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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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pursuit of us. Urged by despair, we rush-
ed towards one of the breaks, or gulfs, in
our way, over which was thrown a bridge
of reeds, that sprang up and down at every
step, and could be trod with safety by the
light foot of the Indians alone. Deep in
the hollow below rushed an impetuous
stream, and a thousand pointed and jagged
rocks tlireatened destruction on every side.
Lincoln, my huntsman, and myself, pass-
ed over the chasm in safety; but Wharton
was still in the middle of the waving
bridge, and endeavouring to steady himself,
when both the tigers were seen to issue
from the adjoining forest; and the moment
they descried us, they bounded towards us
with dreadful roarings. Meanwhile, Whar-
ton had nearly gained the safe side of the
gulf, and we were all clambering up the
rocky clilf, except Lincoln, who remained
at the reedy bridge to assist his friend to
step upon lirm ground. Wharton, though
the ferocious animals were close upon
him, never lost his courage or jjresence of
mind. As soon as he had gained the edge
of the cliff, he knelt down, and with his
sword divided the fastenings by whicli the
bridge was attached to the rock.
He expected that an ellectual barrier
would thus be put to the farther progress
of our pursuers, but he was mistaken; for
he had scarcely accomplished his task,
when the tigress, without a moment's pause,
rushed towards the chasm, and attempted
to bound over it. It was a fearful sight
to see the mighty animal suspended for a
moment in the air above the abyss; but
the scene passed hke a flash of lightning.
Her strength was not equal to the distance:
she fell into the gulf, and, before she
reached the bottom, she was torn into a
thousand pieces by the jagged points of
the rocks. Her fate did not in the least
dismay her companion; he followed her
with an immense spring, and reached the
opposite side, but only with his fore claws;
and thus he clung to the edge of the pre-
cipice, endeavouring to gain a footing.
The Indians again uttered a wild shriek,
as if all hope had been lost.
But Wharton, who was nearest the edge
of the rock, advanced courageously towards
the tiger, and struck his sword into the
animal's breast. Enraged beyond all mea-
sure, the wild beast collected all his strength,
and, with a violent effort, fixing one of
his hind legs upon the edge of the cliff,
he seized Wharton by the thigh. That
heroic man still preserved his fortitude;
he grasped the trunk of a tree with his
left hand, to steady and support himself.
while, with his right, he wrenched and
violently turned the sword, that was still
in the breast of the tiger. All this was
the work of an instant. The Indians, Frank,
and myself, hastened to his assistance; but
Lincoln, who was already at his side, had
seized Wharton's gun, which lay near upon
the ground, and struck so powerful a blow
with the butt end upon the head of tlie
tiger, that the animal, stunned and over-
powered, let go his hold, and fell back
into the abyss. (Kdinburgh Literary Journal.)
171. MODES OF DESTROYING
EAGLES.
In tliose parts of the highlands of Scot-
land where eagles are numerous, and where
they commit great ravages among the young
lambs, the following methods are used for
destroying them: — AVhen the nest hap-
pens to be in a place situated in a direc-
tion of the perpendicular from the edge of
the cliff above, a bunch of dry heath or
grass, in closing a burning peat, islet down
into it. In other cases, a person is let
down by means of a rope, which is held
above by four or five men, and contrives
to destroy the eggs or young. The person
who thus descends takes a large stick with
him, to beat off or intimidate the old
eagles. The latter, however, always keep
at a respectful distance, for, powerful as
they are, they possess little of the courage
which has in all ages been attributed to
them, being in this respect much inferior
to the domestic cock, the raven, the sea-
swailow, and a hundred other birds. Some-
times eagles have their nests in places ac-
cessible without a rope, and instances are
known of persons frequenting these nests
for the purpose of carrying off the prey
which the eagles carry to their young. A
very prevalent method by which eagles
are destroyed is the following: — In a
place not far from a nest, or a rock in
which eagles repose, or on the face of a
hill which they are frequently observed to
scour in search of prey, a pit is dug to
the depth of a few feet, of sufficient size
to admit a man with ease. The pit is then
covered over with sticks and pieces of turf,
the latter not being cut from the vicinity,
eagles, like other cowards, being extremely
wary and suspicious. A small hole is form-
ed at one end of this pit, through which
projects the muzzle of a gun, while at the
other is left an opening large enough to
admit a featheiiess biped, who on getting