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Singular Application of Darwinism.

Henrik D&hl, of Aalcsund, Norway, was a reader and a follower of Darwin. Wishing to apply his theory of the limit of adaptability of a species to its, environment, he procured a herring f rom et neighbouring fiord, and carried it home m a tub of sea water. He renewed the water daily for some time, and gradually reduced the quantity, with so little inconvenience to the herring that he .concluded that' the fiah might, m #the, 'learn to breathe air undiluted with water like the cat arid the man. It turned out as he «ypected, and the water was finally turned out of the tub never to be replnced. Henrik next removed the fish from its tub and placed it on the ground, where it flopped about very' awkwardly at first, but soon learned to move freely and rapidly. In a little while the herring washable to; follow its <najiteri Svftjiout difficulty,' and then it became his constant companion about the streets of the city. CWtt eertnin unfortunate day Henrik had occasion to cross a bridge which spanned an aim of th& harbour. v -. r|?he hOTring, coming grtcefully; along?; v|eem&|sil of 1 danger, how and again springing at the ephemera, for which it had .'acquired an especial fondness,, missed its .footing,? slipped through a crack into the,swater 1 beneath,, and was drowned—" Forest and Straam." : '

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Singular Application of Darwinism., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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Singular Application of Darwinism. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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