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Canton, a Typical Chinese City
The main portion of Canton, with its population of nearly two million, lies on the north bank, in a bend of the river. The name was given to the city by the Portuguese, who called it after the province of Kwang-tong, of which it is the chief city.
Japan - The Chrysanthemum Kingdom
When we finally reached Osaka, I remained there only one day. It is one of the great cities of the empire, and is known as the Venice of Japan, being traversed by a river and numerous canals. It is said that there are more than five hundred bridges across the streams, all of them of stone, and of fine architectual beauty.
More of Japan — Across the Pacific
I spent no time in Yokohama, being desirous of devoting all my hours to seeing something of Tokyo, which was formerly known as Yedo Yedo, which means river door. It is situated at the head of the bay at the mouth of what the Japanese call the Great River.
America Again — Fourth Trip Abroad
I have crowded a great many adventures and a great deal of traveling into five years, and they have been years that I will always remember. It is an education to travel and see the world, a better education in some respects than can be obtained in any other way.
Common Day Flower
The Slender Day-flower (C. erecta), the next of kin, a more fragile-looking, smaller-flowered, and narrower-leaved species, blooms from August to October, from Pennsylvania southward to tropical America and westward to Texas.
Spiderwort - Widow's or Job's Tears
As so very many of our blue flowers are merely naturalized immigrants from Europe, it is well to know we have sent to England at least one native that was considered fit to adorn the grounds of Hampton Court.
Pickerel Weed
As the gradually lengthened spike keeps up an uninterrupted succession of bloom for months, more than ample provision is made for the perpetuation of the race—a necessity to any plant that refuses to thrive unless it stands in water.
Wild Hyacinth, Scilla or Squill
Coming with the crocuses, before the snow is off the ground, and remaining long after their regal gold and purple chalices have withered, the Siberian scillas sold by seedsmen here deserve a place in every garden, for their porcelain-blue color is rare as it is charming.
Purple Trillium, Ill-scented Wake-Robin, or Birth-root
Some weeks after the jubilant, alert robins have returned from the South, the purple trillium unfurls its unattractive, carrion-scented flower. In the variable colors found in different regions, one can almost trace its evolution from green, white, and red to purple, which is the course all flowers must follow to attain to blue.
Larger Blue Flag, Blue Iris, and Fleur-de-lis
The name iris, meaning a deified rainbow, which was given this group of plants by the ancients, shows a fine appreciation of their superb coloring, their ethereal texture, and the evanescent beauty of the blossom.
Pointed Blue-eyed Grass
The dainty flower, growing in dense tufts, makes up in numbers what it lacks in size and lasting power, flecking our meadows with purplish ultramarine blue in a sunny June morning.
Large, or Early, Purple-fringed Orchis
Usually in wetter ground than we find its more beautiful big sister growing in, most frequently in swamps and bogs, the Smaller Purple-fringed Orchis (H. psycodes) lifts its perfumed lilac spires. Thither go the butterflies and long-lipped bees to feast in July and August.
Water-shield, or Water Target
Pretty water plant, flowers small, dull purplish, about 1/2 inch across. Flowers all season.
European, or Common Garden, Columbine
A heavier, less graceful flower than either the wild red and yellow columbine or the exquisite, long-spurred, blue and white species (A. ccerulea) of the Rocky Mountain region. Nevertheless this European immigrant, now making itself at home here, is a charming addition to our flora.
Keats should certainly have extolled the larkspurs in his sonnet on blue. No more beautiful group of plants contributes to the charm of gardens, woods, and roadsides, where some have escaped cultivation and become naturalized, than the delphinium, that take their name from a fancied resemblance to a dolphin (delphin).
Even under the snow itself bravely blooms the delicate hepatica, wrapped in fuzzy furs as if to protect its stems and nodding buds from cold.
Purple Virgin's Bower
The day on which one finds this rare and beautiful flower in some rocky ravine high among the hills or mountains becomes memorable to the budding botanist. At an elevation of three thousand feet in the Catskills it trails its way over the rocks, fallen trees, and undergrowth of the forest.
Orpine, Live-Forever, or Garden Stonecrop
Children know the live-forever by the thick leaf that they delight to hold in the mouth until, having loosened the membrane, they are able to inflate it like a paper bag.
Purple or Water Avens
When the purple avens opens in Europe, the bees desert even the primrose to feast upon its abundant nectar.
Wild Lupine
Farmers once thought that this plant preyed upon the fertility of their soil, as we see in the derivation of its name, from lupus, a wolf.
Canadian or Showy Tick-trefoil
Only the largest bees can easily explode the showy tick-trefoil. A bumblebee alights upon a flower, thrusts his head under the base of the standard petal, and forces apart the wing petals with his legs, in order to dislodge them from the standard.
Blue, Tufted, or Cow Vetch or Tare
Dry fields blued with the bright blossoms of the tufted vetch, and roadsides and thickets where the angular vine sends forth vivid patches of color, resound with the music of happy bees.
Beach, Sea, Seaside, or Everlasting Pea
Sturdy clumps of the beach pea, growing beyond reach of the tide in the dunes and sandy wastelands back of the beach, afford the bee the last restaurant where he may regale himself without fear of drowning.
Butterfly or Blue Pea
According to Henderson, the plant, which is found in our Southern States and over the Mexican border, grows also in the Khasia Mountains of India, but in no intervening place.
What Is Wine?
IN every clime, and under every sun, from the very earliest periods of time of which we have any record, wine has been considered as one of the choicest gifts of a beneficent Providence, and in the old days of Biblical antiquity it was always looked upon, in conjunction with corn and oil, as a symbol of national well-being and material prosperity.
Wine Merchants
IN the good old days when stage coach travelling was regarded as a rapid means of transit, and hot-headed gentlemen settled their disputes at so many paces, the wine-merchant's calling was a respected and dignified branch of commerce.
Doctors And Wine
Nevertheless, the average medical man has often a failing, and that a somewhat serious one. He seldom knows much about wine, for, for some unexplained reason, a knowledge of the health-giving and curative properties of genuine wines, and the special characteristics of the different varieties, is not included in the curriculum of the ordinary medical student.
Wine At Hotels And Restaurants
Hospitality is becoming less and less dispensed upon the host's own mahogany, and more and more in public places, with the result that the greatest consumption of wine now takes place, not in private houses, but in restaurants and hotels.
Wines Of France
AMONG the wine producing countries of the world the sunny and fertile land of France must undoubtedly be accorded the first place. Almost the whole region, from the Rhine to the Pyrenees, abounds in prolific vineyards.
Wines Of Germany
IT cannot be denied that some of the finest and most esteemed wines in the world owe their origin to the famous vineyards of Germany, and for this reason, and also on account of the generally high standard of excellence of its produce, the Fatherland is entitled to a very prominent place in the roll of wine-making countries.
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