St. Nicholas Volume 8, PT. 2

St. Nicholas Volume 8, PT. 2

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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: ...NOT far from your Jack's pulpit is an old barn where there was a deal of twittering and chattering among the swallows, very early a few mornings ago. And above the din rose shrill cries as if some unlucky swallow were in trouble. I learned afterward that he had been guilty of the unbirdly act of sleeping too long, that morning. The others darted to and fro, each with something in his bill, and, pretty soon, hanging by the tips of his long wings, near one of the nests, I saw the lazy swallow plastered to the barn-wall with some sticky stuff brought by his companions. Fast and faster they worked, while the hanging bird kept crying. Deacon Green came out of his cottage, to see what was wrong; and he soon set the little fellow free. But--would you believe it?--after flying about for a short time, the little "lie-abed" actually went back to his nest to enjoy another nap! This was too much, and his neighbors pounced upon him in a twinkling and began to renew their punishment. I was wondering how the affair would end, when out came the Deacon again, this time with a pitcher in his hand. He set a ladder against the barn, climbed up, released the sleepy-head, and then poured water over him and his nest. This settled the matter. The way in which that swallow immediately flew crooked "W"s and "and-so-forths" in the air was something wonderful. He certainly was not ill; he was too lively for that; but he seemed to have lost the thread of the day, somehow, and to be trying to find it. A SUSPENSION-BRIDGE OF ANTS. Men and monkeys make suspension-bridges; men build them with strong wire ropes, and monkeys make theirs by clinging to one another's tails. But there are other creatures that make suspensionbridges--the Driver...show more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966139
  • 9781236966131