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WAITING rO2 THE COACH.
THE LAST PA5ENOER.
THE LION AT HOME
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SondonE Paris. nT w TYrk
No. 705. DESIGNED & PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN
T HERE are big and little
in most living things.
You have no doubt seen the
tiny Toy Terrier which is no
bigger than the head of the
great Boar Hound, and the
Shetland Pony that can walk
right under the great Dray
Horse. There are many more
that I could mention, but I
think the greatest difference
in one kind of creature is to
be seen in the birds.
Think of the wee Humming
Birds, some of them not much
bigger than a Bumble Bee.
What gloriously beautiful little
things they are as they flit
from flower to flower, their
feathers glistening like gems
in the hot tropical sun.
Here at home, too, in
our own country we have the tiny Tit, and pretty Jenny
Wren with her sweet little song. Then let us make a big
jump right away to the plains of Southern Africa, and
what do we behold here? Why, the great and handsome
Ostrich, the enormous bird that cannot fly, but has such
powerful legs that it can run faster than a horse, and can
with its heavy claws knock down a strong man. What
a difference we see in size here. I wonder how many
little Humming Birds we could get into an Ostrich's egg;
I should think a hundred.
There was once a kind of bird with the peculiar name
of Deiornis. It was such a, big bird that it could not
have stood upright in your sitting-room, no matter how
high a' room you have. It lived in New Zealand, and
the natives of that country thought it so good to eat that
they hunted and killed the Deiornis, so that to-day there
is not one left. I wonder if they roasted
them oi boiled them? What big ovens
and saucepans they must have used!
a rlERRY LOAD.
COME, jump in the car, and merrily go
Gliding so swiftly o'er ice and o'er snow;
,Let's hurry and scurry, away and away,
For we've all been invited to spend the day
At the topmost end of the earth, for there
Is the Christmas-tree of the Polar Bear.
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THE OBSTACLE RACE.
SNE Bear is flound'ring in the stream, and one stands on
The Tiger comes not far behind; it's hardly fair, we think,
The Kangaroo's so good at springing,
The others have no chance of winning.
ON THE SANDS.
T HAT Donkeys are nice for the children, we know,
But Lions consider their pace is too slow;
Though they don't look so safe and so happy, by half,
As they'd be on a Donkey, when riding Giraffe,
CUTTING HI5 TEETH.
H IS Nursie cries, with pleasure vast,
"The darling's cut his teeth at last!
Just see the little toothy-pegs,
And soon the pet will use his legs.
A little Croco-dily-
Oh, what a pretty
He'll never weep
But wag his little
" WHERE in the world have I put my bowl? I had
T it a moment ago, and now it has gone. What
a nuisance! I'm so hungry, and the porridge will be cold
if I don't find it soon."
A MONKEY jand a Mandarin, a Mistress and a Mouse,
Were teasing a tall Tangerine because he had no house:
" It seems a vulgar thing," they said, to have no place to go
to bed !"
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TIE SPORTING OSTRICH.
" G OOD-BYE, darling," sobbed Mrs. Ostrich, "take
care of yourself; don't let that dreadful gun go off,
you might get hurt. But bring something home for dinner;
it doesn't matter what. You needn't go far, I'm sure."
M R. and Mrs. Kangaroo and family have their home
in far-away Australia. Mr. and Mrs. Kangaroo
and family are peculiar in their ways. They never walk,
but can hop beautifully. I don't think there is any animal
that can hop so well as a kangaroo, but it has such very
long and powerful hind legs that it makes it easy for him to
get about in this way, and just as fast as other animals can
run. He has a very strong tail, too, that acts like a spring.
Mrs. Kangaroo has a pocket in her skin, and here
reposes the baby kangaroo when he is tired of hopping
about. Rather a good idea this, I think.
Another animal family in Australia is Mr. and Mrs.
Koala, that live in the trees. They are called by some
people Australian Bears, but they are not really bears, for
there are no bears in Australia in a wild state.
Australia, too, is the home of one of the strangest of
animals in the world. It is called the Platypus. Its body
is covered with fur like an otter's, but it has the beak
and web feet of a duck, and it lays eggs just like a bird.
In the house I lived in when a little boy there was a glass
case with two of these funny animals stuffed, so that is
why I happen to know all about this wonderful creature.
Mr. and Mrs. Platypus and family are very retiring
and shy, and whenever they see any one coming, they ,jump
into the,water and dive down till they reach a hole in the
bank where they have made their home. For this reason
it is much easier to see this peculiar family in a glass case
than in its wild state, even if you were in Australia.
M R. BEAR is not particular about his food, as long as he
gets enough, you know. And, as he is a big fellow,
enough means a great deal. Mr. Bear doesn't, however, trouble
about meals in the winter, because when the winter begins he
curls himself up in a cave and goes to sleep till the cold weather
My word, then he is hungry! He eats all the berries on
the trees, digs up sweet roots, and woe betide any animals he
meets with that are smaller than himself. But over and beyond
all these, there is one thing that he loves, one thing he will
travel miles for, and climb trees, and take any trouble to get,
and that is-honey.
Do you think Mr. Bear cares if the bees sting him on his
nose? Not a bit of it; he must have the honey, and he has it
to the last drop. Next time you go to the Zoo, you try the
bears with lumps of sugar, and see how they will enjoy it.
Indeed, they are nearly as fond of sweets as you are.
Different kinds of snakes eat different kinds of dinners.
The big Boa will eat a whole deer at one meal, but then he
goes a long time between meals, sometimes two or three weeks.
Other snakes like mice, fish, frogs, and birds. One snake
in particular is very fond of eggs. He will swallow the egg
without breaking it till he has got it well down, and then he
squeezes it and breaks the shell. I prefer my eggs boiled. How
do you like yours?
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H15 FIRST BATH.
" N TOW, don't be frightened, Baby dear;
S You won't get drowned while Mother's near."
" 1T'S very clear," said Porcupine, "that this new little
craft of mine
Has somehow sprung a leak;
I've never been so fixed before, I'll have to quickly put to shore,
And for assistance seek."
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To ha. mne
They discn kDe
6 %m& Am tes
" W HERE are we going to, eh, little Brother ?"
"I'm sure I don't know; you'd better ask
I really don't know, and truly won't care;
She may carry our house miles and miles anywhere,
For it's sure to be right if our Mother is there."
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GOOD Mr. Porcupine, walking along,
And happily humming a little song,
Not noticing anything anywhere,
Was suddenly carried up in the air.
CLEARING THE ROAD.
W HEN Rhino's motor horn is heard, it's time then to begin
To hurry and to scurry, if you wish to save your skin!
"I tootled hard," Sir Rhino said, "you surely should have
If you can't clear away in time it really is absurd."
TWO,fishermen sat in a punt all day,
But never the bite of a fish got they.
"There can't be a fish in the river," they thought.
" Ha ha! laughed the fish, we don't want to be caught."
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