Our Pets, Sketches of the Furred and Feathered Favourites of the Young
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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...far inferior to the canary's note in volume, strength, and sweetness, it was perhaps superior to it in softness and delicacy. Often have I listened to it with pleasure in the evening, when the canary was asleep, with its head beneath its wing; and more than once have I observed a kitchen guest glance at the canary, then look round in some astonishment and say, (Is that a bird, sir, singing?' One trustworthy person assured me that he too had in his house a singing mouse. I have therefore little doubt that if a young family of mice were brought up from the first close to a canary, or some other songster, some of them would learn to sing. While dealing with mouse stories we must not forget to bring before our readers the substance of an old German legend called the Mouse Tower;--It came to pass in the year 914 that there was an exceeding great famine in Germany, at which time Otho, surnamed the Great, was emperor. One Hatto, an abbot of Fulda, was archbishop of Mentz. This Hatto, in the time of this great famine, when he saw the poor people of the country exceedingly oppressed, assembled a great company of them into a barn, and, like a most accursed and merciless caitiff, burnt up those innocent souls, that were so far from fearing any such matter, that they rather hoped to receive some comfort and relief at his hands. The reason that moved the prelate to commit that execrable impiety was because he thought the famine would the sooner cease, if these unprofitable beggars that consumed more bread than they were worthy to eat were dispatched out of this world; for he said that these poor folks were like to mice that were good for nothing but to devour corn. But God Almighty, the just avenger of the poor folks' quarrel, did not long...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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