National Geographic : 1919 Jul
A HUNTER OF PLANTS Bogh-dolah, where the Kirghiz guides had told us that men are sometimes butchered 1i k e sheep for sacrifice. It seems those things did occur some twenty - five or thirty years ago, but now I hardly think anything like that would happen. In the days when Dr. Regel was bot anizing here, strange things were reported; even the Chinese practiced human sacrifices in times of epidemics and famines." FINDING THE FA MOUS PEKING PEAR Here is a letter postmarked Pe king: "On December 29 we started from Peking, en route to the Western Moun tains. On the way I secured some pic tures of white barked pine trees and some cuttings and seeds of a AROW O large Lycium. The trees, planted a That night we slept trimmed up high so as in a temple in the They may have remn mountains where it Dutch painting. was pretty cold, as there was no fire in these airy rooms. "The next morning a fine snow fell, but about one o'clock it cleared up and we got bright, cold weather. I utilized that time to get a lot of scions of the male and female pistache trees and had several men and boys at work to try to get a quantity of good pistache seeds, for most trees bore simply empty capsules. "I paid many 20-cent pieces and got but few seeds. These are very hard to get, for they are small and have about the POPLARS IN CHILI PROVINCE, CHINA long the edge of a field bordering a stream and to make poles, had a peculiar appeal for Meyer. ded him of some scene in Holland or of some same color as the ground from which they have to be picked. Notwithstanding my offer of a Mexican dollar for a small linen bag full, the natives were not will ing to do the job. "The pistache is a fine shade tree, espe cially the male form, and for the mild wintered regions of the United States it will be a nice acquisition. "In a temple yard that same day I col lected a quantity of scions of the Chinese horse-chestnut, which will probably be a good shade tree for the United States.