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Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
6e 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. 4089
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_200629
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 camels,
those of Arabia have one hunch upon their backs.
These are sometimes called dromedaries. Those
of Persia have two bunches. The 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 trees. 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, that 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
Wile and other great rivers. There are some mon-
strous ones in the marshes adjoining the Ganges
in the East-Indies. One was taken in tho 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 to 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,