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The Ari pull of animals.

--A writer in the National Intelligencer states that the theory of Mr. Clemson, head of the Agricultural Department of the Patent-Office, of living organisms in the atmosphere, which he made public in 1856, has been adopted by a French chemist, named Barrel, and announced to the French Academy. Mr. Clemson's theory is that the air, like water, teems with minute, living organisms; that there is phosphoric acid in the air, derived from the successive generations after generations of myriads of these organisms, produced, living and dying in the atmosphere; that such organisms exist and are at work, assimilating from one to the other, preparing food for more perfect organism, from the microscopic point of life up to the most perfect animal existences. It is expected that this discovery will explain why the earth is increased in fertility by being broken up and exposed to the air. It connects meteorology with agriculture, and will, when fully developed, open a new page to the learned of the relation of the spots on the sun, the degree of fertility of the earth, and electrical changes of the atmosphere and magnetically condition of the earth.

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