Selections from the Youth's Companion: Arranged for Supplementary Reading in Schools, Book 7

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Perry Mason & Company, 1895 - Readers (Elementary)
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Page 47 - This farm now supports one hundred and ten ostriches. They are kept in pairs, and each pair is allotted a space of about two acres, which is sown to grass, and has in one corner a small hut in which the birds find shelter in wet weather. These small lots are surrounded by a common wire or picket fence, about six feet high. The birds, kept in An Ostrich Farm.
Page 62 - ... study. It is one of our most common owls, both East and West, and almost every dark pine thicket shelters a pair or two. It roosts in trees, and in them builds a rude nest of sticks and twigs. In the far West, I have started a dozen or more from a thicket of bushes a few yards in extent. It is one of our most assiduous mouse-destroyers, and the...
Page 59 - He has shortcomings. The chief one is a liking for fowls and turkeys. But as he does not begin to hunt until it is dusk, and retires to the deep woods by early daylight, he seldom gets a chance at the farmer's fowls unless they roost in trees. Then he becomes a dangerous foe indeed, and one the farmer is justified in disposing of by any means.
Page 23 - Tenants. were not pretty heads in that stage of development, for they were entirely bare except for a gray fuzz, and the prominent features were an immense mouth and two bulging lumps on the sides. These lumps opened as eyes three days later. The babies were now six days old and looked more like birds, though still far fro.m being objects of beauty. They slightest noise would lift up their heads high, and open their mouths wide.
Page 34 - About forty miles from New York, amid the hills of Somerset County, New Jersey, a New York banker has a country estate, to which he has given the name of Chetola. It is several miles distant from the nearest railroad and telegraph station. The proprietor has found a prompt means The Carrier-Pigeon. of communicating with his place of business in the employment of trained pigeons; and the "Aerial Messenger Company, Limited," as the Chetola flock is called by its owner, has attained a high state of...
Page 29 - ... city as well as in the country ; in the lowlands and meadows, if there are a few trees, as well as in the uplands ; in the open spaces and in the dense woods, and wherever found, he is the same jolly, companionable fellow. I suppose every boy knows this bird, which, as Mr. Burroughs prettily says, "festoons the woods" with red, white and blue-black.
Page 50 - ... in America, but rather gain in the quality of the plumage. A pair of half - grown ostriches, six months to a year old, are worth about one hundred and fifty dollars. The birds are first plucked at nine or ten months, and thereafter every six months. Plumes taken from the living ostrich are finest. To obtain them, the bird is imprisoned in a kind of cage — a small box-stall, on wheels, with a door at each end. Into this the ostrich is driven and the door is fastened.
Page 50 - ... quarters. A blow from the wing of a full-grown ostrich has not infrequently been known to break a man's arm or leg. The limited intelligence of the bird is taken full advantage of in its management. The smaller feathers are plucked. The plumes of the wings and the larger feathers...
Page 54 - ... after one knew its position ; and yet it was, as I have said, in full sight all the time. Luckily I have a neighbor who is deeply versed in birdlore; to him I hastened with the story of my discovery. An hour later we took advantage of the bird's temporary absence to inspect the nest.

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