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The Young Yagers

Mayne Reid

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Their colour is a nearly uniform greyish brown, and they want those splendid jet and snowy plumes that adorn the back of their lord and master, and which have been from all time so highly prized as ornaments by both savage and civilised people.

A cock and two hens they were, that presented themselves before the eyes of the young naturalist.

They were marching slowly along. They were not affrighted. They evidently had seen nothing of the camp. How could they, as it was behind the trees in the centre of the grove? They occasionally bent their long necks to one side or the other, and cropped a leaf, or picked up a seed, but then continued their course. From their following a straight line Hans concluded they were not feeding in the regular way, but bent towards some point, perhaps to their night resting-place.

When first observed, they were coming in a side direction, that is, transversely to the direction in which Hans himself was facing. In a short time they had . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A fine adventure

This book was originally released in 1850. Many of the terms used are quite archaic and in the Boer of South Africa language. The words which flora and fauna are described was foreign to me and I was constantly looking up to see what animal was being described. For instance camelopa