The National Reading Books, Adapted to the Government Code

The National Reading Books, Adapted to the Government Code

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...being found that, after every stripping, the bark increases in value. When the outer bark is removed, the inner bark appears below it, and from this the cork is reproduced in the course of a few years. The trees are generally peeled over once in ten years. After the pieces of bark are detached, they are soaked in water, and when nearly dry are placed over a fire of coals, which blackens their surface, but makes them more smooth. They are next loaded with weights to make them even, and are afterwards dried and stacked, or packed in bales for exportation. The spongy nature of cork makes it serve well for the stopping of bottles and other vessels, and thus preventing liquids from running out, or the air from getting in. In the cutting of corks for this use, the only tool employed is a very broad, thin, and sharp knife. The corks for bottles are cut lengthwise of the bark, and consequently the pores lie across. Bungs, and corks of large size, are cut in a contrary direction; the pores in these are therefore downward, which renders them much more defective than the others in stopping out the air.--Adapted from the 'Saturday Magazine? LESSON XXXVI. SUNDRY OBSERVATIONS ON ANIMALS. Ver'-min Ee-mark'-a-ble Pro-vi'-sion Slug'-gard O'-ver-seer Pro-vid'-eth Sub-sist'-ence Sledge Tra'-vers-ing Mi-nute' Fringed Pal'-ate Leath'-er Um-brel'-la Ac'-tive-ly Slum'-ber The general colour of the little insect called the Lady-bird is red, spotted with black. It is as useful as pretty; for it feeds on the small vermin that are so hurtful to the hop plant and to many of our finest flowers. 'Ants are noted for their industry and skill, and some of their habits are as remarkable as those of bees. In some eastern countries they lay up food in summer as a provision for...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603877
  • 9781236603876