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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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with an otter,' continued the humane yeo-
man. '1 was taking my walks one morning
by the side of Haughpool, where I kept
my otters, and upon looking into their den
I found it full of dried leaves, grass, and
the like, and on moving it with my crome-
stick, 1 found two young ones, apparently
about five or six days old, and about the
size of a full-grown rat. I immediately put
back the bed with the young ones in it,
and left them. When I looked at them
again, which I did in about a week, I found
that the dam had removed them higher up
the den, and had there made for them a
kind of ledge chamber; and she was ob-
served to remove them to this higher cham-
ber, and bring them back to the lower one,
according to her whim, or for some reason
known only to herself. I watched them day
after day from this time. About three
weeks after my first discovery of them they
were first seen to eat fish and follow their
mother into the water. They did not dive
into the water hke their mother, but went
into it hke a dog, with their heads above
water, and it was not until the middle of
October that they were observed to plunge
into the water like the old ones. About a
month after this the water was let out of
the pond for the purpose of cleaning it.
The animals where shut up in their sleeping
den, but they let themselves out when the
pond was but half-full of water, and the
young ones got into it, and were not able
to get out without assistance. After they
had been in the water some minutes, the
mother appeared very anxious to get them
out, and made several attempts to reach
them from the side of the pond, where she
was standing, but this she was not able to
do, as they were not within her reach. Af-
ter making several attempts in this manner
without success, she plunged into the water
to them, and began to play with one of
them for a short time and put her head
close to its ears, as if she was making it
understand what she meant. The next mo-
ment she made a spring out of the pond,
with the young one holding on by the fur
at the root of her tail with its teeth. Hav-
ing safely landed it, she got the other out
in the same manner. This she did several
times during a quarter of an hour, as the
young ones kept going into the water as
fast as she got them out. Sometimes the
young ones held on by the fur at her sides,
at others by the tail. As soon as there
was sufficient water for her to reach them
from the side of the pond, she took hold
of them by the ears with her mouth and
drew them out of the pond, and led them
round its sides, close by the fence, and
kept chattering to them, as if she was tell-
ing them not to go into the pond again.'
The lads, and especially the girls, de-
clared that they would rather witness such
a pretty sight as this, than see a hundred
otters hunted and speared. So after a few
moments spent in conversation, it was un-
animously decided that otter-hunting should
form no part of the holiday entertainments,
but rather that the young people should try
to find sport and recreation in watching
the instincts of animals, and of seeing them
in their native retreats, and observing how
they acted; and to endeavour, as is by no
means difficult, to learn lessons of love and
kindness, and forethought and wisdom, from
their actions. Be assured my young read-
ers, that Nature is a great teacher, and
that he who would truly learn to be wise,
must follow her to her nooks and crannies,
and secret places among the woods and the
waters, the caverns and the rocks, the little
meandering rivulets, the hollow dells and
dingles, and all other places in which Pro-
vidence places animal life, and with it ma-
ternal love and the instincts of self-preserv-
ation.
'Up then, my lads, to the fields an the
woodlands,' continued Mr. Bedingfield as
he rose from the breakfast-table, 'Let us
abroad to the clover and the rye, go down
by watercress brooks, and up on the furzy
heath, or the green brooms and burrs;
there we shall find sport, and sunshine, and
air pure, fresh, and invigorating, and we
will not come back again without having
learned something, I promise you.' So with
these words the boys and girls, with the
old yeomaii at their "head, saUied forth.
157. THE OLD ENGLISH BOW.
It is extremely interesting to trace the
history of this once dreaded weapon, to
their superiority at which our ancestors at-
tributed victories at Cressy, Poictiers, Agin-
court, and Flodden-Field, and, indeed, al-
most all their glory, and even their national
independence. The long-bow was introdu-
ced into England at the invasion; and to
this weapon was the conqueror indebted
for his victory at Hastings. From this pe-
riod, the English adopted the long-bow as
their national weapon, and expressed their
antipathy to the cross-bow, as well as to
the universal practice of drawing the shaft
to the breast instead of towards the eye.
or rather the ear, a mode of shooting never
used among ancients or moderns, in any