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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dived d second time, and botli boats pulled
towards the place where he was most like-
ly to come up again. He soon made his
appearance between the boats, and from the
harpooners received about a dozen wounds
in different parts of the body; when, in-
stead of expiring, as we expected, he plung-
ed under the water, and in three minutes
we saw him again, a few yards a - head of
the boats. Determined to dispatch him at
the next attack, both boats pulled after him
with great speed, and ours coming up first,
the harpooner gave him three deep wounds
in the chest, when he turned round his
head and swam towards the stern of the
boat. The boat, of course, could not turn
so speedily as the bear, and in this way
Bruin gained the advantage of us by a few
yards: but it was only to meet the Eagle's
boat, from which, however, he contrived to
escape with one stab, by turning round to-
wards her stern. We next came up with him,
and he eluded our harpooner in a similar
manner; but as I happened to be sitting in
the boat's stern, 1 saluted him as he was
passing with a heavy blow over the head,
from a boat hook. Upon this the animal
roared out in the most dismal manner, and
plunged under the water to our infinite sur-
prise. The harpooner of the Eagle, think-
ing it not very creditable for a man in his
situation to be so baffled by a bear, re-
solved to attack him on his next appear-
ance with the whale harpoon. Accordingly,
the bear happening to rise near their boat,
he drove tbe harpoon into his back with
such force, that the point of it appeared
under his belly. As the harpoon entered
in the direction of the spine, not less than
three 'of his ribs must have yielded ere it
could penetrate into the abdominal cavity.
The poor creature now groaned in the most
piteous manner, and would have dived again,
but for the line which was attached to the
harpoon, and held by the boat's crew.
Hitherto the bear had used every method
to avoid his enemies, but growing now fu-
rious by the smarting of his numerous
wounds, he undauntedly faced the Eagle's
boat, and placing his paws upon her side,
endeavoured to get on board. In this at-
tempt he had nearly overset the boat, which
was very light, and not at all intended for
such an awkward mariner as a bear. He
was too weak, however, to get any more
of his body into the boat than his head and
neck, and in this position he attempted to
seize upon any of the men that came with-
in his I reach. At this critical moment our
boat got up, and both harpooners fell upon
him with their lances, but Bruin still kept
his feet upon the boat, making many
threatening grimaces at the sailors, when
one of them took up a hatchet, (part of a
whale boat's furniture) and at five strokes
nearly severed his paw from his leg. The
infuriated animal, unable to support him-
self upon one leg, caught hold of the boat's
gunwale, with his teeth. The hatchet was
immediately applied to his skull, which was
soon fractured in two places, and the gun-
wale yielding to so great a weight, he fell
upon the water with a piece of it, nearly
two feet in length, in his mouth. After a
few more stabs, he expired on the surface
of the water. While he rested his feet
upon the boat, I observed part of the pro-
truding intestines hanging as low as the
water, whilst the blood pouring from his
many wounds, gave his shaggy, and once
snowy skin, a dark red appearance. — Du-
ring his last moments, a very strong aroma-
tic odour issued from the bleeding body,
which was somewhat unpleasant. — Besides
the injury done to his head and leg, and
two or three superficial wounds, I may ven-
ture to affirm, without in the least ex-
aggerating the account, that he died imder
not less than twenty deep stabs, including
the extensive one made by the harpoon.
During the winter of 1844, being in the
northern part of Maine, I had much leisure
for the sports of a new country. To none
was I more passionately addicted than to
skating. The sequestered lakes, frozen by
intense cold, offer a wide plain to the lovers
of this pastime. Oiten would I bind on
my skates, and glide away up the glittering
river, threading every mazy streamlet that
flowed on toward the parent ocean, and
feeling every pulse bound with the joyous
exercise. It was during one of these ex-
cursions that an adventure befell me, that
I can rarely think upon, even now, without
a certain thrill of astonishment.
I had left a friend's house one evening,
just before dusk, with the intention of skat-
ing a short distance up the noble Kemie-
bec, which, under its icy crust, flowed di-
rectly before the door. The air was clear,
calm, and bracing. The new moon silvered
the lofty pines, and the stars twinkled with
rare brilliancy from their dark-blue depths.
In the stillness, the soUtude and magnifi-
cence of the scene, there was an effect al-
most preternatural upon the mind. I had
gone up the river nearly two miles, when,
coming to a little stream which emptied