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ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE.

New and Curious Method of Causing Plants

to Blossom at Will.-I observe, Mr. Editor, a Birds and Bird-Catchers.— I need not tell you, very curious account given of some experiments, my best of friends, how delighted I am to read recently made at Onslow House, Brompton, illusali you say about those villanous bird-catchers. I trative of a process, the invention of M. Herbert, hate them as bitterly as you do. My old master, for promoting, in a space of time so short as to Bombyx Atlas, too, is equally their enemy. Now be not improperly termed "instantaneous,” the and then (for he is ever on the look-out) he catches flowering of plants. Some geraniums, and also a 8 ime boys and men climbing the trees; and waits rose tree, it appears, were placed under a species till they get pretty high up towards the nests. of glass receiver; the earth in which they were Knowing what game is “ up,” I hide myself till set having already been impregnated with certain my master's whistle summons me to my pleasing chemical compounds, which, submitted to the duty. The rascals are then loudly called to, and action of a prepared fluid poured upon it by the desired to " come down instantly." I hasten their operator, generated a strong vapor, and with it a descent by a bark and a growl, both perfectly com- peculiar condition of heat, the effect of which was prehensible I assure you! When “Bombyx” has to expand the buds of the geraniums, and throw done with them, and a pretty dressing they get them into full bloom. The rose tree remained imfrom him !--I lend them å hand, by scizing them practicable;, but M. Herbert accounted for the à tergo. My teeth generally meet, -not in their failure in this instance by saying, that he had Aesh, but right through their habiliments; and not had the plant in his possession sufficiently when I have frightened them till they are nearly long to prepare it for the process. The experiment half dead, then I allow them to escape. I have was curious, and the promised "blossoming” was created quite a reign of terror in our neighbor- no doubt accomplished; but to what extent the hood among the bird-catchers; and I still watch process may be made available, with what degree them narrowly. But now, my dear friend, I have of ease, what the safety as regards the plant itself,

a bone to pick ” with you. How could you and what the period of the bud at the moment of fall so cruelly foul of me,--the Public's "own making the experiment-are points yet to be dog "-in your last number; and socruelly mis- satisfactorily elucidated. The geranium flowers understand the parenthetical remark I made about which were produced by M. Herbert, on this occa"Our Editor ?" Do read again what passed in sion, were distributed among the ladies who were that “Stroll through Epping Forest." Neither I present. This experiment is rather curious than nor my master, while speaking of that old bird- useful, for nobody could take pleasure in syscatcher, commended his “calling." Surely not! tematically setting aside the operations of nature. We spoke of him as a weary traveller. My remark

-HELEN W. that he was “just the man for you," had reference to his knowledge of the habits of birds ; with all Oak-Apples.-What are these, Mr. Editor, and which, he said, he was so intimately acquainted. how are they produced? I was asked the question, Pray set me right with the world on this matter, one day last week, and was obliged to confess my for I am now a public character, and must not ignorance.—ROSALIE. have any slur cast upon me that I do not deserve. [They are the produce of a fly, scientifically Indeed you were very snappish with your old called Cynips. This little creature is furnished friend. You snubbed me cruelly; nor did I get with an ovipositor, or egg-layer. With this instruany sleep, after reading your severe remarks, for ment, the bark or leaves of a tree are perforated. several days and nights. I know your disposition An egg is then deposited therein, and around this too well, to imagine that you will refuse to do me arises an excrescence, termed a “gall," or oakjustice ; and therefore at once appeal to your apple.] generosity to see me righted. You told me to

Do you remember this? Oh! cruel Roses and Rosebuds-At a season when we remark ! What did you mean by_it? Adicu! are positively revelling in the enjoyment of flowers, Thine own faithful, loving friend, Fino, Totten- --whose praises, my dear sir, you do so rejoice to ham, June 10.

sing, let me assist " in directing particular atten[Thou very best of all good and loving dogs! tion to the fairest of all our flowers,—the Rose. It is That we have injured thee is too true,-in word now shedding its sweetest fragrance on all around. though, rather than in thought. The fact is, The Rose may be said to be the oldest of celebrated Fixo, at the time your excellent master's account flowers; and, in the impassioned strain of the of your “ Stroll through Epping" reached us, we ancients, we find it associated with the Lily of the were half crazy at the complaints made to us from Valley, as expressive of all that is pleasing to the all parts of the country, about the doings of “bird- senses and renovating to the mind. In the mycatchers.". The very allusion, therefore, to one thologic ages, it was sacred as the flower of young of their tribe, no doubt irritated us; and our ire affection and endearment, and of mature love, — fell upon your devoted head. Forgive us, dear the favorite of Cupid and of Venus; and stripping Fixo. Hand us thy faithful paw, and let us shake this of the mythological phraseology, which in all it with all the sincerity of true friendship. From cases was a fictitious mantle thrown around someour very heart we love thee, and thy deur master thing previously felt, no similitude of any flower

So wipe thy eyes, and let us all be better- could be more appropriate. The Rosebud, the (no, that cannot be) as good, we mean--friends as sweetest subject that appears in the garden, is

:-P.S. What delightful weather this is, for typical of all beginnings from the issue of which you to tear away after those rabbits! We hope enjoyment and pleasure are expected. The early to join you soon in a forest nble.]

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wing,--young schemes and projects,-young life, leaves, trills a placid and soothing lullaby. I quite -young love (though the last is especially subject agree with you, my dear sir, in believing that we to a

worm i' the bud"); ---and a hundred other may learn many a practical lesson from these young associations, all of delightful kind, are sweet creatures. I never fail to carry out, to the linked with the Rosebud. An ample bed of Roses best of my ability, the many hints kindly thrown in full bloom has no parallel among the productions out by you for my individual benefit. I know of the earth. The habits and colors of the several many others, too, whose sentiments are in unison varieties, are varied almost without end; and yet with my own.--Helen W. there is great beauty in each of them. Then the (We are proud, fair Helen,-pleasingly proud, perfume with which they embalm the zephyr as it to have such a coadjutor as yourself

. You are plays over them, is quite unique ; nothing among perfectly correct in the feelings you cultivate, and other flowers can be compared to it. Most of the are to be commended for spreading them far and fragrant flowers have something of a sickly nature near. Rely upon it, ours is the true philosophy.] in their perfume, which, while it gratifies the sense for a litile, soon brings a heaviness over the mind. The Poultry Fountain.-- I observed in your This is especially the case with bulbous-rooted last, an announcement of a Poultry Fountain, flowers--such as hyacinths and lilies, which contain which was said to be useful to amateurs. Do you a small portion of prussic acid, and a much larger know anything about it, or have you seen any of portion of diluted carbonic, which soon brings the them in use ?--John F., Marlow. perfume to the ground. The odor of the Rose, on [The fountain you allude to (we have two of the other hand, is all-exhilarating, floats light and them in use) is the registered invention of Messrs. buoyant on the breeze; and, besides being the Baker, King's Road, Chelsea. It is a cheap and most delightful to the sense, it gives tone and elas- very clever contrivance for supplying pure water ticity to the mind. In most instances the odor of to the poultry-yard, -its contamination by dirt, a flower dies along with it, and the decaying petals being rendered impracticable: The great secret are offensive to the nostril; but not so the Rose. of success in keeping fowls healthy, lies in the We find it yielding a variety of fragrant liquors, practice of giving them a constant supply of pure which do not require the corrosive ingredients water. We must, and do ever insist upon this. which are in many of the compound essences of Half the complaints we receive about sickness in the shops; and Attar of Roses, especially when the poultry-yard, arise from the impurity of the prepared in the valley of the Ganges, where square water that is given to the inmates. Messrs. Baker's miles are devoted to the growth of this flower, fountains are well calculated to remedy this evil. is now almost the only substance which, weight | By placing them in a horizontal position, they are for weight, is more valuable than gold.—Hearts- readily filled, there being only one opening, which EASE, Hants.

is below, immediately over the trough; when full,

they are placed upright, and immediately become The Voice of the Skylark.— I cannot wonder self-supplying. It must be remarked, that no more at this birid of Heaven being such a favorite with water flows from the reservoir than is actually Our Editor. He is indeed a lovely fellow; as all required, and it will continue to flow so long as must acknowledge who see and hear him in his there is any left. The fountains are so prepared upward flight. Hogg calls this bird “the emblem that they cannot corrode, and therefore may be of happiness," and he certainly does diffuse hap- used without fear.] piness on all around him. His is "the" voice that sings at the portals of the golden sky its Chloroform administered to a Horse. --A grateful hymn of contentment, and pours out its few days ago, says the Editor of the Bris heart full of adoration to the Supreme Being. He tol Times, chloroform was administered, under is the lowliest dweller on the green-sward,—the the direction of Mr. J. G. Lansdown, to a horse loftiest soarer skywards. There is a sweet cheerful belonging to Messrs. Matthews and Leonard, of lesson to be learnt from that voice in the air-one this city, and called “Sambo.” The object of of contentment, light-heartedness, and gratitude. giving it to him was, that they might be able to And what bird has so good a right to sing "at shoe the animal with less difficulty than they Heaven's gate" in the summer sky, as this gentlest usually experienced ; his violence on such occaand truest of birds ? He never wanders from his sions being so great, that it took seven men six nest, and his native land, but dwells ever among us, hours to perform the work, and then only at a risk making the very clouds musical during the spring, of having their legs broken, The experiment summer, and autumn ; and gathering together, in was successful; for after gradual doses had been the silence and gloom of winter, in friendly flocks, administered for half-an-hour, the animal comwhen his song ceases. He is then too often destroyed menced a sort of dance on all fours, which he into supply the table of the luxurious! Nor, whilst creased rapidly, and finished by raising himself speaking of this charming songster, may we forget up and falling backwards in a corner of the shoehis kindred bird, the woodllark; for his song also is ing shop. He was then dragged out, and revery sweet, when he warbles in the choruses of mained perfectly motionless until one fore and one spring. Less brilliant than that of the lark, it has hind foot were shod, the chloroform being contigreat softness and tenderness; and after sunset, nued in small doses all the time. The two shoes when his sun-worshipping cousin has sunk in were put on in .twenty minutes ; he was turned gentle silence on his grass-sheltered nest, the over, and in eighteen minutes the other two were woodlark, perched on the largest branch of some completed. While the operation was going on, neighboring tree, and looking down on his nest, the animal got into a sweat, and continued so unwhich is placed beneath the shelter of a May-thorn til towards the end, when he became rather cold : hedge, or hidden by rank grass and gigantic duck- lre was then well rubbed all over, and was got on his legs, when he appeared weak, and staggered will briefly tell you that a more ridiculous piece at first, but, being supported by the men, soon of imposture—a more gigantic humbug-never after recovered himself.-By this, it would appear, was, never could be, palmed off upon a credulous Mr. Editor, that a certain and harmless remedy public. I told Mrs. Hayden this, and I promised is at hand, in cases where severity and force are that she should hear of it through the Public's useless. Let us hope it will more frequently be Own JOURNAL. Placing her tongue in the bol. resorted to.-WILLIAM C., Gloucester.

low of her cheek, she made a peculiar noise, like

a stifled whistle, and said, “What do I care ? Do The Growth of Salmon.-In the year 1850 a your worst." A rich specimen of American vulnumber of salmon smolts, says the Berwick Wargarity is Mrs. Hayden ; but this, I imagine, is der, were taken from the river Tweed to stock a only when she finds she is detected. (Let me tell pond near Melrose. A few days ago, three or you, we all went on purpose to detect the imposifour of these fish were captured with the rod, and tion; and we said so, boldly, on entering the although by this time nearly three years old, room.) I asked, first, “What is a Spirit ?" The their average weight was found to be only half a answer was, “A Soul !" " What is a Soul ?" pound. They have all the appearance, however, “Don't know,” said the Medium, carelessly. of full-grown salmon, their stunted growth being Thought so," said I, “and so it seems, Ma. no doubt attributable to their being kept in a dame, I have come upon a fool's errand.” A ringfresh water pond without ever having an oppor- ing, roguish laugh (we all could not help joining tunity of reaching the sea.—JAMES L., New in it), was the answer. I was "done!" No castle.

“Spirits " could be seen or heard. We were told

to "try and imagine" that there were Spirits in Spiritual Manifestations.—That the world is the room. We said, “We could not.” Then," turned upside down, Mr. Editor, appears plain ; for said Madame, they won't appear." (!!) The we see that, in addition to the fashionables at the “ tappings" under the table were made as usual; West, many of the clergy are supporters of this and there only. It was not difficult, at all, to see crafty deceit

. I congratulate you on your remaining who made them. The best of the joke remains to true to your principles. I see the conductors of be told. I imagined one of the party, to whom I Chambers's Journal are veering round, and giving had handed the where with al, had paid “ the fees" in their adhesion to the Spirits.

It is to be on entrance. It seems otherwise. On preparing regretted; but not to be wondered at. Yet is it to leave, my cara sposa was called aside into a sad to think that the established Christian Religion private room. She readily went, having no fear should be publicly avowed a farce. The idea seems

of“ Spirits " before her eyes.

Here she was monstrous to a reflective mind, that the Creator mysteriously reminded by the petticoated Rapshould permit any intercourse (at the will of a per, that we had not yet "tipped-up.” This was juggler) to take place between the departed and the onlyrap "which we perfectly comprehended the living. John Bull will believe anything! Ian American dodge which has now become But this last American humbug is “too" bad. thoroughly English ! I of course to the It proves, as you say, that we are going a head required amount. I do not regret this visit at all. over fast. Well may we read of so many people I love philosophy, as you well know, in all its going mad after witnessing such exhibitions! bearings; but, like yourself, I detest humbug. If We are getting “wise above what is written;" philosophy leads us beyond the confines of TRUTH, and we must take the consequences.-E., Bath.

what is it worth? I owe a duty to the public; [We are weary of commenting on this subject. and through you, I discharge it. I told Mrs. HayInfidelity is not to our taste. We have repeat- den I would do so; she defied me with an air of edly said the world is mad; and are they not excessive vulgarity that “must be seen to be approving it daily ? If the people will give themselves preciated "-I told her, as I now tell you, that up to such silly bewitchery, let them do so by all my name is Joan Amor, 135, New Bond Street. means; but we are sorry to see leaders of the

June 16. people willing to listen to it; and still more sorry [We have made it our business to confer person. to observe them treat the imposture with gravits ally with all the party who are referred to above; and composure-aye, and even argue upon its and they are unanimous on this point-that a more truth. We are clear of this.]

abject piece of humbug was never before intro

duced to an English public. What sane person More of the Spirit Ghosts, Spirit Goblins, and doubts it ?] Hobgoblins.-Let me compliment you highly, my dear sir, for having so early and so loudly raised Trees, or Old Ruins, Covered with Ivy. To your voice against those ghostly impostors, the give a picturesque appearance to a tree, or ancient

Spirit Rappers.” I hardly need tell you, that ruin, covered with ivy, or any evergreen climber, my mind was thoroughly made up, long since, clematis montana and a Virginian creeper (am. about the absurdity of these catch-penny exhibi: pelopsis hederacea) should be planted, to run up tions; but not wishing to have it said that I over the ivy. Do not, however, allow them to was prejudging the “Spirits" without going to cover it all over. The clematis, after reaching see them " called up," I have just martyr'd myself the top, will hang down in long wreaths of snowand family for the public good! Mrs. Hayden white blossom to the ground in the month of May; has had from me, and mine, five golden pieces; and in the autumn, the purpleish scarlet tinge from in exchange for which, we enjoyed a succession of the fading leaves of the screeper" would be no hearty laughs that you might have (almost) heard less beautiful, nor less in contrast to the deep at Hammersmith. As you have so ably exposed green below it.--Emma G. the details of the humbug, in former numbers, I

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The Goodness of God, shown in the Structure water in your face. It is a living creature and not and Adaptation of the Eyes of Insects.-How a flower, and has transformed itself into a cold wonderfully constructed is the beautiful organ of clot of gore as the best means of escaping from insect vision ! How admirably adapted to the your grasp.,

You will have a better chance of necessities of insects ! The gaudy dragon-fly, capturing those which the tide has left entirely presenting, as he does, such a conspicuous tempe- dry. Here is one, plump and of a good color. It ing show of colors to the active swallow, eludes has nothing to attach it to the limestone boulder, the feathered enemy by superior agility of flight. save the pressure of the atmosphere acting on its Mere agility, however, would avail nothing with sucker-like base ; but we may rend it to pieces out the aid of powerful eyes. Accordingly, na- before we can get it off. And there are none to ture has given him somewhat more than twelve be found (or very rarely) on pebbles of a portable thousand, bright and piercing ; some looking up size; as if the creatures knew which was the wards, some downwards, some backwards, and safest anchorage. We will have it, however, to some on either side. In the ants, there are fifty add to our menagerie. It is on the side of the of these faces or eyes; in the horse-fly, four thou- block, which is more convenient to us than the top. sand; in butterflies, upwards of seventeen With this lump of stone, I rap, tap, tap, just above thousand three hundred and fifty-five have been it, taking care not to touch its very crushable counted-nay,in some coleopterous or scaly winged person. See; it dislikes the jar, and is beginning insects, there have been numbered no fewer than to give way. It drops, and I catch it in this twenty-eight thousand and eighty-eight.-Rose. oyster-shell, which contains a tempting little pool

[Your remarks and observations of nature, of salt-water. It settles; we may now put our Rose, do you honor. Nature's goodness knows no prisoner in our game-bag, and march off with it bounds. Foreseeing the danger to which man. home. Tame sea-anemones display great wilfulkind are constantly exposed, she has bountifully ness, and, if not properly managed, a sulky temgiven us, her children, two eyes, two legs, two feet, per. The grand object is to have them show to two ears, and two hands,

,-so that, if either should advantage, and make the best possible display sustain injury, there would still be another left to with their petals, or arms.

To effect this, you perform the extra duty. Some weeks since must keep them very hungry ; short commons are we had a heavy fall in the street, and sustained sure to call forth their attractive endowments. severe damage in our arm, elbow, hand, and fin. Like poets, and painters, and dancers, and singers gers; so sadly were our sinews strained, that we -omitting all mention of periodical prose-writers were for a length of time compelled to suspend the —they exercise their talents for what they can wounded limb in a support, attached to the neck. get, as well as because it is their born vocation to Fortunately, our left arm was the sufferer. The please. Every petal is a movable member, whose right hand has, ever since, been doomed to cease- office is to provide for the central mouth. Drop a less toil. In perfect agony, it has travelled over pin's head morsel of fish-meat just over the anereams of paper, and answered letters innumer- mone, so as to fall, while sinking, between the able. But it has done its duty; and we are arms; and it is clutched by the one that is nearest thankful. During the extremity of our suffering, to it, and packed at once into the digestive reposiwe could not help pondering much on that beauti- tory. But feast your flower, and he doubles himful saying, -" If one member suffers, all the self up close-to open no more until he is again other members suffer with it." There assuredly half famished. Our sea-anemone travelled about is a remarkable sympathy in the different mem- the glass, by sliding along, sometimes at quite a bers of the body; and it is wisely ordained that it perceptible rate, on his sucker. Now and then should be so.]

his spirits drooped while changing his skin, which

came off occasionally in a filmy cuticle. On one The Sea-Anemone.- I was very much pleased occasion only did he try to escape; and that was with that pretty article about the Dormouse, so when the water had become turbid, by shrimpkindly copied for you by your interesting corre- flesh put in to feed his abominations, the crabs. spondent " Heartsease" (ante, p. 315). From the He climbed up the glass until he was almost same source, I have busied myself in making a high and dry.

as much as to ask us few extracts about the “Sea-Anemone," which to renew his bath. But the weather was will come in as a sequel to the particulars of that stormy, and we could not go to the beach for little creature, furnished at Page 186 of OUR JOUB- his usual supply. Next morning he lay at the

It is a "labor of love" to work for Our bottom of the tumbler, all flabby and unattached. Editor, and therefore offer no apology-feeling We thought he was dead, but it was only a sure of a welcome :—“Everybody has not seen a piece of pouting. In an hour or two he was as sea-anemone, although they are multitudinous on cheerful as ever. To reward his good conduct, many parts of our coast. If you take a stroll at we descended the cliff, and tapped the raging ebb-tide, below high water mark, along a rocky ocean at the risk of a good ducking. The seashore, you will find the boulders plentifully sprin- anemone was perfectly amiable in comparison kled with seeming specks of clotted blood. Touch with the tenants of an opposite tank. Spring them, and they shrink into a thin leathery patch. water was the element which filled a soupIn the little pools which have been left by the tureen that had ever been innocent of English retiring waves, you will observe apparent flowers mock-turtle. Instead of the nutritious and deliof various sizes, from a sixpence to a five-shilling cious and pernicious stuff, which, when cold, piece ; and mostly of a dull deep crimson tint. You you may chop with a hatchet, this vase of abmight fancy them a knot of self-sown, submarine stinence had never got beyond sorrel and cabGerman asters. Try to gather one, and it withers baçe, with a Sunday bouillon in which were into nothing ; perhaps squirting a few drops of swimming mighty islands of well-soaked crust.

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London Milk.-Do you believe, Sir, that one and dissect each other alive with their dorsal half or one quarter of the article sold in London thorn. At the bottom pined a pair of cray-fish, as “milk,” ever formed a part and parcel of the hating the light, disgusted at being stared at, animal known as a cow? I have heard strong refusing to eat, and denouncing in their heart of disputes about this, and I refer to you as an hearts the villanous temptation of the dead dog in thority " to settle the point.-ARTHUR J., Regent's a faggot, which had brought them into this pale Park. captivity from their dear dark holes on the river's

[The article which is facetiously sold in London bank. Be pleasant they would not, unless at night, as milk,” has been repeatedly analysed, and in when we were all upstairs and fast asleep. Their very many cases has been found quite innocent of hearts were more obdurate than mine. They stood any acquaintance with a cow. It is a most horout so well, and refused to be comforted so com- rible compound, for the most part, whose use habit pletely, that we turned them into a brook, to take alone has reconciled to the palate. We hold it in their chance. And yet they might have been supreme abhorrence. There are thousands of poor amusing, if they had not proved so nocturnal and animals (we grant) confined in sheds, cellars, shy. They are the very miniature of the esculent stables, and hovels, which really are COWS ; lobster, only of stronger build, and greater tenacity and by deluging their stomach with watery grains, of life ; with the further claim to close relationship some considerable quantity of sky-blue fluid is by turning red when they are boiled.”—The last forced from them thrice, or oftener, daily-yet is few paragraphs remind me of the collection of this quite inadequate to supply a millionth part of zoophytes, molluscs, and other curious marine“fry London. Then again, large supplies of milk now now exhibiting at the Zoological Gardens, Regent's arrive from all parts of the country daily. This Park. Have you seen this remarkable sight, my may be milk when it arrives; but it is no secret dear Sir? If not, do ; pray do. There is enough that one gallon of it is, by the aid of water, to laugh at for a month at least !-Helen W. converted into at least four gallons; and bappy

[Thank you, kind Helen, for your valuable aid. ought we to be even then, if it reaches us in that We are indeed grateful for such services—so state. But, ałas! no. The further process of freely rendered! We have seen the "Vivarium reduction and addition, however, we will not in the Zoological Gardens; and we have inquire too closely into. We have heard it given "laughed”-aye roared, at the doings of that "odd in confidence, but it is too disgusting to repeat. assemblage" of living marine characters. You And as for the manufacture of London Cream,' will find an account of it in a former page (351).] this would be far too shocking to meet the eye of

our readers in detail. It is plain, then, that there Insects, Ligustri, &c.—I may, perhaps, have is not a sufficient supply of " milk" to admit of been rather hasty in forming an opinion about only one person in a thousand getting an ho Ligustri, mentioned in your last number. Let mceopathic taste of it daily (we speak of London me, therefore, pay respect to the superior know- and the suburbs). The statistical account of the ledge of "Bombyx Atlas." I imagined that the number of cows kept, proves this; and the ascerlarva had not been pierced by an ichneumon, tained quantity of milk sent up to assist in the because, on dissecting it, I did not observe any supply, still further confirms it. "Ignorance of those minute maggots which I have seen in in this matter is “bliss." In our recent ramble insects thus attacked. A subject of some interest through Hampshire, we did indeed get a taste was recently propounded to me, and perhaps some of “milk.” A taste ? a feast! In a certain homeof your correspondents can throw some light on stead, to which we have alluded in another part it. The question debated was this-whether of our paper, we saw some very noble-looking Moths and Butterflies continue a fixed time in cows, whose symmetrical proportions quite dethe pupa state. If they do so usually, how can lighted us. Our kind hostess, observing the inwe account for the great variations we sometimes terest we took in the farm-yard and its associa meet with ? Are they occasioned by differences tions, asked us,

:-“if we were fond of milk?" Our in feeding, temperature, &c.? Thus, for instance, reply was-a look in the affirmative. We added three caterpillars of Cucullia Asteris, which that, as we lived near London, it was very long entered the earth on the dates September 20th, since we had tasted any real milk. We ob 21st, and 23rd, made their appearance from the served a slight telegraphic communication pass chrysalis on the three following days July 6th, between the mistress and a most good-tem7th, and 9th. But again, three caterpillars of pered domestic, attached to the yard ; and Vinula formed their cocoons on August 15th, in a few moments there stood before us, 18th, and 19th, respectively. Of these, the last in a pretty chamber, a bowl of the richest appeared on the 1st of June, the second on the milk that was ever brought to table. The snow7th, and the one that changed first came out on white froth on it heaved like the waving of a the 9th. Insects would appear therefore to be syllabub; and the aroma exhaled from it was uncertain in the time of their appearance; so that quite a nosegay. Never shall we forget the kind we cannot rely on the statements in books re- look of that farm-servant, as he recognised the garding the time of obtaining them. The larva delight with which we quaffed from his mistress's of Ocellata, for instance, is usually said to arrive royal bowl, and praised his handywork in its in September to its full size. Of these, two were quick presentation on the table. (By the way, what reared last year. One was full-grown in July, a treat it is, to see how these domestics, in the and the other at the end of August. Also in heart of the country, love and esteem their em

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