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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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is a puzzJe to jne, but they do hx six posts
in the ground, and very lirmly, and then
they build their house, which is very cu-
rious; it is in the form of a hirge oven,
and made of clay and fat earth, mixed up
with branches and herbs of all sorts; they
have three sets of rooms one above the
other, so that if the water rises from a
freshet or sudden thaw, they may be able
to move higher and keep themselves dry.
Each beaver has his own little room, and
the entrance is made under the water, so
that they dive down to go into it, and
nothing can harm them.'
'How very curious, and what do they
live upon?'
'The bark of what we call asp-wood,
which is a kind of sallow; they lay up
great quantities of it in the autumn as a
provision for winter, when they are frozen
up for some months.'
'Well, but how do you take them?'
'There are many ways; sometimes the
Indians break down the dam, and let off
the water, and then they kill them all ex-
cept a dozen of the females and half a
dozen males; after which they stop up the
dam again, that the animals may breed and
increase: sometimes, when the beaver lake
is frozen hard, they bereak into the beaver
house from the top; when they do that,
the beavers all dive and escape, but as
they must come up to breathe at the holes
in the ice, they place nets and take them
in that way, but they always leave a suffi-
cient number to keep up the stock; they
also take them in traps baited with the
asp-wood; but that is more difficult.'
'But there is another sort of beaver,
called the land-beaver, which is more easily
taken,' observed Martin; 'they make holes
in the earth like rabbits. The Indians say
that these beavers are those who are lazy
I and idle, and have been driven out by the
others for not working.'
'Now, tell us what you do when you go
out to hunt the beaver in the winter.'
'We never hunt the beaver only; we go
out to hunt every thing; we go to the
beaver lakes, and then we set our traps
for beaver, otter, martin, lynx, cats, foxes,
and every other animal, some traps large
and some small. We build our hut, and
set our traps all about us, and examine
them every day; we eat what flesh is good,
and we employ ourselves skinning the ani-
mals which we take.'
'Is the beaver flesh good?' t
'Yes, Ma'am, very tolerable eating; per-
haps the best we find at that time.'
'But what a miserable life that must be,'
said Mrs. Campbell.
'Well, Ma'am, you may think so, but we
hunters think otherwise,' replied Malachi;
'we are used to it, and to being left alone
to our own thoughts.'
'That 's true,' observed Martin; 'I 'd
rather pass the winter hunting beavers,
than pass it at 0"Gbec , miserable as you
may imagine the life to be.'
'There must be a charm in the life, that
is certain,' observed Mr. Campbell; 'for
how many are engaged in it who go out
year after year, and never think of laying
up any of their earnings,'
'Very true. Sir,' replied Martin; 'what
they make from their skins is spent as soon
as they get to Quebec, as I know well,
and then they set off again,'
'Why they are like sailors,' observed
Alfred, 'who after a long cruise spend all
their wages and prize-money in a few days ,
and then go to sea again for more.'
'Exactly,' replied Malachi; 'and what 's
the use of money if you keep it? A trap-
per can always take up as much powder
and ball as he wants upon credit, and pay
with a portion of his skins on his return.
What does he want with the rest? It's of
no use to him, and so of course he spends
'But would it no be better to put it by
until he had sufficient to buy a farm, and
live comfortably?'
'But does he live comfortably. Ma'am,'
said Malachi; 'has he not more work to do,
more things to look after, and more to
care for with a farm, than when he has
nothing ?'
'It 's very true philosophy after all,' ob-
served Mr. Campbell; 'happy is the man
who is content to be poor. If a man pre-
fers to live entirely upon flesh as the hunt-
ers do, there is no reason why he should
work hard and till the ground to procure
bread; when the wants are few, the cares
are few also; but still even the savage
must feel the necessity of exertion when
he has a wife and family.'
'Yes, Sir, to be sure he does, and he
works hard in his own way to procure
their food; but trappers seldom have wives;
they would be no use to them in the woods,
and they have no one to provide for but
'It appears to me like a savage Hfe,
but a very independent one,' said Mrs.
Campbell, 'and I presume it is the inde-
pendence which gives it such charms.'
'That 's it, depend upon it Ma'am,' re-
plied Martin.