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applied to children of five years, who lent themselves to such
research as to a game, amusing themselves by rinsing out their
mouths, without suspecting that they were being subjected to

experiments clothed by the adult with the solemn mantle of science.
In the meantime the little things had reserved the serious sides of
their minds to search for those perfumes which Nature has
bestowed on the small herbs of the field.