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birds had the plumage of the cock bird upon the porcupine feeds entirely on vegetables, and its breast, and of the hen bird upon the back, and flesh is eaten, not only in Africa, but also in many neither testes nor ovaries could be found on dis- parts of Europe, where its young are produced; section. At the same meeting, Mr. Bartlett stated nor can there be any proofs adduced against that a herring gull (Laurus argentatus) which was the wholesomeness of the table delicacy. The bred in the Society's Gardens, two years ago, was feet of the animal are strong; the fore pair in the habit of passing the winter in the gardens, having four toes each, as well as a rudimentary and absenting itself during the summer months, thumb; while each hind foot has five stout toes. as it was supposed, for the purpose of breeding. It is not difficult to tame to a considerable degree, EXTRAORDINARY ATTACK,

when the process is commenced at an early period A few days ago, as a gentleman was walking of the creature's existence.-CAPTAIN J. R. one evening, near Corscombe, near Beaminster, in

A FELINE FISHER. a wood near to that place, he all of a sudden felt A Stockport paper tells a story of a cat belonga sharp pang on the back of his leg; he turned ing to a householder in that town, which has been round, and to his utter astonishment, saw a large in the habit of regularly bringing home every badger. The brute succeeded in reaching his morning a plump member of the finny tribe. At waist. The gentleman had nothing but a small length a watch was set. Comfortably seating herwalking stick with him at the time. The badger self upon the banks of a well-stocked reservoir in threw him down, and would eventually, without the neigbourhood, pussy watched the movements doubt, have succeeded in fixing his dangerous of the fish until an opportunity offered for making fangs in his throat, when his cries summoned the a capture. Shortly, a goodly fish presented itself timely help of a labourer working in a field ad near the surface, when in pounced the cat, and oining the copse, who rescued him from his almost instantly swam back to the bank with its perilous position, much bruised and hurt.

prize, which was soon carried home as usual. It THE ELEPHANT'S REVENGE.

had long been suspected that the reservoir was When in 1858, Batty's collection of wild beasts plundered by a different species of poachers. visited Cambridge, amongst the visitors was a

THE BULLFINCI AND HIS CHARACTERISTICS. blacksmith, who feeling inclined to test the ele

A very handsome, fascinating fellow is “Master phant's knowledge of good and evil, first placed a Bully.” Only look at his fine black hood, and his piece of bread within its reach, which soon disap rich carmine breast! His twisting and bowing peared; he then offered him a piece well dressed motions, too,-how infinitely amusing! He has a with mustard, which, on a slight examination, was

world of fun within him, and he lets it ooze out rejected. The blacksmith departed for the time, as he sits on some favourite twig. Should you but returned in about an hour with another pre- approach him unobserved, his antics, within sight sent. The sagacious animal, however, was deter- of his ladye-love (who doats on his performances mined to repay with interest the trick which had for her own especial benefit), would send you home been attempted to be played upon him, and gave screaming with laughter. "A bird has no lanthe man a box on the ear with his trunk, which guage !” Who says so ? “Bully" has a whole caused him to measure his length on the floor alphabet to himself, and he has a band of music some yards distant from the spot where he had in every letter of it. Every letter, too, has a been standing, more to the amusement of the double meaning in it. Thus only can we describe assembled company than his own comfort for days our individual opinion of his character, habits, afterwards.

and feeling.-Kidd's Treatise on the Bulifinch, fc. THE PORCUPINE (Hystrix cristata). This singular animal is supposed by many

ANSWERS TO QUERIES. authors to be originally of African descent, though GLOW-WORMS (p. 277).—The female glow-worm found in several warm parts of Europe. It seems is a soft worm-like creature, while the male is an to have been known to Shakspeare, who has de- undoubted beetle, furnished with wings and wingscribed some of its odd qualities. It is a burrow- cases, like most of the order. The female being ing, harmless creature, shewing no desire to assail by far the most luminous, is known to most perman, notwithstanding its possession of formidable sons, but the male would scarcely attract notice means of offence, as well as of protection, unless from any but an entomologist, and is so different it is provoked. The quills cannot, as it is com- in appearance from his spouse, that their relamonly supposed, be used as darts by the quad- tionship would hardly be suspected. ruped, when enraged; yet they are capable when The larva is luminous, and not much unlike the incautiously handled, of inflicting severe wounds, perfect female, but with yellow spots along the and causing great pain to the injured part. The sides. I have frequently kept them for weeks in a glass bottle with a little earth and grass, and

QUERIES. have reared both sexes from them without any Magpie Superstition.-I heard the other evenfurther trouble.

ing a dispute in a company as to the proper way I have hung the bottle at my bed-head, and by which our peasants consider almost as portentous

of reading the auguries of the Magpie, a bird holding it close to the face of my watch, ascer- as the owl,

only it brings sometimes a good omen, tained the hour of the night. They belong to a which the owl never does that I am aware of. carnivorous group, but will live long without spe. One person in the company read the popular cial feeding. The prevailing idea regarding the rhyme thus :light, has been that it was due to a phosphoric "One's (Magpie) grief, two's mirth, substance, set glowing by the oxygen imbibed in

Three's a marriage, and four's a birth." respiration, but Kölliker * has published some

Another read it as follows:observations leading to the conclusion that the "One's joy, two's a greet (crying), luminous organs are a nervous apparatus, put in Three's a wedding,four's a sheet (winding-sheet.") action by whatever excites the nerves; chemical Both parties were confident they were in the and mechanical experiments support this view.- right. Can your readers settle the point?G, GUYON.

H, W. Ayr. SEA ANEMONES (p. 277).-The stinging power

Kyloe Cows.-Can any of your readers inform of sea anemones is due to barbed wires or darts, tained in the following nursery rhyme :

me what meaning there is in the allusion conwhich exist in myriads in the tentacles, &c., and especially in the white threads which many spe- The best man among them could not touch her

"Four-and-twenty tailors went to kill a snail, cies eject when irritated; an acrid fluid is at the tail; same time, infused into the wounds. The effect is She put out her horns like a Kyloe Cow; deadly on small fish and other marine creatures, Run, tailor, run! the snail will beat you now

INQUISITOR, but very trifling on the human skin. There is an elaborate description of this apparatus in Cope's count of the means adopted for the training of

Industrious Fleas.-Where shall I find any ac“Evenings at the Microscope.” The sea ane.

fleas to perform those extraordinary feats which mones eject their young from the mouth, several one has sometimes an opportunity of witnessing. at a time, minute, but fully formed, except that -SKIPPER. the tentacles are few in number; the little crea- A Piebald Horse.—The common people in our tures immediately attach themselves to some country say that if you see a piebald horse, and object, and set up on their own account, being wish for something directly, you are sure to have quite capable of getting their own living.--G. it. Well, I saw one the other day, and wished for

a pair of skates, and a chance to use them. The GUYON.

skates have not come yet, although the ice seems BARLESTONE Grubs (p. 277).-Several summers coming. Shall I get them, do you think? And since I got, near the sea-coast of East Lothian, if so, what will the sight of the horse have to do some large caterpillars, as large almost as some of with it ?--A Sussex SCHOOLBOY. the "Death's Head Moths," that were of a black

INSECTS. colour, with many markings of red throughout

In order to understand anything of the subject the whole body. At first I was inclined to hope we must indeed study the small as well" as they would live with me until they changed into The rarest and the most majestic of animals

the great; the common as well as the rare. the perfect state; but I found soon that I haù not cannot tell us more than the worm that we obtained the proper food of the species : so much trample under foot, or the caterpillar that we to my sorrow, they all perished, as caterpillars. diminish with the size; silk, the finest substance

Nor does the utility You should seek carefully the food of these crea

with which we are clothed; carmine, the finest tures, for sometimes they will eat leaves once or colour with which we can paint; and the very twice, which are not precisely their natural food, ink with which we write, are all the production and then rejeet them, leaving you in doubt what of little insects.-MUDIE, British Naturalist. to do in this emergency. All entomologists have Insects of mysterious birth had this difficulty to contend with; the only way,

Sudden struck my wondering sight,

Doubtless brought by moisture first, therefore, is to take care, at the time of catching

Hid in knots of spittle white; caterpillars, to secure also a portion of their Backs of leaves the burden bear, proper food, commonly to be found in the neigh- Where the sunbeams cannot stray, bourhood of the spot, where larvæ are captured.

“Wood seers,” call'd that wet declare,

So the knowing shepherds say. My caterpillars were evidently those of a large

CLARE, Řecollections after a Ramble. phalæna: they had each 16 feet, and were rather hairy all over the burly body.-Capt. J. R.

The fields are all alive with sultry noise

Of labour's sounds and insect's busy joys. Microscopic Journal, vol. vi, p. 166.

CLARE.

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chicum. Good morning, Sir Richard, good THE CONSULTING PHYSICIAN.

morning!”. “I TRUST I have the honour of seeing "Good morning, Camomile.--Your Ladyyour Ladyship well this morning, and that ship’s most obedient.-What news to-day Lord Casserole has passed a tolerable of my patient?"night?" minces the fashionable apothecary, • Nothing can be worse !—Lord Casserole spruce Mr. Camomile, gliding with well- neither eats, drinks, nor sleeps," replies practised and noiseless steps over the muf- her Ladyship drily. fed carpet of Lady Casserole's drawing- "Pulse low,-appetite failing," appenroom in Carlton Terrace; casting a signiti- dixes Camomile. cant glance towards the golden pendule on “Quite right.-Just as we expected,”? – the chimney-piece, to mark the conscious- cries Sir Richard; “the effect of the last ness of being within five-eighths of a second change of medicines. His lordship is going of the minute of his appointmert, which he on as well as possible. We don't want him could not presume to express.

to eat,—we don't want him to drink, -we " A tolerable night?” cries Lady Casse- don't want him to sleep. We only want role, with indignation. “ Brown assures him to recover.” me that he did not sleep a wink! - Since “ But when I tell you, Sir Richard,”that last prescription of Sir Jacob's, he has "Tell me nothing, Madam, tell me now in fact teen going on progressively from thing! Sir Jacob will be here in a minute; bad to worse, -restless, nervous, without just struck two by St. James's!) and then, appetite, and without ease.”

with your leave, we will visit our patient. Camomile knits his brows into sympathy, “But it is necessary you should know, and shakes his head, as if it had contained Sir Richard,”one of his own draughts.

“All that is necessary for me to know, ." In short, unless Sir Jacob Gemini, and Madam, I can inquire of Lord Casserole's Sir Richard Colchicum, can hit upon somc

Brown is always on the epot; thing new for him this morning, I must and Very strange that Sir Jacob don't begin to think of calling in further make his appearance. advice."

“Sir Jacob has just now a very arduous "Your Ladyship cannot be too much on attendance on Lady Jemima Lullaby,” inthe alert," insinuates the gentle Camomile, sinuates Camomile. “She has several sick well aware that every change of men neces- children; and will scarcely let our friend sitating a change of measures, is for the escape out of her nursery. advantage of his annual account; that a " Then he shouldn't make appointments sudden transition from Belladonna and in other people's drawing-rooms. I must Leeches, to quinine and pitch plasters, will be in the Regent's Park by half after two." be at least a couple of guineas in favour of “ Then do you really think, Sir Richard, his bill.

that I need undergo no immediate uneasi“There is a Dr. Smith, of whom my vess on Lord Casserole's account? I should friend, the Duchess, has been telling me be sorry, you know, that people had reason wonders

to talk of my being seen every night at "A— Dr.- Smith ?” hesitates the balls, or the Opera, if there were any immen fashionable apothecary.

diaté danger. "Dr. Hamilton Smith.”

“Go where you like, ma'am. What "Dr. Hamilton Smith ?”—Exactly !- good could you do by staying at home : A highly respectable man,- lives in Han- | Lord Casserole appears accustomed to the over Square, and drives a pair of handsome services of his own man. bays, with a theory of his own upon diges- " And Brown is such a kind attentive tion. He has written a pamphlet or two.- creature!”. A highly respectable practitioner.”

“I would as soon have Brown sitting up "Dr. Smith attends Lord Dansden's with his Lordship, as sit up with him myfamily, and the Lambton's, and Grevilles; self!” cries Camomile enthusiastically. in short, he is very highly spoken of. Sup- Very strange that Sir Jacob can't keep pose we call him in ?"

his time! ” cries Sir Richard, dragging out “Why, really,—but here is Sir Richard something resembling a clock, by something Colchicum's carriage,” ejaculates the apo- resembling a drag-chain. “I must be off thecary, brightening, “ Most punctual in ten minutes." man, Sir Richard Colchicum !–Just as the "I see by this morning's papers that clock is striking. No one with whom I the Duke of Lancashire is suffering from like better to attend, than Sir Richard Col-la catarrh; and Sir Jacob is probably

says Sir

detained at Lancashire House,” interposes scarcely sleeps at all,” observes the disconthe benignant Camomile.

solate lady. “Then, with your leave, Mr. Camomile, Exactly the condition of our poor

friend we will proceed at once to Lord Casserole's the Dowager Lady Bronchia, room, for my time is precious, “growls Col- Jacob in a confidential aside to Camomile; chicum.

turning round to Lady Casserole to add, Certainly, certainly, Sir Richard. And “Her ladyship has swallowed only half á whatever instructions you may think proper Naples biscuit soaked in punch jelly, since to leave, I shall be most happy to stay and Sunday morning: and her companion, report to Sir Jacob-Ha! I think I hear a Miss Twaddle, assured me last night, that carriage ?

they had not been able to get the old lady “ It has stopped next door, at the Gene- to sleep, although she had read through to ral's. Sir Jacob is always so late!” cries her, twice over, the whole last number of Lady Casserole peevishly. Really these the · Record.' Poor soul!Consultation-days make me quite nervous !" " Supposing we go up to Lord Casserole;

“ Ah! there he is at last !” ejacu- I must be off in a minute,” growls Sir lates Camomile. “I' know his footman's Richard Colchicum. knock."

“With all my heart !—Lady Casserole 'If my fellow were to make half as much will, perhaps, do us the honour to accomnoise, I would knock him down,” says pany us.—İf any thing could tend to aniColchicum. “My rule is, When you see mate the spirits of our poor patient, it straw in the street, ring!”

would, doubtless, be a visit from her Lady“ An excellent regulation.”

ship! Must I show you the way, Sir “ Can't conceive how it can take a man | Richard ?—Camomile, my good fellow, pray all this time to make his way up one pair of precede us, that we may not break in unstairs. I must be off in five minutes." announced. Ha! little Fido-good dog,

“My dear Sir, we must make allowances! down Fido,--down, Sir! The handsomest Our friend Sir Jacob is not quite so young spaniel in London ;-a King Charles, of as he was,” insinuates Camomile, with a course ? Lady Casserole, pray allow me to knowing smile.

congratulate you, en passant, on this little "Sir Jacob Gemini!” announces the bit of Dresden. Quite a bijou !-Rittener's, solemn butler, while a gorgeous footman I presume ? Charming staircase! Thé throws open the door; and in glides, with Carlton Terrace houses boast the easiest serpent-like sinuosity, the most courtly of staircases in town—and such a view! Sir modern leeches.

Richard, have you ever noticed the Surrey “Ten thousand, thousand pardons, my hills from that window ?-Camomile, may dear Lady Casserole! I must throw myself we come in?” upon your Ladyship's kind forbearance, “ Well, Mr. Brown, how is Lord Cassethough I have been actually forced to tear role to-day?" inquires Sir Richard. away a button in escaping from the Duke “ Bad as he can be, Sir; has not opened of Lancashire, in order to keep my appoint- his lips these fourteen hours.”ment here. Your Ladyship knows his “Will your Lordship give me leave to Grace's little foible ? Quite impossible to feel your pulse ?” says Sir Jacob, extendget off, when once he fastens himself upon ing his own hand with amenity, and taking you; Sir Richard, your kindness will, I am out a Breguet watch at the same moment. sure, excuse me.-Camomile, my good fel- “ The Doctor is asking you, my Lord. to low, how are we going on up stairs ?-How put out your arm,” whispers Brown to the does poor dear Lord Casserole find himself, sick man. since I had last the pleasure of meeting “ Ugh! ugh! ough! ough! ough !”

“My Lord don't seem to have much Why, I fear, not quite so well.” sense of what is going on,” rejoins Mr. "Ah! just what I was anticipating with Brown, much affected. Lady Jemima Lullaby; who, I do assure “Never mind,—don't disturb him," says you, my dear Lady Casserole, takes the Sır Richard. warmest interest in his Lordship’s melan- “Is your Lordship aware of any change choly position. Not a day passes that she of symptoms ?” mildly expostulates Sir does not say to me, "My dear Sir Jacob, Jacob, speaking in the patient's ear. what is your real opinion of poor dear Lord “Ough! ough! ugh! ugh! ugh!» Casserole! - Do you think him likely to go gasps the sufferer. off suddenly, or not?'"

« Ah! I see exactly. His Lordship’s “Lord Casserole eats very little, and I articulation is bad. But his skin is much

you here?

more moist, and his complexion brighter. “ By the way, what is this story about Sir He is going on better than I anticipated.” Charles ?--Is he to get his peerage? They

“Going on ?--going off!- murmurs say his wife has been interfering.-Women, poor Brown, as the scientific phalanx fol-1-always women ?” lows Lady Casserole out of the sick man's “Ay! always women !-So Lady Sancchamber. “Thank God, I shall never be tify is gone off at last !" great or rich enough to be cursed with the ' Lady Sanctify! with whom ?-One of attendance of a grand physician !”

her pet saints ?” “You will find paper, and a standish, “A Cornet in the Tenth !-a lad of Sir Jacob, on the writing-table in the back eighteen !" drawing-room,” says Lady Casserole, in a “I must not forget to tell that to Lady tone of plaintive sentimentality, after Rollick. It will do her more good than all having escorted down stairs the three gen- my prescriptions.-Do you dine at the Club tlemen in black.-"I am sure poor Lord to-morrow?" Casserole's case will receive every attention “No, I can't stand Willis's wine.-I at your hands.”

dine with a turtle party at Bleaden's.”"My dear Madam, you must not allow 'Nothing like Bleaden's lime-punch, Sir yourself to despond” whispers Sir Jacob in Jacob, eh?"her Ladyship's ear, as he bows her out of “I trust, gentlemen, I find your opinion the room ; pressing her hand at the door, tolerably favourable?” sighs Lady Casseto enable her to deposit in his own a two role, gently opening the drawing room door, guinea fee, in its wrapper of silver paper.- and advancing towards the group beside the * Rely upon our giving his Lordship’s state fire-place. our most deliberate investigation."

“No cause for despondency that I can Out sails Lady Casserole. The door discover,” cries Sir Richard, with admiracloses gently after her.-And lo! the con- ble presence of mind. sultation commences.

“After the maturest deliberation," adds “I have not seen you this age, my dear Sir Jacob, “ we see no motive for any imColchicum !” cries Sir Jacob, in an altered mediate change of medicine. My friend, voice. “What have you been about ?”— Sir Richard Colchicum and myself have dea

“Spending Easter, at my place in Buck-cided that it will, perhaps, be as well to inghamshire.”

strengthen his Lordship’s diet of chicken “And what did you do with His Royal broth, with an occasional cup of beef tra; Highness ??"

and every second night, previous to his "Persuaded him he was well, and did | Lordship's night-draught, an almond poulnot want me.

tice must be administered about the region " And with Lord Flamborough ?”— of the chest,-an almond poultice, my dear “ Died last week.”

madam, softened with rose-water; (Mr. Ca“And the rest of your patients ??- momile has promised to be so obliging as to “Made them over to Camomile here ; | attend and see it properly prepared ;), and who gave me plenty to do on my return.-- on Thursday next, with your Ladyship’s Eh; Camomile ?-Ha! ha! ha!” permission, at the same hour, we shall have “Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

the honour of meeting here, to look in upon "And how are the birds this season?” his Lordsbip again. I have the honour, my “ Most abundant. --That week's hard rain dear Lady Casserole, to wish you a good in the month of March did considerable morning. harm in the low-lying lands; but my pre- ‘Lady Casserole, madam, good morning." serves are in capital order."

Your Ladyship’s most obedient,” added “Would you like the shooting over the the several leeches, each pocketing his fee. Duke of Lancashire's farms ?-I am sure "I won't send to Dr. Hamilton Smith he would give you the invitation. Shall I till after Thursday: this poultice may, perask him :”.

haps, do wonders !" muses the Viscountess, “ Thank you."

as their carriages roll from the door. Anything doing in the House last And the poultice did wonders. There night?"

was no farther occasion for change of drugs, Nothing particular,—only the leather or change of doctors. The Morning Post tax. Sir Semi Colon' made a tolerable duly announced in its obituary—“Died on speech.'

Thursday morning last, after a lingering “ That man is getting on. I am confi- illnecs, at his house in Carlton Terrace, dentally assured that the Queen thinks the Right Honourable Viscount Casserole. very well of him.”

deeply lamented by his family and friends.”

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