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Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh


Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll


The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner


The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky


Field sports of the north of Europe

by L. Lloyd

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Our party, including myself, consisted of five persons; namely, Jan Finne, Svensson, and two peasants who had ringed the bears. Only Jan Finne and myself, however, were armed with guns, the rest of the people being simply provided with axes.

We had no regular road; but from the lakes, morasses, &c. which lay in our course being now firmly frozen over, the track we pursued was far from being a bad one. Owing to the snow however having so recently fallen, and to its having drifted much in places, our progress was not very rapid ; so that it was between ten and eleven o'clock before we reached the Satterwall, where we proposed taking up our abode.

This was situated on the face of a hill, overhanging the western side of a fine and picturesque lake called the Moss. Here there were two little tenements, one of which I appropriated to the accommodation of the people, whilst in the other I caused my own baggage to be deposited.

We now put our quarters a little in order; when, after taking some slight refreshment, and after dispatching the two peasants to procure wood and water for the ensuing night's consumption, Jan Finne, Svensson, and myself, started for the ring. This, which could not have been less than some three miles in circumference, was fortunately near at hand; indeed, the southern extremity of it extended up to the few inclosures which surrounded the Satterwall.

Jan Finne and myself, as I have said, were armed with guns ; but we had no other weapons, offensive or defensive. Indeed, though at one time I was in the habit of carrying either a daggert a light hunting-spear, or pistols, when on these expeditions, from finding such materially to reBEATING THE RING.— BEAKS' DENS. S3

tard my movements, I subsequently went without any of these accompaniments.

We left the dogs at the Satterwall. Our plan of proceeding, in the first instance, was to beat the most likely brakes within the ring (of which, from having spent much time in that part of the country on a former occasion, I had a very good knowledge,) in the most perfect silence; this gave us the better chance of coming in upon the bears, before they had either time or inclination to leave their quarter.

For this purpose, we formed a line, in the centre of which I placed myself, Jan Finne and Svensson being at some ten paces distance, on either hand of me. Thus we slowly and cautiously proceeded forward, threading on our way the most tangled brakes. Some of these were so thick, that we could with difficulty force our way through them. In fact, they in degree resembled fir plantations of ten or twelve years' growth, which had never been thinned, or in which the pruning-knife had never been introduced.

All this while we kept peering under every stump, fragment of rock, &c, that came in our way, to see if the game of which we were in search might be lurking beneath ; for, in such situations, the bear not unfrequently reposes during the winter season.

The trunks of the pines, likewise, we narrowly examined; for, in the vicinity of his den, or even

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at a very considerable distance from where he thinks to take up his quarters for the winter, the bear usually scores the trees, either with his claws or fangs. If such marks are fresh, (though why made I know not,) it is an almost certain indication that the animal is not far distant.

The smaller pines, also, we carefully noticed; as from these the bear commonly breaks off many small branches for the purpose of carpeting his lair. In the immediate vicinity of his den, I have seen trees much thicker than my arm, which those animals have severed into two with their fangs.

Any little apparent rising ground, or hillock, likewise, that we saw, we did not fail to examine; for it often happens that the bear scrapes together a large quantity of moss, and forms a lair for himself above ground. This, which in Sweden is called his Korg, is not very dissimilar in appearance to a bird's nest; and, though generally of a very considerable size, it may almost be passed by unnoticed, when covered with snow.


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