The pests of the farm, with instructions for their extirpation

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J. McGlashan, 1847 - Agricultural pests - 108 pages
 

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Page 28 - I returned to the place eight days after, and found the female sitting by the river listless and desponding, who suffered me to kill her on the spot without making any attempt to escape. On skinning her, I found she was quite wasted away from sorrow for the loss of her young.
Page 30 - Carstairs, was also very tame, and though he frequently stole away at night to fish by the pale light of the moon and associate with his kindred by the river side, his master, of course, was too generous to find any fault with his peculiar mode of spending his evening hours. In the morning he was always at his post in the kennel, and no animal understood better the secret of keeping his own side of the house.
Page 27 - When tired, it would refuse to fish any longer, and was then rewarded with as much as it could devour. Having satisfied its appetite, it always coiled itself round, and fell asleep, in which state it was generally carried home.
Page 30 - Indeed his pugnacity in this respect gave him a great lift in the favour of the gamekeeper, who talked of his feats wherever he went, and avowed besides, that if the best cur that ever ran ' only daured to girn ' at his protege* he would soon ' mak his teeth meet through him.
Page 29 - ... the river ; and, when satiated, it never failed to return to him. One day, in the absence of Collins, the Otter, being taken out to fish by his son, instead of returning as usual, refused to come at the accustomed call, and was lost. The father tried every means in his power to recover the animal, and, after several days...
Page 49 - They soon are seen issuing from then- lurking places to seek for water to quench their burning thirst and bowels ; and they commonly die near the water. They continue to eat it as long as it is offered to them, without being deterred by the fate of their fellows, as is known to be the case with arsenical doses.
Page 27 - When apprehensive of danger from dogs, it sought the protection of its master, and would endeavour to spring into his arms for greater security. It was frequently employed in catching fish, and would sometimes take eight or ten salmon in a day. If not prevented, it always made an attempt to break the fish behind the anal fin, which is next the tail ; and, as soon as one was taken away, it always dived in pursuit of more.
Page 29 - Nature," gives an account of several domesticated otters, one of which, belonging to a poor widow, when led forth, plunged into the Urr or the neighbouring burns, and brought out all the fish it could find. Another, kept at Corsbie House, Wigtonshire, evinced a great fondness for gooseberries, fondled about her keeper's feet like a pup or kitten, and even seemed inclined to salute her cheek, when permitted to carry her freedoms so far. A third, belonging to Mr. Monteith of...
Page 49 - This liquid, being cooled, will afford a white compound of phosphorus and lard, from which the spirit spontaneously separates, and may be poured off to be used again, for none of it enters into the combination, but it merely serves to comminute the phosphorus, and diffuse it in very fine particles through the lard.
Page 49 - ... taking it at the same time out of the water, and agitate smartly till the phosphorus becomes uniformly diffused, forming a milkylooking liquid. This liquid...

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