Science: Burbank Reports

Out in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County, Calif., where Pacific breezes make days pleasant and nights chill, for 50 years Naturalist Luther Burbank has been making a bit of desert bloom weirdly yet profitably. Since 1875 he has been on his experiment farm mating pistils to stamens in strange concubinage, getting sometimes a beautiful scion, sometimes a grotesque mongrel, sometimes finding a futile barrenness. Last week Naturalist Burbank was elated, greeted pressmen with news of seven miracles of hybridization in plants. He reported a new camassia, blue tinted, excelling all others...

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