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Indian Ducks and Their Allies (Classic Reprint) - 2862168797

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Indian Ducks and Their Allies (Classic Reprint) Forgotten Books

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Excerpt from The Indian Ducks and Their Allies A further complaint which is equally sure to be raised will refer to the change in the names of many ducks which we have all known and accepted for so long. To this I have but the same answer as that which I have already repeatedly given. The names we have hitherto used are not correct, and therefore cannot be retained, and in justice to the man who first named any species that name must be used. It may inconvenience some of us of the older generation, but the newer will learn to know the bird by its correct name, and will suffer injury neither to his sentiments nor to his convenience. The classification adopted is practically that of Blanford in the fourth volume of the Avifauna of British India. Since that book was written, some ornithologists have lumped genera together, whilst others have placed almost every duck in a separate genus. Convenience and facilities to the student seem to advise a medium course between these two, and so this has been the course adopted. Some of the plates in the first edition have been replaced by new and better ones, and others have been improved; a fuller index has been given, and a complete list of the authors and their works referred to in the synonymy. To facilitate reference each species has been dealt with in the same manner: (1) Synonymy, (2) Descriptions of male, female and young, (3) Distribution, (4) Nidification, and (5) General habits. It will be noticed that in this edition the title has been altered to "The Game-Birds of India, Burma and Ceylon Ducks and their allies (Swans, Geese and Ducks)," as this edition now forms the first volume of the series of The Game-Birds. The second volume will be the Snipe, Bustards and Sandgrouse, just published; the third volume will be the Pheasants and the fourth the Partridges. I have to record my very cordial thanks to the Authorities of the British Museum for the kindness with which they have allowed me to work in their galleries, for the constant assistance given to me in my work, and for placing at my disposal so vast an amount of material and so excellent a library. In this connection I would especially wish to thank Messrs. R. Ogilvie Grant and W. L. Sclater, who were in charge of the Ornithological Department during the time I was employed in revising the first edition. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


Algonquin Legends of New England - 2859266014

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Algonquin Legends of New England Books LLC, Reference Series

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Excerpt: ...tale of Mrs. Bear and the Raccoon. This I have here omitted. The Mephistophelian and mocking character of Lox is strongly shown when he says, "Nothing but a cat-tail or bulrush can kill me," this being evidently an allusion to Glooskap. This is to an Indian much like blasphemy. Lox, or Raccoon, or Badger,-for they are all the same,-in his journeyings after mere mischief reminds us of an Indian Tyl Eulenspiegel. But the atrocious nature of his jokes is like nothing else, unless it be indeed the homicide Punch. It is the indomitable nature of both which commends them respectively to the Englishman and to the Red Indian. In this tale Lox appears as the spirit of fire by drawing a bag from it. The itching or pricking from which he suffers is also significant of that element, as appears, according to Keary, in many Norse, etc., legends. In the Seneca tale of the Mischief Maker, the Berries are distinctly declared to have souls. How Lox deceived the Ducks, cheated the Chief, and beguiled the Bear. (Micmac and Passamaquoddy.) Somewhere in the forest lived Lox, with a small boy, his brother. When winter came they went far into the woods to hunt. And going on, they reached at last a very large and beautiful lake. It was covered with water-fowl. There were wild geese and brant, black ducks and wood-ducks, and all the smaller kinds down to teal and whistlers. The small boy was delighted to see so much game. He eagerly asked his brother how he meant to catch them. He answered, "We must first go to work and build a large wigwam. It must be very strong, with a heavy, solid door." This was done; and Lox, being a great magician, thus arranged his plans for taking the wild-fowl. He sent the boy out to a point of land, where he was to cry to the birds and tell them that his brother wished to give them a kingly reception. (Nakamit, to act the king.) He told them their king had come. Then Lox, arraying himself grandly, sat with dignity next the door, with his eyes...


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