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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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Turtles arc caught in various ways on
the coasts of the Floridas, or in estuaries
and rivere. Some turtlers are in the habit
of setting great nets across the entrance of
streams, so as to answer the purpose either
at the now or at the ebb of the waters.
Tiiese nets are formed of veiy large meshes,
into which the turtles partially enter, when,
the more they attempt to extricate them-
selves, the more they get entangled. Others
harpoon tliem in the usual manner.
Each turtler has his crawl, which is a
square wooden building or pen, formed of
logs, which are so far separated as to al-
low the tide to pass freely through, and
stand erect in the mud. The turtles are
placed in this enclosure, fed and kept there
until sold, [f the animals thus confined
have not laid their eggs previous to their
seizure, they drop them in the water so that
they are lost.
When I was in the Floridas, several turt-
lers assured me, that any turtle taken from
the depositing ground, and carried on the
deck of a vessel several hundred miles,
would, if then let loose, certainly be met
with at the same spot, either immediately
after, or in the following breeding season.
Should this prove true, and it certainly
may, how much will be enhanced the be-
lief of the student in the uniformity and so-
lidity of Nature's arrangements, when he
finds that the turtle, like a migratory bird,
returns to the same locality, with perhaps
a delight similar to that experienced by
the traveller, who, after visihng distant
countries, once more returns to the bosom
of his cherished family! (Audubon.)
164. SPIDERS.
Upon one of these violets we found a
handsome coloured spider, one of the kind
that live on flowers and take their colour
from them; but this was unusually large.
Its body was of the size of a well-grown
pea, and of a bright lemon colour; its legs
were also yellow, and altogether it was one
of the most showy-coloured spiders we
had seen in a long time. Scarlet or red
ones still larger, are found, however, near
New York. But, in their gayest aspect,
these creatures are repulsive. It gives one
a chilling idea of the gloomy sohtude of a
prison, when we remember that spiders
have actually been petted by men shut out
from better companionship. They are a
very common insect with us, and on that
account more annoying than any other that
is found here. Some of them with great
black bodies, are of a fonaidable size. These
haunt cellars, barns, and churches, and ap-
pear occasionally in inhabited rooms. There
is a black spider of this kind, with a body
said to be an inch long, and legs double
that length, found in the Palace of Hampton
Court, in England, which, it will be re-
membered, belonged to Cardinal Wolsey,
and these great creatures are called *Car-
dinals' there, being considered by some
people as peculiar to that building.
Few people hke spiders. No doubt these
insects must have their merits and their
uses, since none of God's creatures are
made in vain; all hving things are endowed
with instincts more or less admirable; but
the spider's plotting, creeping ways, and
a sort of wicked expression about him, lead
one to dislike him as a near neighbour. In
a battle between a spider and a fly, one
always sides with the fly, and yet of the
two, the last is certainly the most trouble-
some insect to man. But the ily is frank
and free in all his doings; he seeks his
food openly, and he pursues his pastimes
openly; suspicions of others or covert de-
signs against them are quite unknown to
him, and there is something almost con-
fiding in the way in which he sails around
you, when a single stroke of your hand
might destroy him. The spider, on the con-
trary, lives by snares and plots; he is at
the same time very designing and very
suspicious, both cowardly and fierce; he
always moves stealthily, as though among
enemies, retreating before the least appear-
ance of danger, solitary and morose, hold-
ing no communion with his fellows. His
whole appearance corresponds with this
character, and it is not surprising, therefore,
that while the fly is more mischievous to us
than the spider, we yet look upon the first
with more favour than the last; for it is a
natural impulse of the human heart to
prefer that which is open and confiding to
that which is wily and suspicious, even in
the brute creation. The cunning and de-
signing man himself will, at times, find a
feeling of respect and regard for the guile-
less and generous stealing over him, his
heart, as it were, giving the lie to his life.
(Miss Cooper.)
165. THE BEAVER.
One evening Mrs. Campbell asked Ma-
lachi some questions relative to the habits
of the beaver, as she had heard much of
the sagacity of that animal.
'Well, Ma'am,' said Malachi, *it 's a
most reasonable animal certainly, and I will