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Science-Gossip Volume 23 (Paperback) Loot Price: R628
Discovery Miles 6 280
Science-Gossip Volume 23 (Paperback): Books Group

Science-Gossip Volume 23 (Paperback)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ...led to enlarge upon--the fact that the conchs were used mainly for the white currency--because the popular idea has been that all the shell-money was made from the valves of the Quahang. This last-mentioned bivalve is one of the commonest mollusks on the shore of Eastern America, south of Cape Cod. It is a thick, somewhat globose shell, whith buries itself in the sand under pretty deep salt water. The Indians gathered it alive, by wading and feeling with their toes, or by diving, and ate the animal with great gusto; it remains, indeed, an article of extensive sale in all our present markets under the name of round clam, hard clam, or quahang, the scientific term being Venus mercenaria. Toward the anterior end of the otherwise white interior of each of the valves of this mollusk's shell, is a deep purple or brownish-black scar, indicating the point of muscular attachment, which fishermen call the " eye." This dark spot was broken out of the shell by the Indians and formed the material of their more valuable coins. In descriptions of it, we meet with a new list of terms and additional confusion. It was worth, on the average, twice as much as the white variety; and the latter was frequently dyed to counterfeit it. Moreover, Laskiel is authority for the statement, that the natives of the New Jersey coast " used to make their strings of wampum chiefly of small pieces of wood of equal size, stained either black or white. These were held far inferior to shell-beads of either colour." I know of no other example of this species of counterfeiting or substitution. In New England, Roger Williams describes this, superior money as follows: "The second is black, inclining to blue, which is made of the shell of a fish which some English call Hens, ...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: Books Group
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 242
ISBN-13: 978-1-235-95981-3
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-235-95981-3
Barcode: 9781235959813

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