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passages of a Manchester man, or of a resident

SCENES IN INDIA. in the city of London, if opened after death, are found to be more or less colored by the dirt that SPEARING THE WILD-DOG. has been breathed. Perhaps it does not matter much : but we had better not make dust-holes or chimney-funnels of our lungs. The Englishman

AT A CERTAIN SEASON OF THE YEAR, who, at the end of his days, has spent about an entire year of his life in scraping off his beard, Mr. Editor, during the hot dry months has worried himself to no purpose ! He has March, April, and May), that frightful disfigured himselj systematically throughout disease, hydrophobia, prevails to a great life ?!), accepted his share of unnecessary tic- extent among the wild-dogs and jackals that doloreux and toothache, coughs and colds ; has infest nearly every inhabited part of India. swallowed dust, and inhaled smoke and fog, out Both of these animals are addicted to carrion of complaisance to the social prejudice which in the most advanced stages of putrefaction, happens just now to prevail.

and, by indulging their polluted appetites If this monkey-trick is to be played with with decayed carcases, they incur, thereby, the human countenance, we hope al

the most loathsome diseases; disgusting in friends will pause before they make any

appearance to behold, and dangerous to further engagements " for better, for worse. | approach. Let them look out for some smooth, fit, surrounding neighborhood of Cuttack was

In the month of March, the town and clean, and worthy object on whom to bestow visited by numerous mad dogs, which had the morning benediction, the noon-tide bitten large numbers of cattle, and many greeting, and the evening blessing; and having found him, let them bind him down human beings had suffered from the attack's to use the razor unsparingly. Only think of these rabid creatures. The two frequent of a Turk’s-head mop coming in rude con

occurrences of this description inspired the tact with a lily-of-the-valley, or a damask- natives with a dread of moving abroad, and rose !

this circumstance having reached the ears of What very filthy brutes men are ! They Native Infantry, which was at the time

the officers of the 66th Regiment of Bengal have, as you say, made spirit-vats of their stationed at Cuttack, the latter determined insides, chimneys of their noses, volcanoes of their throats, apes of their persons ; and that they would hunt down all the parriahs nour their faces are going to be turned into they might meet with, and destroy them

indiscriminately. With this view, several scrubbing-brushes ! “What next, Mr. Merriman ? "

gentlemen met upon the Chowly-a-gunge

plain, armed with hog-spears; and mounting Cambridge, Sept. 3.

WALTER. their horses, took the field, intent upon their [Well said, Walter. There seems to be object. This plain extends for about a mile a neck-or-nothing race between the sexes, to

in length, and is partially occupied by try who

can most excel in personal defor- decayed bungalows, many years since the mity. They are going a-head at electric residences of the officers of regiments which

But when the speed, and will soon extinguish all traces of lay on the Chowly lines. symmetry, comeliness, and humanity. Every lines were thenceforth abandoned, and the

staff of Cuttack was reduced, in 1824, the day slices off some one of the gentler ornaments of Nature's delicate hand, and replaces ruins are now resorted to by dogs and jackals it by another of the rougher kind—borrowed only, where they take up their lonesome

abodes. from the lower order of the brute creation. In a letter recently received from Glasgow, Large droves of bullocks are in the cona friend says, speaking of the spreading stant practice of grazing upon this extensive mania--" In this place, too, there is a tract of territory, and scarcely a day passes decided movement showing itself against the over but one or more of these beasts die of use of the razor; and even the workmen disease, and their carcases are left upon the have resolved to cultivate the moustache ! plain, as food for the dogs and jackals. (Only think of the “population” on the Hence the latter are continually haunting human face, when next the census is taken!) this desolate spot, looking out for carrion

Of course the upper classes set the bad spoil. The hunters, shortly after their example, and it immediately spreads like arrival on the ground, got view of a dead wild-fire. Never mind, Walter. We will bullock, which was being greedily contended not lay aside the razor ; but shave very for by thirteen or fourteen parriah dugs, and close, and with a very keen edge, all those a group of volucrine competitors for the whose bestial propensities lead them to stray prize, in the form of a flight of fierce and from the pleasant paths of Nature's sweet hungry vultures. These forbidding-looking garden, be they male, or be they female. birds, these death-scenting scavengers, had

"Let the galled jade wince; our withers assembled around the carcase in large numare unwrung.")

bers, with their frowning wings expanded, and their long bare necks extended, shrieking unwelcome intruders, he challenged their and hissing, and menacing the dogs, as the approach with a latrant yell; but perceiving latter assailed the already half-demolished that they were intent upon his person, he carrion. The dogs, on the other hand, whilst rose from his recumbent position, and, at a being interrupted in the act of enjoying their slack pace, took to the plain. This was a spoil

, spitefully relinquished, at intervals, chance not to be thrown away. The hunters their disputed meal, attacking the phalanxes rode in pursuit, and the parriah, finding that of wings with a greedy vindictiveness, whilst they were at his heels, and in earnest with the birds retreated for a while from the im- him, redoubled his speed, and effected the mediate scene of the disgusting carnival.

wolf-escape. The sun was fiercely branding these busy He was a powerful animal, of a ferocious scavengers of the oftal of the plain, whose aspect, full of wind and vigor. And although blood must have been rankling under its he was not a sufficient match for the many in influence, when the hunters galloped up to numbers that followed hiin, he nevertheless, the spot, and charged, spear in hand, the by his adroitness, contrived to baffle them grumbling pack. Loathsome indeed they in their pursuit of him, by having recourse looked! The foul mange had eaten off the to an artful stratagem. There was a deep hair from their bodies, and a raw surface, an ravine, of some considerable breadth, that angry red tint, appeared to glow with a con- lay on the side of the highroad leading to the suming heat over the morbid complexion of town of Cuttack, which no horse could comthese filthy satellites of animal corruption. pass in a leap, and joining this chasm was a The knell of death-that horrid bay pro- thick Kurah (wild pine-apple) jungle. Whilst ceeding from the dog of the wilderness, which, his pursuers were pressing him closely, he whilst it falls upon the ear, appals the heart, suddenly disappeared before their eyes; and was now uttered in the hollow intonations of before they could reconcile themselves to the despair. They were too indolent to retreat loss of the chase, two of the gentlemen out of before the froward spear, but ululated their the five fell with their horses into the chasm, death elegy upon the spot; submitting to and were injured most seriously, insomuch the impending fate that awaited them with that they abandoned the sport for the day. out apparently evincing a reluctant feeling- The dog effected his escape, but was never like willing martyrs to a meritorious cause. afterwards seen nor surprised in his former

During this short-lived onslaught, the forlorn haunts. greedy birds kept aloof, at a little distance For several successive davs this sport was off watching with exulting expectancy the followed up with perseverance and energy; additional features that attended their partly and after some scores of these animals had devoured banquet. The same dogs which, been sacrificed to the zeal of the hunters, the but a few minutes before, had forced them latter dropped the practice, owing to the to surrender up their interests in the carrion intense heat of the weather, and the magisspoil, had, they perceived, now become the trates appointed dooms (dog destroyers) with undisputed victims to their indiscriminate instructions to them to despatch every animal appetite ; and the hunters had not departed of the above description that came under one hundred yards from the scene, when, on their notice. In less than three days after looking round, they observed the feathered this warrant was signed, no fewer than four host of these busy destroyers incorporated hundred and seventy, canine faces were exwith the bodies of the slain—like so many hibited on the premises of the magistrate's sappers exercising their pickaxes in defacing cutcherry. The consequence was, that for the objects they were desirous to demolish, some length of time after this event, the whilst, at intervals, the vulturine scream sight of a dog in the district under consiassailed their ears, the gladsome tidings with deration was a rare spectacle. which this death-abiding bird heralds to his But the abatement of one nuisance enmate, afar off

, that fesh is awaiting him. gendered another. The carcases of bullocks, Near a deserted bungalow, the roofing of horses, and other animals, which lay dispersed which had fallen in, and the walls of which on the face of the country around, were left were in the last stages of decay (whilst a few to decompose ; and they poisoned the atmosscattered surruffhur (custard-apple) and guava phere with the foul and fetid gases which trees that had survived a lapse of years evolved from them, bringing about disease (tending to denote to the occasionally passing and death in other shapes among the inhabistranger that the spot was once inhabited by tants. For the vultures-not being localised some English officer, whose fate had been in the vicinity, but birds which range over prematurely sealed in an Indian climate, as a vast field of territory, in quest of carrionhad been that of thousands before him), lay were found to be too few in numbers to con reposing in the shade, a large parriah dog. sume the cadaverous nuisances, whilst the He was of an unusual size, and on observing open country around Cuttack was unfavorthe horsemen, and suspecting them to be able to the tenancy and suitableness of the

seclusive jackal. Besides this circumstance, THE ECCENTRIC NATURALIST,
the latter station is a peninsula, formed by
the juxta-conflux of the two great rivers, the

The ECCENTRICITY OF GENIUS, and the Mahanudee and Gonjuree, so that there was

enthusiasm of inquiring minds, are too well no opportunity left for strange dogs to enter known to require comment. But some clever the town from the country around.

men are so delightfully erratic, that even This fact may be well worth noting down, their so-called weaknesses give the beholders for it often happens that men blindly sup

pleasure. A specimen of one of these press a less evil, whilst they are at the same characters is thus charmingly portrayed by time propagating a greater one. Were it Audubon, in his Auto-biography :not for the innumerable quantities of parriah

" What an odd-looking fellow !' said I to dogs, jackals, vultures, and other obscene animals, being so abundant throughout India myself, as, while walking by the river, I

observed a man landing from a boat, with (subsisting almost exclusively upon carrion), what I thought a bundle of dried clover on that country would prove the seat of per- his back. How the boatmen stare at him! petual pestilence-a diorama of death.

Sure he must be an original.' He ascended

with a rapid step, and, approaching me, asked OVER THE GRASS.

--if I could point out the house in which

Mr. Audubon resided ? Why, I am the SUNBEAMS are shining

man,' said I, and will gladly lead you to my Cheeringly gay,

dwelling.' O'er leaflets entwining

“ The traveller rubbed his hands together In summer array ; Flowerets are springing

with delight, and, drawing a letter from his In beauty and light,

pocket, handed it to me without any remark. And birds sweetly singing

I broke the seal, and read as follows:- My Afar up the height;

dear Audubon, I send you an odd fish, which Breezes are bustling

you may prove to be undescribed, and hope Around in the glade,

you will do so in your next letter. Believe And green leaves are rustling

me always your friend, B.' In bloom undecayed;

“With all the simplicity of a back-woodsWaters are streaming,

man, I asked the bearer where the odd fish Gurglingly sweet,

was, when M. de T. (for, kind reader, the And butterflies dreaming

individual in my presence was none else than In beauty repleteOver the grass.

that renowned naturalist) smiled, rubbed his

hands, and, with the greatest good humor, said, Moonbeams are playing,

'I am that odd fish, I presume, Mr. Audubon.' In silver arraying

I felt confounded, and blushed, but contrived Each cranny and nook of the earth ;

to stammer out an apology.
Bright eyes are glancing,

We soon reached the house, when I pre-
And fairies are dancing,
And freely resounding their mirth-

sented my learned guest to my family; and Over the grass.

was ordering a servant to go to the boat for

M. de T.'s luggage, when he told me he had Hearts light and cheering,

none but what he had brought on his back. Are fondly endearing

He then loosened the pack of weeds which The thought of a love long to last;

had first drawn my attention. The ladies And beauty is glowing, Where affection is flowing,

were a little surprised, but I checked their In warmth that no tempest shall blast

critical glances; for the moment the naturalist Over the grass.

pulled off his shoes, and while engaged in

drawing his stockings, not up, but down, in Lovers are sighing,

order to cover the holes about the heels, told Affection is dying, And hopes, fondly cherished, are fled;

us, in the gayest mood imaginable, that he Ribalds are drinking,

had walked a great distance, and had only And treachery slinking,

taken a passage on board the Ark, to be put Where friendship's sweet light should be on this shore; and that he was sorry his shed,

apparel had suffered so much from his late

journey. Clean clothes were offered, but he Childhood is toying,

would not accept them; and it was with

evident reluctance that he performed the And fondly enjoying, The moments of youth as they pass ;

lavations usual on such occasions, before he And age is repining,

sat down to dinner. Though swiftly declining

“At table, however, his agreeable converAway from the sins that amass

sation made us all forget his singular appearOver the grass.

ance; and, indeed, it was only as we strolled J. B. in the garden that his attire struck me as

Over the grass.

exceedingly remarkable. A long loose coat and the heat was so great that the windows of yellow nankeen, much the worse for the were all open. The light of the candles many rubs it had got in its time, and stained attracted many insects; among which was all over with the juice of plants, hung loosely observed a large species of scarabæus. I about him, like a sack; a waistcoat of the caught one, and aware of his inclination to same, with enormous pockets, and buttoned believe only what he should himself see, I up to the chin, reached below over a pair of showed him the insect, and assured him it was tight pantaloons, the lower parts of which so strong that it could crawl on the table were buttoned down to the ankles. His with the candlestick on its back. 'I should beard was as long as I have known my own like to see the experiment made, Mr. Au. to be during some of my peregrinations, and dubon,' he replied. It was accordingly made, his lank black hair hung loosely over his and the insect moved about; dragging its burshoulders. His forehead was so broad and den, so as to make the candlestick change its prominent, that any tyro in phrenology would position as if by magic; until, coming upon instantly have pronounced it the residence of the edge of the table, it dropped upon the a mind of strong powers; his word impressed floor, took to wing, and made its escape. an assurance of rigid truth, and, as he directed

“When it waxed late, I showed him to the the conversation to the study of the natural sciences, I listened to him with as much apartment intended for him during his stay;

and endeavored to render him comfortabledelight as Telemachus could have listened to leaving him writing materials in abundance. Mentor.

I was indeed heartily glad to have a naturalist “ He had come to visit me, he said, ex- under my roof. We had all retired to rest : pressly for the purpose of seeing my drawings; every person, I imagined, in deep slumber having been told that my representations of save myself-when, of a sudden, 'I heard a birds were accompanied with those of shrubs great uproar in the naturalist's room. I got and plants, and he was desirous of knowing up, reached the place in a few moments, and whether I might chance to have in my collec- opened the door, when, to my astonishment, tion any with which he was unacquainted. I I saw my guest running about the room naked, observed some degree of impatience in his holding the handle of my favorite violin, the request to be allowed to see what I had. We body of which he had battered to pieces returned to the house, when I opened my against the walls, in attempting to kill the portfolios, and laid them before him. bats which had entered by the open window

“He chanced to turn over the drawing of a probably attracted by the insects flying around plant quite new to him. After inspecting it his candle. closely, he shook his head, and told me no "I stood amazed; but he continued jumping such plant existed in nature; for, kind reader, and running round and round, until he was M. de T., although a highly scientific man, fairly exhausted, when he begged me to prowas suspicious to a fault, and believed such cure one of the animals for him, as he felt plants only to exist as he had himself seen, or convinced they belonged to a new species.' such as, having been discovered of old, had, Although I was convinced of the contrary, I according to Father Malebranche's expres- took up the bow of my demolished cremona, sion, acquired a venerable beard."

and administering a smart tap to each of the “I told my guest that the plant was common bats, as it came up, soon got specimens in the immediate neighborhood, and that I enough. The war ended, I again bade him should show it him on the morrow. • And good

night, but could not help observing the why to-morrow, Mr. Audubon ? let us go state of the room; it was strewed with plants, now.' We did so; and on reaching the bank which it would seem he had arranged into of the river, 1 pointed to the plant. M.de T. groups, but which were now scattered about I thought had gone mad : he plucked the in confusion. “Never mind, Mr. Audubon,' plants one after another, danced, hugged me quoth the eccentric naturalist; ' never mind, in his arms, and exultingly told me that he had I'll soon arrange them again. I have the got not merely a new species, but a new genus. bats, and that's enough!' When we returned home the naturalist opened “Several days passed, during which we the bundle which he had brought on his back, followed our several occupations: M. de T. and took out a journal-rendered waterproof searched the woods for plants; and I, for by a leather case, together with a small parcel birds. He also followed the margin of the of linen, examined the new plant, and wrote Ohio, and picked up many shells, which he its description. The examination of my greatly extolled. With us, I told him, they drawings then went on.

were gathered into heaps, to be converted " You would be pleased, kind reader, with into lime. “Lime ! Mr. Audubon, why they his criticisms, which were of the greatest are worth a guinea a-piece in any part of advantage to me, for, being well acquainted Europe.' M. de T. remained with us for three with books as well as with nature, he was weeks, and collected multitudes of plants, well fitted to give me advice. It was summer, shells, bate, and fishes. We were perfectly reconciled to his oddities; and, finding him pride to boast of the attention which he paid a most agreeable and intelligent companion, to the details of all his great projects; even hoped that his sojourn might be longer. so far as to say, he knew how many bobnails

But, one evening when tea was prepared, were driven into the heel of every private and we expected him to join the family, he soldier's shoe throughout the lines; and was nowhere to be found. His grasses, and added, “Had I not attended to little things, I other valuables, were all removed from his should never have been fit to attend to great room. The night was spent in searching for ones.' him in the neighborhood. No eccentric natu- “We mention these wellknown incidents, ralist could be discovered. Whether he had to illustrate the importance of the principle, perished in a swamp, or had been devoured since we are all too ready to believe that by a bear or a garfish, or had taken to his greatness and great attainments come, someheels, were matters of conjecture; nor was how or other, by the neglect and contempt, it until some weeks after, that a letter from rather than by the care and attention which him, thanking us for our attention, assured we bestow on ‘little things.' Nothing can me of his safety.”

be a more fatal error than such a conviction.

It is the due attention to little things, at UNCONSIDERED TRIFLES.

least in the culture and management of the

garden, where alone true success must be "LITTLE THINGS."

looked for. For example, a gardener may be “WE HAVE RECENTLY HAD OCCASION," profoundly learned, experienced, and successsays the Editor of the Gardeners' Journal,

ful in the culture of the leading productions (from whose pages we borrow the following

of horticulture—such as Peaches, Pinevery sensible remarks), to visit one of the apples, Grapes; and, it may be, ornamental many great and well-managed gardens for stove and greenhouse plants. Possibly, too, which the North of England has long been there may be such a thing as special pride in famous.

the first-rate growth of some culinary pro.“ In passing round the garden at the close duction; but what are any of these, after all, of a day's rain, and in places where the walks or what, we may ask, are all of them put towere bounded by trees, the heavy rains of gether, if many things besides are neglected? last month had so depressed the branches,

“If the owner of the garden, or any of his that at the time, owing to the stillness of the familiar friends, who may chance to stroll air, they were weighed down, and holding a

along the garden paths after a shower, or goodly shower-bath of dew-drops on every heads and shoulders at every few steps of the

during a dewy morning, receive over their pendant twig. Some of these slender branches ---yielding to the weight of water which, forthe way something resembling a douche bath, time, Nature had compelled them to carry— from the wet dangling twigs, which the condischarged, in one or two instances, the whole tempt for little things, and the neglect which of their contents on the face and shoulders of such contempt is sure to beget, permit to the owner of the garden, with whom we were grow there-we say, if a few instances of this at the time walking.

kind be allowed to exist, more disappointThe dignity and equa- ment, angry feeling, and unforgiving temper, nimity of temper so peculiarly characteristic will be the result, than if half the produce of of the thorough-bred English gentleman, seemed for the instant to have been dashed the garden had been lost, from whatever to the ground by the falling torrent; and, in

cause. Such, at least, is our experience on an impulse of irritability, he drew his knife points of this kind. Who indeed needs to from his pocket, and cut down the twig which be told that it is the little things,' not the had entrapped him into the utterance of angry great ones, which constitute the main enjoyexpressions, which we consider it better not to ments, as well as the annoyances of life? repeat.

“Surely no person who cares to cultivate "Amongst other things, he said :--My the good-will and esteem of another (be he gardener is a very good man, but will not be superior, or equal), will find himself successtaught to value the importance of attending

ful by attending only to what he may consider to little things. We never on any occasion the more important and greater things, while saw or felt the force of this trite remark as

refusing to be taught the value of attending we did on the occasion in question. Every one

to 'little things. is familiar with the peculiarities of character There is so much real good sense conveyed for which the late Duke of Wellington was in these observations, that we commend them so remarkable-we mean the care and atten- most heartily to our readers' notice. tion which he insisted on paying to the details The half, at least, of one's domestic hapor little things' connected with all the great piness is forfeited by the neglect of an obthings which he undertook. It has also, as servance of “little things.

The parting our readers well know, been often said of the smile is sometimes forgotten. “Somebody late Napoleon, that he made it his special gets an aching lieart through this !

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