Attractions Of Language; Or, A Popular View Of Natural Language, In All Its Varied Displays, In The…

Paperback | May 19, 2012

byBenjamin Franklin Taylor

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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. 1843 Excerpt: ... to climb the stalk to enter the fold; in fact, the expe'dients for preserving their cattle are as varied as those practiced by man, and the proceedings we have related, are by no means the prompting of an unvarying instinct, but of an ever accommodating intelli gence. Illustrations equally striking, might be adduced by cores, for the difficulty, which I meet in this examination, is, not so much the scarcity, as the abundance of material. Industrious, powerful and intelligent as is the ant, it meets a formidable enemy in the ant-lion. Slow in its movements, and those invariably backward instead of forward, its cunning compensates for its infirmity, while at the same time it ets at naught the caution and sagacity of the ant. One would think that such a creature would be thankful for any chance game, any old carcass that it might have the good fortune to discover; but no; a decided epicure, it disdains every thing but the most exquisite delicacies. Constructing a conical pit, it conceals its grim visage beneath the sand at the bottom, and patiently lies in wait for ome unsuspecting ant; a fatal curiosity impels the insect to explore the den, or a careless step, precipitates it to the bottom, when the enormous pincers of the lion close unerringly upon the victim. Sometimes the ant stops half-way upon the declivity, but it is not yet out of danger; those twelve eyes quickly perceive the chance of escape, and their cunning owner, throws a cloud of sand and dirt after the retreating eh seldom fails to bring it stunned and blinded to th« Having made a meal of the favorite food, it carebears every relic of the murder away from its den. Cast a pebble into the pit, and the trapper will somehow, get it upon its back, and scramble up the sides with the ponderous l...

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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. 1843 Excerpt: ... to climb the stalk to enter the fold; in fact, the expe'dients for preserving their cattle are as varied as those practiced by ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217178383

ISBN - 13:9780217178389

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