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ESTHONIAN WOMAN ABANDONING HER CHILDREN TO THE WOLVES

ESTHONIAN WOMAN ABANDONING HER CHILDREN TO THE WOLVES.
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The wolf is the most common of all the wild animals in Esthonia. It is so great a torment to the peasants and shepherds, that the month of December, when cold and hunger drives the wolves oftenest to the dwellings of man, it is called by them "Vilku Mehnes,"or Wolf's Month. In Januuary, the howling of the wolves is a common nocturnal music. The following account of an Esthonial female abandoning her children to wolves, thrillingly illustrates the danger to which the inhabitants of that region are exposed to attacks from these ravenous beasts. It also explains the scene given in the engraving on page 61: " An Esthonian woman, during the winter of 1807, undertook a journey to a distant relation, not only without any male companion, but with three children, the youngest of which was still at the breast. A light sledge, drawn by one horse, received the little party; the way was narrow, but well beaten; the snow on each side deep and impassable; and to turn back, without dang er of sticking fast, not to be thought of.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855