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« Reply #855 on: March 27, 2010, 08:18:55 pm »

168:* Book vi., chap. iv. § 16.

168:† Serpent Worship, p. 35; Welder, New York, 1877.

169:* Pliny's Natural History, Book viii., chap. xi., translated by J, Bostock and H. T. Riley; Bohn, London, 1855.

170:* Pliny's Natural History, Book viii., chap. xii.
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« Reply #856 on: March 27, 2010, 08:19:15 pm »

170:† Ibid., Book viii., chap. xiii.

170:‡ Ibid., Book viii., chap. xiv.

171:* "At the present day the longest Italian serpents are the Æsculapian serpent (a harmless animal) and the Colubes quadrilineatus, neither of which exceeds ten feet in length."—Nat. Hist., Book viii., chap. xiv.
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« Reply #857 on: March 27, 2010, 08:19:50 pm »

171:† Aristotle's History of Animals, Book viii., chap. xxvii. § 6, by R. Cresswell, Bohn's Series; Bell, London, 1878.

171:‡ An abridgment of these travels is contained in Voyages par Pierre Bergeron, à la Haye, 1735. They were originally written in Hebrew, translated into Latin by Benoit Arian Montare, and subsequently into French. [The introduction refers to his return to Castille in 1173, presumably after the termination of his voyages; but in the opening paragraph there is a marginal note giving the same date
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« Reply #858 on: March 27, 2010, 08:20:28 pm »

to his setting out from Sarragossa.] Sir John Mandeville gives a similar account in speaking of the tower of Babylon; he says, "but it is full long sithe that any man durste neyhe to the Tour: for it is all deserte and fulle of Dragouns and grete serpents, and fulle of dyverse venemous Bestes alle about he."—The Voyages of Sir John Mandeville, Kt., p. 40; J. O. Halliwell, London, 1839.

172:* Harris's Voyages, vol. i. p. 360.
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« Reply #859 on: March 27, 2010, 08:21:33 pm »

172:† Ibid., vol. i. p. 392.

172:‡ Encyclopædia of Arts and Sciences, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1798.

174:* See Voyage to the East Indies, by Francis Leguat; London, 1708. Leguat hardly makes the positive affirmation stated in the text. In describing Batavia he says there is another sort of serpents which are at least fifty feet long.
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« Reply #860 on: March 27, 2010, 08:21:47 pm »

175:* Broderip, Leaves from the Note Book of a Naturalist, p. 357.

175:† Australasia, p. 273.

175:‡ Quedah; London, 1857.

176:* Perak and the Malays, p. 77.
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« Reply #861 on: March 27, 2010, 08:22:10 pm »

178:* Figuier, Reptiles and Birds, p. 51.

179:* La Chine Illustreé, d’Athase Keichere, chap, x. p. 272. Amsterdam, .

179:† Vol. i. p. 601.
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« Reply #862 on: March 27, 2010, 08:22:22 pm »

180:* See Proceedings of Royal Society of Tasmania, September 13, 1880. Mr. C. M. Officer states—"With reference to the Mindi or Mallee snake, it has often been described to me as a formidable creature of at least thirty feet in length, which confined itself to the Mallee scrub. No one, however, has ever seen one, for the simple reason that to see it is to die, so fierce it is, and so great its power of destruction. Like the Bunyip, I believe the Mindi to be a myth, a mere tradition."

181:* Pinkerton's Voyages, vol. xiv. p. 247.
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« Reply #863 on: March 27, 2010, 08:22:50 pm »

181:† Ibid., vol. xiv. p. 514.

181:‡ It is interesting to compare this belief with stories given elsewhere, by Pliny, Book viii. chap. xiv., and Ælian, Book ii. chap. xxi., of the power of the serpents or dragons of the river Rhyndacus to attract birds by inhalation.

181:§ Pinkerton's Voyages, vol. xiv. p. 713.
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« Reply #864 on: March 27, 2010, 08:23:02 pm »

182:* Herodotus, Book iii. chap. cvii., cviii.

183:* Herodotus, Book iii. chap. cviii.

184:* Herodotus, Book ii., chap. lxxv.

184:† Ibid., Book ii., chap. lxxvi.
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« Reply #865 on: March 27, 2010, 08:23:16 pm »

184:‡ Ibid., Book i., chap. v.

185:* Antiquities of the Jews, Book ii., chap. x.

186:* Book viii. chap. xxxv.

186:† Pharsalia, Book ix.
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« Reply #866 on: March 27, 2010, 08:23:28 pm »

187:* Herodotus, Book iv. chap. cv.

187:† Book iii. chap. xx.

188:* "It may be some comfort to graziers and selectors who are struggling, under many discouragements, to suppress the rabbit plague in Victoria, to learn that our condition, bad as it is, is certainly less serious than that of New Zealand. There, not
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« Reply #867 on: March 27, 2010, 08:23:38 pm »

only is an immense area of good country being abandoned in consequence of the inability of lessees to bear the great expense of clearing the land of rabbits, but, owing to the increase of the pest, the number of sheep depastured is decreasing at a serious rate. Three years ago the number exceeded thirteen millions; but it is estimated that they have since been diminished by two millions, while the exports of the colony have, in consequence, fallen off to the extent of £500,000 per annum. A
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« Reply #868 on: March 27, 2010, 08:23:53 pm »

Rabbit Nuisance Act has been in existence for some time, but it is obviously inefficient, and it is now proposed to make its provisions more stringent, and applicable alike to the Government as well as to private landowners. A select committee of both Houses of the Legislature, which has recently taken a large amount of evidence upon this subject, reports in the most emphatic terms its conviction that unless immediate and energetic action is taken to arrest the further
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« Reply #869 on: March 27, 2010, 08:24:02 pm »

extension of, and to suppress the plague, the result will be ruinous to the colony. A perusal of the evidence adduced decidedly supports this opinion. Many of the squatters cannot be accused of apathy. Some of them have employed scores of men, and spent thousands of pounds a year in ineffectual efforts to eradicate the rabbits from their runs. One firm last year is believed to have killed no less than
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