From these several reasons, namely, the improbability of man having formerly got seven or eight supposed species of pigeons to breed freely under domestication; these supposed species being quite unknown in a wild state, and their becoming nowhere feral; these species having very abnormal characters in certain respects, as compared with all other Columbidae, though so like in most other respects to the rock-pigeon; the blue colour and various marks occasionally appearing in all the breeds, both when kept pure and when crossed; the mongrel offspring being perfectly fertile;--from these several reasons, taken together, I can feel no doubt that all our domestic breeds have descended from the Columba livia with its geographical sub-species.
We see an astonishing improvement in many florists' flowers, when the flowers of the present day are compared with drawings made only twenty or thirty years ago.
Lord Spencer and others have shown how the cattle of England have increased in weight and in early maturity, compared with the stock formerly kept in this country.
In plants the same gradual process of improvement, through the occasional preservation of the best individuals, whether or not sufficiently distinct to be ranked at their first appearance as distinct varieties, and whether or not two or more species or races have become blended together by crossing, may plainly be recognised in the increased size and beauty which we now see in the varieties of the heartsease, rose, pelargonium, dahlia, and other plants, when compared with the older varieties or with their parent-stocks.
There is nothing which can be compared with
the empire of the archdeacon over the bellringer; with the attachment of the bellringer for the archdeacon.
There is not much in the other Dialogues which can be compared with
Perhaps these Odes may best be compared with
the little craftless figures in an early age of pottery, when the fragrance of the soil yet lingered about the rough clay.
The guanaco is nearly the only warm-blooded quadruped, and it is found in quite inconsiderable numbers compared with the multitude of flies.
Formerly it must have swarmed with great monsters: now we find mere pigmies, compared with the antecedent, allied races.
Who would feel any great surprise at hearing that the Magalonyx was formerly rare compared with the Megatherium, or that one of the fossil monkeys was few in number compared with one of the now living monkeys?
Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks, and made him so rich that his brother's fortune could not at all be compared with
death which ends all and must come today or tomorrow- at any rate, in an instant as compared with
He is very plain, undoubtedlyremarkably plain:but that is nothing compared with
his entire want of gentility.
It certainly is clearer than a great many lakes, but how dull its waters are compared with
the wonderful transparence of Lake Tahoe