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This ciog is the mastiff. He is active, strong, and used as a watch-dog. lIe has a large head and pendent ears. He is not very apt to bite; but he will sometimes take down a man and hold him down. Three mastiffs once had a combat with a lion, and the lion was compelled to save himself by flight.

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The stag is the male of the red deer. He is a mild and harmless animal, bearing a noble attire of horns, which are shed and renewed every year. This form is light and elegant, and lie runs with great rapidity. Tlie female is called a hind; and the fawn or young deer, when his horns appear, is called a pricket or brocket.


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THE SQUIRREL The squirrel is a beautiful little animal. The gray and black squirrels live in the forest and make a nest of leaves and sticks on the high branches. It is amusing to see the nimbie squirrel spring from branch to branch, or run up and dowu the stem of a tree, and dart behind it to escape from sight. Little ground squirrels burrow in the earth, They subsist og nuts, which they hold in their paws, using them as little boys use their hands

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An old man found a rude boy upon one of his trees stealing apples, and desired him to come down; but the young sauce-box told him plainly he would not. “Won't you ?" said

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" then I will fetch you down;" so he pulled up some turf or grass and threw at him; but this only måde the youngster laugh, to think the old man should pretend to beat him down from the tree with grass only.

“Well, well,” said the old man, “if neither words nor grass will do, I must try what virtue there is in stones;" so the old man pelted him heartily with stones, which soon made the young chap haste down from the tree and beg the old man's pardon,


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If good words and gentle means will not reclaim the wicked, they must be dealt with in a more severe manner.

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THE COUNTRY MAID AND HER MILK-PAIL. When men suffer their imagination to amuse them with the prospect of distant and uncertain improvements of their condition, they frequently sustain real losses, by their inattention to those affairs in which they are immediately concerned.

À country maíd was walking very deliberately with a pail of milk upon her head, when she fell into the following train of reflections: “The money for which I shall sell this milk, will

enable me to increase my stock of eggs to three hundred. a These eggs, allowing for what may prove addle, and what

may be destroyed by vermin, will produce at least two hundred and fifty chickens. The chickens will be fit to carry to market about Christmas, when poultry always bears a good


price; so that by May-day I can not fail of having money enough to purchase a new gown. Green !-let me consider yes, green becomes my complexion best, and green it shall be. In this dress I will go to the fair, where all the young fellows will strive to have me for a partner; but I shall perhaps refuse every one of them; and, with an air of disdain, toss from them.” Transported with this triumphant thought, she could not forbear acting with her head what thus passed in her imagination, when down came the pail of milk, and with it all her imaginary happiness.

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Hasty and inconsiderate connections are generally attended with great disadvantages; and much of every man's good or ne fortune, depends upon the choice he makes of his friends A good-natured Spaniel overtook

a surly Mastiff, as he was traveling upon the high road. Tray, although an entire stranger to Tiger, very civilly accosted him; and if it would be no interruption, he said, he should be glad to bear him company on his way. Tiger, who happened not to be alto gether in so growling a mood as usual, accepted the proposal, and they very amicably pursued their journey together in the midst of their conversation, they arrived at the next village, where Tiyer began to display his malignant disposition, by an unprovoked attack upon every dog he met. The vil lagers immediately sawlied forth with great indignation to rescue their respective favorites; and falling upon our two friends, without distinction or mercy, poor Tray was most cruelly treated, for no other reason but his being found in bad company..

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A farmer came to a neighboring lawyer, expressing great concern for an accident which he said had just happened. “One of your oxen,"continued he,“ has been gored by an un lucky bull of mine, and I should be glad to know how I am to make you reparation.” “Thou art a very honest fellow," replied the lawyer, " and wilt not think it unreasonable that I expect one of thy oxen in return.” “It is no more than justice," quoth the farmer, “ to be sure; but what did I say?-I mistake—it is your bull that has killed one of my oxen.'

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the lawyer, " that alters the case: I must inquire into the affair ; and if" “And if !” said the farmer; "the business I find would have been concluded without an if, had you been as ready to do justice to others as to exact it from thene"

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THE CAT AND THE RAT. A certain cat had made such unmerciful havoc among the vermin of her neighborhood, that not a single rat or mouse dared venture to appear abroad. Puss was soon convinced that if affairs remained in their present state, she must ere long starve. After mature deliberation, therefore, she resolved to have recourse to stratagem. For this purpose, she suspended herself from a hook with her head downward, pretending to be dead. The rats and mice, as they peeped from their holes, observing her in this dangling attitude, concluded she was hanging for some misdemeanor, and with great joy immediately sallied forth in quest of their prey. Puss, as soon as a sufficient number were collected together, quitting her hold, dropped into the midst of them; and very few had the fortune to make


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