By Harlow Shapley, Samuel Rapport, Helen Wright

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Ought to. turtle eggs to Agassiz. was "It in the early spring that Agassiz came to the academy, long was any likelihood of the turtles laying. But I was eager for before there and so fearful of failure that I started out to watch at the pond two ahead of the time that the turtles might be expected to weeks fully I remember the date clearly: it was May 14. lay. "A little before dawn along near three o'clock I would drive over to the pond, hitch my horse near by, settle myself quietly among some thick cedars close to the sandy shore, and there I would wait, my kettle of sand ready, my eye covering the whole sleeping pond.

A little before dawn along near three o'clock I would drive over to the pond, hitch my horse near by, settle myself quietly among some thick cedars close to the sandy shore, and there I would wait, my kettle of sand ready, my eye covering the whole sleeping pond. Here among the cedars I would eat my breakfast, and then get back in good season to open the the quest, academy "And "I soon to for the so the morning session. watch began. came to know individually the dozen or more turtles that kept side of the pond.

No one was astir in the house. But I would stir them. And I did. Right in the midst of the racket the door opened. It was the maid. ' And I pushed to pick by her into the hall. " 'Go 'way, sir. I'll the police. Professor Agassiz call is in bed. ' then a door overhead was flung open, a great white-robed figure appeared on the dim landing above, and a quick loud "But I didn't; for just voice called excitedly: " 'Let him in! Let him inl "And gown, I know him. ' the apparition, slipperless, and clad in anything but an academic came sailing down the stairs, SCIENCE 42 "The maid fled.

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