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Bishop Bruno awoke in the dead midnigb,
When he sat down to the royal fare
Then from amid the masquers' crowd
property I think highly worthy of observ. Lateflowering Feverfew. Pyrethrum Scro- ation, which I have found common to the tinum.
species, as far as my acquaintance with Dedicated to St. Bruno.
them has extended; and that acquaintance
has been by no means confined to a few : October 7.
yet this property has, I believe, never St. Mark, Pope, A. D. 336. Sts. Sergius I mean, that they have an exact musical
been adverted to by any zoological writer, and Bacchus. Sts. Marcellus and
ear. Not that they seem to give the least Apuleius. St. Justina of Padua, A. D.
attention to any music, vocal or instru304. St. Osith, A. D. 870.
mental, which they hear; but they uniPurveyance for Winter. versally dance in their cages to the most After the bar vest for human subsistence exact time, striking the ground with their during winter, most of the provision for feet in a regular ineasured cadence, and other animals ripens, and those with pro
never changing their tune without an invident instincts are engaged in the work of terval of rest. I have known them dance gathering and storing.
perhaps ten minutes in allegro time of Perhaps the prettiest of living things in eight quavers in a bar, thus : the forest are squirrels. They may now be seen fully employed in bearing off their future food; and now many of the little creatures are caught by the art of man; to be encaged for life to contribute to his amusement. Squirrels and Hares.
then, after a pause, they would change 10 On a remark by the hon. Daines Bar- the time of six quavers divided into three rington, that “ to observe the habits and quavers and a dotted crotchet, thus : manners of animals is the most pleasing part of the study of zoology," a correspondent, in a letter to “ Mr. Urban,” says "I have for several years diverted myself by keeping squirrels, and have found in them not less variety of humours and dispositions than Mr. Cowper observed again, after a considerable rest, they would in his bares. I have had grave and gay, return to common time divided by four fierce and gentle, sullen and familiar, and semiquavers, one crotchet, four semiquatractable and obedient squirrels. One vers and another crotchet, in a bar, thus:
year 1788, proceeds thus, “ A squirrel sits climbs up a very high ash tree, and soon
or destitute of kernel: some they reject, towards me, and ran up on my shoulder. them in their fore-feet. In eating, they since, and there appears no probability of feet, but between the inner toes or thumbs. every year wonderfully savage and fero /
patiate in my garden; he has never of late This gentleman, who writes late in the attempted to wander beyond it; he always
by me while I write this, who was buio in the spring, 1781, and has been mine near seven years. He is, like Yorick, "a wboreson mad fellow-a pestilent knave-a fellow of infinite jest and fancy When he came to me, I had a venerable
squirrel, corpulent, and unwieldy with always continuing to dance or jump to age. The young one agreed well with the same tune for many minutes, and him from their first introduction, and slept always resting before a change of tune. in the same cage with him; but he could I once kept a male and a female in one never refrain from diverting himself with large cage, who performed a peculiar the old gentleman's infirinities. It was dance together thus; the male jumped my custom daily to let them both out on sideways, describing a portion of a circle the floor, and then to set the cage on a in the air; the female described a portion table, placing a chair near it to help the of a smaller circle concentric with the first, old squirrel in returning to his home, always keeping herself duly under the This was great exercise to the poor old male, performing her leap precisely in the brute; and it was the delight of the young same time, and grounding her feet in the rogue to frustrate his efforts
, by suffering same moment with him.
him to climb up one bar of the chair, then pursuing him, embracing him round the waist, and pulling him down to the ground; then he would suffer him to reach the second bar, or perhaps the seat or the chair, and afterwards bring him
back to the floor as at first. All this was While
the male moved from A to B, or done in sheer fun and frolic, with a look from B to A, the female moved from C and manner full of inexpressible archness to D, or from D to C, and their eight and drollery. The old one could not be feet were so critically grounded together
, seriously angry at it; he never fought of that they gave but one note. observe, that this practice of dancing mured at his unlucky companion. One
I must scolded, but gently complained and murseems to be an expedient to amuse them day, about an hour after this exercise, the are for a time released from their cages, his wind and
his heart being quite broken they never dance, but reserve this diver. by the mischievous wit of his young mess sion until they are again immured." Mr. Urban's correspondent continues assaulted and bit me without any provo
mate. My present squirrel one day no squirrel will lay down what he cation.
To break him of this trick, I pur actually has in his paws, to receive even sued him some minutes about the room tood which he prefers, but will always eat stamping and scolding at him, and threatwhat is offered to him. Their sagacity in this
, I continued to let him out daily, but the selection of their food is truly wonder- took no notice of him for some months ful. I can easily credit what I have been the coolness was mutual : he neither fie faulty nut is to be found; for I never At length I called him to me : it appeared offered to them, which was either decayed the first advance ; "he threw off his gravity usually to try them by their weight, poising ing; he has never attempted to bite mode
ushe is observed that their teeth are of a deep walnuts. He is frequently suffered to leave orange colour."
after returns to his cage, or into the
FLORAL DIRECTURY. darlonr."
Sweet Maudlin. Actillea Ageratum.
St. Dionysius, Bp. of Paris, and others,
A. D. 272. St. Domninus, A. D. 304.
St. Guislain, A. D. 681, St. Leuis
This is the patron saint of France, and
A. D. 348. St. Pelagia, 5th Cent. the church of England calendar, as well as
in the Romish calendar.
“The times have been that when the It appears from an anecdote related by hrains were out the man would die ;" an eminent French physician, that it was they were “the times !" Yet, even in believed of St. Denys that he kissed his those tirues, except “ the Anthrophagi, head while he carried it; and it is equally anol men whose heads do grow beneatb marvellous that a man was so mad as not their shoulders,” men, whose heads grew to believe it true. The circumstance is upon their shoulders, wore them in that thus related : situation during their natural lives until “A famous watchmaker of Paris, in by accident a head was taken off, and fatuated for a long time with the chimera then infallibly “ the man would die." of perpetual motion, became violently But the extra
traordinary persons called insane, from the overwhelming terror saints,” were exempt from ordinary fa- which the storms of the revolution extality : could all their sayings be recorded, cited. The derangement of his reason we might probably find it was as usual was marked with a singular trait. He for a decapitated saint to ask, “Won't was persuaded that he had lost his head you give me my head ?" before he walked on the scaffold, and that it was put in a to be buried, as for an old citizen to call, heap with those of many other victims:
Boy, bring me my wig," before he but that the judges, by a rather too late walked to club.
retraction of their cruel decree, had or St. Denys
beheaded with dered the heads to be resumed, and to some other martyrs in the neighbourhood be rejoined to their respective bodies ; of Paris. “ They beheaded them," says and he conceived that, by a curious kind the reverend father Ribadeneira, " in that of inistake, he had the head of one of mountain which is at present called Mons his companions placed on his shoulders. Martyrum (Montmartre), the mountain He was admitted into the Bicétre, where of the martyrs, in memory and honour of he was continually complaining of his them; but after they had martyred them, misfortune, and lamenting the fine teeth there happened a wonderful miracle. The and wholesome breath which he had body of St. Denys rose upon its feet, and exchanged for those of very different! took its own head up in its hands, as qualities. In a little time, the hopes of if he had triumphed and carried in it the discovering the perpetual motion re crown end token of its victories. The turned ; and he was rather encouraged angels of heaven went accompanying the than restrained in his endeavours to effect saint, singing hymns choir-wise, with a his object. When he conceived that he celestial harmony and concert, and ended had accomplished it, and was in an ecstasy with these words, 'gloria tibi, Domine of joy, the sudden confusion of a failure alleluia ;' and the saint went with his removed his inclination even to resume head in his hands about two miles, till the subject. He was still, however
, he met with a good woman called possessed with the idea that his head was Catula, who came out of her house; and not his own : but from this notion he the body of St. Denys going to her, it put was diverted by a repartee made to him, the head in her hands.” Perhaps this is as when he happened io be defending the great a miracle as any he wrought in his possibility of the miracle of St. Denys, life; yet those which he wrought after who, it is said, was in the habit of walk, his death “were innumerable." Riba ing with his head between his hands, and deneira adds one in favour of pope in that position continually kissing it. Stephen, who “fell sick, and was given “What a fool you are to believe such a over by the doctors in the very monastery story, it was replied, with a burst of St. Denys, which is near Paris; where of laughter; * How could St. Denys kise he had a revelation, and he saw the his head? was it with his heels?" This princes of the apostles, St. Peter, and St. unanswerable and unexpected retort Paul, and St. Denys, who 'lovingly struck and confounded the madman so touched him and gave him perfect health, much, that it prevented him from saying
and this happened in the year of our any thing farther on the subject; be || Lord, 704, upon the 28th of July; and in again bercok himself to business, and en
gratitude for this favour he gave great tirely regained his intellects."* privileges to that church of St. Denys,
Si. Denys, as the great patron of France, asd carried with him to Rome certain relics of his holy body, and built a nonastery in his honour
Pinel on Insanity.