Stories about Birds: With Pictures to Match

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Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1854 - Birds - 336 pages

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This is a subsequent edition printed from the original plates manufactured by Billin & Brothers. Phillips, Samson and Company of Boston issued an 1851 edition from the same plates (scanned images available at The first edition was 1850, judging from the copyright date.

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Page 213 - Oh! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away.
Page 156 - Here and there the perches gave way under the weight with a crash, and falling to the ground, destroyed hundreds of the birds beneath, forcing down the dense groups with which every stick was loaded.
Page 168 - ... child; which terrified my horse so, as nearly to have cost me my life. It was distressing to hear it. I carried it with me in the chair, under cover, to Wilmington. In passing through the streets its affecting cries surprised every one within hearing, particularly the females, who hurried to the doors and windows with looks of alarm and anxiety. I drove on, and on arriving at the piazza, of the hotel, where I intended to put up, the landlord came forward, and a number of other persons who happened...
Page 188 - I would fain know," says the sultan, " what those two owls are saying to one another; listen to their discourse, and give me an account of it." The vizier approached the tree, pretending to be very attentive to the two owls. Upon his return to the sultan, " Sir," says he, " I have heard part of their conversation, but dare not tell you what it is.
Page 21 - One of the old birds, instead of being frightened away by the motion of the wagon, only left its nest from time to time for the purpose of flying to the nearest hedge for food for its young ; and thus, alternately affording warmth and nourishment to them, it arrived at Worthing. The affection of this bird having...
Page 109 - ... upon observing himself, therefore, pursued at a distance, he begins to run at first but gently, either insensible of his danger, or sure of escaping. In this situation he somewhat resembles a man at full speed; his wings, like two arms, keep working with a motion correspondent to that of his legs; and his speed would very soon snatch him from the view of his pursuers, but, unfortunately for the silly creature, instead of going off...
Page 156 - Many trees two feet in diameter, I observed, were broken off at no great distance from the ground, and the branches of many of the largest and tallest had given way, as if the forest had been swept by a tornado. Everything proved to me that the number of birds resorting to this part of the forest must be immense beyond conception.
Page 191 - Whilst he reigns over us, we shall never want ruined villages." The story says, the sultan was so touched with the fable, that he rebuilt the towns and villages which had been destroyed, and from that time forward consulted the good of his people.
Page 8 - A bird's nest. Mark it well ! — within, without ; No tool had he that wrought — no knife to cut, No nail to fix — no bodkin to insert — No glue to join ; his little beak was all. And yet how neatly finished ! What nice hand. With every implement and means of art, And twenty years...
Page 306 - ... that she might hear him ; but seeing no appearance of her, he returned once more, visited the nest, ventured cautiously into the window, gazed about with suspicious looks, his voice sinking to a low, melancholy note as he stretched his little neck about in every direction. Returning to the box, he seemed for some minutes at a loss what to do, and soon after went off, as I thought, altogether, for I saw him no more that day.

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