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THE POWER OF KINDNESS.

SCHOOL CHARACTER. The following anecdote was narrated at a meeting lately held EVERY school-boy has a character. Let us go among the in behalf of education

group of them, and all doubts will vanish. There is selfish Harry, A certain British school was remarkable for the rough and lying Tom, slovenly Peter, gluttonous Jem, sly Charley, cowardly savage disposition of the boys who composed it. In consequence, Dick, and fighting Jack; as well as generous George, truthful it had obtained the unenviable designation of "The Bull-dog Joseph, and honest Bob. Ask for evidence that these descriptions School.' The teacher, under whose training this state of are truly applied, and we shall find the same rules of judging are things existed, and who seemed quite unable to remedy it, was adopted here that are adopted among grown men.

There is a accordingly dismissed. His successor, aware of these circum- commanding public sentiment in every play.ground, and the stances, and earnestly desiring the welfare of his charge, began same right principles that secure for a grown man, and a great by inquiring what mode or principle of action would be most man, the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens, will—other likely to secure it. After much thought, he concluded that things being equal --secure for a boy the love and confidence of kindriess was the key to the boys' hearts, and observantly waited other boys. A long face may be put on-a fawning or hypocritifor some favourable opportunity to test its worth.

Such an

cal boy may play a game with an easy and credulous teacher, and occasion soon occurred. One of the boys became dangerously ill.' for a while retain a false place in his estimation. But the veil is The teacher called upon him,

too thin. The true character This act was altogether without

comes out broadly in the playprecedent; a report was soon cir

ground or on the ice, and the boy culated, and a good impression

that deserves to be loved is was suddenly made. When the

loved. As it is among schoolschool met, the teacher informed

boys, so it is all the world over. the boys about their comrade, and

An honest and virtuous man may inquired if two would agree to

sometimes be unjustly suspected, call every day, and ascertain the

and the breath of the slanderer state of his health. The idea was

may tarnish for a moment an novel. Like new things, it was

innocent reputation, but the right cheerfully received, and the boys

side comes up sooner or later, regularly acted upon it. Their

and truth triumphs. school-fellow had been ordered to have some nice things. His parents were very poor, and had not the

THE SQUIRREL. means for complying with this

On one occasion, the chil. order. The teacher became awaro

dren of a farmer took a young of the fact. He then, after tell

squirrel from its nest, and, as it ing the circumstance to his scho

was too young to feed itself, lars, asked if they could not all

they employed an old cat with help in this matter. One and

one kitten as the squirrel's nurse, another immediately cried out

For about a week this arrange"I will give a penny,' I

ment answered very well, at the will give a farthing, and so

end of which time a gentleman on, according to their little re

bought the squirrel, and trans

ferred him to the care of another A collection was made. The

cat. With this new friend and requisite sum, all but sixpence,

her kittens, the little animal was obtained The master in

lived for a week on very friendly quired if all had been given they

terms. Being removed from the

cat, however, he betook himYes.'

self to a neighbouring tree, It was sad to be so near the

where le spent several days at attainment of their object, and

liberty before being brought back yet, after all, disappointed. Si

to his old home. On returning lence prevailed. At last one lit

to the kittens, he seemed quite tle fellow said

rejoiced at meeting his old play• Won't you give the six

mates again; they, too, showed pence, teacher ?

great pleasure at seeing him, Certainly. I only waited for

and the squirrel and two kityou to ask me.' was the reply.

tens tumbled about and played All countenances were bright

together with all possible affecwith joy. The wants of their

tion. When the old cat made her sick school-fellow were met; his

appearance, he ran up to her Jiealth was in due time restored.

in delight, and, sitting upon his But the influence of this act of kindness did not cease with its hind legs, licked her mouth, while she affectiovately licked him occasion. The boys had felt the luxury of doing good. The

He was shown to them once or twice after this, and school from that time became quite reformed; a proof how cor- behaved in the same manner. 1?'t when they saw him, about rectly they judge and act who not only train the intellect, but a fortnight or three weeks after the first separation, though he also the hearts of the young. No, principle is so powerful for was friendly enough, the kittens, who were lying in the sun with good in the education of mind, as that of intelligent kindness, their mother, flew at him, and attempted to kill him. But it the love, which, while it does not overlook wrong-doing, shows is very remarkable that all this time the old cat seemed to that it is not quenched by it-and that furnishes a constant and recognise the squirrel as her child, and remained very quiet, powerful impulse to goodness.

without making the least attempt to hurt him.

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PRAYER.
PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire,

Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire,

That trembles the breast. MONTGOMERY.

PROVIDENCE.
God moves in a mysterious way,

His wonders to perform ;
He plants his footsteps on the sea,

And rides upon the storm.

COWPER.

BULFINCHES.

masters are said to die of grief (Penny Cyclopædia). They will

remember an injury. One of them being thrown down in a cage These interesting little birds are found in several countries in

by a shabbily dressed person, ever afterwards when it saw a person Europe, Asia, and America. They are common in most parts of similarly dressed got much agitated. At last it fell into convulsions, Northern Europe, and are found in the South of France and and died in one of those fits eight months after the first accident. Italy. They are plentiful in England, and familiar to most of

A bulfinch belonging to a lady was subject to frightful dreams, our bird-fanciers. The bulfinch is shortly and thickly made, its when it would fall from its perch ; but no sooner did it hear the head is round, and neck and bill short. All the known species

affectionate voice of its mistress than, notwithstanding the darkare subject to a double moult. Its native song is very soft and ness, it became tranquil, and mounted its perch to sleep again. simple, and warbled in almost an inaudible tone. It has however Buffon's story of the return of the escaped bulfinch is confirmed acquired great celebrity from the facility with which it learns to whistle musical airs; and from its most extraordinary memory,

by Bechstein, a naturalist who paid great attention to birds. He

says, that among other feats, it may be accustomed to go and rewhen it is once educated. Those which are taught the best are

turn, provided the house is not too near a wood. taken from the nest when the feathers of the tail begin to grow,

We may here mention that several hundreds of taught birds and must be fed on rape-seed soaked in water and mixed with

are annually sent to Berlin and other capitals, by the German white bread. Eggs would kill them or make them blind. Nine

birdsellers, and form a small article of commerce, at a price months of regular and continual instruction are sometimes neces

varying from one to several pounds sterling a piece, according sary before the bird acquires what amateurs call firmness. And

to the merits of the bird. if the education be not regularly attended to, discordant notes are introduced into the airs it is taught to whistle. In general it is well to separate them

FEMALE from any

PIETY. other birds

The gem during this

of all others, time, be

which most cause owing

enriches the to their

coronet of quickness

the lady's in hearing,

character, they some

is unaffecttimes mix

ed Piety. up passages

Nature may from the

lavish much songs of o

on her perther birds, and so spoil

son, the en

chantment the airs.

of her counThey must be helped

tenance, the

gracefulto continue

ness of her the song

mien, or the when they

strength of stop, and

her intelthe lesson

lect, yet the must al.

loveliness is ways be

uncrowned repeated

till piety when they

throws aare moult.

round the ing, or they

whole the will be

sweetness come mere

and the chatterers,

power of its which

charms. She would be

then bevexatio us,

BULFINCUIES. after having expended a great deal of labour in teaching them. earthly in her temper, unearthly in her desires and associaThey are so sure in their imitation, that if the instrument from tions. The spell which bound her affections to things below is which they learn be out of tune, they as readily pipe the true as broken, and she mounts on the silent wings of hope and fancy to the false notes of the composition. They adhere so stedfastly to the habitation of God; where it is her delight to hold commuthe same precise notes in the same passages, that a composition nion with the spirits that have been ransomed from the thraldom may be performed for two bulfinches, in two parts, so as to consti- of earth, and wreathed with a garland of glory. tute one harmony, though either of the birds may stop or begin Her beauty may throw its magical charms over manywhen it pleases. As it may be expected there are different de princes and conquerors may bow with admiration at the shrine grees of capacity for learning among bulfinches as well as in other of her riches ; the sons of science, and poetry, may embalm her animals. One young bulfinch learns with ease and rapidity, memory in history and in song; yet Piety must be her ornament another with difficulty and slowness. The birds which learn and her glory. with most difficulty rarely ever forget their lessons even when With such a treasure, every lofty gratification on earth may moulting

be purchased; friendship will be doubly sweet; pain and sorrow To these attractive qualities of the bulfinch may be added its shall lose their sting, and the character will possess a price above obedience, and its capability of strong attachment, which it shows rubies ; life will be but a pleasant visit to earth ; and death an by a variety of little endearing actions. Buffon asserts that entrance upon a joyful and perpetual home. Such is Piety. Like tame bulfinches have been known to escape from the aviary, and a tender flower, planted in the fertile soil of a woman's heart, it live at liberty in the woods for a whole year, and then to recollect grows, expanding its foliage, and imparting its fragrance to all the beloved voice of the person who had reared them, and return around, till, transplanted, it is set to bloom in perpetual vigour nover more to leave her. Others, when forced to leave their and beauty in the Paradise of God.

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THE STORY OF LITTLE MARIA,

way to help the boy. But, providentially, at the cottage, every thing seemed thrown

there is one little girl who does not scream, into confusion. The servants surrounded CHAPTER SECOND-THE GATE OF PEARL.

In a moment she steps carefully to the the wagon, making inquiries of the farmer UR first chap- water's edge, and by holding on to the and of myself so rapidly, that it was im

bushes is able to reach and to place in safety possible to offer any intelligible reply. Mr. pied almost en- the frightened lad. This girl is another Elwood, however, appeared more calm. He tirely with an instance of self-possession. I am sure that remarked to his wife, after he had examined account of Ma

my young friends will agree with me in the child's injuries, that there seemed to be ria's childhood, thinking that it is very desirable to be always no serious wound, and immediately assisted and with some self-possessed. In the case of little Maria, I in carrying his daughter into the house. remarks upon

was enabled to afford her by this means very Upon our entrance, the kind mother, in a the good quali- | important aid. First, I felt her temples and subdued and tender tone of voice, requested ties of her po

cheek, and was rejoiced to find that she was us to convey our little burden into her own ny Robin. My probably only stunned by her fall; and room, which, as I observed, communicated young readers

having discovered this, gently raised her with that occupied by her parents, and was will probably head a little from the ground, and with my furnished with all that could make it a comrecall to mind, hand dashed into her face a plentiful supply fortable resting-place for a well-loved child. that we had

of cold spring water. To my unspeakable As soon as this duty was performed, Mr. proceeded as far as where Maria delight, the little girl revived. I put my Elwood conducted me to the parlour, and was seen lying helpless on the sod, finger to my lips and shook my head, to in- urgently insisted upon my remaining his

and the pony at a little distance, dicate that she must not attempt to speak ; guest as long as my convenience would browsing quietly by the roadside. I shali and immediately began to contrive some me- admit: adding, as a further inducement, that not attempt to describe to them how I thod of conveying her to her home. To carry I would thus be enabled to watch the daily felt at beholding this spectacle, nor indeed her in my arms, which was the plan that first recovery of my young friend. Won by the was I able clearly to understand my own occurred to me, was, from the distance, sincerity of my entertainer, and glad of an feelings, so hastily did I rush forward, almost impossible; and as no house was in opportunity to learn from those most inhoping that by prompt measures I might sight, I was not a little perplexed. Finally, terested respecting the return of health to my bring to the little sufferer some suitable I concluded that our best plan would be to little acquaintance, I cheerfully consented to relief. Now, however, when I look back to place the little girl upon the pony, and hold- remain. Shortly after our conversation, the that trying moment, I am sure that I feeling her on, endeavour gently to guide the doctor made his appearance, and nodding grateful to a kind Father in heaven for sup- animal on his way home. This method was quite mysteriously to the friends who were plying me with composure and strength. indeed not without its difficulties; but judg. brought together upon the news of the acci. Some persons I have known who, upon ing it the safest, I was about putting it into dent, he slowly proceeded to Maria's room. seeing a fellow-creature in great peril are execution, when the waggon of a neighbour, I afterwards learned that his opinion of the deprived at the instant of all power. This is ing farmer, who was returning from market, case was very nearly the same as that formed not because they have no feeling, nor because came in sight. Holding the little girl in my by her father and myself. He remarked that they are too ignorant to assist, but merely arms, I patiently wasted the good farmer's upon such occurrences the blood was thrown because their minds fail them, and they lose approach, and in a few minutes had the satis- into a state of great excitement, and that in what is called their self-possession, just at faction of seeing him at my side. He stopped order to restore the patient to health, it was the moment of greatest need.

his horse within a few yards of the place very necessary that she should be kept in This results, in many instances, from never

where I was tending my helpless charge, and perfect quiet, and be allowed for two or three being accustomed to summon their energies looking attentively at the scene, gave utter- days to enjoy undisturbed repose. With these in early youth, and so they grow up without, ance to the following exclamations ; Well, remarks the good doctor withdrew. The as it were, a proper understanding between now, I do_declare, if that ain't a pretty ease, however, was not as easily disposed of their bodies and minds. In their later years

business! Do tell me if the little critter as he had hoped. The child's nervous system they would give any price for the ability to

throwed her! I wonder what that 'ere young was very much shaken, and to the great control their faculties at those times when

animal will do next!' and other similar re. alarm of her parents she lay in a burning danger is threatening either themselves or marks. I simply replied that I was anxious fever for several days. At times, too, there others. But they are then rarely able to to convey the child to her father's house, and were symptoms so alarming as to excite the attain this desirable advantage, and conse:

had not as yet learned the cause of the acci. strongest fears. Then there were moments at quently they are compelled to stand by and

dent; when the farmer kindly offered the which the little girl's mind seemed to wanwitness the sufferings of those whom they use of his wagon, and spreading some hay der; and she would talk wildly of her ride dearly love, but find themselves quite unable upon the bottom boards, assisted me to place upon the pony, of her favourite school-mates, to give assistance. I mention this so par

Maria in a comfortable position. In this way of flowers and birds ; and most frequently of ticularly because it is a very important we slowly proceeded in the direction of the all, would run on, for some minutes together, matter. God has placed us in this world cottage, the farmer walking beside his horse, repeating passages from the Bible, and from with faculties, which he has directed us to while the pony was tied in such a manner as the Pilgrim's Progress, which she had comemploy for the good not merely of ourselves,

to follow on behind. As we passed along, I mitted to memory when in health. but also of our fellow creatures, and he re

could not avoid contrasting our appearance One thought, almost constantly before quires us to keep these faculties ready for with the gay setting forth of the child at

her, was, of her entrance into a fine city, use. For example: let us suppose that a an earlier period of the day; and such, I

whose streets were of pure gold, and whose party of boys and girls are standing around a thought to myself, is the case with a vast

gates were pearl. She, besides, frequently hire. By accident the dress of a little girl is multitude of short-sighted human creatures.

repeated these verses : brought too close to the blaze, and in a

One hour they set out upon life's journey, moment her form is wrapped in flames. full of bright hopes and eager expectations,

• Twill be lovely there to meet,

And tread with joy the golden street; Nearly all the children become almost frantic and a few hours afterward are seen defeated

By the wall my Jesus waits, with terror. Some run from the room; some and hopeless, ready almost to lie down and

To beckon me in at the pearly gates. cry at the top of their voices; while one die. With such thoughts passing through

When in doubt I fearful stand, little fellow tears up the floor-cloth, and my mind, I endeavoured to feel grateful to

He will kindly take my hand, with it, in less than a minute, extinguishes that Being, by whose care the accident to

And above my head will hold

A splendid, shining crown of gold, the flames. This boy was taught by his my young friend was prevented from taking father to practise self-possession, and now away her life ; while I could not avoid

Then before my Saviour's seat,

I will bow and kiss his feet; he enjoys the satisfaction of having saved the dreading to meet the anxious faces of her

On the floor I will fall down, poor child's life. Another time, a similar parents in the first moment of their alarm.

And offer him my shining crown, party have gone to a short distance from the However, I resolved to bear up under every

A faithful Saviour he will be

Throughout all eternity. village, and are playing by the brook. Some difficulty, and to endure with patience any are hunting for jack-stones among the pebtrial that might be encountered in the per

Upon coming from my room on the third day bles. Others are as busy sailing little ships. formance of this Christian act.

of my painful visit, I was rejoiced at hearing Suddenly a chubby boy of six years old Meanwhile, I sustained in my arms the that Maria was much better, and that it was ventures too near, and though the water is form of the suffering child, and was happy to the doctor's opinion that in the course of a quite shallow, the child is in danger of being observe that the only symptoms were those week she would be quite restored. This drowned. At once there is a great shout. of weakness, and that there was every reason intelligence induced me to hasten my deparSo loudly do they scream, that one might to hope that in a short time she would be ture, and on the next day I took leave of the almost imagine that screaming was the best entirely recovered from her hurt. On arr ng family, promising to return after a short in. terval; at which time Mr. Elwood assured nocently and justly, and if you speak, whereas the lion never hunts his prey me that his daughter would be fully restored, speak accordingly.

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unless pressed by hunger. and would herself give me an account of the Justice- Wrong none by doing injury or accident, and also express her thanks for my omitting benefits that are your duty. LOVE OF THE TIGER FOR HUMAN FLESH. seasonable assistance.

Moderation-Avoid extremes, forbear resent-
(To be continued.)
ing injury

It was my lot, says the author of the Cleanliness-Suffer no uncleanliness in the Wild Sports in India, to be stationed sebody, clothes, or habitation.

veral years in a remote part of our Tranquillity-Be not disturbed about trifles Indian possessions adjoining the Mysore A RETURNED SAILOR AND A

or at accidents common or unavoidable. frontier, and in the immediate vicinity of LANDLORD. Humility-Imitate Jesus Christ.

the great chain of Western Ghauts. In WHEN the late Rev. C. Buck was once

the pathless thickets of their eterbal fopreaching in Silver Street Chapel, a sailor

ANECDOTE OF A DEAF AND

rests, untrodden by the foot of man, the passing along, seeing an entrance which

DUMB BOY.

tigress reared her young and wandered seemed to lead to a place of worship, thought

with her savnge partner into the stualler within himself, 'I am shortly going to sea, A LITTLE dumb boy signified to his teacher, and shall perhaps never have another opporwho was trying to instruct him about the

jungles of the plain, proving a scourge tunity, I'll go in. During the service he death of the Saviour, that he wished her to

that drove every feeling of security from was so deeply impressed that he determined explain how the death of one could secure

the humble dwellings of the wretched into enquire the name of the preacher, which the redemption and life of so many. She

habitants. In such a country, inhabited he never forgot. He went to sea, and all thought of the following happy illustration by the poorest classes, living in small vilhis impressions apparently wore away. He She took off a gold ring and put it on one

lages surrounded by jufigles, and forced to afterwards returned home and fell ill, and side, and a heap of dead flowers on the other. seek their subsistence among the tigers’ was visited by some pious gentlemen, who The little mute seized the meaning at once, haunts, numerous casualties of course ocfound him very ignorant. He acknowledged and in a kind of ecstasy of delight and grati,

and gratis curred, and I had frequent opportunity his neglect of divine things, but said there tude exclaimed, by signs, One! One !

of studying the habits and witnessing the was a religion that he liked, and that was Good, Good One !' Thus showing that he what he once heard a Mr. Buck preach at understood that the death of that Good ONE

ravages of the formidable animal. Some

idea may be formed of the havoc commitSilver Street Chapel. They continued their was so precious in God's sight as to stand visits and at length witnessed his

happy due and ought otherwise to have been paid
instead of the penalty of death which was

ted by tigers, when I mention, from redeath. One of his last expressions was,

turns made to government, that in that now take my cable and fix it on my anchor by all mankind, who were represented by the

district, three hundred men, and three Jesus, and go through the storm.' But what worthless and dead flowers.

thousand head of cattle, were destroyed makes this circumstance more interesting

during three years. was, that the landlord of the house where this

Whilst confined in the forest, the sailor was stopping, was himself brought to a

ANECDOTE OF AN OYSTER.

tiger is comparatively harmless. There state of repentance by listening at the door

feeding on deer he rarely encounters man, to hear what was going on between him and SOME time ago the family of Mr. Stevenson, and when the solitary hunter does meet his pious visitors.

a fishmonger of Colchester, were alarmed by the grim tyrant of the woods, instinctive a great noise in the shop, and suspecting fear of the human race makes the striped that some persons had broken in, one of

monster avoid him.

But in the open them went to the place, when, to his surprise, PRAYER RECONCILED TO GOD'S he found the disturber of his repose, not a

country he becomes dangerous. Pressed WILL. two-footed, but a four-footed thief, namely a

by hunger, he seeks his prey in the neigh• How does your ladyship,' said the fa rat, who on trying to help himself to an

bourhood of villages, and carries off cattle mous Lord Bolingbroke to Lady Hunting

oyster lying on the shop-board, had his in- before the herdsman's eyes. Still he rarely don, 'reconcile prayer to God for particular

truding paw so firmly grasped in the shell ventures to attack man, unless provoked blessings with absolute resignation to the

of the oyster, as to render his escape impos- or urged to desperation. But under whatDivine will sible.

ever circumstances human blood is once • Very easily,' answered she, just as if

tasted, the spell of fear is for ever broken, I was to offer a petition to a monarch, of

the tiger's nature is changed ; he deserts whose kindness and wisdom I have the high

THE TIGER.

the jungle, and haunts the very door of est opinion. In such a case, my language

his victim; cattle pass unbeeded, but their would be, I wish you to bestow on me such This very savage and very strong ani- driver is carried off; and from that time a favour; but you know better than I how mal, is a native of Asia. Hindostan may far it would be agreeable to you, or right in

the tiger becomes a man-eater. be considered the head-quarters of the itself to grant my desire; I therefore content destructive animal.

"It inhabits,' says

EFFECT OF FEAR ON A TIGER. myself with humbly presenting my petition, Pennant, 'Mount Ararat and Hyrcania, of and leave the rest in your hands.' old famous for its wild beasts ; but the

During the dreadful storm and inungreatest numbers, the largest and most

dation in Bengal, in May, 1833, the estates cruel, are met with in India and its is- of a Mr. Campbell, situated on the IsDR. FRANKLIN'S CODE OF MORALS. lands. In Sumatra the natives are so in

land of Sangar, at the entrance of the fatuated, that they seldom kill them, hav

river Hoogly, suffered so greatly, that out The following list of Morals was drawn up by Dr. Franklin for the regulation of his ing a notion that they are animated by

of three thousand people living on the life

the souls of their ancestors. They are the ground, only six or seven hundred esTemperance-Eat not to fulness; drink not scourge of the country ; they lurk among

caped, and these principally by clinging to elevation. the bushes on the sides of the rivers,

to the roof and ceiling of the house. When Silence-Speak not but what may benefit and almost depopulate many places. They

the house was in this closely crammed others or yourself; avoid trifling con

state, with scarcely room for another are insidious, bloodthirsty, and malevó versation. lent, and seem to prefer preying on the

individual, what should come squeezing Order--Let all your things have their place; human race.

and pushing its way into the interior of let each of your duties have its time.

The tiger, though closely allied to the

the house but an immensely large tiger Resolution-Resolve to perform what you lion in size and power, in external form

with his tail hanging down, and exhibiting ought; perform without fail what you and internal structure, in prowling habits

every other symptom of excessive fear. resolve. Frugality-Make no expense but to do good and savage nature, is very different from

Having reached the room in which Mr. to others or yourself—that is, waste noit in the peculiar markings of its coat.

Campbell was sitting, he nestled himself thing. He is elegantly striped by a series of

into one of the corners, and lay down like Industry-Lose no time: be always emblack bands or bars, which occupy the

a large Newfoundland dog. Mr. Campployed in something useful, keep out all sides of his head, neck, and body. He

bell loaded his gun in a very quiet mannor, unnecessary action. is much more ferocious than the lion, as

and at once put an end to the life of the Sincerity-Use no hurtful deceit, think in- he kills whether he is hungry or not,

animal and the alarm which he created.

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TUIE OSTRICII.
N Ostrich is the tallest, if not
the largest bird in the world,
standing from seven to nine feet
high to the top of its head, and
four feet to the top of the back.
It is particularly valued for its
plumage, which is generally black
and white. The feathers of the
wings and tail are the most valu-
able, and are very peculiar in
their character, having the web
an equal width on each side of
the shaft, which is unlike all
other birds. All the feathers of
the ostrich, too, are remarkably
soft and downy, and it is quite
without those hard feathers com-

mon to the generality of birds.
Its wings are small in com-
parison to its whole bulk,
and are of no service in fly-
ing, but act like sails or
oars, and greatly aid its
motions in running, ena-
bling it to outstrip the
fleetest greyhound. Its

neck is long and slender, the lower part covered with downy feathers, and the upper, with the head, with fine shining hair. Its thighs are bare, and its legs and feet covered with scales. The The nest of the ostrich is merely a hole in the sand, which latter are singularly fitted for treading firmly and running far by its heat, will preserve the vital warmth in the eggs, so that without injury. They are each furnished with two large toes, the dam may safely leave them for two or three hours when in the longest being seven inches in length, and well shod with a quest of food or pursued by the hunter. horny substance.

The great value of its feathers makes the ostrich an object of The sandy and burning deserts of Africa, and Asia, are the constant pursuit. The hunter mounts a swift-footed horse and only native residences of these animals, there they are seen in gives it chase, but so great is the speed with which the ostrich flocks so large as sometimes to have been mistaken for distant can run, that he would never overtake it, nor be able to reach it cavalry.

with his javelin, but for the disposition it has to take a winding The ostrich leads a harmless sort of life, and forms flocks. It or crooked course, running first on one side and then on the lives generally on vegetables, but devours everything that comes other, which gives him the chance of crossing its path or getting in its way. Leather, glass, hair, stones, metals, all are devoured within shooting distance. most greedily by it. In its native wilds the ostrich is a noble Ostriches are tamed with very little trouble ; and in their bird, and seems to enjoy its own beauties, and shows them off to domestic state few animals may be rendered more useful; for itself and companions with great glee. When I was abroad,' besides their valuable feathers, which they cast, and the eggs says Dr. Shaw,

which they lay, I had several

their skins are opportunities of

used by the Araamusing myself

bians as a subwith the actions

stitute for leaand behaviour of

ther; and they the ostrich. It

are even was very divert

times made to ing to observe

serve the purwith what dex

pose of horses. terity it would play and frisk about on all occasions. In the heat of the day, parti

THE GRAVE. cularly, it would strut along the

The boast of hesunny side of the

raldry,the pomp house with great

of power, majesty. It would

And all that be perpetually

beauty, all that fanning and prid

wealth e'er ing itself with its

gave-quivering expan

Alike await th ded wings, and

inevitable seem at every

hour; turn to admire

The paths of gloand be in love

ry lead but to with its own shadow.'

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