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"Plants live, and grow ; Animals live, grow, and move; Minerals, neither live, grow, nor move." For so long a time, has this been an article of almost universal belief, that any nonconformity therewith, is looked upon with more or less of grave suspicion. In what follows, it is proposed to show that there is a rather more natural order in which the aphorism may appropriately run; namely :— Minerals grow, Plants live and grow, Animals live, grow, and move at will. "The three kingdoms of nature,"doi:10.1180/minmag.1877.005.1.05 fatcat:prhb6ho4gjgtvf5xs64ypzwjs4