Scenes in America,: for the amusement and instruction of little tarry-at-home travellers

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John Harris, 1824 - America - 120 pages
 

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Page 117 - For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.
Page 116 - A monster, having the head and breasts of a woman, the body of a dog, the tail of a serpent, the wings of a bird, and the paws of a lion.
Page 59 - ... their military evolutions, with as great dexterity as any of the Dahoman troops, and parade in public with their standards, drums, trumpets, flutes, and martial music. It is criminal for any Dahoman to assert, that the king is so similar to other mortals, as either to eat or sleep. At his accession, he proclaims that he knows nobody, and is not inclined to make any new acquaintance ; that he will administer justice with a rigorous and impartial hand, but will listen to no representations, nor...
Page 22 - to eat his morsel alone," placing himself upon the highest spot of ground in the neighbourhood, called out thrice, with a loud voice to all his brethren,
Page 88 - Boozak was equally eloquent ; but in somewhat better taste. ' Before the missionaries came to us, we were as ignorant of every thing as you now are. I thought then I was the same as a beast; that when I died there would be an end of me; but after hearing them I found I had a soul that must be happy or miserable for ever. Then I became afraid to die. I was afraid to take a gun into my hand, lest it should kill me, or to meet & serpent lest it should bite me.
Page 88 - I was afraid then to go to the hill to hunt lions or elephants lest they should devour me. But when I heard of the son of God having come into the world ' to die for sinners, all that fear went away. I took my gun again, and without fear of death went to hunt lions, and tigers, and elephants. You shall soon have an opportunity to be taught the same things.
Page 87 - I thought then I was the same as a beast; that when I died there would be an end of me; but after hearing them I found I had a soul that must be happy or miserable for ever. Then I became afraid to die. I was afraid to take a gun...
Page 78 - ... their backs. Next came several men mounted on oxen, some of whom had females in tow, holding them by the hand, to assist them against the current. I observed a little boy holding fast by the tail of an ox, the whole way across ; violently screaming while the current was strong. The procession was closed by a mixed multitude of men, boys, girls, dogs, loitering oxen, sheep, and goats.1
Page 78 - ... dragged by the men till they got beyond the strongest part of the stream ; during which they made no small noise, like the screaming of children. Our three waggons followed — then eight or ten Griqua women riding on oxen, most of whom had children tied to their backs — next came several men mounted on oxen, some of whom had females in tow, holding them by the hand, to assist them against the current. I observed a little boy holding fast by the tail of an ox, the whole way across, violently...
Page 78 - ... like the screaming of children. Our three waggons followed. Then eight or ten Griqua women, riding on oxen, most of whom had children tied to their backs. Next came several men, mounted on oxen, some of whom had females in tow, holding them by the hand, to assist them against the current. I observed a little boy holding fast by the tail of an ox, the whole way across ; violently screaming while the current was strong. The procession was closed by a mixed multitude of men, boys, girls, dogs, loitering...

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