Two Years in the Jungle (Google eBook)

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C. Scribner?s sons, 1885 - 512 pages
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Page 516 - The sun and moon shed unwholesome influences from above ; the earth exhales poisonous damps from beneath ; the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fishes of the sea...
Page 116 - So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum.
Page 399 - The chimpanzee approaches man most closely in the character of its cranium, dentition and proportional size of its arms. The gorilla is more man-like in the proportion of the leg to the body, size of the heel, curvature of the spine, form of pelvis and absolute capacity of the cranium.
Page 269 - Olly shot him all over with a walkingstick from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.
Page 403 - ... tree, a sapling in fact, and builds his nest in its top, even though his weight causes it to sway alarmingly. He always builds his nest low down, often within twenty-five feet of the ground, and seldom higher than forty feet. Sometimes it is fully three feet in diameter, but usually not more than two, and quite flat on the top. There is no weaving together of branches, for they are merely piled crosswise as a natural consequence of their being broken off on different sides of the nest. In short,...
Page 405 - ... as they are perfectly soft, smooth, and flexible. Five of this form, measured by me, varied only from 4 feet 1 inch to 4 feet 2 inches...
Page 403 - Dyak village we found great numbers of old orang or "mias" nests, and some which were quite new. The nest of the orang-utan consists of a quantity of leafy branches broken off and piled loosely into the fork of a tree. He usually selects a small tree, a sapling in fact, and builds his nest in its top, even though his weight causes it to sway alarmingly. He always builds his nest low down, often within twenty-five feet of the ground, and seldom higher than forty feet. Sometimes it is fully three feet...
Page 492 - The soap should be the best quality of laundry soap, and of such composition that it can be reduced with water to any degree of thinness. Soap which becomes like jelly when melted will not answer and should never be used. Slice the soap and melt it in a small quantity of water over a slow fire, stirring sufficiently to prevent its burning. When melted, add the potash and stir in the powdered arsenic. Next add the camphor, which should be dissolved in the alcohol at the beginning of the operation....
Page 180 - It would be impossible to say too much in praise of the energy and activity displayed by the Madras Government in fighting for the lives of the millions under its charge. I do not see how a government could have done more. Month after month a perfect torrent of grain was poured into Madras from seaward, and for months the entire resources of the Madras railway systems were strained to the utmost to carry it into the famine districts fast enough to keep the people from dying by thousands.
Page 393 - CONCAVELY. (After Lieut. FS Marryat.) DYAK TEETH FILED TO A POINT. (After Lieut. FS Marryat.) plates on some of their front teeth, which looked like gold. I found that each upper incisor and canine tooth was capped by a smooth plate of copper, held in place by a pin driven into a hole in the tooth. The Dyaks showed me how the hole is drilled (with a bow), and one imitated the agony they endure during the operation. He was a good actor, and his facial and bodily contortions and writhings excited roars...

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