At Home in the Wilderness: Being Full Instructions how to Get Along, and to Surmount All Difficulties by the Way

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R. Hardwicke, 1867 - Travel - 323 pages

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Page 288 - And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
Page 289 - ... whose means of locomotion are domestic animals ; for it is well known that the bite of this poisonous insect is certain death to the ox, horse, and dog. In this journey, though we were not aware of any great number having at any time lighted on our cattle, we lost forty-three fine oxen by its bite. We watched the animals carefully, and believe that not a score of flies were ever upon them.
Page 282 - It's a state without a fault, it is. "Excepting mosquitoes," cried the Hoosier. "Well, stranger, except them; for it ar a fact that they are rather enormous, and do push themselves in somewhat troublesome. But, stranger, they never stick twice in the same place; and give them a fair chance for a few months, and you will get as much above noticing them as an alligator. They can't hurt my feelings, for they lay under the skin; and I never knew but one case of injury resulting from them, and that was...
Page 287 - As soon as this plague appears, and their buzzing is heard, all the cattle forsake their food, and run wildly about the plain, till they die, worn out with fatigue, fright, and hunger. No remedy remains, but to leave the black earth, and hasten down to the sands of Atbara ; and there they remain, while the rains last, this cruel enemy never daring to pursue them farther.
Page 282 - I know of. But mosquitoes is natur, and I never find fault with her. If they ar large, Arkansaw is large, her varmints ar large, her trees ar large, her rivers ar large, and a small mosquito would be of no more use in Arkansaw than preaching in a cane-brake.
Page 102 - A year or two ago, after the disaster to the steamer Golden Gate on the Pacific shore, by which the only partner he ever had, Mr. Edward Rust Flint, son of old Dr. Flint of Springfield, lost his life, and himself barely escaped a watery grave, he made the quickest trip overland that it is possible for one man to make before the distance is shortened by railway. He caused himself to be driven from Salt Lake to Atchison, twelve hundred and twenty miles, in six and one-half days, and was only twelve...
Page 15 - To judge a pack animal was no easy matter. A first class mule should be, according to Lord, five to seven years old, "short upon the legs, strong and rather arched along the back, thick in the shoulders and muscular about the loins. The hoofs should be small and black, and the hocks straight and fine, without any tendency to bend inwards, or what is technically designated 'cow-hocked.
Page 287 - This is not a partial emigration ; the inhabitants of all the countries, from the mountains of Abyssinia northward, to the confluence of the Nile, and Astaboras, are once a year obliged to change their abode, and seek protection...
Page 103 - ... trip probably cost him twenty thousand dollars in wear and tear of coaches and injury to and loss of horses by the rapid driving. The only ride over the Plains, at all comparable with this, was that made by Mr. Aubrey, on a wager, from Santa Fe to Independence, seven hundred miles, in six and one-half days. But this was made on horseback, and when the rider reached his destination, he was so exhausted that he had to be lifted from his horse. How exciting the thought of such rides as these across...
Page 69 - I should have each cushion 3 feet 6 inches in length, and 2 feet 6 inches in width...

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