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" Acorns, so Men are by some unaccountable power driven one against another, till they lose their motion, that Vultures may be fed. Others think they have observed something of contrivance and policy among these... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson - Page 69
by Samuel Johnson - 1806
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An elementary Indian reader

1877 - 182 pages
...this is a question which I cannot answer, though I am reckoned the most subtle bird of the mountain. There is in every herd, one that gives directions...wide carnage. What it is that entitles him to such a pre-eminence we know not ; he is seldom the biggest or the swiftest, but he shows by his eagerness...
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Standard Stenography: Being Taylor's Shorthand

Alfred Janes - 1882 - 64 pages
...unaccountable power, driven one against another, till they lose their motion, that vultures may be fed. Others think they have observed something of contrivance...mischievous beings ; and those that hover more closely around them pretend that there is in every herd one that gives directions to the rest, and seems to...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Life

James Boswell - 1887
...the only beast who kills that which he does not devour,' who at times is seen to move in herds, while 'there is in every herd one that gives directions...be more eminently delighted with a wide carnage.' printed : 336 Mr. Langton as an undergraduate. [AD 1758. printed : but I purpose to add an Appendix...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1887
...the only beast who kills that which he does not devour,' who at times is seen to move in herds, while 'there is in every herd one that gives directions...be more eminently delighted with, a wide carnage.' printed : but I purpose to add an Appendix of Notes, so that nqthing comes too late. ' You give yourself...
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Improvement Era, Volume 3, Issue 1

1900 - 1146 pages
...is in every herd one that gives direction to the rest, and seems to be more eminently delighted with carnage. What it is that entitles him to such pre-eminence, we know not. He is seldom the biggest or the swifest; but such are his eagerness and diligence in providing and preparing food for us, that we think...
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Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750-1850

Diana Donald - 2007 - 377 pages
...automaton-like creatures that existed only to feed vultures. However, a few of the watching scavengers 'think they have observed something of contrivance and policy among these mischievous beings'.83 There was, of course, a great deal of witty paradox in these world-upside-down reflections....
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