Charley's Museum

A Story for Young People

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Author: Unknown
Published: 1855
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,947 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.5
LoC Categories: PZ, AM
Downloads: 707
Added to site: 2007.12.06
mnybks.net#: 19286
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Young Readers
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very fond of ripe walnuts halved, and while picking out the meat, makes a little clucking noise, showing that it is pleased.

It is soon taught to repeat words and short sentences and to speak quite plainly. Sometimes, when angry, it screams loudly, and seems to practise any new accomplishment when it thinks that nobody can hear it.

Another Bird, added to our Boy's Museum, was called the Brush Turkey, because it is found mostly in the thick brush-wood of New South Wales. The gentleman, who first made it known to the public, tells also of a very curious way, in which the bird makes its nest. It never uses its bill, as other birds do, but tears up grass and dirt and sticks with its foot and flings it backward into a heap, and thus clears the ground, for some distance round, so thoroughly, that hardly a grass blade or leaf is left.

[Illustration: A BULLA AMPULLA. (TWO VIEWS)]

Having finished the pile and waited till it has become heated enough it lays its eggs, not side by side, as in

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