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care to see them well supplied with it. They account green corn a delicacy, both blade and stalk, but the ear they seldom eat: straw of any kind, especially wheat straw, is another of their dainties; they will feed greedily upon oats, but if furnished with clean straw, never want them; it serves them also for a bed, and if shaken up daily, will be kept sweet and dry for a considerable time. They do not indeed require aromatick herbs, but will eat a small quantity of them with great relish, and are particularly fond of the plant called musk : they seem to resemble sheep in this, that if their pasture be too succulent, they are very subject to the rot : to prevent which, I always made bread their principal nourishment, and, filling a pan with it cut into small squares,placed it every evening in their chambers, for they feed only at evening, and in the night : during the winter, when vegetables were not to be got, I mingled this mess of bread with shreds of carrot, adding to it the rind of apples cut extremely thin ; for, though they are fond of the paring, the apple itself disgusts them. These, however, not being a sufficient substitute for the juice of summer herbs, they must at this time be supplied with water ; but so placed, that they cannot overset it into their beds. I must not omit, that occasionally they are much pleased with twigs oî hawthorn and of the common brier, eating even the very woed when it is of considerable thickness.
Bess, I have said, died young; Tiney lived to be nine years old, and died at last. I have reason to think, of some hurt in his loins by a fall : Puss is still living, and has just completed his tenth year, discovering no signs of decay, nor even of age, except that he is grown more discreet and less frolicksome than he was.
I cannot conclude without observing, that I have lately introduced a dog to his acquaintance--a spaniel that had never seen a hare, to a hare that had never seen & spaniel. I did it with great caution, but
there was no real need of it. Puss discovered no token of fear, nor Marquis the least symptom of hostility. There is, therefore, it should seem, no natural antipathy between dog and hare, but the pursuit of the one occasions the flight of the other, and the dog pursues because he is trained to it; they eat bread at the same time out of the same hand, and are in all respects sociable and friendly.
I should not do complete justice to my subject, did I not add, that they have no ill scent belonging to them; that they are indefatigably nice in keeping themselves clean, for which purpose nature has furnished them with a brush under each foot; and that they are never infested by any vermin.
May 28, 1784.
Memorandum found among Mr. Cowper's papers.
Tuesday, March 9, 1786. This day died poor Puss, aged eleven years eleven months. He died between twelve and one at noon, of mere old age, and apparently without pain.
END OF VOL. II.