Georgey's Menagerie: The Deer

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Graves and Young, 1864 - Animals - 144 pages

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Page 72 - Their rein-deer form their riches. These, their tents, Their robes, their beds, and all their homely wealth Supply, their wholesome fare, and cheerful cups Obsequious at their call, the docile tribe Yield to the sled their necks, and whirl them swift O'er hill and dale, heap'd into one expanse Of marbled snow, as far as eye can sweep, With a blue crust of ice unbounded glaz'd.
Page 21 - Increasing its speed, the hind-feet straddle to avoid treading on its foreheels, tossing the head and shoulders like a horse about to break from a trot to a gallop. It does not leap, but steps without effort over a fallen tree, a gate, or a split fence. During its progress it holds...
Page 137 - Among his experiments was a determination to drive four red-deer stags in a phaeton, instead of horses, and these he had reduced to perfect discipline [for his excursions and short journeys upon the road ; but, unfortunately, as he was one day driving to Newmarket, their ears were saluted with the cry of a pack of hounds, which, soon after crossing the road in the rear, caught scent of the " four in hand," and commenced a new kind of chase, with " breast high
Page 139 - Into the yard they suddenly bounded, to the consternation of hostlers and stable boys, who seemed to have lost every faculty upon the occasion. Here they were luckily overpowered, and the stags, the phaeton, and his lordship, were all instantaneously huddled together in a barn, just as the hounds appeared in full cry at the gate.
Page 99 - The men, who were apprized by the sound of their approach, stopped, and made way for them. Over the heads of the others, who were heedless and inattentive, they bounded with wonderful agility, and fled over the plain. Driving one evening along the road in a phaeton, and pretty fast, I perceived a young -heifer running near the carriage, with her eyes intently fixed upon one of the hind wheels ; by the whirling of which the animal seemed completely struck and affected. Thus pursuing her object...
Page 20 - ... small and sunk ; the ears long, hairy, and asinine ; the neck and withers are surmounted by a heavy mane, and the throat furnished with long coarse hair, and in younger specimens encumbered with a pendulous gland : these give altogether an uncouth character to this part of the animal.
Page 142 - He was then blindfolded, and, at the beat of a drum, fell upon his knees, and laid his head upon the ground. As soon as the word pardon was pronounced, he instantly sprang upon his feet. Dice were thrown upon the head of a drum, and he told the numbers that were cast up, by bowing his head so many times. He discharged a pistol, by drawing with his teeth a string that was tied to the trigger. He fired a small cannon by means of a match that was fastened to his right foot, without showing any signs...
Page 98 - ... attention was taken off from grazing, by the humming murmuring noise proceeding from the troops in passing, they at first and for a while stood staring and aghast, as if attracted by the successive progression of the files, all clothed in red. At length, however, the leading stag,
Page 41 - ... a brownish-yellow color, becoming gradually whiter, and ultimately almost entirely of this color. The space around the eye is entirely black. The longest hair is under the neck; the mouth, tail, and its vicinity white; and the feet, at the insertion of the hoof, are surrounded with a white ring. The hair of the body is so thick that the skin cannot be seen when the hair is parted; and when cast, it does not come away by the roots, but breaks at the base. We have thus gone into much detail on...
Page 44 - ... her. Instead of seeking for what he does not know, he likes better to abuse her in what he does know. In comparing the advantages which the Laplanders derive from the tame reindeer, with those which we derive from our domestic animals, we shall see that this animal is worth two or three of them. He is used as horses are, to draw sledges and other carriages ; he travels with great speed and swiftness ; he easily goes a hundred miles a day, and runs with as much certainty upon the frozen snow as...

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