When a species, owing to highly favourable circumstances, increases inordinately in numbers in a small tract, epidemics--at least, this seems generally to occur with our game animals--often ensue: and here we have a limiting check independent of the struggle for life.
In the case of every species, many different checks, acting at different periods of life, and during different seasons or years, probably come into play; some one check or some few being generally the most potent, but all concurring in determining the average number or even the existence of the species.
Bears on natural selection -- The term used in a wide sense -- Geometrical powers of increase -- Rapid increase of naturalised animals and plants -- Nature of the checks to increase -- Competition universal -- Effects of climate -- Protection from the number of individuals -- Complex relations of all animals and plants throughout nature -- Struggle for life most severe between individuals and varieties of the same species; often severe between species of the same genus -- The relation of organism to organism the most important of all relations.
He read the letter, skimming it line by line, dashing through the editor's praise of his story to the meat of the letter, the statement why the check had not been sent.
And he would receive the check when the story was published.
Each cuff was a check, and Martin went over them anxiously, in a fever of expectation, but they were all blanks.
He still lay down, trying to sleep, though he felt there was not the smallest hope of it, and kept repeating stray words from some chain of thought, trying by this to check
the rising flood of fresh images.
According to Lady Ruth's evidence," he said thoughtfully, "her husband entered the room at the exact moment when she was rejecting Wingrave's advances, and indignantly refusing a check
which he was endeavoring to persuade her to accept.
And you will further oblige me, if you approve of the abstract, by yourself filling in the blank space on your check with the needful amount in words and figures.
He laid my check on the table with a low bow, and left me.
Why, Saxon, when I let you have grain an' hay from my carloads, don't you give me a check for it?
I'll give you a check for THAT pair, but no commission.