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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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surprising that birds, who are well provided
for long journeys, should be found in very
distant countries, particularly as it seems
within their power to remove from one
place to another according to the
temperature of different seasons, or for other
reasons not so evident to men who are unable
to judge of their instincts.

From this country a large quantity of
ædder-down is collected from a duck of
that name to be found only in the northern
climes. The down is of such value when in
its purity, that it is sold for two rix-dollars
per pound. It is extremely soft and warm,
and so light and apt to expand, that two
handfuls squeezed together are sufficient
to fill a down quilt, which is a covering
like a feather-bed, used in these cold
countries instead of a common quilt or blanket.

I must not forget to mention the jo-fugl,
a bird remarkable for robbing other birds
of their prey, which he is too lazy to look
out for himself. If he cannot intimidate
them by his cry or appearance, he strikes
them with his bill so violently on the back,

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