Rambles in the Path of the Steam-Horse; An Off-Hand Olla Podrida, Embracing a General Historical and Descriptive View of the Scenery, Agricultural and

Rambles in the Path of the Steam-Horse; An Off-Hand Olla Podrida, Embracing a General Historical and Descriptive View of the Scenery, Agricultural and

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... the cause of this sad affair, we discovered a fifth carcass, and near it a live crow, but so crippled and weak that he vainly endeavored to go away. There had evidently been enacted here some damnable tragedy--there had been, we were satisfied, some foul play. We noticed, and called the attention of our frightened artist to the fact, that the head of the carcass was invariably wanting! As we continued the ascent, the number of dead crows increased, until we could count them by dozens. In every instance the head, and the head only, was missing. We were surprised--" in point of fact," we felt somewhat alarmed, when our companion made his learned suggestion that it was the work of a wild-cat, or a panther, or some such-like blood-thirsty citizen of the mountain! We concluded, upon the whole, that a speedy retreat was desirable; and therefore directed our course for another quarter. Arrived at the precipice overlooking the Chimney Rock, the dusk of evening began to mingle with the light, and warned us to descend. Looking around, we beheld swarms of crows sailing over the summit of the Ridge, and making for the woodlands around which we stood. There was no limit to the number--they came in thousands and thousands, and millions--as far off as the eye could penetrate, nothing could be seen but crows; while now, above our heads, they were flying around, and cawing, and making the most grotesque manoeuvres imaginable. It was a queer scene, and.e enjoyed it until darkness "did appear." The woods became literally alive with them, and their conversation was as animated as a Woman's Rights Convention. We soon ascertained the cause which produced so many dead crows--three cents a-head did it 1 The County Commissioners, in view of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513037
  • 9781236513038