The Atlantic Monthly Volume 73

The Atlantic Monthly Volume 73

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...the trick by man, but that the habit was inherited or learned from its mother, which practiced the same deception when hard pushed. Most animals are slain for food by other animals. There is a continual struggle for existence. Most of the caruivora and insectivora prefer freshly killed food to carrion. They will not touch tainted meat when they can procure fresh. It is a mistake to suppose that carnivora prefer such food. The exigencies of their lives and their struggle for existence often compel them to eat it. Dogs will occasionally take it, but sparingly, and apparentlyas a relish, just as we eat certain odoriferous cheeses. But carnivora and insectivora would rather do their own butchery; hence, when they come upon their prey apparently dead, they will leave it alone and go in search of other quarry, unless they are very hungry. Tainted flesh is a dangerous substance to go into most stomachs. Certain ptomaines render it sometimes very poisonous. Long years of experience have taught this fact to animals, and therefore most of them let dead or seemingly dead creatures severely alone. Running' fThere are some compensaQuotationto tions for a defective memory, hm' and in the verification of an elusive quotation there is a zest which must be unknown to those who can turn immediately to volume and page when a fragment of verse comes into their mind. The pleasure may be worth describing, and the mild psychological interest which possibly attaches to the mental process may help the description out with those who would otherwise have short patience with the deplorable ignorance implied. Part of a line of poetry often appears in my mind in connection with a certain allied train of thought. It may be, probably is, without proper...
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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 948g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236914686
  • 9781236914682