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OWLING, Eng. law. The offence of transporting wool or sheep out of the kingdom.
     2. The name is said to owe its origin to the fact that this offence was carried on in the night, when the owl was abroad.

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The stone faces on the outer wails stared blindly at the black night for three heavy hours; for three heavy hours, the horses in the stables rattled at their racks, the dogs barked, and the owl made a noise with very little resemblance in it to the noise conventionally assigned to the owl by men-poets.
The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat, While the Owl had the dish as its share of the treat.
They have reached the Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the north bank.
All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl, or crept about the country like a cat; but at night she always became an old woman again.
He bore a huge club in his hand and his round owl eyes blinked fiercely upon the intruder.
It stood close to the roadside and over the door was a sign that read: "Miss Foolish Owl and Mr.
My original model for the owl had got proofs of my guilt that were not to be resisted.
The Grasshopper refused to desist, and chirped louder and louder the more the Owl entreated.
An owl on the branch of a decayed tree hooted dismally and was answered by another in the distance.
Fe -- Thistle Beds -- Habits of the Bizcacha -- Little Owl -- Saline Streams -- Level Plain -- Mastodon -- St.
Far through unfrequented woods on the confines of towns, where once only the hunter penetrated by day, in the darkest night dart these bright saloons without the knowledge of their inhabitants; this moment stopping at some brilliant station-house in town or city, where a social crowd is gathered, the next in the Dismal Swamp, scaring the owl and fox.
The gentleman owl says [[musical notes occur here in the printed text]], and she answers from her tree a little way off,[[musical notes]], beautifully assenting to and completing her lord's remark, as becomes a properly constructed German she-owl.