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Title: A System of natural history : containing scientifci [sic] and popular descriptions of man, quadrupeds, birds, fishes, reptiles and insects
Year: 1834 (1830s)
Authors: Gould, Augustus A. (Augustus Addison), 1805-1866 Cuvier, Georges, baron, 1769-1832 Stark, J. (John) Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978, former owner. DSI Bishop, Louis Bennett, former owner. DSI
Subjects: Zoology Animals
Publisher: Boston : Carter, Hendee, & Co. Brattleboro’ [Vt.] : Published by Peck & Wood
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries
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lities are renewed in the same manner; nor do theysuspend their havoc till the majority are destroyed. For this reason it is,that, after any place has for a long while been infested with rats, they oftenseem to disappear of a sudden, and sometimes for a considerable time. The female always prepares a bed for her young, and provides themimmediately with food. On their first quitting the hole, she watches over,defends, and Avill even fight the cats, in order to save them. The weasel,though a smaller animal, is, however, a still more formidable enemy thanthe cat. The rat cannot inflict any wounds but by snatches, and with hisfore teeth, which, however, being rather calculated for gnawing than forbiting, have but little strength; whereas the weasel bites fiercely with theforce of its whole jaw at once, and, instead of letting go its hold, sucks theblood through the wound. In every conflict with an enemy so dangerous,it is no wonder, therefore, that the rat should fall a victim. THE MOUSEl
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Is an animal smaller than the rat, as also more numerous, and more gene-rally diffused. Its instinct, its temperament, its disposition is the same;nor does it materially differ from the rat, but by its weakness, and the habitswhich it contracts from that circumstance. By nature timid, by necessityfamiliar, its fears and its wants are the sole springs of its actions. It neverleaves its hiding-place, but to seek for food; nor does it, like the rat, gofrom one house to another, unless forced to it, or commit by any means somuch mischief. When viewed without the absurd di&gust and apprehensionwhich usually accompanies, or is affected at the sight of it, the mouse is abeautiful creature ; its skin is sleek and soft, its eyes bright and lively, allits limbs are formed with exquisite delicacy, and its motions are smart andactive. Though one of the most timid of creatures, the mouse may betaught to repose confidence in mankind, and will quit its place of refuge toreceive food. Some few of
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