Lapland and its rein-deer, by the author of 'Tales of distant lands'.


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Seite 163 - THE wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; And the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice Even with joy and singing: The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, The excellency of Carmel and Sharon, They shall see the glory of the Lord, And the excellency of our God.
Seite 163 - As we accompanied the Minister to his house, we ventured to ask the reason of the very loud tone of voice he had used in preaching. He said he was aware that it must appear extraordinary to a stranger ; but that if he were to address the Laplanders in a lower key, they would consider him as a feeble and impotent missionary, wholly unfit for his office, and would never come to church: that the merit and abilities of the preacher are always estimated, both among the Colonists and Lapps, by the strength...
Seite 162 - According to the custom of the country, it was an extemporaneous harangue ; but delivered in a tone of voice so elevated, that the worthy pastor seemed to labour as if he would burst a blood-vessel.
Seite 94 - ... a stack of the same conical shape, are let into this cavity. The whole is then covered with turf, to prevent the volatile parts from being dissipated, which, by means of a heavy wooden mallet, and a wooden stamper worked separately by two men, is beaten...
Seite 30 - Elk ; their nictitating membrane is very moveable, and used chiefly in storms of sleet and snow : this habit, together with their scent, guides them with wonderful precision through the most dangerous passes, and in the darkest stormy nights of an arctic winter. To this sagacity the Laplander trusts his life with confidence, and accidents are of very rare occurrence.
Seite 156 - The naked negro, panting at the line, Boasts of his golden sands and palmy wine ; Basks in the glare, or stems the tepid wave, And thanks his gods for all the good they gave.
Seite 41 - Laplanders, consisting of five or six words, repeated over and over, which when translated, occur in this order : ' Let us drive the wolves ! Let us drive the wolves ! See, they run ! The wolves run !' The boy, also, our former guide, sang the same ditty. During their singing they strained their lungs so as to cause a kind of spasmodic convulsion of the chest, which produced a noise like the braying of an ass. In all this noise there...
Seite 95 - ... wooden stamper, worked separately by two men, is beaten down and rendered as firm as possible above the wood. The stack of billets is then kindled, and a slow combustion of the fir takes place, without flame, as in making charcoal. During this combustion, the tar exudes ; and a cast-iron pan being at the bottom of the funnel, with a spout, which projects through the side of the bank, barrels are placed beneath this spout, to collect the fluid as it comes away.
Seite 94 - ... from which tar is principally extracted, are always the most productive in such places. A conical cavity is then made in the ground (generally in the side of a bank or sloping hill) ; and the roots of the fir, together with logs or billets of the same, being neatly trussed into a stack of the same conical shape, are let into this cavity. The whole is then covered with turf, to prevent the...
Seite 100 - ... faculties (and the same may be said of the whole creation which we see around us) is not only calculated to answer the proper end of its being, by its subserviency to some purpose of solid usefulness, but to be the instrument of administering pleasure. Not content With every food of life to nourish man, Thou mak'st all nature beauty to his eye And music to his ear.

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