Dobson's own original work are a sufficient guarantee of the taste and discrimination we may look for in a collection like this, in which the random lightnings of the first of the essayists are grouped under certain heads--"Character Sketches," "Tales and Incidents," "Manners and Fashions," and the like--so as to diminish, for the general reader, the scattered effect of short essays on a hundred various subjects, and give a connected, book-like character to the specimens.
The industrious reader, indeed, might select out of these specimens from Steele, a picture, in minute detail, of the characteristic manners of that time.
Accordingly, having made everything snug in camp, the party, Tom and Ned equipped with electric rifles, and the professor with a butterfly net and specimen
boxes, set forth.
If you'll stop to lunch I'll prove you this time travelling up to the hilt, specimen
We were accompanied by the son of a neighbouring farmer -- a good specimen of a wild Brazilian youth.
I had some difficulty in catching a specimen of this frog.
You will observe from the cartilage that this is no fossil specimen, but recent.
It may interest you to know that I succeeded in shooting that particular specimen. It was the only absolute proof of my experiences which I was able to bring away with me."
Notre-Dame de Paris is, in particular, a curious specimen
of this variety.
"You must not take that fellow to be any specimen
of Southern planters," said he.
He told me it was a fine specimen of Robinsoniana, or something dreadful of that kind.
"I believe he thinks that Monmouth married me on purely scientific principles as the best specimen he could find of a modern butterfly."