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Title: The history of birds : their varieties and oddities, comprising graphic descriptions of nearly all known species of birds, with fishes and insects, the world over, and illustrating their varied habits, modes of life, and distinguishing peculiarities by means of delightful anecdotes and spirited engravings
Year: 1880 (1880s)
Authors: Bingley, William, 1774-1823
Subjects: Birds Zoology
Publisher: Philadelphia : Edgewood Publishing Co.
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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water is thick. As the winterfipproaches, these haunt? are changed foi<leep and still waters. The Roach is so silly a fish, that it has acquired the name of theWater-sheep^ in contradistinction to the Carp, which from its subtletyis termed the River-fox. Sound as a Boaeh, is a proverb that appearsimt indifferently founded. This is a handsome fish, either in the water or when immediatelytaken out of it. The flesh, although reckoned wholesome, is in littleesteem, on account of the great quantity of bones. When Roach arein season, their scales are very smooth; but when they are out of sea-son, these feel like the rough side of an oyster-shell. Their fins alsoare geneially red when the animals are in perfection. These fishdiffer much in quality, according to the rivers in which they aracaught. None are good that are kept in ponds. Roach feed on aquatic plants and vermes. Their usual weight iafrom half a pound to two pounds. Some, however, have been knownto weigt as much as five pounds.
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454 THE GOLD-FISH. The baits used in catching Roach are various kinds of worms, flies,and pastes. The time for angling is, in mild cloudy weather, all theday; in hot weather, only in the mornings and evenings; and in coldweather; during the middle of the day. THE GOLD-FISH. Gold-fish are natives of China; and the most beautiful kinds are caught in a small lake in the pro-vince of Chekyang, at the foot of amountain called Tsyen-king. Theywere first introduced into Englandabout the year 16J>1, but were notgenerally known till thirty yearsafterwards._ In China they are kept in ponds, or large porcelain vessels, byalmost every person of distinction. In these they are Yery lively andactive, sporting about the surface of the water with great vivacity;but they are so delicate, that, if cannon be fired, or any substancegiving out a powerful smell, as pitch or tar, are barned near them,great numbers will be killed. In each of the ponds or basins wherethey are kept, there is an earthen pan,
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