yet that the subject is capable of scientific treatment is evidenced by the volume before us. The aim is “to treat general truths and principles rather than mere details of practice. A book cannot instruct in all the details of any rural business because these details vary with the environment and personality of the operator. The book should attempt, therefore, to give such instruction as to enable the reader to think out and to solve the local problems for himself.”

    Bush Fruits.

    By Fred. W. Card. Pp. xii + 537; 113 illustrations. (New York: the Macmillan Company. London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1898.)

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    Bush Fruits. Nature 59, 459–460 (1899) doi:10.1038/059459a0

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