Waste-land Wanderings

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Page 254 - Had not been by her side, With the Gardener ; they both their assistance supplied, And managed to hold her up. — But when she
Page 108 - ... in great shoals into the shallows. We had neither rod nor net, but, after the Indian fashion, made a round pinfold, about two yards over and a foot high, but left a gap for the fish to go in at ; and made a bush to lay in the gap to keep the fish in ; and when that was done, we took two long birches and tied their tops together, and went about a stone's cast above our said pinfold : then hauling these birch boughs down the stream, where we drove thousands before us, but so many got into our trap...
Page 91 - ... which road to take?" Dr. Duncan states,* "It was formerly supposed that the females which alighted at a great distance from their old nests returned again, but Huber, having great doubts upon this subject, found that some of them after having left the males, fell on to the ground in out-of-the-way places, whence they could not possibly return to the original nest...
Page 107 - Pennsylvania, when the shad ascended the rivers. ' The indians run a dam of stones across the stream, where its depth will admit of it, not in a straight line, but in two parts, verging towards each other in an angle. An opening is left in the middle for the water to run off. At this opening they place a large box, the bottom of which is full of holes. They then make a rope of the twigs of the wild vine, reaching across the stream, upon which boughs of about six feet in length are fastened at the...
Page 236 - In other words, from the standpoint of all concerned, it costs less to keep out of trouble than to get out of it.
Page vi - The coot was swimming in the reedy pond, Beside the water-hen, so soon affrighted; And in the weedy moat the heron, fond Of solitude, alighted. The moping heron, motionless and stiff, That on a stone, as silently and stilly, Stood, an apparent sentinel, as if To guard the water-lily.
Page 187 - Trenton, furnishes the following graphic account of this rain, written at the time, while every feature of it was still fresh in memory : " Previously to 1:30 PM the day offered no peculiar meteorological features. The temperature was 78 Fahrenheit at noon, wind southeast. About 1:30 p. M. the wind shifted to the southwest, and a heavy bank of blue-black clouds formed in the northwest. The appearance at this time was that of an ordinary summer shower. I did not notice any lightning or hear any...
Page 48 - There is also the mess, or companionship of half a dozen, a dozen, or more, and something like this exists part of the year in the armies of the rooks. After the nest time is over they flock together, and each family of three or four flies in concert. Later on they apparently choose their own particular friends, that is the young birds do so. All through the winter after, say October, these pairs keep together, though lost in the general mass to the passing spectator.
Page 67 - Sweedes still call it by that name and it grows in the meadows in good soil. The roots resemble potatoes, and were boiled by the Indians, who eat them instead of bread. Some of the Sweedes at that time likewise ate this root for want of bread.
Page 90 - The successful debut of the winged males and females depends likewise on the workers. It is amusing to see the activity and excitement which reign in an ant's nest when the exodus of the winged individuals is taking place. The workers clear the roads of exit, and show the most lively interest in their departure, although it is highly improbable that any of them will return to the same colony. The swarming or exodus of the winged males and females of the Saiiba ant takes place in January and February,...

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