Le Morvan, [A District of France,]

Le Morvan, [A District of France,]
Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches

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Le Morvan, [A District of France,] by Henri de Crignelle

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Le Morvan, [A District of France,]
Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches

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would speak to you of Greenwich or of Bagnolet. Some have boxed with the bears of the Pyrenees; others have killed lions and tigers by dozens; one has crossed the Nile on a crocodile, another vows he waltzed with a dying hippopotamus, and several have bagged camelopards and elephants by scores. In short, they have trodden with a bold disdainful step all the high-roads and by-roads of our wondrous planet, displaying, in every quarter of the compass, the daring and devil-may-care spirit of their youth and the spleen of their mature age, as well as the yellow guineas from their long and well-filled purses.

Well, then, ask of all this wandering tribe, who boast of having been everywhere, and seen everything; ask those travelling birds who have flown through France and Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Palestine; who have sledged in Russia and fished in Norway; who have lost themselves in the prairies of the far West, or in the Pampas, the gorges of the Andes, or the Alleghanies; who have bronzed the

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