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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...are carried all the way along the arteries. When the doctor puts his finger on the large artery hi your wrist to feel your pulse, what he is really doing is to count the beats of the heart as they are recorded by these waves of pressure in the artery. Richard the Lion-heart.--The heart is a wonderful organ, beating all the tune about once every second, and driving the life blood out to all parts of the body. It is such an important part of the body that we often speak of a man who is very good and noble as being "great-hearted," and of one who is very gentle as "kind-hearted." There was once a king of England, Richard the First, who was so brave and such a great soldier that he was called "Cceur-de-Lion," which is the French for "the Lion-heart." He won this name because he was so brave that it was thought that he must have a heart something like that of the bravest and fiercest of beasts, the lion. You will read all about him some day, how he led his army into the Holy Land to try to reconquer Jerusalem from the Turks, how he performed many acts of personal bravery, and how on his return he was taken prisoner by an Austrian ruler. For a long time no one knew where Richard was imprisoned; but according to one story, he was at last found by a faithful minstrel, named Blondel, who had been with him in the Holy Land. Blondel disguised himself and wandered all through Germany and Austria, singing one of the king's favorite songs under the walls of every castle. He hoped that when he got to the place where Richard was, the king would hear him and know that a friend was near. At last Blondel's patience was rewarded, for as he was singing at the foot of a tower, Richard's voice took up the next verse of the song in reply. Bl...
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