What checks the natural tendency of each species to increase in number is most obscure.
Climate plays an important part in determining the average numbers of a species, and periodical seasons of extreme cold or drought, I believe to be the most effective of all checks. I estimated that the winter of 1854-55 destroyed four-fifths of the birds in my own grounds; and this is a tremendous destruction, when we remember that ten per cent.
He recovered the axe in the midst of the Milky Way of checks
, starched shirts, and manuscripts, and prepared, when he came down, to kill Joe.
If then, as appears probable, species first become rare and then extinct -- if the too rapid increase of every species, even the most favoured, is steadily checked
, as we must admit, though how and when it is hard to say -- and if we see, without the smallest surprise, though unable to assign the precise reason, one species abundant and another closely allied species rare in the same district -- why should we feel such great astonishment at the rarity being carried one step further to extinction?
They blamed Kutuzov and said that from the very beginning of the campaign he had prevented their vanquishing Napoleon, that he thought nothing but satisfying his passions and would not advance from the Linen Factories because he was comfortable there, that at Krasnoe he checked
the advance because on learning that Napoleon was there he had quite lost his head, and that it was probable that he had an understanding with Napoleon and had been bribed by him, and so on, and so on.
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.
Moody went out with the check
. No delay was to be apprehended in obtaining the money; the banking-house was hard by, in St.
The Duchess left on Friday, and we checked
her baggage through to Lenox by the New York, New Haven & Hartford."
"Leave me?" she repeated, and suddenly checked
herself on the point of saying more.
An' now, gettin' back to accounts, suppose you write me a check
for three hundred dollars."