The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds: Vol. I. Illustrated by Thirty-two Plates, Coloured, Svazek 4,Díl 1

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W.H. Lizars, and Stirling and Kenney; Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, London; and W. Curry jun. and Company Dublin., 1834 - Počet stran: 268
 

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Strana 181 - The hen is hung at a fellow's back, who has also some horse-bells about him ; the rest of the fellows are blinded, and have boughs in their hands, with which they chase this fellow and his hen about some large court or small enclosure. The fellow with his hen and bells shifting as well as he can, they follow the sound, and sometimes hit him and his hen, other times, if he can get behind one of them, they thresh one another well...
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