Gleanings in Natural History; Third and Last Series. to Which Are Added Notices of Some of the Royal Parks and Residences Volume 3

Gleanings in Natural History; Third and Last Series. to Which Are Added Notices of Some of the Royal Parks and Residences Volume 3

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...and other things used in the making of bricks, from the top of an old brick clamp, where they had been stowed away and covered with straw. In this operation he disturbed a couple of polecats, or foul-marts, which had taken possession of this asylum: they were both killed, and in their retreat the man H 2 discovered a quantity of geese, ducks' and hens' eggs, and also the eggs of plovers, all whole, and allof which these animals must have carried to the top of the clamp, to the height of about twelve feet. The captain of a merchantman, trading to the port of Boston, in Lincolnshire, had constantly missed eggs from his sea-stock; he suspected that he was robbed by his crew, but not being able to discover the thief, he was determined to watch his store-room: accordingly (having laid in a fresh stock of eggs) he secreted himself at night in a situation that commanded a view of his eggs. To his great astonishment he saw a number of rats-approach; they formed a line from his egg-baskets to their hole, and handed the eggs from one to the other in their fore-paws. Almost every farmer's wife knows that eggs are removed by rats from a hen-house without breaking them. Many persons still doubt the fact of toads having been found alive in solid blocks of stone. I do not pretend to account for the circumstance, but it is too well authenticated to be now disputed. Some quarry-men were quarrying sandstone rocks near Caermarthen, in South Wales, and at different times found three small toads alive in the solid rock. A gentleman in the neighbourhood saw the reptiles, and vouches for the fact. In further proof I may mention, that a frog was dug out alive from a stratum of stiff clay, near Tunbridge Wells, very recently; it was about seven...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870034
  • 9781236870032