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unnatural fact! How my little pet made the dis- First and Second Volumes about “Cats without covery that there is “no place like home," I will tails." I find in our establishment, persons who tell you. He was one of the blue-caps, some of remember the race for the last forty-six years; yet whose many virtues you so pleasantly recorded in cannot I trace how they were first introduced into No. 22 of OUR JOURNAL. I reared five young the family. For more than ten years past, we ones from the nest; and for their joint accommo- have had some splendid Persians; and much loving dation, I had a cage constructed which I imagined and friendly acquaintance has passed between the would suit their habits nicely. It gave them two races. It has always been a marked fact, that plenty of room to live in, and made them an excel- | the kittens had, severally, every variety of tails. lent play-ground. I used, almost daily, to let Some had long tails; some mere stumps; others them out to fly about the room ; and of all funny no tails at all. Still the breed has never failed. birds they were surely the funniest! The bare They are specially good garden cats. We have recollection of their diverting gambols and inde- a neighbor, who always keeps a tail-less cat in his scribable antics, makes me laugh as I write. One garden. I should add, that all these cats possess day, instead of five, we discovered there were only good qualities,-i.e. the qualities of the veritable four of our little friends present. No doubt the and acknowledged race. They won't claim any absentee had clung, unperceived, to the dress of affinity with the rabbit. No! no! One of these some one passing in or out of the room, and had cats, and my cockatoo, are the best of friends. disappeared with them. We sought him far and They sit together, eat together, play together. near-in-doors and out of doors ; up stairs, down. Indeed all our birds and all our cats are "one" in stairs. Still, no glimpse of his person ; still, no friendship. I am sure Mr Editor, you would love sound of his voice. Two days and two nights our cats.-PATIENCE, Devon. passed away. I gave the wanderer up as lost' (Haters are we of cats, generally. Therefore,
-consoling myself that he had not taken flight if we loved your cats, Patience, it must be because in the winter, when the weather would have we loved you. What say you? It does not rest been cold. On the third day, in flew Master with us ! ] Tommy, at the open window,--perching on my head, and then creeping all over mo by way of Prize Rabbits.-Let me call your attention to recognition. How delighted he was! How de- the late “Metropolitan Fancy Rabbit Show," lighted I was! Our greeting over (and a warm held at Anderton's Hotel, just before Christmas. one it was), I placed him among his old com- It was one of the very best shows yet on record. panions. Then was bis joy complete. Never, The animals exhibited were of rare beauty. The however, could I get that little fellow (without two first prizes for a fawn-colored buck and doe, great coaxing) to leave his cage again; and then were awarded to Mr. Parks. The length of ear he would venture to a very little distance,-re- in the former was twenty-and-a-quarter inches by turning again immediately. Once, and once only, four and seven-eighths ; in the latter, twenty-one was the harmony of that little family interrup- and three-quarter inches by five and a quarter. The ted; and that was not until they had lived other prizes were awarded to Messrs. Herring, together for three years. Some offence it would Littleton, Locks, Handey, Bird, Payne, and Stinseem, was given by the “one who had seen the ton. After the prize-rabbits had been passed down world.” It was resented, and he was severely the table for the inspection of the visitors, Mr. punished, -50 severely that, to save his life, I Parks, who took the first two prizes, introduced was obliged to procure him a new cage. He five rabbits, measuring in the aggregate one huncontrived however, to outlive all his companions ; dred and two inches. Four of these animals were and died as fond of his cage as ever. Now, the produce of one doe; the other was also bred Mr. Editor, tell me,—was it cruel, under the by the exhibitor. Mr. Lock also introduced three circumstances described, for me to keep my splendid yellow and whites, of the rich color so little birds in a cage? I quite agree with you, much approved by the judges, and declared by that to deprive wild birds of their liberty, and them to be the true color to be attained. A num. then cage them,-is cruel; but in my mind, the ber of gentlemen from the country were present, case is far different when birds which never knew and all were highly delighted. The various toasts freedom, and which were reared from the nest, are were then given, and the business of the evening domesticated with us, and kindly tended. They terminated with a petit souper. Mr. W. Jones, become, in fact, “ members of the family," and as usual, made a neat speech as Hon. Secretary ; they invariably act as such! By the way, the and all was unity and harmony among the comBagacity and jealousy of these blue-caps was pany and the members.-ARGOS. extraordinary. We had two cats (more shame (A correct list of the dimensions, ages, &c., of for you!]. The one, they did not fear but the animals exhibited, has been placed in our HATED; the other, they treated with perfect hands, and may be seen at our publisher's.] indifference.-F. G., Nottingham.
[You have stated your case 80 fairly, so Mildness of the Season, 1852-53.-Flowers in prettily, Flora, that we cannot contradict or the open air, are not among the objects of attracgainsay anything that you have advanced; your tion for which we generally look at Christmas. birds proved that they were “happy," and this However, they may be found in the present season, was all they could desire, but fie! fie! for keep- and in no small number. I observed, on the 25th ing those cats. You cannot love birds and cats. of December, in a garden a few miles north of It is impossible ! ]
the metropolis, pelargoniums, fuschias, and cal
ceolarias, as green and vigorous as those enjoying Cats without Tails. I have read with much greenhouse protection. Carnations, mignonette, delight, the many interesting remarks in your | Salvia fulgens, Neapolitan violets, China roses, primroses, and polyanthuses were in bloom ; some, consider it right to tell you that, among the British profusely. Also, the Aloysia citriodora, and birds, there have been three deaths. The wagtail the southernwood, Artemisia abrotanum, were as is dead, and one of the yellow-hammers. The green as in the middle of the summer. Among latter was killed by the robin. [The robin will wild flowers I noticed Borago officinalis, Myosotis soon kill the other, and more in addition. He arvensis, Cynoglossum officinalis, Linaria cymba- should be removed at once. Robins are insatiably luria, Lamium album, blooming abundantly. It blood-thirsty.) The quail was drowned in the was interesting to observe that the pelargoniums / basin belonging to the fountain. [You must make which displayed so much vigor and freshness, oc- this basin much shallower, or, in the spring, half cupied an exposed position, which secured com- your stock will be drowned.] The pair of kestrels, parative dryness; whilst those which were shel- in the hawk aviary, are very healthy, but the tered, and thus kept in a damp condition, had sparrow-hawk has died from cramp. You must been much injured-showing the effects of damp carefully guard against damp, especially at such in preparing the way for the action of cold, and a season as this, or you will lose half your birds.] confirming the remark that “moisture is the pro- | The foreign birds, in the aviary adjoining the vider for the lion frost."-R. MARNOCK.
conservatory, are in a very healthy state,-par
ticularly the avidavats, Virginian nightingale, The Return to Nature; Dead Leaves.- There bishop-bird, widow-bird, a pair of wax-bills, a pair are some very sensible remarks, Mr. Editor, in the of spice-birds, a Java spariow, and a pair of shell “Horticulturist," connected with the preservation parrots. These last were sent to Mr. Bingham, of the leaves which fall from the trees in autumn. from Australia. We have not yet been able to The writer says :-“ People would do well to get a specimen of the ground parrot mentioned in reflect for a moment on the nature of fallen leaves, OUR JOURNAL. (vol 1, page 153); but we hope to which contain not only the vegetable matter, but do so soon.-C. J. BROMHEAD, Hon. Sec., College the earthy salts, lime, potash, etc., needed for the of the Deaf and Dumb, Rugby. next season's growth ; and that, too, exactly in the [We are glad to hear that we have aided you proportion required by the very tree and plant in your studies; and sincerely hope you will closely from which they fall. It is precisely in this way, I pursue your most delightful researches into the by the decomposition of these very fallen leaves, beauties of Nature.] that Nature enriches the soil, year after year, in her great forests. Such leaves, then, are highly | More Cruelty to Animals; A Mutilated Jackvaluable; and should be carefully collected, from daw.-Knowing well, my dear Sir, what a chamweek to week. To dig these under the soil, about pion we have in you, I send you a most horrible the roots, where they will decay, and enrich that case of barbarity just reported in the Hampshire soil—is to provide, in the cheapest manner, the Advertiser. Do pray offer some comment on it, best possible food for that tree.”—These obser- as it may act in terrorem over some other fiend in vations deserve attentive consideration, Mr. Editor. | human shape. The paragraph I allude to, is as I invariably see that all leaves in our garden are follows :-"A correspondent, who dates his comthus profitably made use of in the autumn. The munication from Commercial Road, Blechynden result is always most satisfactory.-SYLVIA. 1 (Southampton), writes :-For the last three or
| four years, a neighbor of mine has had in his posThe Zollverein Bird Cages. — In your first session a jackdaw, and a remarkably fine specimen volume, Mr, Editor, you commented, in the highest it was. In short, its perfect symmetry of form, terms of praise, on the zinc cages exhibited in together with its singularly confiding and friendly Hyde Park. Can you tell me whether they can habits, and intelligent look, rendered it a general be had in England; and if so, where ? You said pet in this vicinity, and with myself it was an they would effectually exclude vermin; and this is especial favorito. Frequently has it come to my what I am so anxious about.-Sarau L., Not- window (for bits of bread, &c.), and when opened, tingham.
would perch on my finger, and allow me to rub its We are happy to tell you, that you can obtain poll; when, after thus caressing it for a minute or these cages, in choice variety, at 90, Charlotte bo, away it would fly, to interest and amuse others, Street, Fitzroy Square.]
as I always fancied; for one should have thought
| a bird with such a confiding nature would have New Aviary at Rugby.-Dear Mr. Editor :- had no enemy, but have endeared itself to all. A perusal of your interesting Journal, has created Notwithstanding, however, its lively and happy amongst us a great love for the study of Natural looks, and friendly habits, poor Jack, a day or History; and has led to the formation of an Aviary two ago, whilst on its rounds (looking, possibly, in the playgrounds of this College. It has been for a Christmas morsel), met with an Anguis sub built for the reception of small British birds. I umbra. Some diabolical monster in human am happy to inform you that, on its completion, shape has cut off the nether part of its bill upMR. BINGHAM most kindly presented us with all wards of half an inch, so that the poor bird can his collection of British birds—consisting of a pair now peck nothing with it, which is most painful to of skylarks, a pair of yellow-hammers, a pair of witness. Whether or not it is possible for the bullfinches, a pair of mountain-finches, two pairs mutilated beak to grow again, I am not sufficient of goldfinches, a pair of quails, a pair of black ornithologist to know; if not, I fear poor Jack's headed buntings, a pair of brown linnets, a pair of doom is sealed, although it may be carefully fed green linnets, two pairs of red-poles, a pair of by its owner. Whatever may have been the poor chaffinches, a pied wagtail, a robin, and a siskin. bird's failings-even if regarded by some as too Other birds have since been added ; and the aviary familiar, such wanton and deliberate cruelty is for the reception of hawks has been enlarged. I most shocking. It is to be hoped this human
tiger, whoever he is, will not only soon be shown Another still more striking instance of the possesup, but smartly fined and severely punished.”— sion of a capability of spreading intelligence and So much, my dear Sir, for the paragraph. I only that of a somewhat abstruse character-is furwish I could send you the name of the miscreant nished by experiments that have been made by who has thus disgraced human nature. I feel Huber and others upon bees. Every one is aware sure you would publish it. It may transpire yet; that the queen-bee is an object of the greatest if it does, how gladly will I send it you! Is it solicitude and attention to all the workers of the not monstrous, thus to mutilate a dear, confiding, hive; and yet, among so many thousands, all inoffensive creature, whose only sin is-love for busily employed in different and distant parts of mankind! Which is the “ brute" in this case ? | the colony, it would appear impossible for them to -A. T., Southampton.
ascertain—at least before the lapse of a consider[Alas! fair maiden, what can we do or say to able time-whether she was absent from among meet such a case? The only means of punish them or not. In order to see whether bees had ment would be, to gibbet the wretch by naming any power of conveying news of this kind, the him. He would then be expelled from all decent queen-bee has been stealthily and quietly abstractsociety, and have the mark of Cain set upon him. ed from the hive; but here, as elsewhere, ill news The wretch, KING,* who lately roasted an in- was found to fly apace. For some half-hour or so, offensive cat alive-and this man, would form fitting the loss seemed not to have been ascertained, but associates. Send us the name of the offender, if the progressively increasing buzz of agitation ever it transpires, and we pledge our word to im- gradually announced the growing alarm, until mortalise him to the last generation. No word in shortly the whole hive was in an uproar, and all our English dictionary can characterise such an its busy occupants were seen pouring forth their offender. We may call him a monster, a wretch, legions in search of their lost monarch, or eager & villain, a miscreant. Here our language stops; to avenge with their stings the insult offered to and leaves this scum of society unscathed. Let their sovereign. On restoring the captured queen us only get his name, and he will remain a vaga- to her subjects, with equal secrecy, the tumult bond all the rest of his days. Let us hope the speedily subsided; and the ordinary business of the poor jackdaw is dead. Death would be merciful community was resumed, as before the occurrence. in a case of such extreme barbarity.]
- These are merely hints, thrown out by the way.
Proof of all that is here asserted is so easily obThe Ant and the Bee.-The following obser- tained, that every inquiring mind should at once vations on the mode of communication adopted by investigate the facts for itself.-Anna G., Maidthe Ant and the Bee, will perhaps be interesting stone. to your readers. You have already furnished us, [There is no excuse for any body to remain igin your former volumes, with much that is valu- norant of these delightful 'matters-of-fact. So able in connection with these useful members of many people keep bees, now-a-days, that a sight the community. Any one who finds himself in of their movements may be readily obtained. As the vicinity of an ant's nest, may soon be con- for Ants, they may be seen at work, in the sumvinced that these industrious little laborers are by mer, in nearly every garden we enter.] no means destitute of the power of communicating information to each other relative to the affairs of Cats without Tails.-In your admirable JOURtheir commonwealth. Let him, for example, place NAL, Mr. Editor, I have seen many commentaries a heap of food in the neighborhood of the ant-hill, on this peculiar race of cats, all of these comand watch the proceedings of its inmates. A short munications have been full of interest. Rely time will probably elapse before the discovery of upon it, it is a distinct race. They are quite comthe treasure, but at length some wanderer, in his mon in Westmoreland, where I have seen whole morning's ramble, has the good fortune to stumble litters of them. I have also found single speupon it. What does he do? He does not, like cimens of them (occasionally) in different parts an isolated individual incapable of asking for as- of England. How any sane person can, for one sistance, begin at once the task of removing the instance, give credence to their being mules, I heap; but, on the contrary, off he scampers with am at a loss to imagine. Our Creator, all-wise, the glad intelligence; and running his head has ordained it that mules, beyond the first against that of every ant he meets, manages, in generation, cannot exist—thus preventing a race some mysterious way, not only to intimate the fact of monsters. I do not know whether you are of the discovery, but also to give information rela- aware of it, or not, Mr, Editor, but there is a tive to the locality where the provisions may be very fine breed of tail-less pigs, and another breed found. Speedily it will be seen that troops of almost destitute of hair or bristles. Both these porters, summoned at the call of the first finder, are by breeders highly esteemed.—VERAX. hasten to the spot, and all is activity and bustle (Your favors are herewith exhausted. Please until the store is safely warehoused in the ant-hill. commence de novo. Our readers peruse your
| reminiscences with delight. There is a reality * We exposed this fellow in our Second Volume about them that invests them with a perpetual (see p. 377). We only wish we could have seen freshness. A long life has brought you the shadow of any extenuating circumstances, acquainted with a multitude of pleasing facts."] this, for the sake of human nature. But when we remember that he and his "friend " complacently Deformity in the Canary. I have read with sat down to cigars and brandy and water (with much interest the communication in Vol. II., the outcries of their innocent victim hardly yet page 395, of OUR JOURNAL, about deformity in the silenced), all pity for such outcasts becomes mis- canary. I beg to suggest, that the cause of this placed.
distressing succession of misfortunes, was the inhabitation of vermin. I once was similarly always peremptorily insisted on the bookseller circumstanced. I observed all my young birds procuring it; and thus alone could I have sucwere looking dejected and uneasy, and that some ceeded. All your readers should do the same. I of them could not perch. On handling them to am glad to hear of your new change; and sincerely discover the cause, I found them full of vermin; say to you—“Go on, and prosper," I will recomand several of their claws were eaten off by these mend our JOURNAL whenever and wherever I Thugs, as you properly call them.-W.C. W. have an opportunity.-A. B. M., Coventry.
(You did right in compelling the bookseller to proSky-larks and Wood-larks, with Club Feet.- cure you the Journal. We only wish all our kind All my skylarks (I have five) and my woodlarks (I friends in the country had done as you have done. have three) have their feet deformed; and they We should then-instead of being minus nearly make a sad noise, as they run to and fro in their £600, have been that amount in pocket-a serious cages. They seem positively frightened at the " difference" to us! We have three parts killed ournoise they make! Do tell me, Sir, the reason of self during the past year. One head, and one pair this; and also how I shall bring my birds into of hands, did then-as they are doing now, the song, with any other useful particulars. I have work of at least half a dozen individuals. Not only just heard of your Paper; and I mean to being gifted with a " lined ” purse (our hardtake it in regularly.-CAROLINE P.
| hearted brethren know this), our head and hands We are glad to hear you are about to take in have been constrained to make up the heavy deOUR JOURNAL. If you are fond of birds, and are ficiency. We have paid the penalty in a shattered desirous of knowing how to treat them, procure constitution. What makes us refractory is that our first and second Volumes. In these you will / when it is admitted on all hands that we ought find the most minute particulars given for the to have succeeded, we did not succeed. Our management of all kinds of birds-not only from Paper has been reported as “ dead," "dropped," our own pen, but contributed by many of our " out of print,” &c., &c., without mercy. This, correspondents, whose experience has been regis- in all parts of the country. The Town trade are tered in our columns pro bono publico. The case blameable for this for the Country bookseller can of your wood-larks and sky-larks has been treated only give the answer he receives from his London of at much length, as the index" will show you; agent. “Paternoster Row" is notorious for these and it would be unfair to our readers to go over dirty tricks. The large houses sell just what they the same ground again here—nor is it needful. please ; and annihilate the rest. The Country This periodical of ours, is not ephemeral. Its TRADE are quite at their mercy; and it is only value as a “ practical work of reference" is inap fair for us to state this. Our files groan under preciable. As it has been rendered so by our complaints from the country. These complaints contributors, we may say this without incurring are founded in reason; but we can, personally, a charge of egotism.)
offer the writers no redress. * Now that we have
a Monthly issue only, let us hope we shall sail On Taming Animals.- I am really surprised, my more smoothly. As regards the labor attached to dear Sir, to see how you are teased on this sub- OUR JOURNAL, --we may remark that, to reply to ject! Long before your, or rather our own JOUR “the Correspondence" alone, by post, would keep NAL saw the light, I had a cat which would fol- a man of ordinary talent unceasingly at work. low me about everywhere. Long after I had Yet do we, unaided, manage the whole—from first quitted my father's roof, that cat bore me in un to last! We think we have “a right” to the ceasing remembrance. I used to pay a weekly “Mysterious Cloak,” under such circumstances.t] visit to the old house, every Sunday. Did that cat know when Sunday came round? Did she A Lesson to Parents.-Oblige me, my dear not! As regularly as clock-work would she come Mr. Editor, by inserting the following in our out to meet me, as I neared the spot. Then JOURNAL. It is a scene from Jean Paul Richter, would she jump, frisk, gambol, and bound merrily and carries with it an obvious moral for all but homewards, to announce that I was near at hand. the wilfully blind. “A delicate child, pale, and There was no mistake here. We all understood prematurely wise, complained on a hot morning thoroughly what was to happen, and what did that the poor dew-drops had been too hastily happen. One day—forgive me if I was cruel-I snatched away, and not allowed to glitter on the resolved to play off a little trick to try the since- flowers like other happier dew-drops, that live the rity of my feline friend. We met as usual, and whole night through, and sparkle in the moonaway flew Tom, to say to the inmates "here he light ; and through the morning, onwards to nooncomes !"-However, this time "he" did not come. day. “The sun,' said the child, has chased them I hid myself behind a tree, and watched the event. away with his heat, or swallowed them up in his As I suspected, all came out to meet me,"Tom" wrath. Soon after, came rain and a rainbow ; included. I was absent! How dolefully that whereupon his father pointed upwards. "See,' said poor dear creature did whine when he missed me! His look was that of despair. However, I soon discovered myself; and his joy was unbounded.
* We are continually receiving private notes, His end was that of most "pets.” He had
il addressed to Hammersmith, enclosing remittances strayed-had eaten of what was not meant for
for Nos, and Parts of the Journal, to be forwarded him: and when sought for was “found dead." Iby post to the writers. The country booksellers have several little anecdotes to send you shortly
tell them,—" the Work is not to be had, and it is that will just suit our JOURNAL. I have been a
no use writing any more to their London Agents constant reader of yours from the first. I have for it."--En. K. J. met with a host of difficulties in getting it---but Il See Vol. i., Page 104.
he," there stand the dew-drops gloriously re-set observation, I will get you or some of your corres
--a glittering jewellery-in the heavens ; and the pondents, to tell me whether this is a parasitic clownish foot tramples on them no more. By this, plant, or whether it is attacked by disease? How my child, thou art taught, what withers upon the shall I describe it? There is but one way, and it earth blooms again in heaven.' Thus the father shall be an original way, i. e., straightforward. spoke, and knew not that he spoke prefiguring The branch which is attacked is tolerably thick. words ; for soon after the delicate child, with the The bark has split in all directions, and the whole morning brightness of his early wisdom, was ex of the upper part is covered with (what appears like haled, like a dew-drop, into heaven.”—How many an army of) meal-worms,-all busily intent upon of these “delicate, prematurely wise children" moving downwards, and 'scrambling one over the live but to die ! How many of their gentle spirits other, helter-skelter. The growth of these has are broken, by the gross ignorance and wicked- been rapid. Outwardly, let me remark, the tree ness of their parents in training them up in a has proved itself of the world-worldly. It has, "wrong way!" How soon is the innocence of like the world's inhabitants, kept up appearances childhood seduced into the paths of sin !- while "sick at heart." Till closely examined, it NANNETTE.
would seem to be healthy and vigorous.—Pris[Most true, Nannette! Let us echo your senti-CILLA, Worcester, ment from pole to pole. The “innocence of child [Well done, excellent Priscilla! you raise an hood," now-a-days, is a mis-nomer. The “inno interesting question, and " point a moral" at the cence" of children is reckoned of no moment. On same time. Enrol yourself from to-day" as one of the contrary, pains unceasing are taken to us." We shall turn your talent to a profitable make them precociously forward. The “conse- account. We have not, ourself, met with a case quences," alas, we all daily suffer from !)
similar to the one you mention; but we have no
doubt some of our readers will soon come to your The Shrike, or Great Butcher-bird.—A very aid, and solve the riddle.] fine specimen of this rare bird was shot a short time since, near St. Catharine's Hill, by Mr. W. The Robin, a Cage Bird.-You have imH. Bayent. It was observed the day previous, | mortalised the Robin, Mr. Editor, in our JOURNAL, hovering at a great height; but it was inaccessible and he deserves all you have said of him. I too from its extreme shyness. On beating about early am blessed with one of the most splendid specinext morning, the bird was fortunately flushed mens of the tribe. I do not mean to say as to within distance, and brought down. It is worthy beauty. No! my pet is the ugliest of a nest of of note, that the shot in no way injured the plum- five (four of which are now dead). His head is age of the bird. One shot only, had taken effect; over-large ; his beak, too, slightly malformed, and and that one pierced the brain. The bird, which it does not close properly. This, however, goes is a most beautiful one, is stuffed.-L., Winchester. for nothing. Master Bob is intelligence itself.
Whether it be day-light, candle-light, morn, noon, A Seasonable Hint, The Oak.—The oak, Mr. or night, all is one to him. He knows my footEditor, is a noble tree, and you will agree with me, fall; he catches my slightest whisper. Either the more we have of them the better. Let us will call forth from him, at all times, a joyous, try, and add to their number. There is "reason" rolling song. The same if he is in-doors, and I in it. The far-famed Admiral Collingwood thus am in the garden. Sympathy unites us as by an speaks of the “brave old oak,” in a letter dated electric wire. He is the pet of the family, of “The Dreadnought, off Ushant," in 1805: “If course ; his price beyond rubies. I always caress the country gentlemen do not make it a point to him, or he would pay me off for it; and when I plant oaks wherever they will grow, the time will give tid-bits to my other favorites, he must be not be far distant when, to keep up our navy, we first served! To tell you all his endearments, must depend entirely on captures from our enemy. and all the games we have together, would occupy You will be surprised to hear that most of the too much of your space. Suffice it to say, his trees which were used in the Hibernia were taken love for me is extraordinary indeed! As for his from the Spanish ships captured on the 14th of song, it is indescribably rich. It is partly the February, and what they could not furnish was natnral song of a sweet-song rotin--the remaining supplied by iron. I wish everyone thought on notes are superb imitations of snatches of music this subject as I do—they would not walk through performed by German bands, who often perform their farms without a handful of acorns to drop on under my window. Will you come down and the hedge-sides to let them take their chance," hear him? How glad I shall be to see you ! Every thing we see, Mr. Editor, is in favor of the R. B., Winchester. oak. Therefore, I say again, let us keep adding! [You have indeed a treasure in your redto their number.-QUERCUS.
breasted little friend! These birds are very
subject to "fits ;" beware, therefore, of giving A Laurel bewitched.—No little surprise, Mr. him too much live food when in confinement. Editor, has been excited here (Worcester), by the Bread and egg, cheese, moistened bread and appearance of something extraordinary in a butter (very little butter); a spider or two, an laurel tree. All the professed wise heads who earwig, or a few ants in the season), will keep have come to examine the matter, have gone away him hale and hearty. Don't slight him. These dumb-founded. Even John, the garilener, a are very jealous birds. One act of neglect might knowing fellow in his way, shrugs up his shoulders, keep him “ silent" for ever! We have had two and exclaims in true Worcester phraseology, or three birds exactly like this “Prince of Robins," "I never seed the likes of him!” Now this king We did, as you do, make much of them. Alas! of sparles, having had but limited opportunities for they are now dead! We bave, however, plenty