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But hush! the silence of attention falls

Upon the waiting hundreds, as a strain Of sweetest music rises now and falls

Half dies away, and then recurs again. It is the signal; and with graceful bound The famous dancer answers to the sound.

And now the music grew more witching still;

That face, that form, those motions full of grace Seemed scarcely mortal as she trod at will

The mazes of a dance none else could trace.
Like a bright dream of fairy-land seemed she,
The sylph of music and of poetry.
A blazing star rested upon her hair-

A star-tipped wand was grasped in one small hand, Which ever and anon she waved air,

As if she felt a world at her command; While through it all an air of modesty Made the whole dance from vulgar coarseness free

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She was a ballet-dancer, and we know

Those who deligbted in her graceful powers
Will find another on whom to bestow

Their tribute of applause, and a few flowers.
Her fate, her woes will soon forgotten be
By the gay lovers of Terpsichore.
She was a ballet-dancer; yet, perchance

She had a heart as warm, a soul as pure
As many a one who mingles in the dance

Begirt with friends, and of position sure.
It is not ours to judge; we only know
Her poor profession, and her death of woe.

ANECDOTES OF ANIMALS.

Although celebrated for its shy timid my coat between his teeth and pull at it disposition, which seems kindly bestowed with all his force. Thus Puss might be by nature as a safeguard against its many said to be perfectly tamed, the shyness of foes, the hare has proved susceptible to his nature was done away, and, on the the kindness of man, and has been the pet whole, it was visible by many symptoms, of one whose descriptions have associated which I have not room to enumerate, that its peculiarities with his name. Cowper's he was happier in human society than three historic hares, Puss, Tiney and Bess, when shut up with his natural comare among the most interesting of domes- panions." ticated creatures. These hares, it seems, An English writer thus speaks of an indiffered in their dispositions one from the stance of the power occasionally shown by other. Tiney was reserved and surly; Bess hares in swimming: “A harbor of great was full of frolic and drollery, but did not extent on our southern coast has an island live long. Here is the poet's own account near the middle of considerable size, the of Puss, who evidently became a privileged nearest point of which is a mile distant character. “Puss grew presently familiar, from the mainland at highwater, and with would leap into my lap, raise himself upon which point there is frequent communicahis hinder feet, and bite the hair from my temples. He would suffer me to take him up and carry him about in my arms, and has more than once fallen fast asleep upon my knee. He was ill three days, during which time I nursed him, kept him apart from his fellows that they might not molest him-for, like many other wild animals, they persecute one of their own species that is sick-and by constant care, and trying him with a variety of herbs, restored him to perfect health. No creature could be more grateful than my patient after his recovery, a sentiment which he most significantly expressed by licking my hand, first the back of it, then the palm, then every finger separately, then between all the fingers, as if anxious to leave no part tion by a ferry. Early one morning in of it unsaluted; a ceremony which he

spring, two hares were observed to come never performed but once again upon a down from the hills of the mainland tosimilar occasion.

ward the seaside, one of which from time “Finding him extremely tractable, I

to time left its companion, and proceeding made it my custom to carry him always

to the very edge of the water, stopped after breakfast into the garden, where he there a minute or two, and then returned bid himself generally under the leaves of to its mate. The tide was rising, and after a cucumber vine, sleeping or chewing the waiting some time, one of them, exactly cud until evening; in the leaves also of at high water, took to the sea, and swam that vine he found a favorite repast. I had rapidly over in a straight line to the opponot long habituated him to this taste of site projecting point of land. The observer liberty, before he began to be impatient on this occasion, who was near, but unobfor the time when he might enjoy it. He served by the hares, had no doubt they wonld invite me to the garden by drum- were of different sexes, and that it was the ming upon my knee, and by a look of such male that swam across the water, as he expression as it was not possible to misin- had probably done many times before. It terpret. If this rhetoric did not imme- was remarkable that the hares remained diately succeed, he would take the skirt of on the shore nearly half an hour, one of

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AN ENGLISH HARE.

them occasionally examining, as it ap- the English nobility. A stag hunt was peared, the state of the current, and finally formerly esteemed the grandest diversion taking to the sea precisely at that period afforded to man, though we cannot recalled slackwater, when the passage across press, if we would, the thought of its could be effected without being carried by cruelty. So beautiful and inoffensive a the force of the stream either above or be- creature as the deer surely deserves a betlow the desired point of landing. The ter fate than to be hunted down by hounds other hare then cantered back to the in spite of its gallant but unavailing athills."

tempts to out-distance its pursuers. WordsThere are numerous varieties of these worth's poem on the legend of Heart-leap interesting little creatures, but we have Well has found many admirers, not only chosen for our illustration on page seven the for its beauty, but also for its pathetic English hare, which loves to frequent the truth. The shepherd, meditating on the rich dry downs of England, and which is wonderful chase, thus rhymes: hunted by greyhounds. Coursing, as the

“For thirteen hours he ran a desperate race; pursuit of the hare is termed, is esteemed

And in my simple mind we cannot tell next to the fox-chase the greatest field- What cause the hurt might have to love this place,

And come and make his death bed near the Well. “Here on the grass perhaps asleep he sank,

Lulled by the Fountain in the summer.tide;
This water was perhaps the first he drank
When he had wapdered from his mother's

side.
“In April here beneath the scented thorn

Ile heard the birds their morning carols sing;
And lie, perhaps, for aught we know, was boru

Not hall' a furlong from that selssame spring.
“Now, bere is neither grass nor pleasant shade;

The sun on drearier hollow never sbone;
So will it be, as I have often said,
Till Trees, and Stones, and Fountain, ail are

goue,"
“Gray-headed Shepherd, thou hast spoken well;
Small difference lies between thy creed and

mino; This Beast not unobserved by Nature fall;

His death was mourned by sympathy divine. “The Being, that is in the clouds and air,

That is in the green leaves among the groves, Maintains a deep and reverential care

For the unofrending creatures whom he loves, sport, by the English aristocracy. Beside

" The Pleasure-house is dust :-behind, before, the greyhound, which runs by sight, the This is no common waste, no common gloom; hare is also hunted by the dogs called har- But Nature in due course of time, once more riers and beagles, which follow by scent. Shall here put on her beauty and her bloom.

The noble elk above carries his branch- "One lesson, Shepherd, let us two divide, ing horns with all the dignity and grace of Taught both by what sho shows, and what nature. He resembles the European red

conceals; deer, with his lofty horns sometimes reach

Nevor lo blend our pleasures or our pride

With sorrow of the meavest thing that feels." ing the height of six feet, his commanding form and royal air. The elk's length is Very different from the stately elk is the seven to eight feet, and its height from appearance of the wolf, which is the subfour to five. The branching horns are shed ject of our next illustration. The characin February and March. The Indians hunt ter of the wolf is too well known to need it, chiefly for the skins, as the flesh is description. It is always the same fierce, rather coarse.

cowardly, bloodthirsty creature. Wolves The red deer, once plentiful, but now formerly existed in great numbers in this found in Scotland only, has furnished country from Maine to Georgia, and the from early times the most exciting sport for early inhabitants of Boston were accus

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AN ELK

tomed to fence in their cattle to protect tracts, imperilling his life, if not destroying
them from the attacks of fierce foes; and it.
although these animals are now unknown Among the curiosities of zoological gar-
in the thickly settled regions of America, dens or menageries the hippopotamus is
they are still found in the wilder northern reckoned a first-class attraetion, though
portion of the country. Richardson thus personal beauty cannot be said to be one
mentions them: “Their footmarks may be of its attributes. It is found, as we know,
seen by the side of every stream, and a only in Africa, where it dwells in the riv-
traveller can rarely pass a night in these ers, and feeds on the vegetation along the
wilds without hearing them howling banks. Its disposition is not the most
around him. They are very numerous on amiable; a very slight provocation will
the sandy plains which, lying to the east- rouse it to fury, and it is no despicable an-
ward of the Rocky Mountains, extend from tagonist. Yet, formidable as this huge
the sources of the Peace and Saskatche- creature is when infuriated, the natives of
wan rivers toward the Missouri. There the Makoba tribe, which dwells at the east
bands of them hang on the skirts of the of Lake Nyami in Southern Africa, do not
bison herds, and prey upon the sick and hesitate to attack it in its native element.
straggling calves. They do not, under or- When enjoying its freedom in the African
dinary circumstances, venture to attack rivers, it is said that the hippopotamus
the full-grown animal, for the hunters
informed me that they often see wolves
walking through a herd of bulls without
exciting the least alarm; and the marks-
men, when they crawl toward a buffalo
for the purpose of shooting it, occasion-
ally wear a cap with two ears, in imita-
tion of the head of a wolf, knowing from
experience that they will be suffered to
approach nearer in that guise. On the
Barren Grounds through which the Cop-
permine River flows, I had more than
once an opportunity of seeing a single
wolf in close pursuit of a reindeer; and
I witnessed a chase on Point Lake when

A ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOLF.
coyered with ice, which terminated in a
fine buck reindeer being overtaken by a wears a very different aspect from that
large white wolf, and disabled by a bite in which it assumes in confinement, not only
the flank. An Indian, who was concealed its ears and nostrils, but also the ridges
on the borders of the lake, ran in and cut over its eyes, being then a bright scarlet,
the deer's throat with his knife; the wolf so intensely brilliant that no comparison
at once relinquished his prey and sneaked

can convey any correct idea of it. off. In the chase the poor deer urged its In hunting the hippopotamus the Makoflight by great bounds, which for a time ba makes use of harpoons, to each of which exceeded the speed of the wolf; but it a long strong rope made of palm-leaf is stopped so frequently to gaze on its relent- attached. Armed with a number of these less enemy, that the latter, toiling on at a harpoons and a supply of ordinary spears, long gallop, with its tongue lolling out of the natives embark in their canoes and its mouth, gradually came up. After a float down stream in perfect silence till hasty look, the deer redoubled its efforts they reach the bathing-place of the anito escape; but, either exhausted by fatigue mals. When one appears the hunter or enervated by fear, it became, just before throws his harpoon with unerring aim, and it was overtaken, scarcely able to keep its the victim, roused by the sudden and unfeet.”

expected pain of the wound, gives a conMany stories are told of the ferocious vulsive spring and shakes the head of the wolves of Northern Europe, which some- harpoon out of its socket, leaving it only times pursue the traveller's sledge as it attached to the shaft by a many-stranded passes through the woods and over barren rope. At this stage of the fight it does not

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often show fight, but rushes down the but they cannot harm him much unless one stream at full speed, only revealing the should enter the eye, which is unusual. upper part of its lead and back above wa- The lead of the River Horse is one huge ter, and towing the canoe along like a mass of solid bone, so thick and hard that feather. At the same time the natires even firearms make but little impression on hold fast to the rope, paying it out some- it, except in one or two spots. So it is not times, and at others hauling it in, playing with the hope of inflicting a fatal wound their enormous prey as if it were a large that the spears are used, but merely to defish. They aim to exhaust the animal, ter the beast from charging by causing it and to get it into shoal water, as until pain. these ends are accomplished they could But at last the hippopotamus becomes not hope to contend with it successfully. wearied, and is guided into shallow water;

The most perilous part of the chase is several of the crew jump on shore with the when the hippopotamus feels that its rope and fasten it to a tree, after which the strength is failing, and, turning, with all animal's fate is sealed. In vain it fights the force of desperation upon its pursuers,

and struggles, and makes the most frantic threatens to demolish the canoe with one attempts to free itself from the rope that

holds it to the shore; nearer and nearer it is drawn, until it is close to the bank, when the natives attack it afresh with large, heavy long-bladed spears made expressly for this purpose, until, worried to death by its many wounds, it falls helpless, never to rise again. Such is often the fate of the hippopotamus in its native rivers at the hands of man. Our illustration represents it feeding upon the river banks.

Since the above was written, a baby hippopotamus has made its appearance at the London 200logical Gardens, the first one born in England that has not

died soon after birth. It was THE HIPPOPOTAMUS.

christened “Guy Fawkes," and

a British journal states that crush of its enormous jaws. If it succeeds “almost as soon as Guy was born he began in destroying the canoe, the danger to the to take his proper nourishment. When natives is imminent; for if it can reach about four hours old he accompanied his one of them with its terrible teeth it is cer- mother into the bath, and remained in the tain death to the unfortunate hunter, since water for nearly two hours, keeping below ibe creature bas been known to bite a man the surface for fifteen minutes or so at a in two. But the men make use of a curi- time. When fatigued with swimming and ous expedient to avoid so dreadful a fate. diving, the young animal gets on its mothThey dive to the bottom of the river and er's back, and lies there lengthwise, his grasp a stone, a root, or anything that will head in the same direction as hers, with a keep them below the surface, and hold on quaintness resembling that of some groas long as their lungs will let them. The tesque Eastern carving. Both the beasts Hason for this maneuvre is, that when the are pretty nearly of the same hue-black, animal has sent the crew into the river it graduating downwards to pale slate colorraises its head and looks about on the sur- but the skin of the little one is just a shade face of the water for enemies. If it can- or two lighter, and its comparative softnot see anything that looks like a man, it ness makes it seems lighter still. makes off, and so allows the hunters to « One incident of our new friend's brief emerge, lalf-drowned, into the air. To history seemed like to close it. There is a keep the animal off, spears are freely used, massive iron gate, fastened by a chain, be

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