A History of British Quadrupeds, Including the Cetacea

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J. Van Voorst, 1837 - Cetacea - 526 pages

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Page 366 - Dan shall be a serpent by the way, An adder in the path, That biteth the horse heels, So that his rider shall fall backward.
Page 205 - Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the Lord hath spoken it.
Page 192 - ... the seller was to forfeit to the buyer the third part of its value. If any one stole or killed the cat that guarded the prince's granary, he was to forfeit a milch ewe, its fleece and lamb ; or as much wheat as, when poured on the cat suspended by its tail (the head touching the floor) would form a heap high enough to cover the tip of the former.
Page 112 - Plestor, or area, near the church, there stood, about twenty years ago, a very old grotesque, hollow, pollard-ash, which for ages had been looked on with no small veneration as a shrew-ash. Now, a shrew-ash is an ash whose twigs or branches, when gently applied to the limbs of cattle, will immediately relieve the pains which a beast suffers from the running of a shrew-mouse over the part affected...
Page 196 - ... association with mankind. Now we find that there are several different instances of the existence of dogs in such a state of wildness as to have lost even that common character of domestication, variety of colour and marking.
Page 197 - DOG. be considered as the most remote from a state of domestication, assumes the slightly bushy form of that animal. We have here, then, a considerable approximation to a well-known wild animal of the same genus, in races which, though doubtless descended from domesticated ancestors, have gradually, assumed the wild condition ; and it is worthy of especial remark, that the anatomy of the wolf, and its osteology in particular, does not differ from that of dogs in general, more than the different kinds...
Page 367 - And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
Page 413 - Smith's interesting and learned dissertation upon the mythology and antient history of the ox, says, 'Whether the ox exist now, or have existed within the range of sound historical testimony, in its original state, or whether, as in the case of the horse, all the instances of the occurrence of wild oxen of this species now on record have not been, derived from the domestic race, fortuitously escaped from servitude and become wild, is a question which it is difficult if not impossible satisfactorily...
Page 135 - Some were swimming about at the full extent of their strings, or lying half in and half out of the water; others were rolling themselves in the sun on the sandy bank, uttering a shrill whistling noise, as if in play. I was told...
Page 424 - The mode of killing them was perhaps the only remains of the grandeur of ancient hunting : — On notice being given that a Wild Bull would be killed on a certain day, the inhabitants of the neighbourhood came mounted and armed with guns, &c.

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