An Object Lesson

A few months ago a small rubber plant was brought into our home. We were not familiar with the nature and habits of the plant nor with its processes of growth, and watched it with much interest. Above the few leaves was a leaf bud; for weeks we saw little change, and decided that its growth must be extremely slow.

One day a member of the family said, "There is surely something the matter with this bud." On examining it, I replied, "Yes, it looks as if it were blighted."

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