Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnende, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich; Bomhoff, Derk
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1840
5e verb. dr.
Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4085
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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of an ox. There are several kinds of eainels,
those of Arabia have one bunch upon their backs.
These are sometimes called dromedaries. Those
of Persia have two bunches. Tho hair of the
camel is short and soft, and in the spring it falls
off in three days. Of the hair are made pencil-
brushes for painting, and some of the finest hats.
This animal is of little use but for burden, and
it will carry near 12000 pounds weight. In order
to be laden it kneels down. It will travel from
twenty five to thirty leagues a day, and will go
near nine days without drinking. The camel eats
but little and feeds upon herbs, hay, and the
leaves of treek It lives commonly fifty years.
They never beat it to make it go on ; the driver
needs only to whistle or sing. — I will next
mention a few strange animals of another kind;
such as are amphibious, who live, by turns, on
land and in water.
The most formidable of these animals is the
crocodile, which is found on the borders of the
Nile and other great rivers. There are some mon-
stious ones in the marshes adjoining the Ganges
in the East Indies. One was taken in the island
of Madagascar, more than fifty feet long, and
much larger have been seen. The crocodile has
short feet, and its body is covered with scales
as hard as to resist iron. It will devour both
men and animals when it seizes them; it is very
artful in obtaining its prey, it hides itself and
imitates a plaintive cry, to attract passengers.
Hence it is we say, that affected distress is only
crocodile's tears. Such a monster would commit
great ravages, if it did multiply fast: but Provi-
dence has wisely prevented this, and has taken
care to give being to two other animals who are
mortal enemies lo the crocodile. One is the
hippopotamus or sea-horse. This animal is as large
as an ox, with a head something resembling a
horse, its skin is an inch thick, and so hard.