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Monkey and Crow.
pluck it with the most humorous gravity. When
he had completely stripped it, except the large In the jungles about the neighborhood of Tilli- feathers in the pinions and tail, he fung it into cherry, in India, there is a large species of mon- the air as high as his strength would permit, and, key, frequently tamed by the natives; and at af after Happing its wings for a few seconds, it fell village a short distance from this celebrated sea- on the ground with a stunning shock. The other port, we had an evidence of thc remarkable saga. crows, which had been fortunate enough to escity of this animal. A few yards from the house cape a similar castigation, now surrounded it, and of the person to whom it belonged, a thick pole, at immediately pecked it to death. The expression least thirty feet high, had been fixed into the of joy on the animal's countenance was altogether earth, round which was an iron ring, and to this indescribable; and he had no sooner seen this was attached a strong chain of considerable ample retribution dealt to the purloiner of his relength, fastened to a collar round the monkey's past, than he ascended the bamboo to enjoy a neck. The ring being loose, it easily slid up the quiet repose. The next time his fond was brought, pole, when he ascended or descended. He was not a single crow approached it; and I dare say in the habit of taking his station at the top of the that, thenceforward, he was never again molested bainboo, where he seemed perched as if to enjoy by those voracious intruders. the beauties of the prospect around him; this was really striking. The crows, which in India are very abundant and singularly audacious, taking
Activity of Mind. advantage of his elevated position, had been in We are all (says Sir James Mackintosh in a the daily habit of robbing him of his food, which letter to the Rev. Robert Hall) accustomed to. was placed every morning and evening at the foot contemplate with pleasure the suspension of the of the pole. To this he had vainly expressed his ordinary operations of the understanding in sleep, dislike, by chattering, and other indications of his and to be even amused by its nightly wanderings displeasure equally ineffectual; nothing that he from its course in dreams. From the commandcould do was of any avail to scare away these un- ing eminence which you have gained, you will welcome intruders upon his repasts. He tried gradually familiarize your mind, to consider its various modes to banish thein, but they continued other aberrations as only more rare than sleep or their periodical depredations. Finding that he dreams; and in process of time they will cease to was perfectly unheeded, he adopted a plan of re- appear to you much more horrible. You will tribution as effectual as it was ingenious.
thus be delivered from that constant dread, which One morning, when his tormentors had been so often brings on the very evil dreaded; and particularly troublesome, he appeared as if seri- which, as it clouds the whole of human life, is ously indisposed: be closed his eyes, drooped his itself a greater calamity than any temporary dishead, and exhibited various other symptoms of ease. Some dread of this sort darkened the days of severe suffering. No sooner were his ordinary Johnson; and the fcars of Rousseau seein to have rations placed at the foot of the bamboo, than the constantly realized themselves. But whoever lias crow's, watching their opportunity, descended in brought himself to consider a disease of the brain great numbers, and, according to their usual as differing only in degree from a disease of the practice, began to demolish his provisions. The lungs, has robbed it of that mysterious horror, inunkey now began to slide down the pole by which forms its chief malignity. If he were to do slow degrees, as if the effort were painful to him, this by undervaluing intellect, he would indeed and as if so overcome by indisposition that his re- gain only a low quiet at the expense of mental maining strength was scarcely cqual to such exer- dignity. But you do it by feeling the superiority tion. When he reached the ground, he rolled of a moral nature over intellect itself. All your about for some time, seeming in great agony, until happiness has arisen from your love and pursuit he found himself close by the vessel employed to of excellence. Disappointed in the pursuit of contain his food, which the crows had by this union with real or supposed excellence of a limited time well nigh devoured. There was still, how- sort, you sought refuge in the contemplation of ever, some remaining, which a solitary bird, em- the Supreme Excellence. But, by the conflict of holdened by the apparent indisposition of the both, your mind was torn in pieces; and even your monkey, advanced to seize. The wily creature most powerful understanding was unable to resist was at this time lying in a state of apparent insen- the force of your still more powerful moral feelsibility at the foot of the pole, and close by the pan. (ings. The remedy is prescribed by the plainest The moment the crow stretched out its head, and maxims of duty. You must act: inactive conere it could secure a mouthful of the interdicted templation is a dangerous condition for minds of food, the watchful avenger seized the depredator profound moral sensibility. We are not to dream by the neck with the rapidity of thought, and se-away our lives in the contemplation of distant or cured it from doing further mischief. He now imaginary perfection. We are to act in an imbegan to chatter and grin with every expression of perfect and corrupt world ; and we must only gratified triumph, while the crows flew around, contemplate perfection enough to ennoble our cawing in boisterous chime, as if deprecating the natures, but not to make us dissatisfied and dischastisement about to be indicted upon their cap- gusted with these faint approaches to that perfective companion. The monkey continued for a tion, which it would be the nature of a brute or a while to chatter and grin in triumphant mockery demon to despise. It is for this reason that I exof their distress; he then deliberately placed the hort you to literary activity. captive crow between his knees, and began to
78 Frithiof 's Saga, a Sweedish Poem. 30, 94
100 Fallen Angel, by Edward Maturin.-original. 50
Fashions and Novelties.
163 Fatal Birth-Day Fete.
244 Gertrude, by Miss Woodbridge.-original. 159
32 Invocation of the Pilgrim Father's.-original. 56
209 Kathleen Mavourneen, by Mrs. Crawford 41
Lucy Wescott, a tale of the Revolution.
40, 87, 102
-set to music.
57 Lover's Experiment, a sketch from Life. 114
159 Lines on an Infant's Death.-original. 163
215 Late conflagration, lines on the--original. 189
Lines to her who will understand them,
144 Liberty, by T. A. Worrall.-original. 283
81 The Invocation, by Miss Woodbridge-original. 19
87 The Bridegroom's Dream, by Mrs. Crawford. 22
236, 237 Tea Table Chat- --original. 146, 230, 275
The Fair Puritan-set to music. 284, 285
47 Value of Good Looks, by John Neal---original. 77
94 Visions of Venice, a Poem----original. 119
The Days of Joy are gone.
Let's away to the Greenwood Shade.
177 Buy my Flowers.
269 Follow, follow in the clear Moonlight.
My own, my Native Home.
The Fair Puritan.
104 Mountain House, Catskill.
104 Head Dresses.
121 The Russian Peasants.
145 The Blind at their Study.
148, 245 Hamilton's Statue.
189 Blackwell's Island and Penitentiary.
233 Lunatic Asylum.
234 City Hall.