Delagoa Bay: Its Natives and Natural History

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G. Phillip & Son, 1891 - Delagoa Bay (Mozambique) - 274 pages
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Page 41 - ... have I seen one chasing a butterfly I particularly coveted, which sometimes fell to the bird's share and sometimes to mine. I shall never forget the cry of horror my boy gave, nor his look of consternation, when one of these birds darted out and captured a rare butterfly he had been endeavouring to net for more than an hour whilst patiently seated in a most uncomfortable position on the top of a tree.
Page 251 - Another is still more simple, consisting of a piece of cane about two feet long, and only slightly bowed by a string of twisted horsehair, a few rude holes being cut inside the bow for about half its length. This instrument is played by the lips being pressed against the horsehair and cane over the holes, and then tapping or picking at the horsehair with the finger-tips or nails ; the note thus formed is high or low according to which hole the lips are over, the lowest sound being at the extreme...
Page 54 - They very seldom will sell anything for less than a threepenny-bit, which they call a "pen," and as they rarely have change, one is obliged to try and keep a stock of "pens" in the house, and often these get very scarce.
Page 262 - one man's meat is another man's poison.
Page 114 - I described the noise to Jack in the morning, and he at once said it was made by a " nhoca
Page 129 - Some people call them fish-tail moths — why " moths " it would be difficult to discover, but I believe they belong to the order Thysanura or bristle-tails.
Page 47 - AM a drenched, miserable swallow flew into the house and perched himself on one of the partitions of the rooms ; then one flew into the kitchen, and my boy caught it and brought it to me. I held the poor mite in my hands for a little while, to warm him, and then let him fly up to his companion...
Page 92 - Luckily the fighting is generally with woman's favourite weapon — the tongue ; I have seldom heard of their coming to blows.
Page 49 - ... up from the ground, and who all wanted a " pen " (threepence) for them ; but for answer I only pointed to my fast-filling house, so they laughed and let me keep the birds, which soon recovered in the dry room. One poor little thing I found suspended in a large spider's web, and although the wiugs of a swallow seem so powerful, it was quite unable to extricate itself.
Page 49 - When it began to grow dark they packed themselves up for the night 011 the partitions as close as they could possibly crowd together, two and three deep. Most of them went to roost with their tails spread out, perhaps in order to dry them thoroughly, and the round white spot on the tip of each feather had a very curious • appearance when they were all asleep and...

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