The Wonder-Seeker, Or, the History of Charles Douglas

The Wonder-Seeker, Or, the History of Charles Douglas

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... little states in order. They therefore attack the nest of some neighbour of a different species from themselves, and seizing upon their eggs, they carry them to their own home, where they are reared as servants.' "They do not make unwilling slaves, for when we hurried to the nest to see the return of the victorious party, we found it surrounded by little negroes, who once on a time had been carried off from their own nest in the manner we had seen. The moment their masters approached, they hurried forward, relieved them of their load of booty, provided them with refreshment, and then hurrying with the eggs into the nest, they deposited them in safety. '"These, the now captured eggs, ' said my companion, 'will in their turn act the same part; and on the faithful affectionate services of their prisoners do the amazons depend for house, and home, and food. I will give you an instance of their usefulness, ' he said; and as he spoke, he threw aside and deranged part of the ant-hill. The little warriors who had so fearlessly entered and despoiled the enemy's citadel, seemed now at a loss what to make of their own. They wandered here and there, and not finding the usual entrance to their cells, knew not what to do. Not so the negroes; in a few moments they were quite at home, for their active spirits were not to be daunted by difficulties. If they found one little gallery of their curious workmanship destroyed, they turned to another, and then hurrying back, they would raise the helpless amazon in their mandables, carry it to the entrance of the cell, and place it in safety. "All this seemed so strange--so very strange, that I could not be satisfied without examining more closely into the truth of it myself. I learned that the contest we...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548612
  • 9781236548610