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as many thousands are pining to come back. course, he knows a good nut from a bad one, as Most of our young clerks are breaking stones upon soon as he touches it, without further ado. They the highways-a mode of practising “vulgar readily breed in captivity, producing from five to fractions” they little dreamt of, when quitting eight at a birth. They come into the world blind salaries of £180 to £250 a year, in England, to and naked, and must not be disturbed too early in search for gold, abroad. Well! good comes out of the nest, or the mother will prove infanticide. evil very often. When these young sparks return, Otherwise, her affection for them is extreme; let us hope they will have become “ seasoned” by to a nest of young ones insures the adversity, and better able to judge when they are securing of their parent. She will run squeak"well off."]
ing down the branch of a tree into your very
hand, with the delicate bristles of her tail The Dormouse. It may assist the interesting erect, her eyes flashing tiny sparks of fire ; in short, inquiry instituted in your last, about the tail of the miniature of a raging lioness. And her bite, the Dormouse, if I send you some extracts I have though it won't do much more than draw blood, copied from a recent number of “. Household like a pin-prick, is sharp enough to make you cry Words.” At the same time, a good idea may be out "oh!” and laugh at the same time. When obtained of the animal's habits. The French call the little ones make their appearance out of doors him“ Croquenoix " or "crack walnut," but school at last, and play about with their dam at nightboys like him best under the English name. The for their general habits are completely nocturnal great point of the Croquenoix or Dormouse, in -and whisk their delicate feather-like tails, and the estimation of schoolboy fanciers, is its tail, on twinkle their round black bead-like eyes, they are the length and beauty of which depends its value. very taking little animals. And, as in other Every other feature is sure to be pretty, but the members of their tribe, those brilliant eyes are so tail itself is exceedingly fragile and precarious convex and short-sighted, that you may watch If you lay hold of him by the tail while he is wide them close at hand without their being aware of awake and in a state of alarm, he will make his it; if you will only keep yourself quiet and silent. escape most unexpectedly, by leaving the member They must be kept in strict confinement, or they (or its skin with the fur) in your hand. And a will hop off for a ramble, and forget to return. dormouse is not like a lizard ; he cannot reproduce Still, they are used to a settled home, and like to the loss. The disfigurement is never afterwards have an apartment which they can call their own. repaired. Therefore, the importance attached to We have shut our young friends out of their the tail. The boys are the authority that there is bed-chamber, and they have opened the door with a marked difference between the tails of the French their own little hands, to force their way back and English dormouse. Therefore, they are pro- again in spite of us. I say “hands," because bably, if not two distinct species, at least two de- "fore-paws" would not convey the use that is cided and permanent varieties. Let us suppose so. made of them. One poor fellow, being tired of a The dormouse makes a round little nest of dried truant excursion in my bed-room, crept under the leaves, moss, and dead grass, and places it on the carpet for a quiet day's rest, and was unfortunately ground, or on the branch of a low bush. Here he crushed there. A woodman, to whom we had sleeps all winter in solitary repose ; every indi: given a general order, brought us in a large party vidual having a nest to himself-waking now and of dormice. Next morning, three of them had then on mild days, to munch a morsel of his nutty escaped from their cage. One bold fellow was store. In confinement, dormice live happily perched on the rod which supports the windowenough in company, but the accustomed materials curtains ; the other two were cuddled together in of their native habitation must be supplied to them the folds of the muslin, fast asleep, and rolled into for bedding; hair, wool, and what we might think a ball. In winter their sleep is so sound that warm and comfortable proving injurious to their respiration is suspended, and they are cold and health. It is odd that, although their home is death-like. Many a poor little innocent has been amongst the trees, upon the branches, and in a thrown out of the window by his capturer, under chalk-bottomed forest where there is not a single the impression that the vital spark had departed, permanent pond or brook, they are nevertheless while he was only slumbering a little more very thirsty creatures, and are exceedingly fond profoun lly than usual, and enjoying a complete of washing their face and hands. Except during escape from the troubles of the world. I trust rainy weather, the dew on the leaves must be the this very graphic description may be the means of only available water they can find. The staple of spreading far and wide the fame of this pretty their diet is nuts; almonds are particularly delighted little animal. His fine sparkling eye, and his most in; but they now and then enjoy a green hazel. delectable tail, have oftentimes filled me with leaf, or a slice of ripe fruit. Wild cherries abound admiration of his beauty. To see him curled up, in the forest ; and the stones of these, which you when asleep, would make anybody love him-at find on the ground, often bear evidence of having least I think so.-HEARTSEASE, Hants. had their kernels emptied by dormice. The little beast is not so foolish as to crack his nuts; that Abstinence in the Spider.—The following is would give him unnecessary trouble Ho makes copied from the Banffshire Journal.—“Mr. T. just one little hole in the shell, about as big as a Edwards sends us the following curious particulars : pin's head, and through that he extracts, or laps Having mounted and arranged a number of birds, out, the kernel with his tongue. By the way, he I put them in a case. The case had lain aside for laps bis drink like a dog or cat; and if he is very a short time previous to the front, which is of tame, or very thirsty (I would not say which), glass, being put on; and during this time a spider, when you handle him, he will gently lick the doubtless on the look out for a canny nook, moisture of perspiration from off your hand. Of / managed to take up his quarters among the birds, and was not observed until after the front had soon learnt to perfection. When the weather been attached, and the whole finished. It was a became warmer, his cage was hung out in the yard : little vexing to see the unwelcome intruder and there he frequently warbled forth a new solo. parading about in the box, as regardless of its I fancy the merry tailor (whose shop is concontents as if they had been as many old rotten tiguous to the yard) taught him this. He also sticks. He walked over one bird, then over very soon learned to whistle up the dog and the another, now in the bottom of the case, then again pigeons to feed. He has not yet been heard to on the back, sides, &c., until he at last became sing the note peculiar to the bird in its natural stationary in one of the corners. Being an eyesore state. He was caged very young, and this is in such a place, he would have been summarily his third year. He sings very sweetly. I assure dealt with, but for the case being a close one, and you my friend has not designedly taught him; but all but hermetically sealed. The re-opening of it has been astonished at his powers. As I have would have cost some trouble, and not a little myself heard the bird's performance, I can vouch risk. The consequence was, the little creature for the truth of this statement. One guinea has was permitted to remain, in the hope that want been offered for him, but refused.-J. Č. would terminate his existence. In this, however, [We observe in the Leeds Intelligencer of May I have been mistaken; and from being looked upon 14, the following, which supports your arguas a grievance, he ultimately became an object of ment :-“One of a pair of black birds frequenting some interest. Indeed he has in consequence the garden of a Mr. Drummond, Muthild, and who already more than fully repaid the space which he keeps a number of bantams,“ crows " night and occupies. Towards noon of the second day of his morning. Indeed he imitates the bantam cock so incarceration, he commenced operations in the well, that no person can distinguish one from the corner already alluded to; and by breakfast time other.] of the day following, the web was completed. The little artisan was then observed to walk A Stroll in Epping Forest.- When old Sol slowly and very sedately, all over the newly- arose on the morning of the 2nd of May, he formed fabric; seemingly with the view of ascer found myself, my youngest son, and old “ F'ino," taining if all was secure. This done, the aperture enjoying a substantial breakfast; discussing was next examined, and with more apparent care thereat the probable pleasures of a day which we than was bestowed upon the rest of the structure. had devoted, in our mind's eye, to a merry ramble. This wonderful mechanical contrivance—which It was agreed that my companion should look serves at once the four-fold purpose of store-house, after water-beetles; and that whilst he was so banqueting-hall, watch-tower, or of an asylum in engaged, I should secure any other stray beetle times of danger, being found all right, the artificer or butterfly, &c. &c., that might cross my paththen took up his station within it; no doubt to “Fino” keeping order among the rabbits. Well; await the success of the net which he had spread, our various instruments de chasse being ready, off and whence, had fortune proved kind, he would we started, about five o'clock, A.M. Our route lay boldly have rushed to secure the struggling prey, direct to the “Seven Sisters ;” and thence to the It happened, however, that no other insect had Tottenham Station, which we crossed ; and on to the misfortune to be imprisoned along with him the Ferry House. It certainly was a glorious self, and, as already hinted, none can get in. morning, although there was a cool easterly wind There, on his watch-tower,' he still remains as stirring; and we did not regret not having put in motionless as a statue. And there has the patient practice an idea (which we at one moment enterlittle animal continued for the space of twelve tained) of going sans veste. Passing forwards, we months, having taken up his position on the 3rd reached Walthamstow; and here the beams of the of October, 1851, and kept watch and ward with sun began to be felt. This refreshed us; and thus out ever having moved, night or day, as far as accompanied, a most lovely walk we had. Onward could be observed, except on three occasions. still further, and we came to the Woodford Road, These, however, were so trifling, that they are which runs through part of the forest. Here it not worth mentioning. But this is not all, as was decidedly warm. Turning to our left, we will be anticipated. The animal being still alive, followed up the road, meeting, now and then, a it follows, as a natural consequence, that life has brood of pretty little goslings, which seemed much been sustained during all this time without the to interest “Fino;" but the old fellow was despeleast particle of nourishment having been obtained ! rately alarmed when the fond mother flew at him, The little creature is still as life-like as on the first with outstretched neck and wings; hissing close day of his imprisonment. This circumstance is to his very nose. He took all this, however, as he not a little curious; and to the naturalist the fact generally does everything else, very good-temmust be of some value. Mr. E. adds, that the peredly, and, after a time, made tolerable friends longest period during which, so far as he can learn, with Mrs. Goose and her happy family. He was spiders have been ascertained to have lived with not so successful, however, with an old hen, further out food, is ten months."--I have sent you this, on. She would listen to no accommodation ; and, my dear Sir, deeming it to be particularly inte- to avoid a row," Fino " made a bolt of it. In good resting, and worthy of record.—HELEN W. time we reached the turnpike, and, in a few minutes
more, the “Bald Face Stag" (an old acquaintance The Blackbird Imitative.—You are right in of ours). We can indeed recollect the said " Bald saying the nestling blackbird will copy anything. Face," for some few years! Here we were ushered A friend of mine kept his blackbird, during the into a room we knew full well; and, lookirg at our cold weather, in his sitting-room, where, being watch, found it half past seven o'clock. We rested musical, he often amused himself in whistling the near a good fire, just half an hour-pour rafraichir "Schottische.” The first part of this, " Blacky la memoire-and having requested dinner to be
ready at half-past two, we started again, neither found ourselves au point de depart ; and being knowing nor caring which way we went, so long half-an-hour earlier than the time appoirted, we as we kept within scent of the “Bald-Face Stag." turned down a sweetly pretty lane to the right. We now struck off to the left, and “Fino Here on a sunny bank, “ Fino ” found another kind spied some rabbits. Literally nad with delight, of sport, in the shape of some little fawn-colored nothing could stop him,-off
' he went like a grey- mice, which, however, I could not allow him to hound. But it was all of no use; the little rabbits hunt or annoy. We again turned back, and reached only laughed at him, and this made him still more the “Bald-Face Stag,” precisely at the hour apmad. We rambled for some time, just where fancy pointed, -very hot, rather tired, very thirsty; and or Fino” led-now in a swamp, or a bog; now with an appetit de loup. We were shown into a fishing in little ponds; searching under stones, or snug little room; and "Fino” soon curled himself the bark of trees, &c. &c.; till our hearts were round in a corner, dreaming of his glorious sport gladdened by the sound of “Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" with the rabbits. Whilst dinner was getting ready; the first time we had heard it this year. It was we recollected that we had seen “ Atalanta, just eleven o'clock Suddenly, a peculiar bark Rhamni,”..“. Persicariæ," “ Tiliæ,
"" Verbasci," was heard from old “Fino;" and looking round, we “Menthastri," “ Urticæ,” “ Polychloros," Busaw his tail wagging at an unusually brisk rate. cephala ;" that we had taken “ Rhizolithia,” and On nearing the spot, we found him contemplating obtained some interesting larvæ, and our beetle a snake, some four feet long. At our approach, it bottle contained “ Cicendella Campestris," Scaslipped into its hole ; and then, good bye! After rabæus Eremita,” “ Aphodius Gagatis," and many this we broke into a singular field or rather opening others, as well as a quantity of water-beetles. in the forest, where an aged bird-catcher was After a while, dinner was announced. Just fancy, plying his vocation. "Good morning, old gentle Mr. Editor, a beautiful knuckle of veal, done to a
Good morning, Sirs !”—and we soon nicety; some delicious spring pork, tender brocoli, entered into a familiar chat with our ornithological Guinness's best, and Charrington's super-extra, acquaintance. More than three-score years and ten just to relish a capital cheese. Then, an adjournhad evidently passed over his grey head ; whilst ment to a neat little alcove in the garden, where his manners and language betokened him to be a we enjoyed a fine Havannah, and some brilliant man who had seen better days. Not that he was sherry ; old“ Fino," in the meanwhile, snoring at to be pitied! By no means! Yet did he seem a our feet, having first disposed of the residue of the man of gentler birth than bird-catchers generally veal and pork.Jolly were we all, -—and merry.
We learned from him that his early life had At a quarter past four o'clock we started on our been spent near Liverpool, and that he had always return home, arriving at a quarter past seven. loved birds, and knew full well their different | An early supper and a sound sleep, saw us next songs;-[Here “ Fino" jumped up to me, and morning in tip-top spirits. BOMBYX ATLAS, whispered, “ He is just the man for our Editor."]* | Tottenham, May 13th, 1853.
- but that he now took them, more by way of amusement and recreation than from necessity. Cruelty to Animals, and its “ Consequences.”Also, that both himself and his wife had got a The recent death of Mr. Robert Owen, the emitolerable independence. I asked him if he had nent East India Warehouseman, of New Bond beard the nightingale this season, and he told me, Street-which took place on the 9th ult., was “Yes, on the 21st April, for the first time." We now brought on, it seems, by a severe shock occaparted from our friend, as he said he was going to sioned by cruelty to animals. The following repose for about two hours before his dinner, as he paragraph appeared in the Morning Post of was getting old, and felt rather tired. On looking May 11:-“The conviction, some short time around, we perceived a stone on which was marked since,' of one of the deceased's employées, a young “Loughton Parish." We struck again through man named King, for his CRUELTY to a cat, is the forest, retracing our steps. Hereabouts, old said to have so worked upon Mr. Owen's natuFino.” made an awkward leap of it. He was rally sensitive disposition, as to have induced after the rabbits and springing over a hedge, with the illness which has unhappily terminated in out having sufficiently calculated his leap, or look his death, leaving a widow and small family." ing before he leaped. He leaped, and fell, nose -Do, Mr. Editor, print this in our JOURNAL. foremost, into a soft bog. He was very wroth, but If that unfeeling wretch, King, has the smallest a pond being near at hand, he soon washed his portion of a conscience left, he may perhaps even proboscis, and forgot all about it. At length we yet be brought to
alive” is not such a very“ harmless amusement." * Hark'e, “ Fino!” you read our Journal to What has he not to answer for, in the death of very little purpose, if you imagine we could like a his late excellent master I-SARAH P., Tiverton. man who traps birds, be he young or be he old. [We would not add to the sting of torment The practice of robbing birds of their liberty, that must, we imagine, haunt the conscience under any circumstances, whether for profit or even of this very wicked man. He has indeed amusement, is brutal,-perfectly indefensible. The a fearfully-heavy load of guilt to answer for!) accounts that have reached us this very month of the barbarous atrocities perpetrated by these vilest Cure for the Sting of a Bee.--In most cases, of vagabonds, in all parts of the country, are the person stung can instantaneously obtain relief heart-rending. The angelic voice of the nightin- by pressing on the point stung with the tube gale has pleaded for him in vain. He has sung of a key. This will extract the sting and his own death-song; whilst parents out of number relieve the pain; and the application of aqua have been robbed of their feathered offspring with ammonia (common spirits of hartshorn) will out mercy. So, “Fino," shut up!-ED. K. J. immediately remove it. The poison being of
an acid nature, is at once neutralised by the may remain until the following March, when they application of this penetrating, and volatile must be potted off singly, for the decoration of alkali. A small quantity introduced into the the parterre.-W. Brown, Merevale. wound on the point of a needle, or fine-nibbed pen, and applied as
as possible, will The Skylark, the Robin, Chaffinch, Cuckoo, &c. scarcely ever fail.—R. B.
- Your noble appeal to man's better nature in the
matter of imprisoning our little "free songsters," Feigning Death to Save Life.—Self-preser- does you honor. I observe that your article on vation seems to be an inherent principle in the subject has been copied far and near. May it animals-a dread of pain and suffering, and a have the effect you intended it to have! Brutal consciousness of death; which consciousness must indeed must be the heart that could, at such a be of the highest order in some animals, since season as this, take pleasure in acts of spoliation they feign that death as the last remaining and robbery! [You are right, Heartsease. Brutal struggle for self-preservation, when all other hopes indeed must it bo-brutal indeed is it. Already have failed. An implanted knowledge of the do we behold remnants of nests torn out of the termination of life must exist, or its effects would hedges; and see thousands of little beautifullynot be feigned, nor the anxiety for safety be so spotted eggs exposed for sale in the highways. paramount an object. It cannot be example that Callow nestlings, too, meet our eye at every turn sets the fox to simulate death so perfectly that he - many of them at their last gasp! The stolid permits himself to be handled, to be conveyed to faces of the robbers show that they have no heart a distant spot, and then to be flung on a dunghill
. beneath their vest. Hence, to argue with them The ultimate hope of escape prompts the measure, would be folly. The sight is sickening; and the which unaided instinct could not have contrived. mind revolts at the barbarity. We would think What we, humanly speaking, call knowledge of well of human nature if we could—but is it posthe world, (which is the mainspring of half our sible ?] The sky-larks now revel in enjoyment. acts and plans,) is the result of deep observation I watch them and listen to them early and late. of character, and of the leading prirciples which What music! what ecstatic delight as they enter influence society; and this would apply very well Heaven's precincts! I can tell where they have with fox in relation to fox. But the analogy must been, hy the celestial strains that accompany them cease here; and we can only say that this artifice in their descent. Our chaffinches are now all of the fox is an extraordinary display of high either building their nests or attending on their cunning, great self-confidence, and strong reso- young. The cuckoo is right merry, singing away lution. There are many insects
, particularly the from morning to night. The swallows too, and genus Elater, the spider, and the dorr-beetle, which our other summer visitors, have made our garden feign death when seized by the hand.—THOMPSON. their home. Ours is a paradise of harmless
delights. One of our pet robins has built its nest Nunneries, Convents, and Monasteries. These and hatched its young family, in a small watering nurseries of crime and wickedness, Mr. Editor, pot. Being rusty and worn out, it was thrown are at last-thank God !-about to be placed under carelessly into a hedge ; and whilst suspended some surveillance. Both yourself and readers there, the odd idea of using it as a nursery sugwill, I am sure, be glad to know that Mr. Cham- gested itself to the happy pair, who, having furBERS' motion for leave to bring in a Bill connected nished it with oak leaves, now live in it rent-free. with the subject, has, after much opposition, just I only hope they may escape the fangs of those been carried. People brought up against their horrible cats ! To see such very tame darlings torn will in these hot beds of vice and pollution will to pieces would be heart-rending. As for the now be able, by legal means, to obtain their dis- garden and its attractions, the flowers, the bees, charge. It was high time to interfere ; but, as the blossoms, &c., fain would I say "Come and see you will admit, “better late than never."-A them !” Our Editor will always be welcome, I (NOW HAPPY) PROTESTANT PARENT, May 11. am sure, wherever he may go.—HEARTSEASE,
(We rejoice at this, Sir, quite as much as you Hants. can do. We are but too well aware of the horrors (Thanks many, gentle Heartsease. We will, which rule in these foul dungeons of uncleanness D.V., come and see what you so prettily and and hideous depravity.]
attractively record. Our “ Engagement Book
is, we observe, filling fast. May the summer The Heliotrope.—My plan of propagating this is continue for a twelvemonth at least! Talking as follows :—At the end of July, I select tops of of those cats, reminds us that we have a tale to young shoots, from three to four inches in length; tell about that nest of seven robins, whose cut them square (i.e. horizontally) at the bottom, exodus from the green-house took place some close under a leaf, taking a few of the lower leaves weeks since. Of the whole family one only away. I then insert them in a mixture of loam, lives—the other six were torn limb from limb rotten leaf-mould, and a little sand. I do not top by two savage cats. Vain was it to attempt them. I generally put from 40 to 50 cuttings in to drive them away. They haunted those poor a broad shallow pot, and place them in a cold little helpless nestlings from morning till night, frame, sprinkling them now and then, to keep till, one by one, they fell—either from fright or them moderately moist, and shading them from weakness, into their enemy's jaws. Retribution the sun. In this way, rarely one in 40 fails to has done its work. Those cats, and some halfgrow. When rooted, 1 pot them off, from four to dozen others, preying upon our grounds, sleep in six in a pot, according to the size of the latter; the dust. We have sworn an eternal war against preferring a certain number in one pot to a multi- the race, and our oath shall be held sacred. If tude of small pots. They are then stopped, and people will keep cats, and daily divide a half
pennyworth of meat among two cats and perhaps whilst putting his paw upon the deceitful and cold as many dogs, we say let them--if they can. But smile, he pleads powerfully for the honest smiles of they shall not sponge upon us, to make up for an friendship, encouragement, and love. The subempty stomach on our grounds. Oh no!] joined is from his “Wise Saws:"-"Oh! what a
sight there is in that word-smile ; for it changes Singular Case of Poisoning at Stettin.— Not color like a chameleon. There's a vacant smile, long since, a gentleman, who had a number of a cold smile, a satiric smile, a smile of hate, an stuffed birds in his study, covered them with affected smile, a smile of approbation, a friendly arsenic to secure their preservation. Soon after- smile, but above all a "smile of love.' A woman wards he became seriously indisposed, without has two smiles that an angel might envy,—the being able to assign any cause for illness ; until it smile that accepts the lover before words are was discovered by a physician whom he consulted uttered; and the smile that lights on the first-born at Berlin, that he had, from constant residence in baby, and assures him of a mother's love.”—Is not the study, absorbed the deadly poison, with which this prettily expressed, Mr. Editor? And how his system became gradually impregnated.-W.T. correctly characterised are the world's smiles !
[Phis should act as a caution to persons using But what have they to do with us ?—GOSSAMER, stearine, and other candles; in the manufacture of Henley. which arsenic is employed.]
[Yes, gentle fairy, the thought is prettily ex
pressed; and the sentiment is worthy of the writer. The Hydrograph.—Will any one of your readers Albeit Sam Slick is a droll fellow, his heart is in be so kind as to give me some information respecting the right place. We quite agree with you in your this instrument? It is a Scotch invention, and I remarks ; and shall cultivate such smiles only as was first told of it about twelve months since. I become the human face, and reflect honor on the have been vainly looking to see or hear more of it. human heart. This is "the" season for perpetual I particularly wish to know where, and at what smiles of love and friendship. Let us enjoy it !] cost, one can be procured ? also, if the instrument is adapted for enlarging as well as reducing draw- The Advantages of—(what silly people call) -ings? Another point is,--are the drawings so “ Vermin.”—I have a plantation of larch, which taken necessarily reversed ?-Puss.
has been entirely underset with oaks by magpies
and jays; these oaks will come into use, and be of The “Roller ” Bird.-On Wednesday last, says some size when the larches are cut down; and be the Editor of the Liverpool Mercury (May 17), a much hardier than any planted by hand among the very fine specimen of that rare bird, the Roller larch.—Ornithophilos. (Coracias garrula), was shot near Knotty Ash. The bird is now in the possession of Mr. James A Costly Nest.--A pair of missel-thrushes, we Mather, naturalist, Williamson Square, who has are told by the Leicester Journal, recently built purchased it to add to his collection. It is one of their nest in a cedar tree, located in the pleasurethe most beautiful European birds ; its head, neck, grounds of Earl Manvers, Thoresby Park, It and breast, presenting various shades of verditer appears that the household linen was being bleached blue, changing to pale green; the shoulders are in the sun, and that the variety offered was too azure blue. The Roller has a wide range of country. tempting to be resisted. Accordingly a lady's cap By some naturalists it is regarded as among the was selected to begin with. Then followed a collar, birds of Africa. It is very rarely seen in Britain ; a habit-shirt, and some lace. These, combined with but it has been captured occasionally in a few twigs and moss, enabled the happy pair to build a counties of England, and also in Scotland.- tidy habitation. But not being able to interweave F. BIRCH.
the habit-shirt with the other materials, an end
sticking out betrayed the whereabout of the thieves. How can I remove Heat Marks from the Surface The nest was found. In it were two eggs. I of a French-Polished Table ?--'I have had the regret to tell you that it was torn out of its resting misfortune, Mr. Editor, to disfigure the top of a place, and sent to London as a curiosity! No doubt handsome table, French-polished, by placing on it the poor thrushes have forsaken these grounds. I some hot plates. Vainly have I tried to remove hope so. What with robbers, guns, traps, and the marks. They remain, apparently indelible. poison, our poor little vernal choristers are brutally Can any of your readers kindly assist me, by treated, whilst attempting to share our hospitality ! pointing out a remedy for the removal of these foul – Violet, Worcester. blots ?-FRANK FREELY.
[We imagine, by what you state, that the marks The Natural History of Australia - I hear, must be deeply indented." In such a case, the top Mr. Editor, that Dr. Harvey, of Trinity College, of the table must, we fear, be scraped afresh, and Dublin, is about to visit Australia, under the joint polished anew. This, if the table be a large one, auspices of the University and of the Royal Dublin would be a heavy expense to incur. However, Society, for the purpose of exploring the natural wait one little month, and see if any better mode history, and especially the seaweeds of the southern can be proposed.]
coasts of that continent. The Australian shores
are well known to be rich in varied and curious Smiles.—Nobody who reads our Journal can forms, but as yet they have been very imperfectly doubt Our Editor's thoughts about smiles,-those explored; naturalists and collectors who have illuminations of the heart reflected glowingly on hitherto visited Australia having chiefly attended the face. A smile costs no effort; yet how eloquent to other departments. Dr. Harvey will therefore, its meaning, -how delightful the impression it let us hope, reap an abundant harvest of new and conveys ! Sam Slick joins in the feeling; and, beautiful species, particularly among the more