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natives, however, by imitating the notes many specimens of it as possible. In of the male bird, can generally draw this, however, they have not been par. them from their cover, and in this way ticularly successful, seeing that already kill great numbers. The yearly advent it is nearly extinct. Year by year the of these birds is looked upon by the Sa- difficulty of finding a moa is increasing, moans as a matter of considerable im- and soon it will be an impossibility. So portance. It is thus that they get their far as is known, its habitat is confined supplies of animal food, which before to the Navigator Islands. It is not the advent of the Whites were probably found in the adjacent groups of Feejee derived entirely from this source. When and Tonga. Possibly, however, it may in season these wild pigeons are excel- have existed there at one period, and lent eating, especially if cooked in the have subsequently become extinct. native manner — that is, wrapped in ba- The coral reefs and shoals that abound nana - leaves and baked in an oven of in the neighborhood of the Navigator heated stones.

group afford a fine field for the special Of all Samoan birds, however, that studies of the conchologist. When the which merits most attention is the cele- tide ebbs it leaves behind it on the reef brated moa.

This species was acci- numerous pools, each of which is an dentally discovered only a few years aquarium on a grand scale. Here rare ago in the mountains of Upolu. The and valuable shells can sometimes be discovery threw all the zoologists and found, while for specimens of coral, alornithologists both of the old and new gæ, and the lower forms of marine life, worlds into a flutter of excitement. Mu- the field is practically inexhaustible. seums and collectors vied with each oth- Not merely can specimens be obtained, er in efforts to obtain the strange bird; but the living animals themselves, their while for any specimen that should be habits, and their lives from day to day, brought alive to Europe a fabulous sum can be studied under exceptionally fawas offered. The cause of all this ex- vorable circumstances. Equipped only citement will at once be understood, with a paddle and a canoe of shallow when it is stated that in this moa was draught, the student can drift at leisure found a bird very nearly identical with over miles of calm clear water, and at the extinct dodo. The species it was the distance of a few feet contemplate thought had long disappeared from the the strange and mystic life of the beings face of the earth, when suddenly a rep- that lie below him. It is indeed a rare resentative of it turned up in the forests treat to drift thus in calm weather over of Upolu and Savaii. The bird itself is a belt of reef, and through the pellucid not much larger than a good-sized pig- water see the million stems and brancheon, with mottled plumage and red legs es of the coral forest, peopled by gayand beak. The beak is shaped exactly colored fishes, and by well-nigh every like that of the dodo in the pictures that form of marine life, from the crustaceans have come down to us, while the ar- and echinidans down to the various spe. rangement of the claws and bones of the cies of sea - weeds, whose brilliant tints feet is most interesting from a scientific and delicate spores are here displayed point of view. The natives were not with a beauty and completeness at once slow in learning the value of the bird, the delight and despair of the scientific and have spared no pains to procure as collector.

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'HE village of L-was and still Minnie cried so when he came to leave,

is one of the most beautiful towns ar was so homesick, that the good old of New England. Nestled among the gentleman brought her away with him. cool hills, the white cottages overshadow. This was the last attempt ever made to ed by wide-spreading boughs of green really educate Minnie, and she grew trees, its quiet homes presented a scene up with such learning and accomplishof peace and comfort rarely surpassed on ments as she could pick up at the pubthis earth, and its numerous tall church- lic and day schools in the village. spires pointed constantly to heaven as At the time when we first knew her emblems of the piety and goodness of (1860) she was just sixteen, and a more the people who came to worship be- gloriously beautiful creature could not be neath them.

imagined Tall for her age, lithe as a In one of the prettiest cottages at the snake, her fair face crowned with a wealth end of the village lived Minnie Morgan, of brown hair, it seemed as if all the a young girl of rare and astonishing graces had met in her person to form a beauty, and who was the acknowledged perfect woman. Remarkably developed belle not only of the town but of all for a girl of sixteen, she was no longer the surrounding country. Minnie was a child, wore dresses with trails, and a little wild, but such was her goodness occasionally attended parties and balls. of heart and beauty that even the bit. Minnie was of course the favorite of ter jealousies of a small inland town the young men, and much sought after never reached her, and everyone said, and courted. She had numerous in“When Minnie grows older, she will vitations to parties and places of pubbecome steadier and make a good and lic amusement, and was constantly seen sober wife.” Minnie's father was a in company with some of the young small merchant, and much engrossed bloods of the town. Many of the older with the cares of business, so that he citizens shook their heads gravely, and saw little of his wayward daughter. more than one matron said Mr. and Mrs. Morgan was a handsome dressy Mrs. Morgan were spoiling their daughwoman of little education, and had the ter, and that it was a great pity, for Minreputation of not being a very agreea- nie was a fine girl, with all her natural ble wife. Her husband toiled late and impulses right and her heart warm and early to make money, and Mrs. Mor- good. gan's chief occupation seemed to be to Near the village lived a farmer named get as much money as possible and Robert Roland, who was a hard-working spend it in dress and entertainment. man, and had a large family to support. Still, she was a good housekeeper, and He and his wife were quiet, respectable, an apparently affectionate wife and moth- sensible people, and Mrs. Roland was

Minnie was the only child, and at known all over the county as the best eleven years of age was sent away to butter - maker in it, while Robert was school. Her father, who loved her reckoned an excellent farmer. Their dearly, went in two weeks to the board- oldest son, Nathaniel, was a slender ing-school to see how she got on, and thoughtful boy, fond of study and a

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He had a wonderfully “Well, well, wife, if your heart is set retentive memory, and could repeat ac- upon it, he shall go.” He added, after curately whole pages of matter by sim- a moment's silence and with a sigh: ply reading it over once or twice. Nat- “Though, if Natty is to be kept at the ty stood at the head of his classes, and academy, it's precious few new gowns was as generous and brave as he was you or the girls will get next winter." clever. Farmer Rowland had intended “No matter, Robert; so Natty but to make of his boy an honest tiller of gets his schooling, we can do without the soil like himself, but one day Natty new dresses." said to him:

“Nay, Susan, I know your good heart “Father, I am not stout, and I fear and the love you bear the boy; but reI shall be unable to earn my living at member our daughter Charlotte is twenphysical work. The school-master says ty-three, and it is time she were going I am the best scholar in his school, and out more. You were married, dame, if Squire Townley's boy, who the mas- before her age, and had the Lord only ter says is dull, is to be a lawyer and knows how many beaus. Well, well, I earn his bread by his head, why can't I will do my best to not only send Natty do it?"

to school, but also to give Lotty a new “My son,” replied the farmer, “you dress or two. Young Townley comes must remember Squire Townley is a rich here pretty often — and who knows? man, while we are but poor people. I Well, well, our Lottie would make a know Tom Townley is not as smart as good- enough wife for any man, be he my boy, but the Squire can send him lawyer, doctor, or parson." to college, and there he will learn every- So Natty was sent to school, and soon thing, and likely make a good - enough took the lead in everything. At debatlawyer in time. I have but little edu- ing he was wonderfully ready and wellcation myself, and I only wish I were informed, and before the winter was half able to educate one of my boys; but we over had reached the presidency of his are poor, my son, and we must be con- society. A public exhibition was given, tented with our lot in life.”

and Natty appeared as the champion Natty said no more, but turned to his debater of the “Phrenokosmians," and plow, and all day walked the furrow, at every point beat the “Delphians." thinking what a blessed thing an edu- The boyish victory was complete, and cation was, and how hard it was to be the honors were unhesitatingly given to too poor to obtain one.

Natty and his society. Farmer Roland, That night, when Natty had gone to who was in the crowded audience, lisbed and all was quiet about the house, tened with astonishment to his eloquent farmer Rowland repeated faithfully to boy, and as he rode home by the side his wife what Natty had said in the of his wife, he said, thoughtfully: field. The good woman wept, and “You were right, Susan, Natty is no placing her arm about her husband's common boy. It was a splendid speech, neck, said:

dame; and did you notice how quickly “O, Robert, I do wish we could send he laid out young Townley? By my Natty to the academy this winter. Be- soul, wife, I do not believe there is a lieve me, husband, he is no common boy, lawyer in the shire-town who could have and indeed, indeed, he is not strong." done better."

The farmer's eyes filled with tears, Natty wore his honors modestly, and and patting his wife on the head, he an- continued at school, walking home every swered:

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stock in the mornings and evenings. he was a great man, and Minnie his He worked very hard the next sum- beautiful bride, worshiped and looked mer, and the winter found him again up to by all who knew her. On this at the academy. In the following year picture he dwelt long, for, with instincthe taught school, and thus earned ive appreciation of his own powers, he enough money to begin his college felt that he was born for a high posi

It is unnecessary to follow tion among men. But whatever he was, up his career : suffice it to say, that in or wherever he was, Minnie was by his two years Natty was reckoned the best side, and he who had not known her Latin, Greek, and historical student at twenty-four hours, found it impossible K

to separate his life for a single moment It was in the fall of 1859, while at from that of the beautiful girl. So he home on a visit, that Natty first saw dreamed on until the sun was high and Minnie Morgan. His father had gone he heard the voice of his mother calling down to trade with Mr. Morgan, as was him to come to his breakfast. his custom, and his son accompanied Natty Roland was now a changed behim. While at the store of the rich ing. All idea of returning to college was merchant, Minnie came in, and Natty given up, and he thought only of living thought he had never in all his life seen in the town where lived Minnie Morso beautiful a creature. He was twen- gan, that he might be near her and see ty-one and she fifteen. Mr. Morgan, her every day. He taught school durwho was always polite, introduced Ro- ing the winter, and the following spring land and his son to Minnie, and there entered himself as a law-student in the was a strange confusion and coloring of shire - town. He had only seen Minnie the young people as they looked into twice since the fall, but each time she each other's faces.

seemed to him more and more beautiThat night Natty could not sleep. ful, and he thought and dreamed of her Turn what way he would, he saw only by day and by night. Now he saw the face of Minnie Morgan. He tossed Minnie each day, and he used to sit for about in his bed until the gray streaks hours by the office window and watch of dawn began to steal into the room, for her as she came up to her father's and then fell asleep only to dream Min- store. His law examiners, who had nie Morgan was floating down a broad heard of Natty's smartness and reriver and he tied to the shore where he markable memory, found in him but a could not reach or save her from drown- dull student, and wondered how the ing. Springing from the bed, the sweat lad could have been so overestimated. streaming from every pore of his body, Little did they know of the tempest Natty dressed himself and went out to raging in that poor brain, paralyzing walk in the orchard behind the house, every faculty of the mind except the to think and think of Minnie Morgan. one idea of love.

Reader, you who have been in love Occasionally Natty met Mr. Morgan know the thousand extravagances of the on the street or at the store, and the human imagination under such circum- rich merchant was always kind and patstances. Now Natty was a simple farm- ronizing to the young man, and once iner, and Minnie was his little wife; then vited him to call at the house. Mrs. he lived alone on a far-off island, and Morgan was also known to Natty, but Minnie was his only companion; again, she was a proud woman, and took little he was at sea, and Minnie sailed the notice of the poor farmer's boy. Minblue waves by his side; and last of all, nie walked with Natty on the street, and talked pleasantly enough to him, gan, and warming with his subject soon but somehow always avoided bringing showed a familiarity with the past hishim to her home, or being with him tory of political parties and their acts where she thought her mother would that amazed his hearers. The rostrum see her. The love-sick youth felt him- was near the residence of Mr. Morgan, self unworthy of the rich merchant's and looking over at the house Natty saw daughter, and instinctively kept away Minnie and her mother seated at one of from her gaudily furnished home. Nat- the upper windows, apparently interestty's time was coming, however, and he ed listeners to his discourse. Thrilling speedily had a triumph that put his as if touched by an electric wire, Natty name in everyone's mouth, and opened lifted up his voice, and for one hour and wide to him the doors of the most opu- a half spoke with a terseness, eloquence, lent citizens of

and logic such as had never before been There was to be a great political meet- heard on any political occasion in that ing in the place, and a lawyer who had county. It seemed as though he could once heard Natty debate proposed he remember everything he had ever read should be put on at the bottom of the on the subjects under discussion, and list of speakers. There were a dozen argument, sarcasm, and pathos were prominent names on the list above alike at his command, until his audihis, and no one expected he would be ence became thoroughly moved and exgiven an opportunity to be heard; still cited. When he closed, cheer after be was honored by printing his name cheer rent the air, and one of the first on the bills which announced the great to congratulate him was Mr. Morgan, meeting. Natty felt, however, that this who said heartily: was somehow to be a great occasion Young man, you have done honor to for him, and he began preparing his your party, and made the best political speech with much care, thinking only speech I ever heard in this town. You of how he should appear in her eyes, will be a great man some day, if you and how grandly he should speak as her take care of yourself.” orator.

Other speeches were made, but someThe day came, and with it thousands how the people said Natty's was the of people from all parts of the country. best, and his name and fame were in the At noon arrived a dispatch saying the mouth of everyone. When the meeting train on which the invited speakers were adjourned, Natty hastened away to his was unavoidably delayed, and would not room, to dream of Minnie and wonder get in until late in the afternoon. Of what she would think of his great speech. the three local speakers on the bills, Late in the afternoon his father came one was sick, and another absent attend- hunting for him, and, taking Natty's ing the funeral of his father, so that of hand in his, said solemnly: all announced to speak only Natty was “ Lad, the people praise you, and I, present at the opening of the meeting. too, am astonished at your power. I In the presence of thousands he ascend- am proud of you, boy, and I pray

God ed the platform, and as he turned his to keep your heart and mind pure and still-beardless face to the multitude a strong for the great usefulness that is in shout of encouragement went up for the store for you.” courageous boy who dared address gray- This was high praise, but Natty felt headed men on the abstruse political it not so much as what Mr. Morgan had questions of the hour. Slowly and in said. Would the father tell Minnie he tremulous tones the young orator be- would some day be a great man? Would

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