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Image from page 91 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873)

Identifier: stnicholasserial222dodg

Title: St. Nicholas [serial]

Year: 1873 (1870s)

Authors: Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905

Subjects: Children's literature

Publisher: [New York : Scribner & Co.]

Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



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Colorado, a total distance of about onehundred miles! The town varies in width fromhalf a mile to five miles, and on the top of thedivide the nearest water is 350 feet below thesurface! Do the dogs burrow down to thatwater ? Hardly. Last of the Squirrel Family, and least likea squirrel, is our neighbor of the stump lot,the Woodchuck, or Ground Hog. He maylook stupid, and even act soupon occasion; but for all thathe is a wise animal. He knowsenough to live chiefly upon clover and grassand let the farmers grain and vegetables care-fully alone,— for which consideration the farmertolerates his presence in his meadows. Whilea pair of red squirrels will sometimes store up abushel and a half of nuts for winter use, theWoodchuck stores up nothing save a plentifulsupply of fat under his skin, and, with that todraw upon, he blithely goes to sleep in his bur-row about the first of November, and sleepssoundly until March. With the slaughter of foxes and large birds WOODCHUCK.(Arc-tomys motiax.)


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A VILLAGE OF FRAI) ■895] THE SQUIRRELS, MARMOTS, AND SEWELLEL. 607 of prey, the Woodchucks in-crease in number. In OrleansCounty, New York, the fatherof my young friend Mason L.Davis owns a farm on which isa stump lot that is literallyswarming with Woodchucks.In 1894 Mason and his brothershot over one hundred of them.Were those animals to breedunchecked, they would soonbe in absolute possession ofthe entire farm. Did you ever see or hear ofan animal called the Sewellel?Unless you live on the Pacific Coast, the chances are you will beobliged to say No. Then let me introduce astranger from the very far West. He lives inonly a few places in some of the mountains ofnorthern California, Oregon, Washington, andsouthern British Columbia, and his names aremany. Besides the one above, he is also calledthe Mountain Beaver, and Showtl. He looks like a tailless muskrat, feeds like abeaver, fights like a little fiend when brought sewellel. \Ap-lo-dontz-a rn/lts.)



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