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« Reply #870 on: March 27, 2010, 08:24:14 pm »

500,000; but the following spring their run was in as bad a state as if they had never put any poison down, p. 189Similar instances of failure could be easily multiplied. It is found, as with us, that one of the chief causes of non-success is the fact that the Government do not take sufficient steps to destroy the rabbits on unoccupied Crown lands. This foolish policy, of course, at once diminishes the letting value of the adjacent pastoral country—to such an extent, indeed, that instances have
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« Reply #871 on: March 27, 2010, 08:27:12 pm »

occurred in which 34,000 acres have been leased for £10 a year. Poison is regarded as the most destructive agent that can be employed, and it is especially effective when mixed with oats and wheat, a striking testimony to the value of Captain Raymond's discovery. Most of the witnesses examined were strongly of opinion that the Administration of the Rabbit Suppression Act should not be left to private and, perhaps, interested persons, as at present, but should be conducted by officers of the Government, probably the sheep inspectors, on a principle similar to that by which the scab was eradicated from the flocks of the colony. The joint committee adopted this view, and also recommended the Legislature to enact that all unoccupied Crown land, as well as all native, reserved, or private land, should bear a proportionate share of the cost of destroying the rabbits, and of administering the act. It is to be hoped that, in the midst of the party conflicts which
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« Reply #872 on: March 27, 2010, 08:27:26 pm »

have so impeded practical legislation this session, the Parliament will yet find time to give effect to the useful recommendations of the Rabbit Nuisance Committee."—Australasian, 10th September 1881.

190:* Book xv. chap. i. § 37.

190:† See Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, p. 145-47. Murray, 1863.

190:‡ Æneid, Book vii. 561.

190:§
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« Reply #873 on: March 27, 2010, 08:27:34 pm »

Non Arabum volucer serpens, innataque rubris
Æquoribus custos pretiosæ vipera conchæ
Aut viventis adhuc Lybici membrana cerastæ.—
                                     Pharsalia, Book vi. 677.

191:* The popular illustrations of the Story of the Black and White Snakes given by him, a favourite story among the Chinese, always represent them as winged. Folk Lore of China, N. P. Dennys, Ph.D.
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« Reply #874 on: March 27, 2010, 08:28:15 pm »

191:† Broderip, Zoological Recreations, p. 333.

192:* Compare Shakspeare, "Peace, Kent. Come not between the Dragon and his wrath."

193:* Metamorphoses, Book iii. 35, translated by H. J. Riley; London, 1872.
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« Reply #875 on: March 27, 2010, 08:28:40 pm »

193:† In reference to colours so bright as to be inconsistent with our knowledge of the ordinary colours of reptiles, it may he of interest to compare the description by D’Argensola—who wrote the history of the successive conquests of the Moluccas, by the Spaniards, Portuguese and Dutch—of a blue and golden saurian existing upon a volcanic mountain in Tarnate. "Il y a aussi sur cette montagne un grand lac d’eau douce, entouré d’arbres, dans lequel on voit de crocodiles azurés et dorés qui ont plus d’un brasse de longueur, et qui se plongent dans l’eau lors qu’ils entendent des hommes."—D’Argensola, vol. iii. p. 4, translated from the Spanish, 3 vols.; J. Desbordes, Amsterdam, 1706. And Pliny, Nat. Hist., Book viii. chap. xxviii., speaks of lizards upon Nysa, a mountain of India, twenty-four feet long, their colour being either yellow, purple, or azure blue.
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« Reply #876 on: March 27, 2010, 08:28:50 pm »

193:‡ Ovid, Fasti, Book iv. 501.

194:* These wood-cuts occur on pp. 239, 240.

195:* Broderip, Zoological Recreations, p. 332.

196:* Lucan, Pharsalia, Book ix. 726-32.

196:† Book xvi. chap. x.
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« Reply #877 on: March 27, 2010, 08:28:59 pm »

196:‡ Book xv. chap. v.; A.D. 355.

197:* Lord Lytton, King Arthur, Book i. Stanza 4.

198:* Chamber's Cyclopædia, 1881.

198:† J. Grimm, Deutsche Mythologie, vol. ii. p. 653.
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« Reply #878 on: March 27, 2010, 08:29:11 pm »

198:‡ A dragon without wings is called a lintworm or lindworm, which Grimm explains to mean a beautiful or shining worm (here again we have a corroboration of the idea of the gold and silver dragon given ante.)

198:§ Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

200:* Rev. Dr. Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, London.
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« Reply #879 on: March 27, 2010, 08:29:22 pm »

201:* The Harleian Collection of Travels, vol. ii. p. 457. 1745.

202:* The italics are mine.

202:† Churchill, Collection of Voyages, vol. v. p. 213; London, 1746.

202:‡ Ulyssis Aldrovandi Serpentum et Draconum Historiæ; Bononiæ, 1640
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« Reply #880 on: March 27, 2010, 08:29:31 pm »

204:* Scaliger, lib. iii. Miscell. cap. i. See ante, p. 182, "Winged Serpents."

204:† De Naturâ Rerum, lib. vii., cap. 29.

206:* Athanasii Kircheri Mundus Subterraneus, Book viii. 27.
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« Reply #881 on: March 27, 2010, 08:29:42 pm »

208:* Probably many of my readers are acquainted with Schiller's poem based on this story, and with the beautiful designs by Retsch illustrating it.

208:† Harris, Collection of Voyages, vol. i. p. 474; London, 1764.

208:‡ De Moribus Brachmanorum, p. 63. Strabo, lib. 16, p. 75. Bochart Hieroz, p. 11, lib. 3, cap. 13.
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« Reply #882 on: March 27, 2010, 08:29:55 pm »

209:* Ælian, De Animal., lib. xv. cap. 21.

209:† Strabo, lib. xvi.

209:‡ Gosse tells us that it is still a common belief in Jamaica that crested snakes exist there which crow like a ****.
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« Reply #883 on: March 27, 2010, 08:30:09 pm »

209:§ Strabo, lib. xvi.

209:** Jonston, Theatr. Animal., tome ii. p. 34, "De Serpentibus." Note.—It is interesting to record that in China, to the present day, the tradition of the gold and silver scaled species of dragons remains alive. Two magnificent dragons, 200 feet and 150 feet long, representing respectively the gold and silver dragon, formed part of the processions in Hongkong in December 1881, in honour of the young princes.

209:¶ Strabo, lib. xvi.
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« Reply #884 on: March 27, 2010, 08:30:33 pm »

p. 212
CHAPTER VII.
THE CHINESE DRAGON.

WE now approach the consideration of a country in which the belief in the existence of the dragon is thoroughly woven into the life of the whole nation. Yet at the same time it has developed into such a medley of mythology and superstition as to materially strengthen our conviction of the reality of the basis upon which the belief has been founded, though it involves us in a mass of intricate perplexities in connection with the determination of its actual period of existence.
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