A Field-Full of Wonders by Charles Smith CheltnamA Field-Full of Wonders by Charles Smith Cheltnam

A Field-Full of Wonders

byCharles Smith Cheltnam

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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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.1863 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. WE PELT A WATER-RAT, SCARE A NEWT, AND NED CAPTURES A BUTTERFLY. "Don't hit him," said Frank; "this is a curious habit of his, to sit and suffer himself to be pelted He has more than once been known to keep his place undisturbed by repeated pistol-shots, even when the balls have whistled close by his head and buried themselves in the earth behind him. No one has yet been able to give more than a vague guess as to the cause of this strange behaviour, so unlike that of any other wild animal." "Then, the more you pelt him, the more he won't budge 1" cried Bob, in a state of delighted excitement. "How jolly!" "Not exactly that," said Frank, laughing; "but you'll see that when he does go into the water, it won't be because he's driven, but because he pleases." At the moment Frank spoke, which was during a pause in the bombardment, the animal, apparently with the utmost sang froid, dived into the pool and went to the bottom, as we could see by the mud which he displaced as he moved along. "I never saw a Water-Eat before," said Charley. "Well, properly speaking, you can't be said to have seen one now," replied Frank; "because the animal which has just gone out of sight is really not a Eat at all, but a Water THE WATER-BAT. 55 Vole, an animal much more nearly allied to the beaver than to the true Eat. He is a thorough vegetarian, whereas the common Brown Eat, for which he is constantly mistaken, is an eater of fish, flesh, and fowl--with the reputation besides of being inconveniently partial to eggs, and not at all a respecter of the rights of property as understood by poultry-keepers. Although he is a capital swimmer, the Water-Vole can only remain under water for about a minute; he is then obliged to come to the surface to breathe. Upon the whole, he ...
Title:A Field-Full of WondersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217160824

ISBN - 13:9780217160827