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Living Animals In Stone And Growing Trees

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A writer in Chumben' Jotirra' i öni amds ] he philosophors witli hard questions. , Io enunieratcs tho long list of woll henticated instances of animáis beiug lold involuntarily prisoners of nature, j nd thon he dcniaiuW a ro i . .11 for this i ' monmlous statu ui thiugs. A few of Lis j mrplexitii's sltü curijus en ugh. Boma 1 ' vorkmen in a qiiarry at Bourúre, Gotha, laving ilct'i!'l)'d a lirgo pieoe of stone rom tin' inass, oponed it ui.dfo nul in tiic entefB livu toad. It was 1 fa dark gny olor, its bnek a little sj eelt ud. Thu iporature of tho mouth wna covcrod witli 1 tino nioiubrano, as wor also tbu f yes. t could wink but Bcemod incapikblo of my other motion. It livod but a shurt ime after regiiining its liborty. In 1719 íear Caen, a live toad was found in ■ the runk of as elra tree four feet abovo the root and exactly in tho center. The tree pcrfectly sound uiid abuut as thick as 1 mini's body. Nü place could be dismbed through whieh it was possijlo for he animal to have ponotrated. As soon is tho wood was cut away, tho toad, whieh was a large one, crawjed out tand skippod away as if glad to escapo. These feots and many bthers of a simiar characttT led il. Hcrissair, a French savant, to makc. some curious experiments fn February, 1771, he inelosod three live ioads iu as many cases of piaster, and shut them up in a deal boi. In April, 1784, ho opouüd the boxes and found the casus whole. On breaking the cades he found two of the toads alive, but the third had died a martyr to science. They were handed over to the Acadomy of Science, and a careful examinntion showed that tho animáis had no conmiunicatiou witli tho externa! air, and must havo existod without the least nourishment. The samo experimentar incloscd somo toads in glass so as to observo their nioveuu'iits, but to the detriment of cienoe and relief of tho toads, he soon died and the investigatiou was stópped. Tho writer from whoin we quote alsoj mentions other animáis that have been found iu cqually strauge quarters. At Toulon óystera üt to eat are froquently found in pieces of stone. In spain two live worms were found iu the middle of a block of marble whioh a seulptor was oarving iuto a lion for the royal family. These worms occupied small cavities, to which there was no inlet that could possibly admit the air In France, in 1772, an adder was found alive in the center of a block of marbl thirty feet in diameter. In Guadel. up live t'rojjs nro found in beds of petrifications. Iu these and many othir cases given by the writer, his perpluxity, of course, is to know how the animáis got in there in tho first placo, and. then how they niauaged to subsist aftêr thoy were in. If any bugologist, or other, can discover how it is dono, he will have a passable recipe for conferring immortality.


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