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The Sense of Taste,
1 Bethesda,

97 The Siberian Sable-Hunter, 2,50, 88, 109, 146, Jerusalem,

98 166 Valley of Jehoshaphat,

102 Hay-Making, 8 Joppa or Jaffa,

103 Limby Lumpy, 9 Mount Carmel,

104 Lime,

11 Ruins of Jericho as they now appear, 129 The Voyages, Travels and Experiences


130 of Thomas Trotter, 12, 58, 92, 136, 170 Bethlehem,

131 Similes, 16 The Hippopotamus,

107 Proverbs and Sayings of the Chinese, 16 The Flying Dragon,

108 Indians of America, 17, 38, 72, 141 The Snail,

108 Ruins of Babylon,

24 Varieties,

126, 160, 187 Adam and Eve, . 25 Rivers,

135 Merry's Adventures, 26, 34, 66, 104, 132, 161 Boy and Bird,

135 Gaza, 29 Gall Insects,

140 Knights Templars and other orders of

Anecdote of the Natives of Porto Rico, 143 Knighthood, 30 Winter Sport,

144 A Page for Little Readers, 30 Clouds,

141 Bob O’Linkum's Song to the Mower, 32 The Orang-Outang,

145 The Sense of Touch, 33 Field Teachers,

151 That thing I cannot do,

45 Life and Character of Alexander the Skeleton of a Bird, 47 Great,

157 A Tragedy in the Woods,

48 Discovery of the Mines of Potosi, 165 Frogs, 49 Wild Geese,

169 Walled Cities, 55 The Two Friends,

175 Bells, 55 The Selfish Boy,

177 A Mother's Affection,

56 Story of Little Dick and the Giant, 178 To Correspondents, 63, 128 The Flowers,

179 Puzzles, 64, 128 Christmas,

180 Seeing,

65 Winter is coming, The Stock-Dove, &c. 79 Liberty,

183 Story of Philip Brusque, 80, 151, 181 Dress and other matters in France, in Ingenious Contrivances of Nature, 84 the time of Henry IV., Don't be too Positive,

86 The Last Leaf of Autumn, . A Melancholy Event, 96 Reflections,

188 Sketches of Bible Scenes,



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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by S. G. GOODRICH, in the Clerk's Office of the

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The Sense of Taste. The tongue, which has so much to do The tongue is always moistened with with talking, has a good deal to do with saliva, which instantly dissolves the surtasting. It is indeed one of the chief face of anything that is put into the instruments by which the sensation of mouth. Some portion of the particles taste is experienced. The palate is also being taken upon the tongue, this latanother organ of importance in the per- ter is pressed against the roof of the ception of taste.

mouth, thus bringing them in contact 1



with the nerves which coat the surface It is in the same sense that we say, a of the mouth and palate. It is by means person has a taste for painting, or music, of these nerves that the qualities of sub- or any other art.

When we say a perstances are perceived and the sensation son has fine taste, we mean that his which we call taste is excited.

mental perceptions are very acute. It will be perceived that the saliva of the mouth is one great cause of all taste. When the tongue is rendered dry by disease, or any other circumstance, the The Siberian Sable-Hunter. sense of taste is either imperfect or lost. The pressure of the tongue against the

CHAPTER IX. surface of the mouth seems also to be important in producing the sense of taste; AGREEABLY to their plan, the sablefor if you put anything into your mouth, hunters continued at the hut, following and hold it open, the sensation is hardly the game, day after day, with the greatproduced. It is from the effect of this est ardor. The forest proved to be very pressure that the act of chewing and extensive, stretching out for miles upon swallowing gives us so much pleasure. both sides of a little river that Aowed

There is a great difference in people, into the Lena. It was the depth of as to the degree of perfection in which winter, and snow fell almost every day; they possess this sense ; for in some, it is yet they were seldom prevented from very blunt, while in others, it is very going forth by the weather. They were acute. There is a difference also as to very successful in their hunting, and a the things that people like. Some are day seldom passed in which they did 'fond of cheese, and others cannot endure not bring home some game. They it. The Esquimaux are delighted with killed several bears and wolves, and a the flavor of blubber oil; the Indians of great number of sables, ermines, marGuiana feast upon monkeys; the ne. tens, squirrels and lynxes. groes of south-western Africa are fond In all their expeditions, Alexis was of baked dogs; the Chinese eat rats, lize among the most active, persevering, and ards and puppies; the French rank snails skilful of the party. It was a great and frogs among their nicest tit-bits; object in obtaining the finer furs, to yet all these things are revolting to us. kill the animals without breaking the

This diversity arises chiefly from cus- skin of the body. In this art, Alexis tom and habit ; for originally our percep- excelled; for he could shoot with such tions are, no doubt, nearly the same. It precision, as to bring down his game, by is certainly so with animals; for every putting only a single shot through the horse and every ox, in a natural state, head. But he was of an ardent temper, eats or rejects the same species of food. and sometimes his zeal led him into

The word taste is frequently used in danger. One day, being at a distance what is called a metaphorical sense, for from his party, he saw a silver fox, and the purpose of expressing the feelings of he pursued him for several hours, enthe mind. A person who loves poetry tirely forgetting that he was separated is said to have a taste for poetry; by from his friends, and wandering to a which is meant that he has a mind great distance, amid the mazes of the which feels and appreciates the quali- woods. ties of poetry, just as the tongue feels 'or At last, in pursuing the fox, he entered appreciates the qualities of food. a wild and rocky dell, where perpendic

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