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H ERE is a picture of a mother Cat, and and speedily followed them to the grave!
five little Kittens. She looks very Not so the Cat. Although they show some
sedate and mild, as she lies stretched out attachment for the place whert they happen
upon the cushion, in the comfortable room, to live, they appear to be incapable of loving
washing one of her Kittens with her tongue, any one, and upon very slight provocation,
How cunning they look, as they creep over will bite and scratch the hand that feeds
the old Cat, in every direction. You can them.
almost hear them say Me-ow;" and it would They are still very much like the Wild
certainly be difficult to choose among them, Cats of our forest, from which they have
if you wanted a pet,'so amusing and pretty descended; and in many cases have been
do they all appear known to desert comfortable homes, and re-
Who would ever suppose, to see them at turn again to the wild life of the woods.
their innocent play, while in their Kitten- There are almost as many kinds of Cats, as
.hood; that they could grow up to be the there are of Dogs, and like them, they are
midnight brawlers, that so many of them found in all countries, and of all colors,
bec me; and keep us awake till morning, by shapes, and sizes-from the deepest black,
-their quarrels and dismal noises upon the with yellow eyes, to the purest white, with
sheds and fences. The Cat is ranked among red ones.
domestic animals, but does not hold the same Some of them are of a deep red, and at
relation to Mankind, as the Dog, the Cow, the Cape of Good Hope, in Africa, they are-
and Horse. These animals often show a found of a dark blue; while the Maltese is
real attachment to those who care for them; a rich gray; and the well-known Tortoise-
and there are many instances of Dogs and shell is beautifully marked in black, and
Horses who have pined away with grief, yellow. In China, the ears of the Cat hang
upon the death of those whom they loved, down; while there is one kind which has a
tail three times as long as those of our own told of a fine Race Horse in England,
Cats. They also decorate their ears with who had a Cat for a friend. The Cat
gold rings, and put a fine band around the was a black one, and would spend most
neck. of his time, when the Horse was at home
In the Isle of Man, the Cats have no in the stable, in the company of his friend-
tails; while the Angora Cats have long sometimes lying down in the manger, and
white hair, as soft and fine as silk. The Cat then again, taking a comfortable nap upon
can hardly be classed among the useful ani- the Horse's back.
mals. The only benefit they are to Man- This curious friendship lasted for some
kind is in keeping our houses clear of Rats years; and when the Horse finally died, the
and Mice; and this duty even, is often Cat persisted in remaining upon his back,
poorly done, for most Cats will show more until the body was put into the ground.
cunning and energy, in trying to drag a She then ran away from the house, and
pet Canary from its cage and devouring it; was not seen for a long time; till, at last,
than in hunting the fattest Mouse that ever her body was found in a hay-loft, looking
squeaked, thin and miserable, as if she had starved
Cats are very sly and treacherous, and are herself to death!
often the cause of the mysterious scratches, Though very strong and active beasts,
which are found upon the faces and hands Cats are very lazy. They love their ease,
of Children, who are allowed to play with and will lie all day in the Sun, or before
them. They are very attractive to Children, a fire, winking and sneezing, in a very
and yet never seem to become really fond amusing manner. But as soon as night
of them; and will bite them unless closely comes, they become more lively, and love
watched. to visit their friends upon the neighbor-
There are some few cases recorded, where ing fences, and carry on conversations with
Cats have shown attachment to other ani- each other, in tones much more loud than
mals, but they are very rare. A story is agreeable.
T HE DOG has been justly called "the care of flocks of Sheep; which, in the absence
Friend of man," and in sagacity, courage, of the Shepherd, they protect from harm,
intelligence, and attachment to his Master, and keep together, with a sagacity which is
he ranks first and best among the brute little short of human. They even seem to
"creation. They are of all sizes, shapes, and know how many Sheep belong to their flock;
colors, according to their breed, and' the and if one of them goes astray, it is missed
countries in which they live; but whether at once by the watchful dog, who knows
large or small, ugly or handsome, are alike no rest until it is found, and brought back
distinguished for honesty, fidelity, and grat- again in safety; with a gentle bite or two, to
itude; which often puts to shame, we, who remind it not to stray so far again.
hold ourselves as beings of a higher order In the picture, at the head of this article,
of mind. you see a Newfoundland Dog. This noble
It would be impossible, in a short sketch, creature grows to a great size, and is distin-
to even name, the almost endless varieties of guished for his courage and strength. The
this animal, which are found wherever Man one now. before us is standing upon the
has his habitation on the Earth; or to glance shore, looking toward the Sea. Held firm-
at the various uses to which he has been put. ly in his mouth is a piece of wood attached
Among the tribes of savage Esquimaux, to a long rope. A dreadful storm is raging!
who inhabit the frozen regions of the North, In the distance you see a Ship, which has
where the sun for months together, is never struck upon the rocks, and which must soon
seen; he is harnessed to sleds of Reindeer be destroyed among the cruel breakers, with
hide, and compelled to draw heavy burdens her passengers and crew!
over the snow. Their only hope of safety lies in communi-
In other countries, we find them, under eating with the shore. There is no boat at
the name of Collies," entrusted with the hand-even if one could live in that tremen-
dous sea! What is to be done? The Dog's They carry a small barrel of brandy,
Master has pointed out to him the fated slung around their necks, and a belt attached
Ship, has put the stick in his mouth; and to their bodies by a strap; and upon finding
soon the noble animal will breast the mighty any one insensible with cold, and exposure,
waves, and carry hope and safety to the they are so trained, that while two of them
perishing souls upon the wreck! lie close to the body, to revive it with their
Many drowning children have been saved warmth; the third one barks and howls lus-'
by these noble animals, and stories of their tily, at the same time, ringing his bell, until
courage and devotion, are told wherever the attention of the Monks is attracted to
their breed is known. Equally devoted to the place.
doing good, but in another way, are the Many lives have been saved in this way;
well-known Dogs of St. Bernard. They as in some years, the avalanches, or snow-
are so called after a pass across the Alps-a slides, are very frequent, blocking up the
high mountain range in Europe, much used road for days together. The variety in size,
by travelers, and which is situated in the color, hair, and general appearance of Dogs
region of eternal snow. .is wonderful. We find them, almost as
At the highest point of the pass, is situ- large as a horse, and as small as a rat; with
ated the Convent of the Monks of St. Bern- hair straight, shaggy, curly, and woolly;
ard, who devote themselves to saving the while some, like the Mexican Dog, have no
lives of travelers lost in the snow. For this hair at all! They are of all colors, black,
purpose, they use a breed of Dogs, of great brown, yellow, and gray, and some a mix-
size, strength, and sagacity. These animals ture of all these colors.
are covered with long and shaggy hair, But, whatever else they are-from the
which not only keeps them from the cold, Blood-hound to the Terrier; from the great
but also serves to warm and revive the St. Bernard, to the Lady's tiny Lap-dog, they
unhappy traveler, lost in the treacherous stand high, above all the brute creation, as
snow. the true and devoted Friend of Man."
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mHE SHEEP does not stand very high they roam in immense flocks, numbering
among animals, in point of intelligence, many thousands each, eagerly cropping the
but makes up in usefulness, for what it lacks sweet grass, and increasing in numbers
in sagacity. Its instincts are strong, but almost beyond belief; guarded only by a
beyond them it cannot go, and when com- few Shepherds and their dogs.
pared with the dog or the horse, it appears Sheep-dogs are trained for this purpose,
to be of a very dull and stupid disposi- and one dog can take care of hundreds
tion. of Sheep, and keep, them from wandering
The young of the Sheep are called Lambs, away from the flock. These sheep are fre-
and are often taken for pets by children, to quently washed in running water to free
whom they show considerable attachment, them from vermin, and then the scene is
They are very innocent and harmless; and it very striking and ludicrous. Each Sheep
is a pretty sight to see a snow-white lamb, is taken singly and pitched into the stream
its neck bound with a bright riband, gam- (which, of course, is not deep enough to
boling with its little playmates; and rolling drown them); it is then caught by one of
about in the bright green meadows, as de- the Shepherds, and thoroughly scoured with
lighted as the children themselves, a strong soap, made for the purpose; after
Sheep are raised, both for their meat and which, it is plunged beneath the water for
their wool, and come next to the Cow, and a final rinse, and allowed to make its way
the Horse, in point of benefit to mankind, to the shore.
They are also found in every part of the The struggles and bleatings of the Sheep,
world. In the vast plains of Central Asia, who, like some children, are not very fond
Africa, Australia, and South America, they of cold water; and their look of innocent
form the chief wealth of the people, who amazement at such rough usage, is very
raise them mainly for their wool. There amusing to see.
There are many different breeds of by the Negroes, for greasing their filthy
Sheep, varying widely in the quality of the wool; which they form into disgusting head-
wool they produce. As you go North, it dresses of monstrous sizes and shapes.
becomes coarse and straight, almost like The Sheep or Lamb has always been used
hair; while in warmer climates it is fine and as a symbol of Innocence, from the earliest
soft, and is often very valuable for the time of which we have any account. They
manufacture of fine shawls, and dresses for formed a chief portion of the wealth of all
ladies, the early races of people, of whom the Bible
The Merino Sheep is very highly thought tells us. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were
of, and is kept entirely for its beautiful all Shepherds. The Chaldeans, who first
fleece; the Sheep themselves being difficult practiced the science of Astronomy, and
to rear in the Temperate Zone, and com- measured the motions of the Planets, were
manding high prices when sold. only Shepherds; and watched the wonders
The male Sheep is called a Ram; and he of the Heavens, while their Sheep grazed
is usually ornamented with horns, which in peacefully upon the vast plains of Asia.
some countries grow to an enormous size. They were also considered the most ac-
Rams are often quite fierce, and dangerous ceptable sacrifice to God, among the Jews;
for children to approach. In Wallachia, a and were used for this purpose, among all
country of Southern Europe, their horns the ancient nations of the earth-Greek,
have been known to attain a length of three Roman and Hebrew, Jew and Gentile.
feet, standing out straight from the head, The "Star in the East," which announced
and twisting in spirals, like a large cork- the birth of our Saviour, in Bethlehem,
screw. In Central Africa, there is a breed more than eighteen hundred years ago, was
of Sheep,, whose tails grow to an immense first seen by Shepherds tending their flocks
size, and often weigh more than the rest of by night; while the Saviour himself is
their bodies! These tails are an almost often spoken of in the Bible as The Lamb
solid mass of fat, which is in great request. of God."
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THE CALF, is the young of the Cow. or delicate persons. Meat of this kind is
It is a clumsy, awkward little creature, called Bob-veal," and in all civilized coun-
without any of the grace, or playfulness of tries, the Butchers are forbidden to sell it,
the Lamb or the Kitten. For a long time under severe penalties.
after its birth, its head and legs are out of The skin of the Calf is quite as valuable
all proportion to its body; and it does little as its meat, and in some cases more so.
else than to draw the milk from its fond, When tanned, it becomes converted into a
and patient mother, the Cow, and sleep soft and beautiful article of leather, which is
away the time under the shade of some largely used in the manufacture of gentle-
friendly tree, until it is time to feed again, men's boots and shoes of the finest qualities;
It grows very fast, however, and soon besides many other articles of use and
becomes large and strong, requiring more beauty.
solid food than the Mother Cow can furnish. The Calf, as a general thing, seems to be
This is the time when the Farmer must de- of a lower order of intelligence even, than
cide, what shall be the fate of the uncon- the Sheep; and to be almost incapable of
scious Calf. Many of them are sold to the attachment to the human race, or of any
Butcher, for the purpose of being converted feeling which can be ranked higher than
into meat for our tables. It is called veal, that of instinct. It eats when it is hungry,
and is very delicate and rich, if the Calf drinks when it is thirsty, and sleeps between
has been properly fed, and has attained a meals; with a regularity which is highly to
certain age, before being killed; but if this be commended, as though its chief end in
is done before the animal has reached the life was to grow as fast as it could, and
age of from four to six weeks, the meat be- become a full grown Bull or Cow, with the
comes very unwholesome; causing severe least possible loss of time. And although
sickness, and even death, if eaten by young, vast numbers of them, as we have already
seen, are cut off, at an early age, and turned sented, and every day the Calf was carefully
into more or less wholesome Veal; yet still fed by his tender-hearted little Mistress on
greater numbers are allowed to grow up, the richest of milk; and a nice warm bed
and become, in their turn, givers of milk, of hay, was made for it in the stable.
and breeders of other Calves. Every thing went pleasantly for awhile.
From this point of view, as a provider The Calf would follow her about, and lick
of food, for the human race, the Calf must her hand, as if it really felt some gratitude
occupy a high position. For as the small for the care it received. The little Maid
and homely Acorn is, to the grand and was delighted, and the Calf would some-
spreading Oak; so is the awkward and times go to sleep under the shade of a tree,
stupid Calf, to the mighty Bull that leads with its head cosily laid in her lap.
the lowing herd; or the gentle and prolific This went on for some time, and the lucky
Cow, who pours out her milky treasures for Calf grew in size and strength, until, finally,
our use. two little knobs made their appearance upon
There are one or two instances on record, its head; which bade fair, at no distant time,
where the Calf has seemed to overstep the to become horns. In fact, the innocent
bounds of its low instincts, and come nearer Calf, was rapidly changing into a little Bull!
to the level of the Horse and Dog; but As his horns grew longer, his temper grew
they all end badly. There was once a shorter, and his appetite greater. He would
Calf, whose mother had been killed by a fall sometimes seize things from the hand of his
into an old gravel pit, when the Calf was little Mistress very roughly; until at last, one
but a few days old. The Farmer, to whom day he made a dive for an apple that she
the Cow and Calf belonged, had a pretty was eating; and when she refused to give it
daughter, about ten years of age; who, upon up, the rogue butted her down in the mud
seeing the poor little Calf so suddenly de- and spoiled her dress, besides bruising her
prived of its mother, begged her father to sadly. Whereupon he was at once sent to
let her have it as a pet. The Farmer con- the Butcher.
T HE COW, of which you have here a She grows large, and of a beautiful milk-
beautiful picture, is, without doubt, the white, or mouse color, in the burning plains
most useful animal, that the goodness of God of Southern Asia; while in the far northern
has given for the service of Man. Some latitude of Scotland and the Shetland Is-
nations have even gone so far as to worship lands, she is often of a jet black color, and
her, and place her among their gods. The not much larger than a good sized dog.
ancient Egyptians, embalmed her as care- They are even, sometimes, used to draw
fully, as they did themselves; and to this day carts and other vehicles, where horses are
she is held as sacred among the Hindoos; scarce; and in the Southern States of our
where it is thought to be a less crime to kill country, may often be seen the curious spec-
a man, than to even injure a Cow! tacle, of a Cow and Mule fastened together
This, of course, is wrong and absurd; but by a rope harness, drawing a cart with solid
we can scarcely value this homely creature wheels, and laden with a single bale of cotton,
too highly; and certainly, however well we to the market town. But wherever she lives,
may treat her, it will be no better than her she is still the same gentle and generous crea-
good qualities deserve. She is known in al- ture; ever ready to part with her milky treas-
most every country in the World, from the ure, from which we get butter, and cheese
cold and frozen North, to the burning and for our tables; and after a life spent in our
torrid zones of India and Africa; and wher- service; when she can no longer furnish us
ever she is found, she contributes willingly with milk, gives us her body, at last, in the
to the comfort of her masters; and asks noth- form of meat to sustain our strength.
ing but a bare, and often scanty subsistence Among many of the savage tribes of the
in return. .Her size, color, and general ap- earth, as well as those more advanced in
pearance, of course, vary much, according to civilization; the Cow is almost their only
the climate and country in which she lives, means of support.
THE C O W
Wherever grass grows, and water runs, she foaming to the dairy; but this is very rare,
finds her subsistence, and returns ten-fold the and may be ascribed to nervousness, or the
food she receives, in the shape of wholesome, attack of stinging insects, to which they are
sweet, and nourishing milk; which is alike liable.
suited for the use of the sick and the well, Some breeds of Cows are very handsome
the infant and the full-grown man. as well as valuable; and in Great Britain,
They are very gentle and docile in their where they probably attain their greatest
disposition; and it is a pretty sight to see perfection and beauty, they are often sold
them, on a Summer evening, winding for large sums, and exported to many parts
through the green meadows, on their return of the globe. The Alderney Cow is one of
home, to be milked and sheltered for the these. They are found in what are called
iight; stopping now and then, to crop the the "Channel Islands," lying between Eng-
tender grass where it seems sweetest, and land and France; and though much smaller
lowing to each other, with long-drawn cries, than our own Cows, are of a beautiful cream
which echo softly in the distance. or dun color, with round, and plump bodies,
You may often see children, hardly old and small horns.
enough to walk, driving the Cows to and Their milk is very rich, though not in
from the pasture, without a thought of fear; great quantity, and makes most delicious
and although, I am very sorry to say, they butter and cheese; which is the cause of
sometimes abuse the patient animals, and their great value, and why many of them
injure them with sticks, and stones; I have are sent to this country, for the purpose of
never heard of a case where the Cows have improving the breed. Let us then be always
done any harm in return, or shown any kind and considerate, to this valuable and
symptoms of a dangerous temper. gentle friend, that the good God has sent
It is true, they sometimes kick over the us, and make her as comfortable as her lot
milk-pail, just as it is ready to be carried will permit.
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T HE HORSE is the most beautiful out saddle or bridle; and he will speed,
among domestic animals-the most day after day, across the parched and arid
spirited, and, at the same time, one of the desert, with no food, but a few handfuls of
most useful. He is a universal favorite, barley; and no drink, save now and then
among all classes and conditions of men. a few drops of stagnant and slimy water.
For courage, speed, strength, and generos- Among those wild and restless tribes, who
ity, he has no superior, and hardly an equal constantly move from place to place, he is
among the brute creation which God has looked upon as one of the -family. He
made for the service of Mankind. shares the shelter of the tent at night, and
Like the Dog and the Cow, he is found is treated in all respects, as well as their
in nearly all countries; is able to do his own children. We find a great variety of
work in every climate, and endure great ex- Horses in use among the different nations
tremes of heat and cold, if properly cared of the earth; varying very much in quality,
for. He is capable of strong attachments size, appearance, and strength. There is
and dislikes; and is so docile and sagacious, the Draught Horse, used for drawing heavy
that he can be trained to almost perfect obe- loads-large and powerful, mighty of limb,
dience to the will of his Master. In the and heavy footed. The Carriage Horse-
vast and sandy deserts of Arabia, this noble elegant of form, with glossy skin, brilliant
animal attains his greatest perfection, both eyes, and proud -step. The Hunter, with
of speed and intelligence, cropped tail and mane, but swift and pow-
He is there taught to go and come, like a erful, taught to leap fences and ditches,
Dog, at his Master's command-to stop, without fear, and to share fully the excite-
when at full speed, at the lightest word; and ment of his rider. The Race Horse and
never to leave his Master without orders, Trotter, with their clean and slender, but
living or dead! The Arabs ride him, with- muscular limbs, and round, shining bodies;
bodies, trained entirely for speed; and so fall from his cart, into the road; and there
on, through an almost endless succession roll insensible in the dust, entirely unable to
of types. help himself. On these occasions, his old
We must not forget the gentle and beau- Horse, who had been his companion, for
tiful creatures, trained for the use of Ladies, many years; would carefully seize the waist-
both for riding and driving; nor the odd- band of his trousers in his teeth, and gently
looking Ponies from the Shetland Islands, lifting him out of the road; deposit him
and the Isle of Man, for the amusement of alongside the fence, well out of harm's way.
Children. These Ponies are often not larger The Horse would then mount guard over
than a Calf; they are generally of a black his stupid Master, switching off the flies
color, and covered with a shaggy coat of hair. with his tail, until assistance came along, or
They are capable of being taught many the drunkard awoke from his stupor. The
amusing tricks, and are often seen in the dumb animal, in this case, was certainly a
Circus, where they are always very popular superior being to the man.
with the little folks. Horses are trained Many Horses will show a propensity to
to use their teeth and hoofs in battle, and bite and kick, and frequently run away, with-
soon get to know the meaning of the dif- out warning, smashing the wagon behind
ferent notes upon the bugle, (which are them, and putting the life of the driver in
used to direct the movements of the Cav- danger; but these vicious tricks can usually
airy,) as well as the Soldiers themselves, be traced to bad usage of a former owner;
Many curious anecdotes are told of the and is often much less the fault of the ani-
sagacity and faithfulness of Horses. mal, than of his Master. They can almost
There was once a "Carrier," as they are always be governed by gentle means; and
called in England, who used to deliver kind usage, will in time, subdue the most un-
packages through the country, from the rail- ruly Horse; while they very soon learn to
road station. He had a very bad habit of love the hand that caresses them, and how to
drinking to excess, and would sometimes distinguish their friends from their enemies.
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