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on pertaining to the subject in English, New Hampshire farmers. They atwhich in those early days was meagre tended a lecture delivered by Mr. Prinenough. He scraped together enough gle, one day, and heard, with wonder, money to journey to Boston to visit some of the results that the young inFrancis Parkman, about whose experi- vestigator had gained in his experiments in flower culture he had read. ments in plant hybridizing. They He interviewed Kirtland in Cleveland, secured an inkling as to the possibiliOhio, and corresponded with other ties inherent in this new science. Subscientists of the period.
sequent developments showed that All this was laying the foundation they as well as others profited greatly for a knowledge that materially assisted from the knowledge thus gained.
in his later and more notable experi- Mr. Pringle's first work in hybridiz ments. The little Pringle farm soon ing was performed with potatoes on became the mecca for scientists and his home farm. He crossed the Early investigators from all parts of the Rose, a standard Vermont grown pocountry. Mr. Pringle showed what he tato, with pollen from the White Peachhad accomplished. His enthusiasm blow, the Excelsior and the Black was contagious. He subsequently Mercer. The progeny from these · went about the state giving lectures be- crosses gave him the Snowflake, the fore farmers' institutes to awaken in- Alpha and the Ruby, all excellent terest in his chosen work.
tubers, but with Snowflake the results The Burbanks at that time were were exceptional. Seed from this
variety he disposed of at the rate of fields in the West. Mr. Pringle also a thousand dollars a pound for several experimented extensively and with years.
great success in developing oats, toMr. Pringle, in 1870, turned his at- matoes and fruits, particularly curtention to the hybridizing of the cereals rants, grapes and tree fruits. Mr. and in this line of work enjoys the Pringle is given the credit for being distinction of being the pioneer in the originator of the hulless oat which America. His Defiance wheat for made possible Quaker Oats and other many years has been the staple pro- cereal products. ducts of some of the larger wheat It was in 1874 that Mr. Pringle, now
thoroughly infatuated with his work, ern Canada. He was still a young began the collection of plants. Dur man and the country was wild and ing the first season he gathered to sparsely settled. His early experience gether about four hundred specimens had taught himself reliance, however, of common and uncommon plants, and undaunted even by the doleful premost of them in the vicinity of his dictions of friends and neighbors who own home.
had gathered on the banks of the little This was followed by the explora- river La Platte, in Shelburne, to see tion of Mount Mansfield, Smuggler's him, in company with Mr. Horsford,
Notch and Camel's Hump, of the himself a youth, embark in a light Green Mountain range. Soon after bark canoe for the long trip to Canada, this, in company of a neighbor and via Lake Champlain and the river St. fellow botanist, Fred Horsford, and Lawrence. The initial trip was full of two companions from Boston, he tra- peril and hardship, one that might have versed the White Mountains for spec- quelled much hardier spirits than those imens of Flora, with increasing suc of the two young botanists. Yet they cess.
kept on their journey until they were His next venture was to undertake stopped by impassable barriers of the classification of the flora of East forest and turbulent stream, and were
obliged to turn back and seek easier companion in these long trips, Filemon fields to explore. This first journey L. Lozano. For years this educated into the wilds of Canada was followed and highly intelligent native has acby others more successful, until the companied the botanist on his exploraregion was thoroughly explored and tions and much of the success attained the flora classified.
in his work there is due to Senor Dr.Asa Gray, of Harvard University, Lozano and to other assistants. directed Mr. Pringle in 1885 to ex Having pretty effectually covered the plore Northern Mexico for flora. Since field of Mexican phanerogams, concernthat time Mexico has been the special ing which he is a leading authority, field of investigation for the great Mr. Pringle has turned especially to naturalist, who has made from two to the collection of cryptograms. four trips to that country every year,
He has for several years been official seldom returning without bringing collector for the Mexican Government, home some rare plants in his knapsack has put the National Herbarium upon hitherto unclassified. Mr. Pringle's a scientific basis and has been active Herbarium in the Williams Science in developing Mexican fibre plants. Building of the University of Vermont Among the scores of young men who contains about one hundred thousand have been fortunate enough to have specimens, brought together from all accompanied Mr. Pringle to Mexico parts of the globe. Besides the during the past twenty-five years may thousands which he himself has col- be counted James A. Kelley, now a lected, his shelves contain many rare
well-known merchant of Burlington; and beautiful specimens secured from Charles Hammond and Judd Williams, exchanges with other institutions and also of that city; John H. McGlashan, with the leading botanists from the of Michigan, and B. W. Estey, of Linfour corners of the world. The great coln, Vermont. botanical gardens of London, Paris, Mr. Pringle has been honored by the Berlin, Vienna, Tokyo, Ceylon, New University of Vermont with the deZealand, and others of equal note, have grees of Master of Arts and Doctor of contributed to the wealth of scientific Science. He is an associate member of store which is watched over by Mr. the American Academy of Arts and Pringle. For some years he has been Sciences, member of the Mexican sending out an average of three hun Government and official collector for dred species of plants to these herba the country; member of Massachusetts riums with an exchange of about an Horticultural Society, and the Verequal number. The past year he dis mont Horticultural Society, etc. tributed about three thousand speci During all these years Mr. Pringle mens.
has kept a complete daily journal, The botanist has spent so many
which it is to be hoped may be pubsummers beneath the sunny skies of lished some day in the interest of Mexico that he longs for the time science. His collection of autograph when he packs his knapsack and sets letters from noted scientists is also out (by railway, of course) for that valuable, indeed. country. He is a philosophical trav
And above all, this quiet, kindly man eller and a delightful companion, al
still maintains his lofty ideals and his though modest to the point almost trusting simple faith in humanity that of diffidence. The position of his as is, in part, a legacy from his mother sistant in these trips to Mexico is and also from his early associations eagerly sought after by young college with a Quaker community within the students who recognize the excellent borders of his home town. When not opportunity to
first-hand in Mexico he resides in Burlington, livknowledge of botany.
ing close to his priceless treasure of Mr. Pringle has become very much leaf and frond and twig, gathered from attached to his Mexican guide and almost every land under the sun.
By THOMAS KINNIFF
GIRL descended the steps of the not that. To misunderstand Jack was Holland House, bound for a to confuse one of the primal elements walk up
avenue. She of life. carried herself with an ease and assur Jack gazed troubledly up the avenue ance that came, partly from a knowl a moment before he said: "Dorothy, edge of being properly gowned, partly rather than have you think me absofrom an innate self-sufficiency. She lutely a cad, I am going to tell you the wore a large bunch of violets at her plain facts.” belt.
She laughed incredulously, but there Just as she reached the sidewalk she was a suggestion of distance to her saw a man she knew, and she stepped little nod of acquiescence. forward, eagerly to greet him. The “I don't want you to think I man was apparently about twenty-five shouldn't be awfully glad of the years of age. He had a pleasantly chance of lunching with you. It would keen face, just then a little sober. be just like-I rather do that than anyHis clothes were of a correct style and thing I can think of, just now. But" cut, but suggested somehow the lack he hesitated, as though not quite sure of a tailor's recent attention. But, in of what he wanted to say. She gave spite of a certain lack of spruceness, him no help. "The truth of the matter the young man conveyed the impres- is that-if I lunch with you to-day, I sion of being well conditioned.
shall probably not be able to lunch at "Jack,” called the girl, for he had all to-morrow.” passed without seeing her. When he "Jack, what has happened," broke did see her his face also lighted eager from the girl. “Have you done some. ly; then a doubtful look crossed it. thing foolish? Oh, come inside where The girl gave him both hands.
we can talk." "Jack!" she said, “I'm so glad. Who She led the way into the hotel, and ever thought of meeting you here in found seats away from the crowd who New York."
filled the place. Then she laughed a "Same here, Dorothy. What are little over her own relief in finding you doing in this gay metropolis ?” Jack still Jack, as far as she was con
She regarded him saucily, as she an cerned. swered, “Just now I am going to let "Now, tell me all about it?" she dea man I know take me to luncheon, if manded. "Have you been more foolish you know anyone who is hungering than usual, and what do you mean for that privilegemand lunch. Mother's about not having money? What are gone off with cousin Clara, heaven you doing in New York, and how long only knows where, so I am left to have you been here, to begin with ?" my own resources. How do you like Jack nailed the last question as it being a resource, Jack?” she laughed flew past. “I've been here about a gaily.
Hionth and I'm learning the newspaper But her frank friendliness seemed business." to embarrass him, and for a second a "Well?" doubt intruded itself on her. Could "Well, that's all. I'm still learning." she have mistaken the terms of her "But why haven't you money," she intimacy with this young man? No, insisted. .