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HARLEY saw this with emotion ; for he would not vanonly have injured the most contemptible animal, that reathes--he rebuked the unfeeling youth in the following erms : and the impression which the lecture made was lever after effaced from his mind:

* I am deeply concerned," said he, “ to observe any one whoin 1 so tenderly love, fond of cruel sport. Do you' hink that the poor beetle which you are thus agonizing, is. ncapable of sensation and if you are aware that it feels pain, as well as you, how can you receive amusement from its torture ? Animals, it is true, were formed for the use of man z but reason and humanity forbid us to abuse them. Every creature, not immediately noxious to our kind, ought to be cherished, or at least not injured. The heart of sensibility bleeds for misery wherever it is seen. No amusement can be rational, that is founded on another's pain.

I know you take delight in bird-nesting; I wish to disooprage this pursuit too. Consider how little you gain, and how much distress you occasion to some of the most beantiful and lovely of creation's tribes. You destroy the eggs from which the fond bird hoped to rear an offspring ; pr, whiat is still more cruel, you rob her of her young, when maternal care and affection are at the higliest pitch. Could you possibly conceive what the parent bird'must suffer from this deprivation, you would be ashamed of your insensibility. The nightingale, robbed of her tender young, is said to sing most sweetly; bat it is the plaintive voice of lacerated naturé, not the note of joy. It should be heard as the expression of distress; and if you are the mause of it, you ought to apply it to yourself. ,

*>«О then, ye friends of love, and love-taught song, i Spare the soft tribes ! this barbarous art forbear?

If on your bosom innocence can win, * Music engage, or piety persuade."

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Even the meanest insects receive an existence from the author of Being, and why should you abridge their span! They have their little sphere of bliss allotted them; they have purposes which they are destined to fulfil; and when those are accomplished, they die. Thus it is with you! You have, indeed, a more extensive range of action, more various and important duties to discharge, and well it wil be for you, if you discharge them aright.. But thiink net because you have reason and superiority given you, that irrational animals are beneath your regard...In proportion *as you enjoy the benefits they are adapted to confer, you should be careful to treat them with tenderness and humanity: it is the only return you can make. :Remember every thing that has life is doomed to suffer and to feel zithongh its expression of pain may not be capable of being conveyed to your ears.' . '.; 1;;;;'*:** FIDO :: To the most worthless reptile,i to the most noxions animal some pity is due. If its life is dangerous to you, it may be destroyed without blame; but let it be done without cruelty. To torture is unmanly-tó tyranníze wliere there can be no resistance is the extreme of baseness i I never knew an amiable person, who did not feel an attachinent for animals i A boy who is not fond of his bird, his rabbit, bis dog, or his horse, or whatever other creature he takes under his protectionwill never have a good heart, and will always be wanting in affection to his om kind. But he, who after admonition, delights in misery, or sports with life, must have a disposition and a heart I should blush to own: he is neither qualified to be happ! himself, nor will ever make others sous *MAYOR,

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Issovi 13 A Wise Saying. U sragih AGESILAUS, king of Sparta, being asked what things be thought most proper for boys to learn, answered, Those things which they ought to practise when they come to be meo.

Parental Affection.


THE following instance of maternal affection in he brute -creation, is extracted from the. “Journal of a Voyage for making discoveries towards the North Pole,” and nay be of use to some of your readers on account of the moral it inculcates. ,, H e Sept. 1813. .


EARLY in the morning, the man at the mast head of the CARCASE, gave notice, that tbree bear's were making their way very fast over the ice, and that they were directing their course towards the ship. They had without question, been invited by the scent of the blubber of the sea-horse; killed a few days before, which the men had set on fire, and which was burning on the ice at the time of their approach. They proved to be a she-bear and her two cubs ; but the cubs were nearly as large as the dam. They ran eagerly to the fire, and drew out from the flames part of the flesh of the sea-horse, that remained unconsumed, and ate it voraciously. The crew from the ship threw-great. lumps of the flesh of the sea-horse, which they had still left, upon the ice, which the old bear fetched away singly, laid every lámp before her oubs as she brought it, and dia viding it, gave each a-share, reserving but a small portion to herself. As she was fetching away the last piece, they. levelled their muskets at the cubs, and shot them both dead; and in her retreat they wounded the dam, but not mortally.. .>

toy vi, .. , It would have drain tears of pity from any but unfeeling minds, to have marked the affectionate concern expressed by this poor beast, in the dying moments of her Qe3


expiring young. Though she was sorely wounded, an could but just crawl to the place where they lay, she ihr ried the lump of flesh shě had fetched away, as she tad done others before, tore it ia pieces, and laid it down be fore them; and when she saw that they refused to eat; the laid her paws first upon one, and then upon the other, and endeavoured to raise them up: all tbis while it was y ful to hear her moan. When she found she could antica them, she went off, and when she had got at some distante, looked back and moaned ; and that not availing her to entice them away, she returned and smelling round them, began to lick their wounds. She went off a second time as before, and having crawled a few paces, looked again behind her, and for some time stood moaning. But stil her cubs not rising to follow. her, she' returned to theta again, and with signs of inexpressible fondness, went round one, and round the other, paving them; and to in ing. Finding at last that they were cold and lifeless, the raised her head towards the ship, and growled a curse pon the murderers, which they returned with a volley of mas ket balls... She fell between her cubs, and died Heking their h . 115

Can you admire the maternal affection of the beat, and not feel in your heart the warmest émotions of gratitude, for the stronger and more permanent tenderness, you have so long experienced from your parents of SHUME . .:*?!... .

trigo -1... Affection to Parents rewarded.

FREDERICK, the late King of PRUSSÍA, baring ring ķis bell one day, and nobody answering, opened the door where his servant was usually in waiting, and found him asleep on a sofa. He was going to awake him, when he perceived the end of a billet of letter hanging out of bis pocket.

Having: Having the curiosity to know its contents, he took and read it, and found it was a letter from his mother, thanking him for having sent her a part of his wages to assist her in her distress, and concluding with beseeching God to bless bim for his filial attention to her wants.. ..

The king returned softly to his room, took a roller of ducats and slid them with the letter into the page's pocket. Returning to his apartment he rung so violently, that tlie page awoke, opened the door and entered. “You have slept well,” said the king. The págé made an apology, and, in his embarassment happened to put his hand in his. pocket, and felt with astonishment the roller. He drew it out, turned pale, and looking at the king, barst into tears, without being able to speak a word. “What is the mattor?" said the king, “What ails you?” “Ah! sire," said the young man, throwing himself at his feet, “ Somebody has wished to ruin me. I know not bow I came by this money in my pocket.” “ My friend,” said FREDERICK, "God often sends us good in our sleep: send the money to your mother; salute her in my name; and assure her that I shall take care of her and you. ::..

Parents have a natural claim on their offspring for sapport ; and relieving aged parents, when bodily strength decays, infirmities and wants increase, is not only an act of mercy, but also an act of justice, an imperious duty, a repaying in kind, what they did for their children in their tender helpless years, and to “ withhold from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine- hand to do it,”, and “ shut up our bowels of compassion when we see them in need,” argues ap extreme hardness of heart. How dwelleth the love of God in such a ore". Can the merci less hope for merey, who will shew no mercy! C ins: da mu


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