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have copied from a book called “ Modern Syrians," the way, the small inclination of turnip-fed cattle which will aid your views :-“Do I look like an and sheep for drink. A beefsteak, strongly invalid?" said my friend Eyoub, chuckling with pressed between blotting paper, yields nearly fourgood humor. Once on a time, a French doctor fifths of its weight of water. Of the human came to Damascus to seek his fortune. When he frame (bones included) only about one-fourth is saw the luxurious vegetation, he said, This is the solid matter (chiefly carbon and nitrogen); the place for me--plenty of fever. And then on see- rest is water. If a man weighing 10 stone were ing the abundance of water, he said, More fever squeezed flat under a hydraulic press, 7} stone of -no place like Damascus! When he entered the water would run out, and only 21 stone of dry town, he asked the people, “What is this build- residue would remain. A man is, therefore, cheing ?” “A bath." "And what is that building?" mically speaking, 45 lbs. of carbon and nitrogen "A bath.” And that other building ?” “A bath." diffused through 5ð pailsful of water. Berzelius, "Out upon the baths, they will take the bread out indeed, in recording the fact, justly remarks that of my mouth," said the doctor: I must seek fever “the living organism is to be regarded as a mass practice elsewhere. So he turned back, went out diffused in water;" and Dalton, by a series of exat the gate again, and hied him elsewhere. There periments tried on his own person, found that of is a sly hint in this, Sir, that we might all take, and the food with which we daily repair this waterturn to account.-J. R.

built fabric, five-sixths are also water. Thus

amply does science confirm the popular saying, The Swarming of Bees.-Is there any use, that water is the “first necessary of life.”—G. Mr. Editor, in making a noise to attract bees whilst swarming? If not, surely the absurd prac- Force of Lightning.--A person may be killed tice might be dispensed with.–ANNE P.

by lightning, although the explosion takes place [The practice that now prevails of striking a at the distance of twenty miles, by what is called tin-kettle with an old key, when bees are throwing the back-stroke. Suppose that the two extreoff a swarm, is an absurdity. It originated in an mities of a cloud, highly charged with electricity, ancient custom or law, which made it necessary bang down towards the earth, they repel the for the owner of a swarm which flew to a distance, electricity from the earth's surface, if it be of the to follow them with this kind of " music”(!) in same kind with their own, and will attract the order to establish a claim to them as his property.) other kind; and if a discharge should suddenly

take place at one end of the cloud, the equiliPure Air.—You are such an advocate, Mr. Edi- brium will instantly be restored by a flash at that tor, for air,—pure air, and take so much pains to point of the earth which is under the other. instil into us the necessity for our breathing it, Though the back-stroke is often sufficiently that I offer no apology for sending you the fol- powerful to destroy life, it is never so terrible in lowing, which I have abridged from Dr. South- its effects as the direct shot, which is of inconwood Smith's “Philosophy of Health,” giving a ceivable intensity. Instances, Mrs. Somerville description of the functions of the lungs, whilst tells us, have occurred, in which large masses of he also demonstrates the great importance of pure iron and stone, and even many feet of stone wall, air. It appears that when respiration is performed have been conveyed to a considerable distance by naturally, there are about 18 respirations in a stroke of lightning. Rocks and the tops of one minute, 1,080 in the hour, and 25,920 in the 24 mountains often bear the marks of fusion from its hours. By each inspiration a pint of air is sent action, and occasionally vitreous tubes, descend. to the lungs--that is, 18 pints in a minute ; in the ing many feet into banks of sand, mark the path hour more than 2 hogsheads, and in the 24 hours of the electric fluid. Some years ago, Dr. more than 57 hogsheads. When the body is in Fielder exhibited several of these fulgorites in a state of health, there will be 72 pulsations of the London, of considerable length, which had been heart in one minute. Every pulsation sends to dug out of the sandy plains of Silesia and Eastern the lungs two ounces of blood. Thus, 146 ounces, Prussia. One found at Paderborn was forty feet about an imperial gallon, are sent to the lungs, long. Their ramifications generally terminated for the purpose of arterialisation or purification in pools or springs of water below the sand, which every minute. In one hour there are sent 450 are supposed to determine the course of the pints, in 24 hours nearly 11,000 pints. The blood electric fluid. No doubt the soil and sub strata performs a complete circuit in the system in must influence its direction, since it is found by 110 seconds, and 540 circuits in 24 hours. There experience that places which have been struck are three complete circulations of the blood in by lightning are often struck again. A schoolevery eight minutes of time. The object of this house in Lammer-Muir, in East Lothian, has beautiful arrangement is to ventilate the blood. been struck three different times.-ANGELINA. A constant supply of fresh air is an absolute necessity of our nature. If we are deprived of it, Insects.- Previously to taking any steps for the we die at once. If the air is vitiated we suffer destruction of injurious insects, it is indispensable languor, which very often results in disease.-At that we should be well acquainted with them and this season, my dear Sir, I think these remarks their economy, not only in their perfect state but may be read with much profit to us all. If you in their different stages. For it might easily think so, please to insert them.-HEARTSEASE, happen that we might destroy those most benetiHants.

cial to our fruit and forest trees, and suffer their

enemies to remain. Let us take one single inThe First Necessary of Life.--Potatoes con- stance as an example. Entire heaps of small tain 75 per cent. (by weight) and turnips no less cocoons are seen on the bark of trees, often not than 90 per cent. of water; which explains, by larger than the eggs of many butterflies. The

gardener or forester who does not know that these Dr. Richardson very far beyond this. Now, when are the cocoons of the useful Ichneumonidæ, but we see the swallow flying high in the air, he is considers them to be really the eggs of moths, heard every now and then snapping his bill and rubs them off the trees, and thus annihilates his swallowing these and similar destroyers. If, at best friends. [The Ichneumons are insects which this season, one swallow destroys some 900 deposit their eggs in the bodies of the caterpillars mothers per day on an average; and estimating. of other insects, and sometimes in their eggs each of these to be the parent of one-tenth of also; the young Ichneumons, being hatched, de- the above number, it would require some powers vour the eggs or living grubs within which they of arithmetic to calculate the benefit produced, are contained, and thus effect the destruction of and the number of insects destroyed.] thousands of the most noxious insects. On the other hand, the gipsy-moth (Bombyx dispar) More of the Cochin China Fowl Mania.-I lays its eggs in large circular or oval spots on tho have met with many instances lately of Cochin bark of trees or hedges, and covers them with China hens dying apparently very thin, but in yellow wool. If we destroy these eggs, one heap reality choked with internal fat. I had one sent of which often contains 3000, in autumn or to me a few days since. The little flesh she had spring, our fruit-trees will be secured from one was red; the skin dry and tight. Her crop was of their most dangerous enemies. It is equally full. On opening it, I found several lumps of calf's easy to destroy in the egg the yellow-tail moth liver. Unable to get rid of this unnatural food, (Bombyx chrysorrhea) which is no less inju- she had picked up pieces of crockery-ware, bones, rious to our orchards. This moth, says Vincent and tobacco-pipes—all to no purpose.

I found Kollar, lays its eggs on the leaves of fruit-trees, in every organ of the stomach literally obstructed a long narrow heap, and covers them with gold- with fat, the liver of an immense size, and perfectly colored hair, which makes them very conspicuous. white, the gall-bladder nearly empty, and the inPulling off and destroying these leaves, secures testines saffron color. There was an egg in her, the garden from another dangerous enemy.-C.W. which should have been laid some days before, and

in her efforts to lay it she died on the nest. Now, The Scallow Tribe. — The swallow, says Sir H. it is a common complaint that these birds die Davy, is one of my favo rite birds, and a rival of suddenly; and I think it may be attributed to the the nightingale; for he glads my sense of seeing, fact, that, to attain weight, they are improperly as much as any other does my sense of hearing. fed, and that such feeding induces an unnatural, He is the joyous prophet of the year--the harbin-and, consequently, unhealthy state of body. I ger of the best season ; he lives a life of enjoy- mentioned it to a clever medical friend, who said ment amongst the loveliest forms of nature; it was clear that as nature had provided fowls with winter is unknown to him; and he leaves the capacity for digesting grain, with occasional worms, green meadows of England in autumn, for the or chance pieces of meat—if you wished to alter myrtle and orange groves of Italy, and the palms the natural food, and substitute one of a totally of Africa ; he has always objects of pursuit, and different character, you must, to ensure impunity, his success is secure. Even the beings selected first provide them with increased powers of digesfor his prey are poetical, beautiful, and transient. tion, or such results as those complained of must The ephemera are saved by his means, from a occur.-J. BAILY, slow and lingering death in the evening, and killed in a moment, when they have known Photographic Engraving.–We are told, Mr. nothing of life but pleasure. He is the constant Editor, by Mr. Talbot, that he has, after much destroyer of insects—the friend of man; and, difficulty, succeeded in converting photographic with the stork and the ibis, may be regarded as metal plates into what he calls “ positive etchings,' a sacred bird. The instinct which gives him his by causing the plate, by certain chemical means, appointed season, and which teaches him always to engrave itself. Any object which can be placed when and where to move, may be regarded as in contact with the metallic plate, -as the leaf of flowing from a divine source ; and he belongs to a fern, the light, feathery flowers of a grass, a the oracles of nature, which speak the awful piece of lace, &c., is engraved as accurately as if and intelligent language of a present deity.- its shadow had itself corroded the metal. Objects EMILY P.

which cast a broad and uniform shadow, as the [It is a curious fact, that these mysterious visi- opaque leaf of a fern, or other plant, produce an tants, creatures of instinct are by many persons etching which, when printed, delineates the orisupposed to perform their eccentric gyrations from ginal, in a pleasing but unusual form, something mere caprice, while in reality they are amongst between an aqua-tint engraving and an Indian-ink the very best friends of mankind. If it were drawing. The size of the plate offers no difficulty, not for such beautiful and graceful birds, our except in requiring more than usual care in the crops would be totally annihilated. We have no operator. But the larger the plate, the less obvious idea of the number of insects. Take the plant the minute deviations from the original.-W. louse—the British locust. Bonnet, whose re- [Thanks. Read the article on " Photography," searches on it remind us of Huber on the honey at page 143. The subject is one of pleasing bee, isolated an individual of this species, and interest.] found that from the 1st to the 22nd of June it produced 95 young insects, and that there were Morality in Manchester and Glasgow. - It in the summer no less than nine generations. appears, Sir, from the statistical records, that in These are both wingless and winged; and Glasgow, where the profession of “religion " is Bonnet calculates a single specimen may produce extreme, one out of every twenty-two in the popu550,970,489,000,000,000 in a single year, and lation is put down as drunk and incapable,'

all this arising from the free use of beer, spirits, securing worship of weakness. Man! this is the and tobacco. Thuy Glasgow stands “ alone ” in education you are giving to woman. What eduits moral deformity. The Glasgow Herald, in cation can you expect she will give to your child ? apologising for this, says-—"Manchester is as bad!" What can she do, but repay it in kind?” This Is it? I am a Manchester man, and I deny it. is a home thrust, Mr. Editor. May it “take !"With us, instead of one in twenty-two, the report J. T., Chard. gives one in six hundred, as "drunk and incapable." This, I admit, is bad enough ; but let Love for Birds.-I was very much delighted ihe truth be spoken under all circumstances. I with the little anecdote that appeared in your last know this is your motto. There is far too much paper, under this head. I observe something

cant" in Glasgow. (This is a notorious matter equally forcible in the character of a Mr. Oliver, of fact.] Plenty of leaf, but little or no fruit. who was recently wrecked whilst going out to AusNow in Manchester, our artizans are not only tralia. It seems the “wreckers" left him nothing hard-working people, but they are really moral. bat a single " white garment,” an old pair of trouProfessing little, they perform much. Their aim sers, and a pair of slippers. These last, too, were is noble. They improve both mind and boly. stolen from him whilst they were temporarily mov. They have their Mechanics' Institutes, and Public ed from his feet. Still we find he was “jolly and Libraries, too, and set an example that Glasgow cheerful"-because he had saved two favorite birds would do well to follow. Judging from all we he took out with him, by fostering them, unobserved, hear of Glasgow, I fear our JOURNAL does little in his bosom. I love to see you so dwell upon these good THERE. In Manchester it is fast becoming little sympathies. Depend upon it, the public eye an idol among the many.-A SUBSCRIBER, Mar is upon our Journal, and it will “ win" its way chester.

to universal favor.-0. L. W., St. Neots. [Your remarks are but too just. If people will sot themselves with beer-madden themselves by Insects, Vinula, &c.-I see in the last number drinking ardent spirits--and muddle their brains of the “ Naturalist," a confirmation of the fact with the fumes of tobacco—what must be the re- that Vinula ejects a liquid. An acquaintance of sult? We really begin to think they deserve no mine, let me mention, has been unsuccessful in pity. Yet, for their children's sake the heart feels rearing Lasiocampa Rubi. The larvæ were fed sad. The men of Manchester are noble fellows; on bramble, which they appeared to relish ; but and we are glad to know how strong a hold we they died (apparently starved) during the winter. have on their best sympathies. There never ought I have not succeeded very well with Neustria. The to be more than one aim,--an aim to do good. moths, in almost every instance, have appeared This is all we profess. We hate cant, from our crippled, and with their wings shrivelled up. I very soul.]

have often fed Odonestis Potatoria, chiefly on

Phleum pratense and Pua trivialis; but never " Paired, not Matched.—There are some supplied them with water. Bombyx Atlas, I see, happy hints, Mr. Editor, in the “Educational enforces it as a sine qua non that the leaves given Expositor" which, I think, might be transferred to larvæ should be dry. This, I fear, has not been to “ OUR OWN” with profit to the public generally. sufficiently attended to by me.

Does it not ap"It has been said, and how truly ! that no man pear singular that moisture should be hurtful, as will get on in life, who chooses for himself, as seeing that, in their natural condition, they must a friend and companion, one whose intellectual often be exposed to it? I am very fond of watching attainments are inferior to his own. One is then the various changes of insects, from the egg to the tempted to ask,-what man in his senses would perfect insect; but, unfortunately, I have few opchoose for his wife, his most intimate friend, and portunities for collecting them. Should therefore hourly companion, one who is not only inferior to your correspondent, Bombyx Atlas, (who I prehim in attainment, but whose tastes, sympathies, sume rears them very extensively) have any eggs and feelings are all enlisted in a direction dia- which he can spare, or a few larve, or any metrically opposite to his ounfrom whom he duplicate Lepidoptera, and will kindly send them could expect no counsel, with whom he could hope to the writer (either directly or through the meto have no thoughts in common ? Yet this is what dinm of " Our Editor”), I shall feel much obliged men do every day; and then wonder they are not to him. En passant, as the subject of Blackbirds happy! It is written in the constitution of things, has been lately under consideration, I may perhaps and ever will it be proved, that woman's influence notice one I have, who is as fond of the insect is man's best or worst instructor; yet he seems tribe as we are. No insect comes amiss to him; asleep with regard to his best interests in her. LARVÆ, moths, beetles-he devours them all. I Is he in the society of woman, he thinks it gave him a large dor-beetle. He amused himself necessary to compliment her on what? On her with it for some time-allowing it to crawl partly good sense? On her sound judgment? On her up the side of his cage. However, he soon brought sober retlections ? her power of apprehension ? it down by a tap of his beak, and swallowed it. and her just estimate of men and things ? No- By-the-bye, I do not think that my larve of $. Lithing of the sort. Hur beauty, her grace, her gustri was piersed by an ichneumon; for I have accomplishments—these are the subjects of praise. often seen caterpillars thus attacked, and the apWhere she is, he deems it necessary that frivolity pearance cannot be mistaken.-Cerura, Pimlico. should take the place of sense in conversation. There must be music, or dancing, or talk about Cossus Ligniperda, &c.-"Cerura" states, Mr. the opera, the concert, some exhibition, the last Editor, that he has now a Cossus two years old. I new play, or the chit-chat of the neighborhood; silly can honestly assure him that, excepting as a matflatteries pass round the room, attesting or ter of curiosity, it is not worth his while attempt

ing to bring it up By what he states, I imagine and moth of this species, I never discovered the it to be two years old ; and really the chances smell it is said to possess.-C. MILLER, Hackney. are fifty to one against his bringing it up. If he had a hundred of them, and two or three old wil- The Emperor Moth; Singular Fact.-Your low trees in his garden, then it would be a differ- very delightful correspondent, Bombyx Atlas, is ent matter. It would be worth the trial. But entitled to my best thanks for so kindly answereven then they are always most troublesome and ing my inquiry about the Ravages of Insects in disappointing. They are most assuredly to be Sutton Park. He, too noble-minded to feel a reared if attended to when quite young. I have contempt for "dabblers," invites rather than taken the trouble to do this ; but I must say they repulses inquiry. To his better judgment I leave are exceedingly difficult and provoking; and con- it, to decide whether the following circumstance sidering the result (save as a matter of curiosity is as singular as many entomologists have assured and satisfaction), most disheartening. If“ Cerura" me it is. At one time, my interest and that be really anxious to go through this three years' of one or two more, was much engaged in the nursing, I could put him in the way to succeed, insect world; and their wonderful transformation but this had better be a private communication particularly claimed attention. Boxes were conthrough the medium of our Editor. It would occu- trived for feeding the larve; and as might py far too much space in our Journal. The naturally be expected, caterpillars were procaterpillar lives three years. I shall be most miscuously picked up." Amongst the rest, was happy to receive any eggs of the sphynx in ques- a remarkably fine one of the Emperor moth. tion, and will endeavor to rear them joyfully and Somehow, this one caterpillar contrived to be jovially The last point upon which “Cerura" treated with distinction, for he had a house and requires information from me, is one of such a garden to himself (though small enough to be sure). general character that I confess it is quite beyond A strong net was securely tied over the top at the limits of an ordinary volume to contain. Now once, precluding the possibility of his going that May has arrived, the young foliage will be beyond the prescribed limits; and as effectually pretty generally advancing. Should the month be preventing any of his relations, or friends, calling fine, " Cerura" must not let anything escape him upon him. Not that I ever observed any such in the shape of an insect. The gardens, the forests, little attentions on their part. In a few days, the fields, the hedges, the highways, and by-ways Grandpapa (as he was called) began to spin a -all must be observed. The leaves, the bark, the web; a process we watched most narrowly, till trunk, the pith, the roots of the trees, -all must he was so far encased as to be invisible. We undergo the strictest scrutiny. The food you then waited patiently till near the time when we sometimes enjoy nicely grilled for your breakfast; expected to see the fly. And now a very sharp nay, stare not,“ Cerura !"—the luscious fruit you look-out was kept up. On removing the net one offer to your ladyo-fair ; aye, the very dress she morning, twin moths had just emerged from the wears,--may all contain a caterpillar! Positive chrysalis. Their wings were not grown, and they hunting, positive practical, persevering hunting, by were carefully placed to perfect their growth. night, by day, and at early morn,- is requisite to Both were about the usual size of the Emperor become a thorough entomologist. New wonders, moth when full grown, and both were perfect fresh delights, will very often reward your perse- then. On examining the cocoon, the chrysalis verance and your exertions. Never fear the silly only was there, and those entomologists who saw twaddle of John Gray, Esq., of Glasgow," but the fly and cocoons, say they never met with bocome a truly practical “ dabbler” in nature's a similar circumstance.—Puss. inexhaustible beauties. These, thank God, are open to all of us; and we need ask no person's Canaries in the Open Air.—Knowing how

permission" to "stroll" out and enjoy them. If very much interested you and your readers are in I can at all aid the youthful inquirer, how happy the domestication of canaries in the open air, I shall I be to do so !-Bombyx Atlas, Tottenham. send you particulars up to this date (April 5).

You will no doubt feel surprised to learn that, Insects, Potatoria, &c.-In answer to the notwithstanding the cold weather we had about inquiry of Bombyx Atlas, as to my mode of ten days since (when the thermometer at my feeding Potatoria, I may state that every morn- south window was at 17, and, nearer the earth, ing and evening I give each caterpillar a few as low as 15.), I have brood of four young drops of water, which they drink freely. Of canaries hatched in a Cypress tree. I discovered course it is understood that they are to have another on Sunday last. Watching the hen off, their usual food as well. I imagine that in a (when she went to feed), I peeped into her nest. state of liberty they drink the dew; and as they There, sure enough, were four more young ones! abound in the lanes round Leytonstone, I shall I have three other nests in the open grounds ; in endeavor during the present month to ascertain one of them I have ascertained that eggs have whether it is so. The caterpillars of this species been already laid. I had fully expected the first survive the winter, and may be found, in the brood would have proved a failure ; but am depresent month, on sunny mornings, lighted to find it otherwise. I send this at once, stretched at full length on the stems of the couch not waiting for any further additions.-H. S. H. grass, on the twigs of bushes, &c. I have now a WOLLASTON, Welling, Kent. goat moth in chrysalis, which I have reared [This is proof positive of the justice of our forentirely on cork. This caterpillar is of a carni- mer remarks (see our First and Second Vovorous disposition. It devours larve of its own lumes). Mr. Wollaston is fast developing what and other species that may be placed with it. can be done (for it is done), in the way of breed, Although I have had the caterpillar chrysalis, ing canaries, as regularly as any other of our

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birds, in the open air. We hope, ere long, to pay Roomy enough were they, I should say, to acMr. W. another visit. We will then report commodate " a small family." The card no doubt further progress. We never enter his delightful alluded to the house ; but it was “reasonable" to domain, without feeling that we are in an earthly believe it referred to the round-about. Oh, Mr. paradise.]

Editor, you are right. There is very little of the

genuine" about us. All is show !-WALTER, The World Artificial.”—The remarks of Cambridge. your youthful correspondent at Oxford, Mr. [We have been to look at these female accouÉditor, at page 188, have caused a world of trements; and they really are, as described, monmirth all over the country. It is very well known strosities indeed! We have said repeatedly, that why you gave them adınission ; for they pointed people who study" Fashion," or so-called

noble moral" whilst they adorned a "curious Gentility,” never THINK. We will not wrong tale.". If the women do not become more natural them by imagining such a thing to be possible. in their mode of apparel, the fault will certainly No "thinking”. person could ever attempt to never rest with the Editor of our JOURNAL. waddle away with what we have just seen !) This reminds me that I may assist in the same good cause. Shakspeare has said—“Men should Gluttony of a Rat.-In the autumn of 1848, be what they seem.' We say, "Women,” too, “W.C." å highly respectable gardener, happened “should be what they seem.

Shall we ever to be at work in a garden (not a mile distant from live to see this? Question !” I was in Lon my house). It adjoined that of an old lady (Mrs.F.), don last week, when my attention was arrested and the two gardens were separated by a low by some “remarkable objects” exhibited at the wall. He was accidentally looking over the shop window of Sykes and Co., 280, Regent wall, when his attention was arrested by a large Street (a few doors west of Oxford Street). rat, who was leisurely walking along close to the “What can they be?” thought I. I looked, bottom of the opposite wall. Curiosity prompted and looked, and looked! Lo, and behold! they him to watch the animal. Stealthily sneaking along were the "casings” of a modern female. To de- till he arrived at the foot of a fine espalier green, scribe them fully would be impossible. They gage tree, he quietly mounted the stock, scrambled were of course, hollow-the world is hollow. along the branches, seized a fine green-gage, and They were made in the form of a sugar loaf, the descended the tree just as he had mounted it. small end upwards. At this small end was an Then with the green-gage in his mouth, he speaked opening—thus allowing the machine to be placed along the side of the wall till he disappeared beover the head of the petite female previous to her hind a heap of brick-rubbish in a corner at the incarceration. When this opening had given bottom of the garden. After a short time he readmission to the figure within, it found a rest- appeared; the same operation was repeated ; and ing place,” as described by your Oxford corres- the rat returned, loaded as before. Well, thought pondent, on the centre of the person. Here it “ W. C.," this is strange! who knows whether threw out, on every side, fearful shoots ; forming Mrs. F., missing her fruit, may not suspect one of a projection of immense proportions--the wearer her servants? An honest but innocent young wobeing a complete specimen, under another name, man may lose a good situation through the “ glutof “Jack in the Green on May-day.* The tony" of this black fellow. No, no ; this shall not circumference of this starched engine of destruc- be if I can help it. Thus musing, he slightly tion can only be guessed at. The “ object" of turned; when Mrs. F., who was in the garden, this “fiction," I am told, is to convert the sex caught his eye. The opportunity of addressing into fine, showy women ; and to give them a the old lady was not lost. In a few words “W.C." dashing air

. It must be good fun to see them craved pardon for his apparent rudeness in staring emerge into chrysalids ! No insect transforma- so intently into the lady's garden. He also extion certainly could be more curious ! The best plained the cause, and the honest, benevolent moof the joke is, the large window I speak of admits tive which occasioned his abrupt and prompt only three of these modern deceptions ; their am- address to a strange old lady. He added, I should plitude filling all space ! Two of them were not be surprised, madam, if you soon had an opmented." A card, pinned on the bottom of each portunity of seeing the thief with your own eyes, skirt, had printed on it :

Scarcely had the old lady turned round and Apartments to Let!"

slowly approached the green-gage tree, before she had herself the singular satisfaction of seeing Mr.

Rat walk off with a third green-gage. “Well, this * Of course "Jack" does not show his head. is really too bad !" said the old lady: "I certainly With the exception of the head, our modern had missed a few green-gages, but I should never females, thus habited, do look, when dancing or have guessed who was the thief. sailing about, just as our correspondent describes "W. C.," do come in and try to catch this animal. them. Our fair friends, if we may be allowed to He went in, and traced him to his nest as carefully add a word, are like the nest of magic lemons we as he could; but as he had two places he escaped give to a child to play with. The outer lemon for that time. Nine green-gages were found, is of large proportions. We open it. Within, which he had doubtless put by for his own private there is another. We open that, and lo! a third eating. Towards nightfall,“ W. C." prepared a meets the eye.

We pursue our search through trap for him. It was baited with a rasher of most twelve nnds. At last, we find—a minikin delicious bacon, and the thief paid the forfeit of lemon! Parturit mons. nascitur ridiculus mus. his gluttony. From that very day till the day of “ The mountain's in labor, and out' creeps--a her death, "W. C.” regularly worked in the mouse!”—ED. K. J.

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