Sense and Laughter, by the Author of 'Story After Story'

Sense and Laughter, by the Author of 'Story After Story'

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...them to death. The young arc jolly little fellows. When three or four days old they will outrun a swift man. The egg is a wonderful egg; or it contains equal to sixteen hens' eggs, and the shell serves as a saucepan to boil its own contents in, the top being broken off and used as a saucer, out of which is eaten the egg when cooked. The language of these creatures is a grunt, which is said to be like the sound of a tin can struck with a wooden mallet. In captivity it soon becomes tame, and is very amusing. We shall conclude our tour with a brief reference to one other inhabitant of these forests, the lovely little fire-fly. It congregates on its favourite trees in such multitudes as to give the impression to a traveller that ho is approaching, when it is a high tree, a spot where there is a well-lighted, many-windowed house, and when a small one, some lowly cottage with a candle in its window. They fly and flash about through the night, and in the morning cither lose their lustre altogether, or it is too pale to shine in comparison with the sun. The Indians do not often practise any kind of work after the night has set in; but it is told of some tribes that have caught a little of the spirit of civilisation, yet lack its many wonderful appliances, that they have captured some of these flics, confining them in a transparent cage, making of it a lantern, and have thus secured a really good light by which they can see to work. The thing is both possible and likely, and is surely an excellently cheap substitute for gas. TDITH and Arnold were out for the evening with a party;of their little friends. Arnold had bogged to go, and Edith had begged that he might be allowed to do so. He was not quite recovered from a long illness, and was still...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755472
  • 9781236755476