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FIELD-FULL OF WONDERS.

BY

CHARLES SMITH CHELTNAM.

WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS

Chi fatica è tentato da un demonio, chi sta in ozio da mille."

ITALIAN PROVERB.

By one devil tempted is he who works ;
By a thousand he who labour shirks."

LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, WARNE, AND ROUTLEDGE,

FARRINGDON STREET.

1863.

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PREFACE

I do not know that any Preface is needed to introduce this little book, but in any case a very short one will suffice. Such as it is, the work has been mainly written with the wish to attract the attention of the young, but not altogether without the hope of making it interesting to many who are young no longer. The usefulness of the book-if, happily, it is found to be at all usefulwill be, I think, in helping to develop any love for reading works on Natural History, which may already exist in the minds of my readers. If I cannot claim to have added anything new to the knowledge which is stored in books on the subjects treated of in these pages, I may truly say, however, that I have consulted a small host of major and minor authorities, in order that the information given should be the best of its kind. To these authorities — many of them directly referred to in the body of this work—I tender the admission of grateful indebtedness. Such books as the one now offered to the public are in no way injurious

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