Professor Bumper found plenty of his own particular kind of "game" which he caught in the net, transferring the specimens
to the boxes he carried.
At the risk of disappointing Richardson I stayed on, waiting for the Time Traveller; waiting for the second, perhaps still stranger story, and the specimens
and photographs he would bring with him.
This day I found a specimen of a curious fungus, called Hymenophallus.
 Some specimens which I obtained at Van Dieman's Land, I kept alive for nearly two months, feeding them on rotten wood.
It may interest you to know that I succeeded in shooting that particular specimen. It was the only absolute proof of my experiences which I was able to bring away with me."
I was insensible when washed ashore, but the miserable remnant of my superb specimen was still intact; I now lay it before you."
In some States the Specimens
are occasionally fed and suffered to exist for several years; but in the more temperate and better regulated regions, it is found in the long run more advantageous for the educational interests of the young, to dispense with food, and to renew the Specimens
every month -- which is about the average duration of the foodless existence of the Criminal class.
A collection of specimens of English poetry, for the purpose of exhibiting the achievement of prose excellences by it (in their legitimate measure) is a desideratum we commend to Mr.
Dobson's own original work are a sufficient guarantee of the taste and discrimination we may look for in a collection like this, in which the random lightnings of the first of the essayists are grouped under certain heads--"Character Sketches," "Tales and Incidents," "Manners and Fashions," and the like--so as to diminish, for the general reader, the scattered effect of short essays on a hundred various subjects, and give a connected, book-like character to the specimens.
It should not be forgotten, that at the present day, with perfect specimens
for examination, two forms can seldom be connected by intermediate varieties and thus proved to be the same species, until many specimens
have been collected from many places; and in the case of fossil species this could rarely be effected by palaeontologists.
See, in Ellis's Specimens
of English Romance, that of C ur-de-Lion.
That day they brought up curious specimens from those productive coasts.
There the nets brought up beautiful specimens of fish: some with azure fins and tails like gold, the flesh of which is unrivalled; some nearly destitute of scales, but of exquisite flavour; others, with bony jaws, and yellow-tinged gills, as good as bonitos; all fish that would be of use to us.
There are, of course, hundreds and hundreds more, but these will do for specimens
of the simpler rulings.
The Georgians held the album between them, and favored us with the few specimens
of its contents which they considered ridiculous enough to be worth hearing.