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Modern Method of Hunting the Whale.

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cords are joined, and passed
round a little stick, at the longest
extremity whereof they suspend
a gelinotte or a piece of flesh, the
weight of which lowers the little
stick, and by that means keeps
the cords about it in proper or-
der. The sable or the martin,
allured by the bait, climbs on the
lower beam, and creeps along
with great precaution till he is
within reach of his prey. At
this instant, the little stick to
which the bait is tied, and which
held the cords, lets them go; the
lever takes its bias, and the fall-
ing beam crushes the animal on
the lower timber.
During the winter, the chase
is one of the principal employ-
ments of the peasants of this
country. They go in pursuit of
sables and martins, with shoes
like racquets, made for walking
on the snow, and setting-dogs;
they commonly knock down
these animals from the trees with
checrotines or blunted darts.
But the sable is much more diffi-
cult to take than the martin ; the
latter, as soon as he is chased by
the dogs, scampers up a tree,
where he is easily hit ; whereas
the sable runs for a long time,
and makes a number of turns
and traverses before he takes to
the trees for refuge.

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