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If a man loses half an hour in the morning, he may be looking for it, in vain, all the day long.
A stitch in time saves nine. What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.
Want of care often does us more damage than want of knowledge.
To have leisure, you must earn it by industry. Many a little makes a mickle *.
Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
Waste not, want not.
Industry is an estate, a good management will increase it.
From the Same.
THE CROCODILE. . The crocodile lives on the banks of immense rivers, in hot climates, such as those of India and Africa. He seems to have the whole command on these shores, as much as the lion has in the deserts, or the eagle in the air, or the whale in the sea. He can live either on land or water, and is a dreadful terror to both. He is of an enormous size, and has such strength and power, that no animal within his reach is able to resist him. Crocodiles have some
* A mickle, means a great deal.
times grown to the enormous length of twenty-five feet; and it is thought that, like fishes, they continue to increase in size during their whole life. The sight of this creature is sufficient to fill any one with terror; for he has fierce and fiery-looking eyes, and a frightful row of teeth, which are always seen, for he has no lips to cover them. He is covered with a coat of armour, worked together in a most curious manner; and, on his back, it is strong enough to resist a musket-ball : below, it is thinner and more pliable. The colour of the full-grown crocodile is a blackish brown above, and a yellowish white beneath. The mouth is of vast width, and is furnished with a number of sharp-pointed teeth ; and these are so arranged, that, when the mouth is shut, they fit in between one another.
The crocodile seems to bave more power in the water, than on the land. The great length of his body prevents him from turning suddenly round; yet, when he is going to seize his prey, he swims forward with astonishing swiftness. On land, his long body, in its hard, stiff, heavy coat, makes him less active, and therefore less dangerous. He prefers the water to the land; and he will often lie floating along the surface of the water, looking like a large piece of timber; and he darts upon whatever animal comes within his reach. But, if nothing comes in his way, his hunger will then lead him to the bank. There he will lie concealed, till some land animal comes to drink,-a dog, a bull, a tiger, or even a man. Nothing is seen of the creature till it is too late to escape. He springs upon his victim, seizes him between his teeth, drags him into the water, and instantly carries him to the bottom. He seldom moves far from the water, so that, in many parts of the East, it is very dangerous to walk carelessly on the banks of unknown rivers, or among reeds and sedges :- and bathing is often attended with great danger.
On hot days, there are numbers of crocodiles on the rivers of Guinea *; they will lie basking on the banks; and, as soon as they observe any one coming, they will plunge into the water. Travellers say, that, in the river Senegal, on the western coast of Africa, they have seen more than two hundred of them swimming together, with their heads just above the water.
The French soldiers say that, when they were in Egypt, they were not in the least afraid of the crocodiles of the river Nile. They were not attacked by them, and never met with them at a distance from the river. The reason of this probably was, that the animals found sufficient food in the river.
The young of the crocodile are produced by eggs; and this creature, which grows to so vast a size, comes from an egg not bigger than that of a goose. The female carefully hides her eggs in the sand, and leaves them to be hatched by the heat of the sun. The little creature, when it first gets out of the egg, is seldom more than six or seven inches long. As soon as it is hatched, it runs into the water; and many of them are there destroyed by different kinds of fish. Their eggs too, of which the female lays about eighty at a time, are destroyed in vast numbers by vultures and other animals, which happily prevents the crocodiles from increasing to that fearful number, which might otherwise be expected.
From the Same.
HINT ON PRESERVING HEALTH. To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, You have given us at different times some very useful hints on preserving health, and I must give
* In Africa.
you credit for what you have left out, as well as for what you have put in; for, from what you have said, I have not the least doubt that you have had plenty of receipts to cure all manner of diseases. But playing with medicines is dangerous work. I hope, however, in addition to what you have already done, you will give your readers another hint from me, who have had a good deal of experience in such matters... .
Tell them, that, at all times, and, at this time of the year more particularly, a free circulation of air is absolutely necessary, if they wish to enjoy good health, I don't wish them to make a strong cur. rent of air through a room, and to seat themselves just in the draught of it, but let them allow all the rooms to have the air frequently and freely passing through them. Let them throw the doors and the windows, of their bed-rooms in particular, open every morning, as soon as they leave them. You have told them this before * ; but you may tell them again :- for health, cleanliness, and comfort are all concerned in it. Many of the fevers, which are so dangerous, are either caused or increased by inpure air.
Part of the Epitaph of Wm. Ward, in St. Mary's
Church, Beverly, Yorkshire.-Written by Hima self.--1772.
And shall it be? shall my vile dust assume
Celestial glories in a life to come?
The everlasting source of Truth survey?
My errors pardon, and my sins remove;
Vol. II. p. 272. 319.417,
Rules for the Behaviour of little Boys and Girls,
with the Reasons for them. . Rule 1. Cheerfully obey all God's commands.
The Reason.-Because He will make all good persons, when they die, happy in heaven; and all the wicked miserable in hell. . 4. 2. Read the Holy Bible.
The Reason.-For in it you will learn what God commands.
3. Never do any thing when alone, which you should be ashamed to do if any one saw you.
The Reason.-For God always sees you. 4. Do to others as you would have others do to you.
The Reason.-Because God commands it. : 5. When you have done wrong, freely confess your fault. .
The Reason.-For then God will forgive you.
7. Thank God for all things, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. '
8. Go constantly to church, and think well what you go for.
9. Never take God's holy name in vain.
12. Love your brothers, sisters, and schoolfellows.
13. Speak evil of no one.
19. When you are sick, be patient, and pray to God to make your sickness profitable to you.-Say “Thy will be done."