Far Away And Long Ago A History Of My Early Life By W. H. Hudson








































































 -  - The game of hunting the ostrich


CHAPTER XXI
WILD-FOWLING ADVENTURES

My sporting brother and the armoury - I attend him - Page 5
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- The Game Of Hunting The Ostrich

CHAPTER XXI WILD-FOWLING ADVENTURES

My sporting brother and the armoury - I attend him on his shooting expeditions - Adventure with golden plover - A morning after wild duck - Our punishment - I learn to shoot - My first gun - My first wild duck - My ducking tactics - My gun's infirmities - Duck-shooting with a blunderbuss - Ammunition runs out - An adventure with rosy-bill duck - Coarse gunpowder and home-made shot - The war danger comes our way - We prepare to defend the house - The danger over and my brother leaves home

CHAPTER XXII BOYHOOD'S END

The book - The Saladero, or killing-grounds, and their smell - Walls built of bullocks' skulls - A pestilential city - River water and Aljibe water - Days of lassitude - Novel scenes - Home again - Typhus - My first day out - Birthday reflections - What I asked of life - A boy's mind - A brother's resolution - End of our thousand and one nights - A reading spell - My boyhood ends in disaster

CHAPTER XXIII A DARKENED LIFE

A severe illness - Case pronounced hopeless - How it affected me - Religious doubts and a mind distressed - Lawless thoughts - Conversation with an old gaucho about religion - George Combe and the desire for immortality

CHAPTER XXIV LOSS AND GAIN

The soul's loneliness - My mother and her death - A mother's love for her son - Her character - Anecdotes - A mystery and a revelation - The autumnal migration of birds - Moonlight vigils - My absent brother's return - He introduces me to Darwin's works - A new philosophy of life - Conclusion

CHAPTER I

EARLIEST MEMORIES

Preamble - The house where I was born - The singular Ombu tree - A tree without a name - The plain - The ghost of a murdered slave - Our playmate, the old sheep-dog - A first riding-lesson - The cattle:

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