Travels Into North America: Containing Its Natural History ... with the Civil, Ecclesiastical and Commercial State of the Country .. (Google eBook)

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Eyres, 1771 - Natural history
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Page 171 - ... happened here, at the time when the Indians lived with the Swedes. It is well known, that the Indians are excellent runners ; I have seen them, at Governor Johnson's, equal the best horse in its swiftest course, and almost pass by it.
Page 39 - The old boilers or kettles of the Indians, were either made of clay, or of different kinds of pot stone (Lapis Ollaris).
Page 169 - I did not see him ; and I continued to think so till some hours after, when I talked with some /Swedes about the Bullfrogs, and, by their account, I immediately found that I had heard their voice ; for the Swedes told me, that there were numbers of them in the dyke. I afterwards hunted for them. Of all the frogs in this country, this is doubtless the greatest. I am told, that towards autumn, as soon as the air begins to grow a little cool, they hide themselves under the mud, which lies at the bottom...
Page 40 - made sometimes of a greenish, and sometimes of a grey pot-stone, and some are made of another species of apyrous stone ; the bottom and the margin are frequently above an inch thick. The Indians, notwithstanding their being unacquainted with iron, steel, and other metals, have learnt to hollow out very ingeniously these pots or kettles of pot-stone.
Page 171 - Indian began to pursue the frog with all his might at the proper time: the noise he made in running frightened the poor frog; probably it was afraid of being tortured with fire again, and therefore it redoubled its leaps, and by that means it reached the pond before the Indian could overtake it.
Page 298 - When thus bent, they are put across the boat, upon the back, or its bottom, pretty close, about ten inches from each other. The upper edge on each side of the boat is made of two thin poles, of the length of the boat, which are put close together, on the side of the boat...
Page 297 - It is then peeled off very carefully, and particular care is taken not to make any holes in it. This is easy when the sap is in the trees, and at other seasons they are heated by fire for that purpose.
Page 74 - Their chief and most agreeable food is maize. They come in great swarms in spring, soon after the maize is put under ground. They scratch up the grains of maize and eat them. As soon as the leaf comes out, they take hold of it with their bills, and pluck it up, together with the corn or grain ; and thus they give a great deal of trouble to the country people, even so early in spring.
Page 169 - March, old ftile ; but if it happens late, they tarry under water till late in April. Their places of abode are ponds and bogs with ftagnant water ; they are never in any flowing water.
Page 255 - The street doors are generally in the middle of the houses and on both sides are seats, on which, during fair weather the people spend almost the whole day, especially on those which are in the shadow of the houses.

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