Life of a Scotch Naturalist: Thomas Edward, Associate of the Linnean Society

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John Murray, 1876 - 446 pages
 

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Page 373 - A man's a man for a' that. For a' that, and a' that, Their tinsel show, and a' that; The honest man, though e'er sae poor, Is king o' men for a
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Page 119 - I gript him by the throat ! I sprang instantly to my feet, and held on. But I actually thought that he would have torn my hands to pieces with his claws. I endeavoured to get him turned round, so as to get my hand to the back of his neck. Even then, I had enough to do to hold him fast. How he screamed and yelled ! What an unearthly noise in the dead of night ! The vault rung with his howlings ! And then what an awful 120 THE POLECA T CHLOROFORMED.
Page 49 - auld town' of Aberdeen, with its one arch and its black deep salmon stream, is in my memory as yesterday. I still remember, though perhaps I may misquote the awful proverb which made me pause to cross it, and yet lean over it with a childish delight, being an only son, at least by the mother's side. The saying, as recollected by me, was this, but I have never heard or seen it since I was nine years of age: — " ' Brig of Balgounie, black 's your wa', Wi' a wife*s ae son, and a mear's ae foal, Down...
Page 245 - I was led to this conclusion from the gestures which they exhibited, and from a low but pleasant murmuring noise to which they gave utterance so soon as the new-comer made his appearance. Of their feelings he seemed to be perfectly aware, and he made his reply to them in a similar strain. Their mutual congratulations being over, they all three set to work ; and after labouring vigorously for a few minutes in removing the sand, they came round to the other side, and putting their breasts simultaneously...
Page 98 - What soul was his, when, from the naked top Of some bold headland, he beheld the sun Rise up, and bathe the world in light...
Page 245 - ... seeming determination not to be baffled in their object, which evidently was to undermine the dead animal before them, in order that it might be the more easily overturned. While they were thus employed, and after they had laboured in this manner at both sides alternately for nearly half an hour, they were joined by another of their own species, which came flying with rapidity from the neighbouring rocks. Its timely arrival was hailed with evident signs of joy. I was led to this conclusion from...
Page 340 - E. Forbes, after bewailing the vagueness of most naturalists, " about the identity of any animal Montagu described He was a forward-looking philosopher ; he spoke of every creature as if one exceeding like it, yet different from it, would be washed up by the waves next tide. Consequently his descriptions are permanent.
Page 243 - Passing along the sea-shore to the west of Banff, I observed on the sands at a considerable distance before me, two birds beside a large-looking object. Knowing by their appearance that they did not belong to the species which are usually met with in this quarter, I left the beach and proceeded along the adjoining links, an eminence of shingle intervening, until I concluded that I was about opposite to the spot where the objects of my search were employed.
Page 240 - ... been hitherto inactive. In this way they continued to carry him alternately, until they had conveyed him to a rock at a considerable distance, upon which they landed him in safety. Having recovered my self-possession, I made toward the rock, wishing to obtain the prize which had been so unceremoniously snatched from my grasp. I was observed, however, by the terns ; and instead of four, I had in a short time a whole swarm about me. On my near approach to the rock I once more beheld two of them...

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