Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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The Elephant.
The elephant is found both in Africa and India. It is
the principal beast of burden in the east, and is remark-
able for its strength and sagacity.
The young elephant is very playful, delighting to gam-
bol and frolic, and displaying the exuberance of its feelings
by a thousand antics. The following instance of the sa-
gacity of elephants occured at Enon in South Africa. —
» A troop of these animals came down, one dark and rainy
evening, close to the outskirts of a village, and made a
tremendous noise all night. Next morning, on examining
the spot where they had heard the elephants, the inha-
bitants discovered the cause of all this nocturnal uproar.
There was a ditch or trench about four or five feet in width,
and nearly fourteen in depth. Into this unfinished trench,
which at present contained no water, one of the elephants
had fallen. How he had got in was easy to conjecture,
but how, being once in, he had contrived to get out
again was the marvel.
On looking again, the edges of the trench were found
deeply indented with numerous traces of footmarks. The
other elephants, it seems had stationed themselves on
either side of the hole, some of them kneeling, and others
on their feet; and thus, by united efi'orts, and probably
after many failures, they had hoisted their unlucky bro-
ther out of the pit."
John Barleycorn.
There was three kings into the east.
Three kings both great and high.