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go to roost with the others at night, un- way of communicating her thoughts and less driven by main force; and when in anxieties, which the other was perfectly the morning they were turned into the able to understand. A sister of mine, field, she refused to go thither, and bent who witnessed the transaction, gave me her course towards the yard gate, where the information in the evening of the day she sat all day watching the dog: it happened.”
The proprietor at length finding it in Now I begun this chapter by talking vain to attempt keeping these animals about eagles, and I have been rambling apart, gave orders that the goose should on about geese-but I have an object in be no longer interfered with, but left en- all this. I wish to show my readers that tirely to the freedom of her own will. we have taken certain notions, in regard Being thus left at liberty to pursue her to animals, from the ancients, which are own inclinations, she ran about the yard erroneous; and which have a bad influwith him all night, and when the dog ence upon us. Many a time has a poor went to the village, she never failed to ass got a kick, just because of a prejuaccompany him, and contrived to keep dice that has been handed down from pace with his more rapid movements by age to age. People scarcely think it the assistance of her wings, and in this wrong to abuse a creature that is called way, betwixt running and flying, accom- stupid ! Now the ass is not stupid ; and panied him all over the parish. This it is too bad, wrongfully to give him a extraordinary affection is supposed to hard name, and then to kick him for it! have originated in the dog having res- And it is much the same with dogs. cued her from a fox in the very moment How much have these poor creatures of distress. It continued for two years, suffered, in their day and generation, just and only terminated with the death of because the ancients called them hard
names, and thus transmitted, even to our Now is not this a good story? and it is time, a prejudice! And the tranquil
, all about a goose, that people call a fool- quiet, harmless, goose-how often has a ish bird. But here is another story, boy hurled a stone at one, and scarcely quite as good as any I have told. thought it wrong to wound a creature
“An old goose," says an English that is regarded as the emblem of folly! writer, that had been for a fortnight Now, as I said, we ought to reflect hatching in a farmer's kitchen, was per- upon these things; we ought not to allow ceived on a sudden to be taken violently such prejudices to influence us, and to ill. She soon after left the nest, and re- make us really cruel to brute beasts, who paired to an outhouse where there was are but as God made them, and who a young goose of the first year, which fulfil His design in their creation, more she brought with her into the kitchen. perfectly, I suspect, than some other beThe young one immediately scrambled ings I could name, who think pretty well into the old one's nest, sat, hatched, and of themselves ! afterwards brought up the brood. The And one observation more is to be old goose, as soon as the young one had made here. The facts we haụe stated taken her place, sat down by the side of show what erroneous notions the anthe nest, and shortly after died. As the cients had of virtue. They called the young goose had never been in the habit lion and eagle noble, only because they of entering the kitchen before, I know are powerful; they called the dog mean, of no way of accounting for this fact, but though he is a pattern of fidelity; they by supposing that the old one had some called the ass stupid, though he is pa
tient and frugal; they called the goose with which subject I began this chapter; silly, because of its great mildness. All and especially of the harpy eagle, of these things prove that in the olden time, which a fine portrait accompanies this people thought much of power, and al- number. But in Volume I., page 5, most worshipped it, even when it was I have said so much on the subject, selfish and savage, as is the king of that I must cut the matter short, only beasts or of birds; while they rather saying that the harpy eagle is a native despised the noble virtues of patience, of South America, and is the most powfidelity, friendship, frugality and mild- erful of birds, it being able, by the
stroke of its wings, to break a man's I might go on to tell you of the eagles, skull.
April. This month derives its name from the us, and now and then we have a warm Latin word Aperio, to open, because at day. The grass begins to look a little this period the earth is opened by the green, where the soil is rich and the sower and the planter, to receive the land slopes to the south. seed. In the southern parts of the Uni- But still, April is a month in which ted States, it is a very warm, pleasant we all take delight, for, at this time we season, and so it is in Italy, and Spain. begin to work in the garden, and there In Carolina, the weather is so warm in is a promise of spring around us. The April, that the people put on their thin snow is gone, the ice has filed, jack-frost clothes, the forests are in leaf, the apple- comes not, the hens in the barn-yard trees are in bloom, or perchance already make a cheerful cackle, the geese at the blossoms are past.
the brook keep up a jolly gobble, the But with us at the north, April is still boys play at ball on the green, the lambs a windy, chilly, capricious season. Not frisk on the hill-sides, the plough is in a green leaf, not an opening flower is to the furrow; winter is gone-summer is be seen.
A few solitary birds are with coming!
JEREMIAH was one of the most cele- to death, only on account of his fidelbrated of the Jewish prophets. He lived ity: about six hundred years before Christ, In the 21st chapter of the prophecies and prophesied about seventy years after of Jeremiah, we see his prediction of the Isaiah. He began his career, by divine fate that awaited Jerusalem, and in the command, at an early age. He was a 520 chapter, we 'see how this sad and man of great piety, and a sincere lover fearful warning was fulfilled. of his country. He foresaw the evils After the destruction of Jerusalem,--he which his sinful countrymen would himself witnessing the completion of this bring upon themselves by their idolatries, prophecy,—he was carried into Egypt and while he warned them of the wrath with a remnant of the Jews, and, accorto come, he seems to have done it with ding to tradition, was murdered by his an almost breaking heart.
countrymen, for warning them against It became his duty, in obedience to their idolatrous practices. the instruction of God, to predict the The book of Lamentations is a mel. downfall of Jerusalem, and the destruc- ancholy and pathetic poem, written by tion of the temple. Zedekiah was then Jeremiah, in commemoration of the de. king of Judah, and the fearful prophecy struction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezno doubt grated harshly on his ear. zar. It is exceedingly affecting, and it is The people, too, who cared not for the impossible to read it without deeply symtruth, but only desired a prophet who pathizing with the afflicted prophet. would prophesy smooth things, took Some parts are very beautiful, and the Jeremiah, and were near putting him whole being imbued with a religious spirit
and feeling, it is calculated, in a peculiar the Tungusian language, the little party
was amused at the whole scene. The
entrances were so low that it was necesThe Siberian Sable-Hunter.
sary to creep in upon the hands and
knees. There was no light within, exCHAPTER VIII.
cept the few rays that struggled in at A reary journey.-Meeting with Tungusees.
the door, or were emitted by a smoulderGrand attack of wolves. The first sables killed. ing fire, the smoke of which was let out
at a hole in the top. AFTER securing the skin of the bear,
Each hut consisted of one apartment, the travellers proceeded on their jour- and here the family all slept, cooked, ney, the weather still continuing clear, and ate. The beds consisted of the but intensely cold. They were, how- skins of wolves and bears; the articles ever, well secured by furs, and they of furniture were few, as the people sat plodded cheerfully on, over the snow- on the ground, and most of the cooking crust. There was little variety, for the was performed by simple boiling or country was generally level, and often roasting before the fire. they marched on for hours without Supper was soon provided, for it was meeting a single object of the least in- evening when the travellers arrived. terest. No villages were to be seen This consisted of a piece of bear's flesh, over the wide wastes; not a human being which was very juicy, and resembled met the view; not a bird, not a living pork. It seemed to be esteemed a great thing, enlivened the prospect. And it delicacy by the people themselves, and a was as still as it was desolate; for, save number of persons came into the hut when the wind sighed over the snow, where our adventurers were entertained, not a sound was to be heard. It seem- and, somewhat unceremoniously, helped ed as if nature was in a repose so pro- themselves with their fingers to a porfound as to resemble death itself.
tion of the coveted viands. It is not remarkable, that, after several Our travellers had before seen somedays of weary travel over a country like thing of Tungusian life and manners; this, our adventurers at last rejoiced but their admiration was excited anew to meet with a small settlement of Tun- by the greediness which they all disgusees. This was situated in a little played upon the present occasion-men, valley; and so low were the houses, that women, and children. Their hands the travellers had come close upon them were daubed in grease up to the wrists, before they perceived them. Their ap- and a very considerable portion of their proach was announced by the barking of faces was also anointed in the same three or four shaggy wolf-dogs, who way. They tore the flesh from the seemed to exert their lungs to the utmost bones like dogs, and if a piece of meat upon the occasion.
fell upon the floor, however it might be The party was stared at in silence by powdered with dirt, it was carried to the the inhabitants for a short time, but mouth without scruple or inspection. Linsk soon
announced himself and The children lay down upon the floor, friends as hunters, and as he spoke in and, driving the dogs away, licked up
the puddles of fat that were spilled ment to see around them a pack of at in the greedy scramble. But there was least forty wolves, now ready to make a withal much good nature and merriment united attack upon them! It was night, among the party, and though the speech and their glaring eyeballs seemed like was often rough and the manner uncouth, sparks of fire, and their teeth were laid good humor seemed to pervade the whole bare, as if to rend their victims in pieces.
At the same time the barking, yelping, After the meal was done, brandy was and howling of the savage animals, apbrought in and circulated freely among parently driven to desperation by hunthe men of the company. Some of the ger, were terrific. The whole scene women contrived to get a little for them- was indeed so unexpected and so startselves through the influence of their ad- ling, that Alexis and his two young commirers. The party soon grew merry, panions immediately slunk back into then boisterous, and at last quarrelsome. the hut. Linsk followed, but at least a There was some scuffling and many dozen of the assailants were snapping hard words. Late at night the revel at his heels, as he drew them in through broke up, and the party separated. .
the door. The old hunter saw in an It was late the next day, when Alexis instant that there was but one mode of and his two young companions were warfare which offered the least chance called by Linsk from their repose. of safety, and this was, to face the eneThey took an ample breakfast, and the my at the opening, and prevent them, at party set forward upon their journey. all hazards, from effecting an entrance. For several days they proceeded with. Getting down upon his knees, therefore, out any occurrence worthy of note. At he turned round and looked his furious last they came to a little forest of ever- assailants full in the face.
His gun was green trees, in which they found two or in his hand, and his knife ready in the three small huts, but now deserted by belt. Fixing his eye intently upon the their inhabitants. And here, as it was wolves, so as to watch every motion, he evening, they concluded to spend the spoke rapidly to the young men behind night. Having slightly closed the door him,"Steady, boys, steady; don't be with a few pieces of bark to exclude the afraid. Draw up close and keep your cold, they built a fire, and had sat down to guns ready. What an ill-mannered set their frugal supper of dried deer's flesh, they are! I'll give 'em a dose directly. when the ever-watchful ear of Linsk Now !” caught certain sounds from without, At this instant, the old hunter fired which arrested his attention. He had his gun, and a yell of terror and anguish listened but a moment, when the frag- burst from the pack, who at the moment ments at the door were pushed aside, were jammed into the entrance of the and a wolf thrust his head in at the hut. Two or three of them were killed, opening, and gazed intently upon the and several were wounded; but others party. They were all so taken by sur- rushed into their places, and in the prise, that, for a moment, they neither space of a few seconds Linsk was again spoke nor moved. It was not long, how- threatened with a mass of heads strugever, before Linsk arose, seized his gun, gling for entrance at the door. He soon and was on the point of discharging it gave them another shot, and finally a at the wolf, when the latter suddenly third, and the disheartened beasts, leavwithdrew. The whole party followed ing eight or ten of their companions niñ out, but what was their astonish- dead or mortally wounded on the scene