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system does not sympathize much justified in his anticipations that his with the local disorder.
book will be perused by many per6th, That in cases of confirmed sons not of the profession, but who consumption, in which the lungs are are yet deeply interested in the subextensively diseased, and where ject of climate, in relation to its hectic fever, emaciation, and the effects on disease. His wish was other symptoms which characterize to express himself in as plain lanits advanced stages, are present, guage as possible, that he might change of climate can be of no ser- make himself intelligible to the gevice, and may even accelerate the nerality of readers, without at all progress of the disease.
diminishing the utility of the work 7th, That climate, to be effectual to the members of his own profesin any case, requires to be continu- sion. He has completely succeeded for a considerable time—in most ed; and we hope that other physicases for years.
cians will lay aside the stilts and We have now given, as we said the veil,—and when speaking about we should do, the sum and substance diseases which in one sense may be of Dr. Clark's opinions on consump- said to be “their bread and other tion. They are, like all true views, men's poison,” will walk on the simple ; there is nothing startling same sort of feet, and wear the about them, for sagacity never hunts same sort of face, and use the same after novelty, and wisdom seeks not sort of tongue--as far as may befor what is strange. He is perfectly with ordinary mortals.
ALL IS NOT DARK BELOW.
Cold and ungrateful must the bosoms be
Of those who look upon the sunlit earth,
Yet own no cheerfulness and feel no mirth ;
That sheds its beauty o'er this world of ours;
The ever-waving wood, the scented flowers?
And mark the glorious orbs revolving there,
And deem, where all is form’d so bright and fair,
'Tis true earth's joys are ever mix'd with care,
And men are fated to one common curse;
And make our too imperfect being worse?
ON A CHILD.
A YEAR--an age shall fade away
In my heart and in my brain !
Not all the sights that feed my eyes
Back unto my April days,
LETTER TO THE EDITOR. SIR, My aunt Adelgitha Penelope Smith was a most worthy old lady; and her memory will long be held in respect, in consequence of her various good properties ; but more especially for the inflexible resolution with which she defended herself against the attacks of a legion of lovers, and, at length, departed this life, leaving many grounds of consolation to her relatives. Yet, during her valuable life, she lived not for herself alone. She was kind to the poor, and supported a school for their children, which was holden daily in a small building, in the roof of which dwelt an aged favorite, whose habits and temper, in his latter days, rendered him an unfit companion for her boudoir, wherein he had whilom spent much of his time. The animal, thus banished from society, became morose and ascetic, which we should not have wondered at, had we been aware that he had taken to scribbling, a propensity which commonly leads the victim thereunto to believe himself a very important animal, whatever other people may think or say to the contrary. So—there he seems to have sat, " alone in his glory, profiting by the instruction of the schoolmaster, and hugging himself, according to the manner of his kind, in the belief that he was inditing what would astonish the world.
It was my lot to discover his papers, which have been sadly nibbled by the mice ; and I forward you two or three of the most perfect sheets, thinking that they may be found to contain matter quite as important as the “ Reminiscences of certain bipeds which have lately been given to the public.
I am, Sir,
THE REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD MONKEY.
For the last few days I have felt hairs which cover my emaciated
Alone as I am, in a counremaining teeth, and view the grey try far distant from the place of my
birth and early associations, I can- source of amusement to me. Their not avoid recollecting that such sham skins are usually of various things were ; and a sigh will some- colors, but generally so arranged as times escape me when I reflect that to indicate that they wish to look the remainder of my days must be like birds, while their mates endeaspent among beings so artificial as vor, as much as possible, to appear the human race. I am disgusted like us. with their vain boastings. To hear them talk, one would really imagine It was my misfortune, in early that they were all perfection ; and life, to fall into the hands of this yet they are indebted to the beasts species of animals, of whose existof the field and the birds of the air, ence no one, in the extensive disand even to poor miserable worms, tricts belonging to our tribes, was for their outward skins, their own previously aware : and it has been being of such a wretched texture as my lot, with some few brief interto be nearly useless ; and, strange vals," to remain among them ever as it may seem to animals who have since. I am now grown old and been clad by nature, these borrowed grey in captivity ; but I shall not coverings are a chief source of pride indulge in the natural garrulity of to the creatures called men and wo- old age to such an extent as to write men. The greater part of their lives all the events of my eventful life, is spent in putting them off and notwithstanding that hope sometimes on, and endeavoring to procure a whispers flatteringly in mine ear, greater variety, in which to strut that many monkeys will peruse about and endeavor to imitate the these reminiscences with interest monkey tribe. But their imitations and gratification, if not with advanare perfectly ridiculous, and never tage. can approach the graceful and natural agility of our tribes, which they, It is acknowledged by all, that notwithstanding, affect to consider the earth has undergone strange as beneath them!
and divers revolutions, not only as It would be an endless task to re- it regards its organic formation, and count all the follies of their various the changes constantly in progress attempts at concealing their natural by the agency of rivers, floods, seas, deformity. The males, having no and subterranean fires, but in the tail of their own, decorate them- power held by different animals over selves with one made from the wool extensive tracts upon its surface. of sheep; and so ignorant are they of Long before man was known, our the real and native elegance of this tribes possessed a wide and undisappendage, that they split it in two puted sway over regions now dispieces, which hangs uselessly dang- figured in a strange manner by ling behind them! The variety of what are called houses, little dirty these mock upper skins worn by the hillocks with holes in them, from females is yet infinitely greater ; a whence smoke issues, as if in petty circumstance the more remarkable, imitation of a volcano. Men dwell because that sex have far less occa in these, and have so increased in sion for concealing their persons. number for the last few centuries, Indeed, I have seen some of them that it really becomes a serious who need not fear a comparison with question how their encroachments the comeliest of our own tribes. are to be put a stop to, so as to pre
They have far more natural vivacity serve upon the face of the earth a than the males, are much more kind sufficient space for the aboriginal and amiable in disposition, and, par- inhabitants. Sometimes a feeling ticularly when young, evince a par- of despair comes over me when I tiality for the monkey race in gene- think on the present state of things, ral, which has frequently been a and I am haunted with the idea,
almost amounting to conviction, that and chill, and shudderingly, it creeps I am doomed to be the last monkey. throughout my whole system—it But it may not be so ! The reign shakes me to the centre—and again of man, like that of the lions, tigers, my blood returns throbbing, boiling, and elephants, must have an end : and rushing through my veins, my and then our tribes may again be brain feels scorched, and in vain I in the ascendant. Why they should seek to quench in tears those tornot now be so I cannot conceive, ments which inwardly consume me, unless it be from a want of union as I think on my bitter doom of deamong ourselves ; for such is the solation. And am I indeed to be cowardice of the human race, that the last monkey ? No; I will not even I, old and decrepid as I am, admit the idea, notwithstanding the have put half a dozen to flight by fruitless research which I have promerely showing my teeth, and could secuted for years to discover one of clear the whole house where I am our race, which must still exist in now writing in five minutes, were liberty and independence, basking it not that I find their services con- in the rays of the genuine monvenient in this strange country, key sun, (for here they have one where there are few trees, and which scarcely emits an; warmth,) scarcely any fruit worth gathering. or gamboling in the delicious shade So I employ them to bring me food of fruit-bearing forests. But the from better climates, and, upon the picture is too painful for me to folwhole, have little reason to complain low up. It recalls me to the charms of their neglect. But it was not of my dearest Keeba, my first love, always thus. I have undergone and the graceful activity of Monimany hardships, particularly after cha, my second, and the amiable my first arrival in this country, playfulness of Simiana, my third, which they call Great Britain, al- and the delicately refined taste of though it is but a small island, and Cercopitheca, my fourth, whose a mere speck when compared with heart I won one morning by a preother nations. But the inhabitants sent of two moths, and a beetle of possess a great deal of influence unusual dimensions; and my fifthamong their kind, owing, it is said, alas ! here memory fails me—I canprincipally to certain of them called not exactly recollect who was my sailors. And I am inclined to be- fifth-But it is no matter; for perlieve the fact, partly because I have haps, after all, it scarcely becomes had opportunities of witnessing the the gravity of age and grey hairs to bravery of that class of men, and dilate on such subjects. received many attentions from them Let me be serious, and write of during my voyage here ; but, prin- more important concerns and events, cipally, because the generality of so that my manuscript may prove a them have a real tail, (which, how- treasure of instruction and amuseever, grows out of their head !) and ment to the fortunate monkey into are very expert in the noble science whose hands it may fall, and my of climbing
name and memory be cherished in I am aware that many things after ages. First, then, of my name. which I may state will probably I am known in this climate by that startle monkeys of a future age ; of Jocko, an appellation given to me but I consider myself as performing by the human race, who thereby a duty for the benefit of future gen- evinced their deplorable ignorance, erations. Future generations did since every well-informed monkey I say? What and if there should be knows that Pongo* and Jocko are no more! Again that dreadful ap- the names of animals very different prehension comes over me ! Cold from us, and, as I have ascertained
* The greater and smaller species of Ourang-outang.
by comparison, bearing a much who, for some time, appeared to be greater affinity to man, and conse- totally unconscious of our vicinity. quently, every way inferior to us in At length some of our females, in the scale of nature. Indeed the spite of strict orders to the contrary, only striking similarity between man found it impossible to keep their and our tribes appears to be the re- tongues quiet any longer, and began ciprocal taste for imitating each a-jabbering, which drew the attenother; a foolish propensity, to which, tion of the strange creatures upon us. in my younger days, I was much ad- It was now useless to hesitate, so we dicted, and which, to confess my all immediately joined in the cry of folly, was the cause of my captivity. our tribe, and warned the intruders It happened in this wise. We were not to approach nearer, upon their sitting, a whole troop of us, in calm peril, or they must abide the conseand rational chat, under the shelter quences. of a noble banyan-tree, which threw The animals, however, persisted, its hundred stems and thousand roots in spite of all our vociferations, to into the earth, and its million branch- which they only replied by a strange es, curving in beauty, into the up- sort of cackling, which I have since
There were the splendid found is called laughing, and, disand gaudy-colored birds, pluming cordant as it is, is held by them in themselves in tranquillity, and there high estimation, as a peculiar priviwere we, sitting in picturesque lege and perfection of their species. groups, amid the verdant foliage, When they had come under the with our wives, our sweethearts, shade of our banyan, we gave them and our little ones ; sometimes notice to quit, in a manner which it cracking a joke, and sometimes was impossible to misunderstand, cracking a nut, or regaling upon namely, we pelted them with sticks the various dainties with which our and stones, which we had previously pouches were stored. Suddenly an collected, and other convenient misalarm was given by our sentinels siles. For some time, notwithstandof the approach of strangers. We ing, they kept their ground, and were instantly upon the alert, and, continued the cackling as before, to our astonishment, perceived about varied occasionally by a sharp noise half a score animals of different and made by clapping their forepaws extraordinary colors advancing upon together. One among them attempttheir hind legs, some with split tails, ed to climb into the tree ; but his and some with the little single tail clumsiness was perfectly ridiculous, growing out of their head, as before and amused us exceedingly. So described. Their heads were almost much indeed was I delighted, that I all different in form ; one was small jumped and squeaked, and nearly and flat, another large and round, fell off the branch on which I sat. like a huge gourd ; a third, long Never, that I recollect, was I in and high, with a tuft of feathers at higher spirits. I considered the the top ; and a fourth, with the sides animals below us, in every respect squeezed together, and curved like beneath me; and in mere wantona cresset moon reversed. All, how- ness, took deliberate aim at the one ever, were unnatural, and we gazed with a half-moon head, whom I hit upon them, for some time, with va- with part of a cocoa nutshell in the rious feelings, according to our dif- cheek, whereat he appeared to be ferent temperaments. For my own much exasperated, and immediately part, I must say that I did not share seized what I then fancied was a in the alarm visible in many coun- stick, from one of his companions, tenances around me; a strong feel- and pointed it towards me. The ing of curiosity swallowed up every manner in which he did this was, as other emotion, and I kept my eye I thought, exceedingly preposterous; intently fixed upon the intruders, for he held it as if to make me be