Cast Away in the Cold: An Old Man's Story of a Young Man's Adventures, as Related by Captain John Hardy, Mariner

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Ticknor and Fields, 1869 - 263 Seiten
 

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Seite 165 - That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built.
Seite 34 - As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe, And forward bends his head, The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast, And southward aye we fled. And now there came both mist and snow, And it grew wondrous cold; And ice, mast-high, came floating by, As green as emerald...
Seite 143 - ... feet above our heads. When they were least expecting it, I threw up the net, and three of .them flew bang into it. They were so much stunned by the blow, that only one of them could flutter out before I had drawn in the net ; and the Dean was quick enough to seize the remaining two before they could escape. This, being the first experiment, gave us great encouragement, as it was more successful than we had ventured to hope. We went on with the work, without pausing, for several hours, looking...
Seite 141 - ... well, steadily collecting those things which were necessary as well for our comfort as our safety. If the island on which we had been cast away was barren and inhospitable, it was none the less capable, like almost every other land, in whatever region of the earth, of furnishing subsistence to men. " When we saw what we could do with the sinew of the narwhal, we immediately set about preparing some bedclothes for ourselves. This we did by squaring off the duck-skins with my knife, and then sewing...
Seite 75 - ... much like seals. The narwhal is a small species of whale, being about twenty feet long, and spotted something like an iron-gray horse. Its great peculiarity is the horn, which grows, like that of a sword-fish, straight out of the nose, and is nearly half as long as the body. Like all the other whales, it must come up to the surface of the water to breathe ; and its breathing is done through a hole in the top of the head, like any other whale's. You know the breathing of a whale is called
Seite 143 - ... sharpened, and we were not long in finding that we could make a perfect hoop by lashing together three seal ribs which we picked up on the beach ; and, having fastened this hoop securely to the narwhal horn, we sallied forth to the north side of the island, where the auks were most abundant. " Hiding ourselves away among the rocks, we waited until a flock of the' birds flew over us. They flew very low, — not more than five feet above our heads. When they were least expecting it, I threw up...
Seite 187 - How extensive the water may be is of course unknown, but its limits cannot be very small to produce such serious atmospheric disturbance. It seems, indeed, as if we were in the very vortex of the north winds. The poet has told us that the north winds 'Are cradled far down in the depths that yawn Beneath the Polar Star...
Seite 139 - ... were thrown in our way, as if providentially. It happened thus : — " In cutting the blubber from the dead narwhal, we had quite exposed the strong sinews of the...
Seite 117 - To be sure," said the obliging Captain, — "as well as I can, that is. Now, do you remember what I told you the other day about the sun shining all the, time, — do you remember that, my lad ? " " Yes," answered William, " of course I do. Goes round and round, that way," and he whirled his hat about his head.
Seite 12 - I can give an equally satisfactory account of my political preferences, by saying that at a very early period of my life, (when I was a very little boy and could not help it) I was born a Federalist.

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