Far Off (Volume 2); With Anecdotes

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 140 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 Excerpt: ...plain of snow, and sheets of ice. In summer, grapes may be seen ripening in the open air. It is the vast lakes, and the snowy mountains which render the air so cold in winter; but the sun has more power in summer than in England, because there are not so many clouds to veil the skies. QUEBEC. This is the capital of British America. It is a beautiful city, built on a steep rock overhanging the river. British America consists of these countries on the continent: --Canada. Nova Scotia New Brunswick. Rupert's Land. It consists also of these islands: --Cape Breton. Prince Edward's Island. Newfoundland. Quebec is the capital of all these countries. NEWFOUNDLAND. The name of this large island makes us think of those dogs with which children can play, --they are so gentle; and on which children can ride, --they are so large. In their native country they often save the lives of drowning men; for there are many ships wrecked on the coast of Newfoundland. A dog, seeing a sailor struggling with the waves, plunged into the sea to save him; he seized hold of his cap, but it came off in his mouth, and the dog had not the sense to let go the cap and seize the sailor by the hair, but seemed satisfied with his prize, and set off towards the shore; but the sailor had the sense to seize the dog by the tail, and thus he was towed safely to land. Here is an anecdote of a much wiser dog than that. A dog was often employed in dragging to the shore pieces of wood, floating on the sea. One day another dog began to assist him in the labour; but soon getting tired, he dropped the wood out of his mouth, and began to swim towards the land. The other dog saw him, and going after the runaway (or rather the swimaway), he forced him to return to his work, and made him continue at it, till all t...

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