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226   NATURAL INHERITANCE.

TABLE 2.

PARENT SEEDS AND THEIR PRODUCE.

The proportionate number of sweet peas of different sizes, produced by parent seeds also of different sizes, are given below. The measurements are those of their mean diameters, in hundredths of an inch.

 
 

Diameters of Filial Seeds.

 

Mean Diameter

Filial Seeds.

of

Diameter

     

of Parent

               

Total.

   

Seed.

Under er

15-

16-

17-

18-

19-

20-

Above e

 

Observed

Smoothed

21

22

8

10

18

21

13

6

2

100

17.5

1713

20

23

10

12

17

20

13

3

2

100

17'3

17'0

19

35

16

12

13

11

10

2

1

100

16.0

16 6

18

34

12

13

17

16

6

2

0

100

16.3

16.3

17

37

16

13

16

13

4

1

0

100

15.6

16.0

16

34

15

18

16

13

3

1

0

100

16'0

15.7

15

46

14

9

11

14

4

2

0

100

15.3

15'4

This point is so low in the scale, that I possess less evidence than I desired to prove the bettering of the produce of very small seeds. The seeds smaller than Q were -such a miserable set that I could hardly deal with them. Moreover, they were'very infertile. It did, however, happen that in a few of the sets some of the Q seeds turned out very well.

If I desired to lay much stress on these experiments, I could make my case considerably stronger by going minutely into other details, including confirmatory measurements of the foliage and length of pod, but I do not care to do so.

D.

GOOD AND BAD TEMPER IN ENGLISH FAMILIES.1

ONE of the questions put to the compilers of the Family Records spoken of in page 72, referred to the "Character and Temperament " of the persons described. These were distributed through

1 Reprinted after slight revision from Fortnightly Review, July, 1887.