Winter Evenings, Or, Tales of Travellers Volume 3

Winter Evenings, Or, Tales of Travellers Volume 3

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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. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...Harry; and I grant that a living camel is much more useful than a living seal; but when the Esquimaux has caught and killed the The blubber, or fat of the seal, is either eaten, or converted into oil for the winter lamps: the skin, with the hair on, is made into different articles of dress; and with the hair scraped oil' and well oiled, the skin serves also for a covering to seal, -it supplies him with food, light, clothes, houses, beds, boats, and casks.-' LUCY. Ah! if mamma can prove that, Harry, you must give up your camel. HARRY. I! give up my faithful, patient, obedient came, for a fat, stupid seal! No, no, Lucy. But how can you prove it, mamma? MRS. B. their houses and boats: seal-skins, with the skins of bears and deer, compose their beds; and, lastly, when a seal has been very carefully skinned, the Esquimaux women sew the hide up neatly, then fill it with air, like a bladder, and dry it in the sun. After this preparation, it answers all the purposes of a' cask for containing oil, or any thing else that may be required. Are you convinced now, Harry? HARRY. Perhaps a dead seal may be as useful as a dead camel; but when they are alive, mamma, you know a camel is a much better thing. MRS. B. Each country, my dear Harry, pos sesses the advantages best suited to its inhabitants: a living camel would be of no service to an Esquimaux; but " Difi'erent good, by art or nature given To different nations, makes their blessings even. LUCY. Go on, dear mamma: I want to hear more about the Esquimaux. MRS. B. The English, after spending the day very pleasantly among them, and giving them all the metals they possessed, even to the buttons of their coats, thought it time to return to their ship, and embarked in their boats for...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236849620
  • 9781236849625