Boy's Own Annual Volume 5

Boy's Own Annual Volume 5

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: made from laying this stone on a piece of dry wood, and then attracting the sun's rays upon it so as_to reduce a ganie, was considcredsacred, and calliad "holy re." The ancients, we hear, often kept cnchnntcd rings, which were su posed to protect them from sudden death or mlhnger. But this fancy, as we know, has not bclonged to them only. In IllllliBVO.l times wonderful owcrs were ascribed to the turquoise. Not on y was it a most sensitive and sympathetic stone--which, when iven by one friend to another, brightened or pa ed, according to the eonstancy or forgetfulness of the absent one--but it was also u sure preventive of any serious accident to its wearer. We are told, with great solemnity, by a writer boasting the unlovely name of De Boot, 'that he had himself tested the wonderful properties of the turquoise, and found them unfailing in their cificncy. His father having given him u handsome turquoise ring, his life henceforth became charmed, and, notwithstanding risky journeys and break-neck falls, his bones remained intact. Every time that he escaped injury, however, the faithful and unselfish turquoise was found to have 'sustained a sharp crack in the place of its master. It is difiicult to believe that a sensible man, ' living only a vi-ntury or two no-o, should have seriously believed and as serious ' written down this nonsense. But it seems less astonishing when we consider that to this (lay many natives of Italy, Spain, and Russia still wear round their necks little nmulets or images to ensure, their safety. During the Crimean war many of the dead bodies of the common soldiers of the Czar were found decorated with these clmrms, generally made of iron, and worn next the skin upon the breast....
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  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 36mm | 1,247g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944607
  • 9781236944603