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Page 34 - By wintry famine roused, from all the tract Of horrid mountains which the shining Alps, And wavy Apennine, and Pyrenees, Branch out stupendous into distant lands — Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave ! Burning for blood ! bony, and gaunt, and grim ! Assembling wolves in raging troops descend; And, pouring o'er the country, bear along, Keen as the north-wind sweeps the glossy snow. All is their prize.
Page 130 - He was brought up in the same manner as a puppy, and continued with his original owner, till he was full grown. He was then presented to the Menagerie at Paris. For many weeks he was quite disconsolate at the separation from his master, who had been obliged to travel; he would scarcely take any food; and was indifferent to his keepers. At length he became attached to those about him, and he seemed to have forgotten his old affections.
Page 66 - I have more than once," he says, "mistaken a band of wolves for the dogs of a party of Indians ; and the howl of the animals of both species is prolonged so exactly in the same key, that even the practised ear of an Indian fails, at times-, to discriminate them.
Page 108 - Here she related what had happened, and endeavored to palliate- her own conduct, by describing the dreadful alternative to which she had been reduced. A peasant, however, who was among the bystanders, and heard the recital, took up an axe, and with one blow cleft her skull in two ; saying, at the same time, that a mother who could thus sacrifice her children for the preservation of her own life, was no longer fit to live. This man was committed to prison, but the Emperor subsequently gave him a pardon.
Page 122 - A peasant, when one day in his sledge, was pursued by eleven of these ferocious animals ; at this time he was only about two miles from home, towards which he urged his horse at the very top of his speed. At the entrance to his residence was a gate, which happened to be closed at the time ; but the horse dashed this open, and thus himself and his master found refuge within the court-yard.
Page 44 - ... off. In the chase the poor deer urged its flight by great bounds, which for a time exceeded the speed of the wolf; but it stopped so frequently to gaze on its relentless enemy, that the latter, toiling on at a "long gallop,"* with its tongue lolling out of its mouth, gradually came up. After each hasty look, the poor deer redoubled its efforts to escape ; but either exhausted by fatigue, or enervated by fear, it became, just before it was overtaken, scarcely able to keep its feet...
Page 84 - If he happens to be caught in a pit-fall, he is for some time so frightened and astonished, that he may be killed without offering to resist, or taken alive without much danger. At that instant, one may clap a collar round his neck, muzzle him, and drag him along, without his even giving the least signs of anger or resentment.
Page 131 - After three years absence, his master once more returned. It was evening, and the wolf's den was shut up from any external observation; yet the instant the man's voice was heard, the faithful animal set up the most anxious cries; and the door of his cage being opened, he rushed towards his...
Page 65 - Carolina unless wounded. They go in great Droves in the Night to hunt Deer, which they do as well as the best Pack of Hounds. Nay, one of these will hunt down a Deer. They are often so poor that they can hardly run. When they catch no Prey, they go to a Swamp and fill their Belly full of Mud; if afterwards they chance to get any thing of Flesh, they will disgorge the Mud and eat the other.
Page 107 - ... babes, and cast it a prey to her blood-thirsty pursuers. This stopped their career for a moment; but, after devouring the little innocent, they renewed the pursuit, and a second time came up with the vehicle. The mother, driven to desperation, resorted to the same horrible expedient, and threw her ferocious assailants another of her offspring. To cut short this melancholy story, her third child was sacrificed in a similar manner.