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able difficulty and risk to himself, as it is much better than both of you together, recessary to make a very near approach all muscle and bone for ten guineas.” to the animal, which, if not wounded in a mortal part, and at once disabled, turns immediately upon its antagonist. This, An ignorant young spendthrift wishing it may be conjectured, must frequently to borrow some money as privately a: happen, the dependence being on a single possible, was startled at reading the be. ball, not much exceeding a good sized ginning of the bond, “ Be it known to shot.
all men,” and declared his unwillingness When this is the case, the animal turns to sign, as it must certainly come to his to the place whence the smoke proceeds; father's ears and if the ground be favourable to his pursuit, easily overtakes his adversary, who has then little chance of escape, ex EVERYBODY knows the peculiar form cept there should be a tree near, under
and texture of the wigs worn by the late which he can take refuge, and puzzle the lord Stanhope. He was a long time in bear by dodging behind it. The skill
getting a barber to make them to his and address necessary in the pursuit of liking, but at last succeeded. It happens the bear, and its comparative scarcity in
ed, however, that at a time when his Finmark, render the killing one of these
stock of these “ elegant imitations animals the most honourable exploit a
nature,” was unusually low, the poor Laplander can perform ; and it is a con
barber was taken so exceedingly ill tha stant source of triumph to the successful
his life was despaired of. His lordship adventurer. The Laplanders have be immediately upon hearing of the danger sides exalted ideas of the sagacity and of his favourite artist, sent a physiciar talents of the bear, and treat him in con
to attend him, and the first desire of the sequence with a kind respect and defer.
barber upon his recovery was, very natuence, which they do not pay to any other rally, to assure the noble lord of his graanimal. It is a common saying among
titude for his unexpected act of benevothem, that the bear has twelve men's
lence. After a few words of condolence, strength, and ten men's understanding ;
his lordship asked the barber whether his and their superstitious ideas lead them to
funds were not exhausted by his long insuppose, that it perfectly comprehends ability to attend to his business, and whetheir discourse. It is a frequent custom
ther an order in the way of trade would with them to speak to the beast, when
not be serviceable to him. Receiving an about to attack it; and one instance of
answer in the affirmative, he ordered a this occurred during the time I was at Alten, on the mountains above Knafional. home, the wig-maker began to pour forth
score of wigs, and upon bringing them A Laplander being in pursuit of wild rein-deer with his rifle, suddenly encoun.
the grateful feelings of his heart for this tered a bear; and his piece missing fire,
new kindness, in addition to having saved
his life, when his lordship interrupted he addressed it, as Mr. Klerck related, in these words : “ You rascal, you ought to
him by putting down the money, and be ashamed of attacking a single man ;
calmly telling him, " that he might now
die and bedd for aught he cared, as be stop an instant till I have reloaded my rifle, and I shall be again ready to meet
had got wigs enough to last him all his you.” The bear, however, which was a female, thought it prudent not to wait, and made an immediate retreat with two
The late lord chancellor, in one of his cubs which she had with her.-Ibid.
shooting excursions at Wareham, in Dor
setshire, unexpectedly came across a per. The Gatherer. son who was sporting over his land with.
out leave. His lordship inquired if the “ I am but a Gatherer and disposer uf other
stranger was aware he was trespassing, or men's stuff."- Wotton.
if he knew to whom the estate belonged ?
66 What's that to you ?” was the reply. MR. POPE was with Sir Godfrey Kneller “I suppose you are one of Old Bags' one day, when his nephew, a Guinea
keepers.” No,” replied his lordship, trader, came in, “ Nephew,” said Sir
your supposition is a wrong one, my Godfrey, “ You have the honour of see. friend, for I am Old Bags himself.” ing the two greatest men in the world.” 6. I don't know how great you may be,” said the Guineaman, but I don't like
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(To the Editor of the Mirror.)
Pope's father, but now the propery of
Webb, Esq. Within half a mile of Sir,-Through the kindness of my uncle, this building, in a very retired part of the H. W. Bull, Esq., R. N., of Binfield, comrnon, was a spot to which the im. Berks, I am enabled to gratify your mortal Pope was particularly attached, * readers with a view and description of the and where the muse of Pope essayed on the once celebrated Pope's Tree, which, per. strength of her scarcely fledged pinions. haps may not be uninteresting. The vil. On a large tree (of which the above is an lage of Binfield is small, but pleasantly accurate delineation) beneath which the situated about two miles north of Cæsar's poet is said to have composed many of Camp, in the hundred of Cookham, and his juvenile pieces, a lady from Woking. three miles north-east from Wokingham: ham annually sent a person to revise the it lies in the midst of the royal hunt in words, Here Pope sung, which were Windsor Forest, surrounded by elegant inscribed in capital letters. By whom seats, the most conspicuous of which is they were originally carved I have not that belonging to George Elliot, Esq. been able to ascertain, and had it not
On the side of the turnpike-road from been for this brief memorial of the muse, London is a small yet neat brick house,
* This part of the forest is called, by the inhthe which once was the residence of Mr.
bitants of Binfield, Pope's Wood. VOL. IX.
all recollection of his favourite haunt, so The Sketch Book. interesting to the admirers of departed
No. XXXVIII. genius, would have been totally lost. I ain exceedingly sorry to inform your
MY CAT. readers, that this interesting relic was most wantonly cut down about two years
Mi-cat inter omnes.”-HORACE. ago, by order of its possessor, under the It is difficult to account for the sympa pretence of its being decayed, although thies and antipathies of some folks. I should have supposed from its appear. By some, poor puss is caressed and ance it would have survived the storm of
nurtured with a veneration only equalled time for at least a century to come. I by the adoration of the ancient Egyptam given to unaerstand that snuff-boxes 'ians, (who regarded the cat as an emblem have been made from some part of it, and
of chastity); while others with the inpresented to the friends of that gentleman, stinctive terror of a culprit at the sight
Alexander Pope was generally supposed of a cat-o'-nine-tails, avoid this innocent to have been born at Binfield, but the and inoffensive cat-o'-one-tail ! Rev. Dr. W'ilson, the late rector, ascer For my own part, I regard My Cut, tained that he did not come to Binfield
my furry, feline favourite, as a compauntil he was six years of age.
It is cer nion sociable and domesticated ; ard un. lain, however, that he continued to re
offending though farniliar. side at Binfield till he purchased his villa There is a cozey tone of content and at Twickenham; and the surrounding comfortableness in My Cat's monotonous scenery of Windsor Forest suggested purring, that even excels the cheering some of the brightest effusions of his and more varied cantata of Sukey Tea. muse-of which the following (the open- kettle, when, in her merriest mood, sie ing of his poem of Windsor Forest) is pours forth her humble melody from the beautifully descriptive.
hob. “ There interspersed in lawns, and opening Poor Tink, I received him a glades,
kitten from the tender hands of a tender. There trees arise, that sbun each other's shades. hearted maiden aunt. Here in full light, the sunset plains extend, He was then a mere handful of playThere wrapt in blue clouds, the bluish hills, as
fulness and agility; skipping and bound. cend.
ing, and leaping about, or running round Een the wild heath displays her purple dyes,
after his tail. And 'midst the forest, fruitful fields arise, Thut, crowned with tufted trees, and springing
A ball, if worsted the better, was the
greatest pleasure the globe could furnish Like verdant isles, the sable waste adorn.
him then ; but his round of amusement The site of Pope's house is now, or
is now changed, though not more circum
scribed. was very recently, the residence of Tho. mas Neate, Esq.
His early propensities have, of late, The rectory of Binfield is valued in the undergone a wonderful revolution, while king's books at £18. 178. Id. per annum.
every look and motion proclaim his kitten. Patron, the king. The church is dedic days have passed. cated to All Saints, and it contains some
He enters the room with a sober mea. ancient monuments of the Blount, Don.
sured stride, and a bearing and dignity castle, and Lee farnilies. Amongst those
that would not coinpromise the majesty of more modern date, is one to the me
of a royal Bengal tiger. mory of Admiral Sir Edward Vernon,
Our morning salutations are essentially who commanded the British fleet at the
different too. Instead of the familiar
66 tit-tit!” which made the little kitten taking of Pondicherry, and died in 1794; and another to the memory of the ce
run and pounce adhesively with its pinlebrated historian, Catharine Macauley
like talons at the foot or calf of my Dearest Graham, who died at Binfield in 1791.
leg (by which I only came off with a Bin field is about thirty miles from
claw !) it is now-a-days—“ Tink! how London.
H. W. D.
are you, Tink ?” which he answers with * Carlisle's “ Topographical Dictionary."
a sonorous “ mow-wow !” sometimes van
ried (if he should chance to be at a disMONSIEUR UDE's lamentation on the tance) by a shake-the natural conseloss of his late royal highness, the Duke quence of his trotting as he miaules ! of York, is worthy of being preserved. A cat, according to the Naturalists, is “Oh, mon prince !” exclaimed the cook, not a ruminating animal; but froa: the
my kind master ! He was the best sedate and sober demeanour of Tink as hearted of men. Oh, mon prince! He he sits bolt upright, winking and blink. shall miss me very much where he has ing before the fire,, like a matronly dame gone to !"
of the old school, in her holiday stift
black silk, and her prim clear.starched morality, are unimpeachable; and I like neckerchief ; for with the exception of hi My Cat; and when Tink dies (dies inbreast and fore-paws, Tink is of a glossy felix !) I'll raise an hecatomb to his black.
His honesty and his babits are unex Absurdities in Prose and Verse. ceptionable, and his mousing admirable. There is not a mousehole, or a whole mouse to be seen or heard within the
BIRDS' NESTS. limits of his range.
(For the Mirror.) His temper too is even, and even so
“ Mark it well: within, without, the whole tenor of his life ; and never but No tool had he that wrought, no kuife to cut, once during the whole course of our ac. No nail to fix, no bodkin to insert, quaintance, have I seen him display any No glue to join, bis little beuk was all.. symptoms of unbridled passion or ferine And yet how nicely finished.” ferocity. I shall never forget the night
Village Curate. Tink was comfortably coiled a-la-hedge. The nests of birds are constructed with hog before a blazing fire, when a purse, so much art, as to baffle the utmost exor a coffin (my worthy aunt was not by ertion of human ingenuity to imitate to decide which) bounced with an alarm- them. Birds of the same species collect ing pop, red-hot from the grate, and the same materials, arrange them in the struck so forcibly on Tink's rounded same manner, and make choice of similar back, that he leaped up half asleep, situations for fixing the places of their whisked to the extremity of the room, temporary abodes. In forming the nests, and there standing with his arched back, they make use of dry wood, bark, thorns, . and his tail swelled to the size of a fox's reeds, thick hay, and compact moss, as a brush, he wheeled courageously about, as foundation, and on this, as a first layer, if he anticipated a repetition of the same they spread and fold, in a round form, ali unintelligible attack; his eyes (green, the most delicate materials, as down, wool, blue, and yellow,) twice as big as ordi- silk, spiders' webs, feathers, and other nary, rolling furiously about in search of light substances adapted for the purposes the invisible assailant, and notwithstand for which they are intended, and to the ing I endeavoured to calm his fears by climate in which the nests are situated. the most soothing expressions. he only Thus, the ostrich, in Senegal, where the answered me by a very impolite growl, heat is excessive, neglects her eggs during and actually swore (a fashionable accom the day, but sits on them in the night. plishment I knew he had acquired) for A: the cape of Good Hope, where the heat the space of five minutes.
is less, the ostrich, like other birds, sits I had always considered Tink as a most upon her eggs both day and night. In exemplary cat, but a very suspicious oc countries infested with monkeys, many currence gave me reason to suspect he birds, which in other countries build in was not quite such a type of chastity as bushes and clefts of trees, suspend their his Egyptian brethren.
nests upon slender trees, and thus elude The twilight of an autumnal evening the utmost art of their enemies. Mr. had gradually cast its sombre gray sha- Pennant, in his “ Indian Zoology,” gives dows around me.
us the following wonderful
account of the I was lolling listlessly in my arm chair, 66 Tailor Bird :"_" Had Providence left nibbling the end of my goose-quill, when the feathered tribe unendued with any chancing to cast my eyes towards the particular instinct, the birds of the torrid window, I observed Tink (as I thought) cone would have built their nests in the looking wistfully through the lower panes unguarded manner as those of Europe ; at me; I arose to let in my favourite, but there the lesser species having a cerwhen puss bobbed her head fearfully for. tain prescience of the dangers that surward to stare at me, and then dropped round them, and of their own weakness, from the sill.
suspend their nests at the extreme branches Throwing open the window I perceived of the trees, conscious of inhabiting a cli. the strange lady-cat, (the very spit, as the mate replete with enemies to them and nurses say, of Tink,) striding leisurely their young, snakes that twine. up the down the gravel walk, smelling the flower. bodies of the trees, and apes that are per. borders, and leering suspiciously round petually in search of prey ; but, heaven. at me
instinctive, they elude the gliding of the There was such a strong family like. one, and the activity of the other. Some ness, that I am sure Tink himself would form their pensile nest in the shape of a have forgiven the suspicions that then purse, deep and open at the top ; others and there arose in my musing mind! with a hole in the side ; and others, still But his mousing and fidelity, if not his nuore cautious, with an entrance at the
very bottom, forming their lodge near the a beneficent wisdom influencing every
The instinct which guides every species “As Philomel in poplar shades, alono
And fills the grove with ad rupsated strains." Some repair to the rude thicket; some to the cleft or hollow tree ; some
In the caverns of the various islands weave their humble nests in the grassy which are used in cookery; they are of
of the Soolo Archipelago, are found nests dale or roughening waste ; others delight in shaggy banks, in woodland solitudes, the size of a goose's egg, and in substance and unfrequented glooms ; some build in much resembling isinglass. The Chinese the towering tree or inaccessible rocks; gather these nests, and carry on a great and others prefer the vicinity of man, and traffic in them. They dissolve in broths, take shelter in his chimneys, or in his and make a kind of jelly of a very deli.
cious flavour. hospitable caves.
Their value is chiefly
ascertained by the uniform fineness and “ Some to the holly hedge
delicacy of their texture ; those that are Nestling repair, and to the thicket some ;
white and transparent being most esteemed, Some to the rude protection of the thorn Commit their feeble offspring: the cleft tree
and often fetching in China their weight Offers its kind concealment to a few,
in silver. The birds that build these Their food its insects, and its moss their nests." nests are small gray swallows. Authors
differ much as to the materials of which Bingley has observed, that “ the act of these nests are composed. Some suppose
them to consist of seaworms of the mo. nidification is one of those wonderful con. trivances of nature that would compel us,
lusca class; others, of the seaplant called however we might otherwise be inclined
It has also been supposed agal-agal.
that the swallows rob other birds of their to doubt it, to beliere that we, and every other part of the creation, are constantly eggs, and after breaking the shells, apply under the protection of a superintending the white of them in the composition of Being, whose goodness knows no bounds. these structures.
In this age of enter. Without this, what can we suppose it is prise and free trade, we would
recommend that instigates a creature that may never
the court of aldermen to embark in this before have had young, to form a hollow edible branch of Indian traffic, which may pest to contain eggs, (things that as yet it swell out the funds of the corporation. knows nothing of,) and to concentrate a
P. T. W. proper proportion of hcat for the incuba. tion ? 'Without this, what can we sup
Select Biography. pose it is that dictates the necessity of
No. LV. forming the outside with coarse materials, as a foundation, and of lining it within
JOHN KIMBER, with more delicate substances ? How do these animals learn that they are to have eggs, and that these eggs will require a MR. John KIMBER of Chadley, near nest of a certain size and capacity ? Who Lewes, was a farmer of the old school, is it that teaches then to calculate the plain in his dress, and unassuming in his time with such exactness, that they never manners ; and though his unostentatious lay their eggs before the reception for appearance, united with his many pecuthem is finished ? No person can surely liarities, gained him the character of a be so blind as to observe all this, and not miser, yet his taste for scarce and expenbe able to perceive the superintendence of sive books prompted him to spend consi
THE BIBLIOMANIAC FARMER.