Reminiscences of South America: From Two and a Half Years' Residence in Venezuela

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Jackson and Walford, 1838 - 260 pagina's
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Pagina 123 - r out of doors, in the mines or in the stores, it was equally dreaded. Possessing an extraordinary appetite for wood, it eats fallen trees by the hundred. Once established in a woodenbridge, and a mine of gunpowder could not destroy it more effectually. Once having made its way to the timbering of the mines, nothing could be more certain in bringing the roof about their heads. In the warehouses of the merchant, this ant, if it once obtains an entrance, is very destructive. Should it happen to get...
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