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. 1874 Excerpt: ...We once saw a mole turned out of his track with a spade. The little creature fell upon a gravel walk, and in less time than it takes to write down the fact, the four-footed engineer was out of sight again. An African ant-hill is thousands upon thousands of limes larger than the builder?. The Pyramid of Cheops is but ninety times the height of a man. If a lion had the power of a gratshopper he could leap over a mile; and it has been asserted that if a man could leap like a flea, the misstatements of the celebrated " Moon Hoax" might be corrected by notes taken on the spot.--Philadi. Public Ledger. FISH CULTURE IN CHINA. A French official, M. Dubry de Thiersont, writing from Chiua, states that fish culture has for thousand of years been an important branch of industry among the Chinese. They selected the best kinds of fish for breeding, calling them family fish. Most of those employed beloug to the cyprine family, are herbiverous, fatten fast, and grow rapidly to a large size. Nearly every farm had its fish tank or pond, and the care of its inmates was as constant a duty as that of any other stock. It is only recently that artificial fish culture has been introduced, and the Chinese maintain that fish so bred quickly degenerate. The method they adopt is to collect the young spawn or fry and then bring them up in the natural way. Tne ponds and tanks of the interior provinces are yearly supplied in this way, and during the season fur fishing are regularly drawn upon as sources of food. Laws tor the protection of fish are stringent and thoroughly executed. The management is placed in the hands of mandarins, each of which has charge of a certain district. Tneir business is to see: 1st. That at given periods of the year, a quantity of fry in proportion t...
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