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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'But what do you do all the summer
time Malachi?'
'Why, Ma'am, we take to our rilles then;
there are the deer, and the lynx, and the
wildcats, and squirrels, and the bear, and
many other animals to look after.'
(C. Marryat.)
In all ages wild beasts have fought with
each other in their natural states, in
relation to their private affairs, animosities,
food, and fun; for I believe that beasts,
such as dogs and cats, will fight merely
for the fun of the thing. Some will play
till they fight and fight till they come round
into play again. But man has outstripped
the beasts — he fights for glory, and thinks
nothing of putting a hundred thousand
people against each other, to pound and
smash and cut and tear themselves into
shreds and patches.
It is not only the propensity of man to
fight himself, but he likes to see animals
fight too. So in England we have 'dog-
fighting' and in India we have 'wild-beast
fights, which are especially interesting to
people fond of cruelty. When I was in
India, I was invited to see a 'wild-beast
fight,' and a very extraordinary sight it
was. I went to join a large party at a
place called 'Hagowaba,' very early in the
morning. They were nearly all mounted on
elephants, including ladies, eager for the
novel spectacle. They repaired to the
private gate of the royal palace, where the
king met the commander-in-chief, and con-
ducted him and his company into a palace
in the park, in one of the courts of which
the area or arena for the wild-beast com-
bat was prepared. In the centre was erect-
ed a gigantic cage of strong bamboo, about
fifty feet high, and of like diameter, and
roofed with rope net-work. Sundry smaller
cells, communicating by sliding doors with
the main theatre, were tenanted by every
species of the fiercest inhabitants of the
forest. In the large cage, and crowded
together, presenting a formidable front of
broad shaggy foreheads, well armed with
horns, stood a group of buffaloes, sternly
awaiting the conflict. And now comes the
first display; the trap-doors being Ufted
two tigers and the same number of bears
and leopards rushed into the centre. The
buffaloes instantly commenced hostilities,
and made complete shuttle-cocks of the
bears, who, however, finally escaped by
climbing up the bamboos, beyond the reach
of their horned antagonists. The tigers
one of which was a very beautiful animal,
fared scarcely better. They appeared to
be no match for these powerful creatures,
and shewed little disposition to be the as-
sailants. The larger tiger was much gored
in the head, and in return took a mouthful
of his shaggy enemy's hair. The leopards
seemed throughout the conflict sedulousy
to avoid a breach of the peace.
A rhinoceros was next let loose in the
open courtyard, and the attendants attempt-
ed to induce him to pick a quarrel with
a tiger, which was chained to a ring. The
rhinoceros, however, appeared to consider
a fettered foe quite beneath his enmity;
and having once approached the tiger and
quietly surveyed him has he writhed and
growled, expecting the attack, turned sud-
denly round, and trotted awkwardly off to
the yard gate,
A buffalo and tiger were the next com-
batants ; they attacked each other furiously,
the tiger springing at the first onset on to
the other's head, and tearing his neck se-
verely; but he was quickly dismounted, and
thrown with such violence as nearly to
break his back, and quite to disable him
from renewing the combat.
A small elephant was next impelled to
attack a leopard. The battle was short and
decisive, the former falUng on his knees
and thrusting his tusks nearly through his
adversary. A horse was now brought into
the area, and upon him was set an old and
savage - looking lion. The hon eyed the
hoi^se with great attention, and in return
the horse began to sniff at the lion, ad-
vancing towards him with his nose and neck
extended and head lowered. The lion at
first drew back, but finding the horse com-
ing closer to him than was agreeable, he
made a sudden spring at him; but the horse
suddenly lifted up his head, and twisting
round on his legs as on a pivot, threw out
his heels with tremendous force, and struck
the lion such a terrible blow on the neck
and jaws that it forced him back against
the bamboos. The lion,, after having in
some degree recovered himself from the
shock, then fiew at the horse , and with a
spring fastened himself on his back, at the
same time fixing his talons in his neck and
seizing bird „with his mouth just below the
ears. The horse immediately threw up his
heels, and kicked most furiously; he then
Hew roufid the area at great speed, and
finally threw himself down and rolled over
and over on his back, with a view to crush
the lion by his weight, and did eventually
succeed in disengaging him. The poor