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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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as to cause them to drop their excrement,
which he catches as it falls.

The alk is a bird of the size of a small
goose: it will dive twenty fathoms deep in
pursuit of herrings, and has sometimes
been drawn up by a fish-hook from that
depth.

The scarv or loom is a very singular
aquatic bird, about the size of a Muscovy
duck. The egg after half an hour’s
boiling remains liquid. The boors take these
birds by lighting a fire under the rock
where they build. The smoke and heat
make them giddy, and they drop down in
numbers.

Many clusters of swallows in their
torpid state, I was credibly informed, are
frequently found by fishermen among reeds
and bushes in the lakes both of Norway
and Sweden.

Though this country seems to be situated
under an inclement sky, yet we must not
suppose that nature has entirely deprived
it of the fruits of the earth. Besides others
which may be found in cold climates the
following are the native fruits of Lapland.

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