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of assisting her head. The silence the continuance of his company, . was at lengih broken by the genile. although he had not requested it by man observing that the roads were letter.-Mrs. Wilson frowned.--He very heavy.
thanked him, but said it was his They are indeed much soiled,' intention to return home the next said miss Jones, 'by the great de- day; he would however take a ride scent of frozen water, which has sometimes, and pay the ladies and obscured the hemisphere for some him a visit. days past.'
Mis. Wilson said her head was We have had snow here,' said so indifferent that she could not bear Mrs. Wilson.
much talking, and proposed that we 'I mean,' replied miss Jones, and miss Jones should retire up what is vulgarly called snow, by stairs till dinner. We did so, and the expression of frozen water.' endeavoured to become acquainted
You are se learned!' said Mrs, with the lady ; but she was so exWilson, with a sneer. Pray, was tremely formal and reserved, that your mother sensible to the last?' we found it impossible.-Conceive a
She continued,' replied miss tall thin figure, about twenty-five Jones, in the possession of that (which I find is her age, though I invaluable blessing, reason, to the should have guessed her to be near last; and, to use the expression of forty), with a face pale as death, Dr. Goldsmith, she
jet-black hair, features not in them* Sank to the grave with unperceiv'd decay, selves disagreeable, but inade so by Whilst resignation gentiy slop'd the way.' a satirical sneer, and a habit of look
Just as this speech was finished ing cross and freiful. She walks Mr. Wilson entered. He approach- with such a solemn slow pace, one ed the lady, took her hand, and was would think that she was in the going to salute her: but she drew train of a funeral. back her hand, turned away her face,
After we had been together an and observed that there was no occae hour, during which time she had not sion for that familiarity. He turn- uttered a single sentence, she obed on his heel, and shook hands served, that Mrs. Wilson was a most with the gentleman, whose name ignorant ill-bebaved woman; that I then found to be Beaumont: he nothing but necessity could have told him he was beartily glad to see induced her to make the visit, for him; it was an unexpected pleasure, that she had taken a house that for which he supposed he was in- would not be fit to inhabit these debted to his fair cousin, looking at eight or ten weeks. She mighi, inmirs Jones. By this observation I deed, have been at Mr. Beaumont's guessed he was a lover of the lady, mother's; but as only a platonic I had already seen enough of her to love subsisted between her son and guess also that her twenty thousand herself, she feared that by going was the only attraction to a man of there it would give the world reason Mr. Beaumont's description. There to suppose she meant to marry him. is something extremely engaging in .--I asked her if she really thought the person and manner of ibis young platonic love could subsist? --Cere man. I long to know who he is, tainly,' she replied; she had write and what could induce him to pre- ten an essay on the subject, which, fer miss Jones. But what is that when her trunk was unpacked, she to me?
would show me.'--'You appear to Mr. Wilson added, he hoped for me,' said she, young women, to
have received an education some quested by Mrs. Wilson to stay, at thing above the vulgar part of the least, the remainder of the week. community. From the little I have · And now, my dear Susan, have I heard you say, you are not ignorant not for the present given you a speof language' - We understand none cimen of the whole party? I hope but our own,' said Maria.
I am not, or ever shall be, ill-na6 And I fear are not great pro- turedly satirical; but indeed I think ficients in that,' added I.
such characters as Mrs. Wilson and 1,' said miss Jones, with an miss Jones deserve to be held up to emphasis, know the derivation of ridicule: and now I shall close this every word in the English tongue.' pacquet, and resign myself to sleep,
• Really! that must be very enter it being past midnight. With every taining,' said !, 'with great indif- good wish, ference,
I remain yours affectionally, In this manner we conversed, or
H. VERYON. rather talked; for little I was the N. B. I must not omit to inform bero on miss Jones's side, who, not- you, that colonel Ambrose has rewithstanding her learning, did not ceived a letter from Charles Wentseem inclined to communicate any worth, who is safely arrived and part of it to us, whom she seemed to well. regard with great contempt, calling Maria's spirits are much mended us young women, and regretting since hearing this. that she could never form an ac
(To be continued.) quaintance with her own sex, or find, go where she would, females who had received an education and had acquired sentiments congenial to her own.
ON THE LION. At dinner some Latin sentences passed between the two gentlemen and miss Jones, which highly displeased Mrs. Wilson, who observed,
DOCTOR THORNTON, and I thought very justly, that if people could not talk plain English Author of Botany for Ladies, s. when abroad, they ought to stay at home.
THE lion was early introduced In the evening we played cards, into menageries. Being the king and Mrs. Wilson Josing, was in among animals, the subjugation of it worse humour than ever, Mr. evinced the superiority of man, and Beaumont, however, by a most proved him to be in truth, “The lucky speech, set all to rights.- lord of the Creation. As menageries * Do not, dear madam, said he, were first established by princes, who • spoil one of the finest faces in the in times of peace enjoyed the sports world, by looking out of temper.'— of hunting, and extended their conThis compliment to her face at the quests over powerful animals, the expence of her temper might have lion, confined in dens, evinced 10 offended another woman; but it put their dependents the greatness of her in such perfect good humour their power, and added fresh laurels the whole evening, that we passe to those obtained by achievements ed it very agreeably; and before in war. we parted Mr. Beaumont was re The male lion has a most superb
front; a fine forehead; broad nos- princes of the same country think trils; lively and piercing eyes; and they make a mighty present by senda Howing mane, which nearly con- ing to European potentates one or ceals his round ears, and extends two lions. The same abundance conover the shoulders, adding great tinued for some time during the emdignity to his noble appearance. His perors; but it appears that this dibody is a perfect model of strength minished during the second century, joined with activity. When en. since Europe already regarded it as a raged, bis forehead is furrowed with great magnificence on the part of deep wrinkles; he erects this mane Marcus Aureliue to have shewn an from an excess of the electric fluid. hundred lions at a time, when he His eye-balls roll, and from the triumphed over the Marcomani. To same cause flash fire. All the augment the number, a law was made muscles' of the lower jaw quiver. to prevent the hunt of the lion. The His long bushy tail terribly strikes great number of lions probably ocbackwards and forwards against his. casioned many of them to be tamed, sides. He prepares his fore foot to, and pushed their education to a pitch strike, the claws being extended to which might astonish us, although the extent of one's little finger, and we haveseveral very striking examples with a growl, which discovers his in our times. Hanno, the Carthagihuge teeth, and tongue covered with nian, was the first who tamed the large reversed points, he attacks lion, and his fellow citizens conhis adversaries, however numerous. demned him to death, saying, that There is no retreat, and the strongest the commonwealth had every thing spears held forth by intrepid hunts- to dread from one who knew how men are shivered into atoms, whilst to subdue such ferocity.' Antony, those not destined to receive the the triumvir, having seated by his shock of his furious assault, coming side the actress Cytheria, was drawn upon his flanks, stab him with their in his car by lions : Prodigious ex. weapons. All animals but man re cess,' says Pliny, 'more horrible fose to confront his power. Even than all the horrors of these melanwhen vanquished by the address of choly times.' his adversaries, and wounded, he will Let us now descend to the lion of not turn himself to Aight, but re the French menagerie. He was born treats by falling back, still contend at Senegal, and, being taken very ing with assailing enemies.
young, was brought up in the couri• Lions were formerly more abund. try with a little spaniel of the same ant than now. Pliny relates, that age. After some time, these two Quintus Scaevola was the first who animals were given to the director exhibited several of these animals of the East India company, who at the same time in the circus, when sent them to France, and made a he was edile; that Scilla, during present of them to the government: his prætorship, made an hundred ihey were landed at l'Orient, and fight together, being all of them arrived at Versailles on the twenty
resses, they were bound together tween the large and middling species with a mutual affection. This friend- of lions. He was six feet and a ship between animals of a different half long, and three feet two inches species and opposite dispositions is high. A thick mane covered his not uncommon, but it is never form- head, and the front parts of his body, ed except among
those who live with which was all nerve and muscle, man, and always begins by the com- The hue of his skin, a bright fawn mon sentiment of his benefits. colour on a dark ground, gave ad,
At his arriva! in France, the lion ditional fire to his motions, and to was gentle and as fawning as his the expression of his features; but companion; no one feared to approach through this fierceness appeared an him, and he returned all the caresses air of gentleness cultivated by the which he received: but soured, pro- sense of benefits, and the enjoyments bably by his captivity, his original of friendship. His food was horseferocity was not slow in appearing, flesh. His allowance was about fifand entirely unfolding itself with his teen pounds a day. He took it in age; faithful, however, to his keeper, his claws, tore it with his teeth, and he did not cease to shew his gra- swallowed it without chewing. The titude to him. It was feared ibat dog, his companion, eat bread, and he would have perished in the pro- gnawed the bones that the lion left cess of cutting his teeth; he is the him. Twice in the day, commonly only lion brought young to the me- morning and evening, he raised his nagerie who has survived this pericd, thundering voice, as if he wished 10 which is always full of danger to give his lungs this salutary exercise. these animals. He soon experienced If the sky was overcast with thick another peril; one of his claws clouds, he roared several times, as if grew into the flesh, and would have presaging a storm: during the storm killed him, had not an operation he
Misfortune had been performed; the claw was cut, strengihened the tie formed in childthe matter was set out by the keeper, hood; deprived of the pleasures of and the animal recovered; he bore love, he felt those of friendship the this operation very willingly. His more strongly. He lavished on bis removal to the Botanical Garden, dog the nost tender caresses; the which took place about two years dog received and returned them with since, was not attended with any out fear and without distrust : his difficulty; he was put into a great natural gaiety, bis frank and epen cage, used for removing beasts from air, tempered the grave and serious one den to another; and his dog, disposition of the lion. He often being fastened to one of the bars, threw himself upon his mane, and foliowed him in the same carriage: playfully hit his ears. The lion bent the same prison received them at down his head, as taking part in his their arrival,
sport. Often he bimself invited him There this noble animal was exhi- to play, by putting him on his back, bited in the plenitude of his strength and pressing him between his paws. and vigour; he had reached his full Neither the crowd that surrounded growih, and his long captivity had him, nor the new objects continunor bech able to impair his native ally passing before his eyes ; nothing, dignity. His figure was awful and in short, could take him from the
he it was whom he wished first to bottom of his den, looked at the hole See again.
where he had got out, walked away, Their meals when given by their and returned again. When he came keeper only suspended this intimacy back, the dog saw his companion for a moment. They then sepa- with pleasure; but his last look rated to receive their several portions, seemed to say to the keeper, 'I love and neither dared then to invade the you most.' Some time after the property of the other. This inter- removal of the lion and his dog to esting peace was, however, some- the Menagerie of the Museum, the times troubled by those who came tender bond which united these ania to enjoy, and who ought to have mals was broken.' The dog consespected it. Pieces of bread, thrown tracted the mange: this was perthrough the bars of the den, be- ceived too late to be remedied; he came almost always a subject of died. The lion, deprived of his discord. The dog, regarding all that friend, called him incessantly in disa came from the hand of visitors as mal roarings; he soon fell into a property belonging to him alone, deep melancholy; every thing disseized it with extreme eagerness, gusted him; his strength and his If the lion made a motion towards voice grew weaker by degrees. Apit, he threw himself upon him, and prehensive of his sinking, they enbit his ear with such fury, that he deavoured to divert his grief by pre. often drew blood. The lion con- senting him with another dog. One tented himself with putting aside his was sought for, resembling his friend unreasonable friend with his paw. in shape and colour. When such an But these storms were only tran- one had been found, it was brought sient. The lion never abandoned before the grating of the den. The himself to anger, and the dog soon lion fixed him with a sparkling eye; recovered from his passion. But there he uttered a tremendous roar, and, was in their mutual attachment a with his paws extended, and his claws remarkable shade of difference, which unfolded, seemed ready to dart fora explains the caprices and humours wards. It was supposed, from this of the one, and the unalterable kind- sudden and violent passion, that the ness of the other. Independent on instinct of the beast had been den the earth, proud, and wild by na- ceived, and that, in his fury, he only ture, the lion, become solitary and wished to throw himself on the pera captive, had associated to himself son who detained his beloved dog; a friend. He loved his friend for hence he was abandoned to him withhis own sake, and was attached to out hesitation. The dog, thrown him chiefly. The dog, equally affec- into the den, shuddered with dread; tionate, loved him also; but before he would have escaped, but the lion he had given himself to the lion, na- seized him with his paw, and killed ture had given him to man. Faithful him in an instant*. to his instinct, he ran with eagerness A similar regard had been obe to meet him, who, opening the door Served in old Nero in the Tower. of his prison, restored him for a mo When Hector, a young lion, now ment to liberty. He loaded him to be seen in Exeter 'Change, was with caresses; gaiety sparkled in his eyes, whilst his poor friend, uneasy at his absence, roared in a plaintive Vide a Visit to the Menagerie by Mons. tone, walked backwards and for. Laufret, vol. I. elegantly translated by Miss
Aikin, with an interesting frontispiece, the wards along his bars, went to the Lion caressing his favourite Spaniel.