Around An Old Homestead; A Book Of Memories by Paul Griswold Huston

Around An Old Homestead; A Book Of Memories

byPaul Griswold Huston

Paperback | May 17, 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. 1906 Excerpt: ...with all wildness and with nutting-time. I like to be with them, and to observe them in their arboreal habits. Watch a sleek gray squirrel when the hickory nuts first ripen, as he twines around among the thick foliage in search of a nut, finally to pluck one off, and then to run back to a favorite crotch or branch, and curl his tail over him and begin work. The green hulls fall in bits all around you, and soon also pieces of the inside shells, as he digs in with his long teeth after the rich kernel; or perhaps the whole nut may slip from his grasp, and fall through the leaves with a loud plunge to the ground. He has many such losses, however, and accepts them philosophically, as not to be too deeply inquired into. He is "content with the quia," as Dante advised the human race to be; and forthwith, after a little pause of bewilderment, runs out to another twig and finds another nut. There does not seem to be much method in the way squirrels pick the nuts, running up and down at random, everywhere and anywhere, as they do; but they generally manage to strip the tree. The squirrel is the symbol of autumn. The way to tell a squirrel's presence in the fall is simply to wait for the patter and splash of the nutshells falling among the leaves. You will frequently be aided also in determining their local habitation by the new scratches of their paws upon the bark of the trees or along the top rails of the fences. Listen! Yes, he is surely there, and eagerly at work, and he will not notice you unless you make too much noise; for a squirrel likes his meals as much as we do. But shake a sapling, and he will go to the other side of the tree, where John can have a crack at him. I have seen as many as five in a single tree, all of them seated on different limbs...

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Title:Around An Old Homestead; A Book Of MemoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217175627

ISBN - 13:9780217175623

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