Chambers' Home Book, Or Pocket Miscellany: Containing a Choice Selection of Interesting and Instructive Reading for the Old and the Young. Vol. I, II, IV, V. (Google eBook)

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William Chambers
Gould and Lincoln, 1853
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Page 111 - ... was loaded. It was a scene of uproar and confusion. I found it quite useless to speak or even to shout to those persons who were nearest to me. Even the reports of the guns were seldom heard, and I was made aware of the firing only by seeing the shooters reloading.
Page 108 - I proceeded. The air was literally filled with Pigeons; the light of noon-day was obscured as by an eclipse; the dung fell in spots, not unlike melting flakes of snow; and the continued buzz of wings had a tendency to lull my senses to repose.
Page 110 - My first view of it was about a fortnight subsequent to the period when they had made choice of it, and I arrived there nearly two hours before sunset. Few Pigeons were then to be seen, but a great number of persons, with horses and wagons, guns and ammunition, had already established encampments on the borders. Two farmers from the vicinity of...
Page 108 - Before sunset I reached Louisville, distant from Hardensburgh fiftyfive miles. The Pigeons were still passing in undiminished numbers, and continued to do so for three days in succession. The people were all in arms. The banks of the Ohio were crowded with men and boys, incessantly shooting at the pilgrims, which there flew lower as they passed the river. Multitudes were thus destroyed. For a week or more, the population fed on no other flesh than that of Pigeons, and talked of nothing but Pigeons.
Page 51 - Like lightning, that, begot but in a cloud (Though shining bright, and speaking loud) Whilst it begins, concludes its violent race, And where it gilds, it wounds the place. Oh scene of fortune, which dost fair appear Only to men that stand not near ! Proud poverty, that tinsel bravery wears ! And, like a rainbow, painted...
Page 107 - I was astonished at their appearance. They were flying with great steadiness and rapidity at a height beyond gunshot, in several strata deep; and so close together that could shot have reached them, one discharge could not have failed of bringing down several individuals. From right to left, as far as the eye could reach, the breadth of this vast procession extended, seeming everywhere equally crowded.
Page 51 - Proud poverty, that tinsel bravery wears ! And, like a rainbow, painted tears ! Be prudent, and the shore in prospect keep ; In a weak boat trust not the deep ; Plac'd beneath envy, above envying rise | Pity great men, great things despise.
Page 107 - ... which time the living torrent above my head seemed as numerous and as extensive as ever. Long after this I observed them, in large bodies, that continued to pass for six or eight minutes, and these again were followed by other detached bodies, all moving in the same south-east direction, till after six in the evening.
Page 51 - Thou dost thyself wise and industrious deem ; A mighty husband thou wouldst seem ; Fond man ! like a bought slave, thou all the while Dost but for others sweat and toil. Officious fool ! that needs must meddling be In business that concerns not thee ; For when to future years thou extend'st thy cares, Thou deal'st in other men's affairs.
Page 9 - Robertson used frequently to say, that in Mr Hume's gaiety there was something which approached to infantine ; and that he had found the same thing so often exemplified in the circle of his other friends, that he was almost disposed to consider it as characteristical of genius.

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