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Country NEIGHBORS AcGain.—Do my
- little friends want to hear a word more
sbout our country neighborg ? Since we
| wrote about them, we have lived in the
same place more than a year, and per
haps some of you may want to koow
whether old Unke or little Criseri have
ever come up to sit under the liily-leaves
by the fouutain, or Master Furrytoes,
the flying squirrel, has amused himself
in pattering about the young lady's
chamber o’ nights? T am sorry to sey
that our country neighbors have entirely
lost the neighborly, confiding spirit that
they had when we first came and settled
in the woods.
Old Unke has distinguished himself
on ‘moonlight nights in performing bass
solos in a very deep, heavy voice, down
in the river, but he has never hopped his
‘way baek ioto that conservatory from
which he was disgracefully turned out at
the point of Mr. Fred's cave. He has
contented himself with the heavy musical
performances I spoke of, and I have
fancied they sounded much like * Won’t
come any more,—wont come any more—
won't come any more ! 5
Somatimes, strolling down to the river,
we have seen his solemn green Spectacles
emerging from the tall water-grasses, as
he ~at ‘complacently looking about him,
Near by him, spread out on the sunny
bottom of the pool, was a large flat-head -
ed water~snake, with a dull yellowshrown
back and such a swelled stomach that it
was quite evident he had been makin.
bis breakfast that morning by »wallowing |
some unfortunate neighbor like poor little '
Ori-eri. This trick of swallowing one’s’
lesser neighbors seems to prevail greatly
among the people who live in our river
Mr. Water-snake makes his meal on little
Mr. Frog, and Mr. Bullfrog follows the
same example It seems a sad state of
things; but then I suppose all animals
bave to die in some way or other, and
perhaps, if they arein the habit of seeing
1t done, it may appear to a frog to expect
to be swallowed some day. than it may to
gome of us to die of a fever, or be shotin
battle, as many a brave fellow has been
of late. |
We have heard not a word from the
weodchucks. Ever since we violated ‘the ‘
laws of woodland hospitallty by settinga
trap for their poor old patriarch, they
have very justly considered us as bad
neighbers, and their hole at the bottom of
the garden has been ¢ to let,”” and nobody
as yet bas ventured to take it. OQur
friends the muskrats have been flourish
ing, and on moonlight nights have been
swimming about, popping up the tips of
their little black noses to make observa
But latterly a great commotion has
been made among the amphibious tribes
because of the letting down of the dam
which kept up the water of the river, and
made it a good, full, wide river. When
the dam was torn down it became a little
miserable stream, flowing through a wide
field of muddy bottom, and all the secrets
of the under-water were disclosed. The
white and yellow water-lilly roots were
left high and dry up in the mud, aud all
the muskrat holes could be seen plaincr
than ever before; and the other day
Master Charlie brought in a fish’s nest
which he had found 1n what used to be
deep water, »
“ Afish’s nest ?”” says little Tom ; [
did n't know that fishes made nests.”
But they do, Tommy ; that is, one par~
ticular kind of fish makes a nest of suicks
and straws and twigs, plastered together
with some kind of cement, the making of
which is a family sccret. It lies on the
ground like a eommoun bird’s nest turned
bottom upwards and basa tiny little bole
in the side for a door, through which the
little fishes swim in and out,
The vame of the kind of fish that builds
this nest I donot know; and if the water
bad not been drawn off, I should wmot
have known that we had any such fish in
our river. Where we found ours the
water had been about five feet above it.
Now, Master Tom, if you want to know
more about nest building fishes, you
must get your papa and mama to iequire
and see if they cannot get you some of
the little books on fishes and aqu.riums
that have been published lately. I re~
member to have read all about these
nests in one of them, but I do not remem
ber either the name of the book or the
name of the fish, and so there is something
still for you to enquire after. b
I am happy to say, for the interest of
the water lilies and the muskrats and the
fishes, that the dam has only been torn
down from our river for the purpose of
making a stronger one, and that by and
by the water will be again broad and
deep as before, and all ihe water peopie
can go on with their house keepiug just
as they used to do—ouly I am sorry to
say that oue fish family will miss their
house, and have to build a new one ; but
if they are enterprising fishes they will
perhaps make some improvements that
will make the new house better than the
As to the birds, we have bad a great
many visits from them. ' Our house has
so many great glass windows, and the
conservatory, windows in the centre of it
beiug always wide open the birds seem
to have taken 1t for a piece of out~doors,
and flown in. The difficulty has been,
that, after they had got in, there appear
ed to be no way of making them under~
stand the nature of glass, and wherever
they 81w a glass window they fancied they
could fly through; and so, taking aim
hither and thither, they darted head fir%
against the glass, beating and bruising
their poor little heads without beating in
any more knowledge than they bad beiore.
Many a poor little feather head has thus
fallen a vietim to his want of patural
philosophy, and tired himself out with
beating against window~panes, till he has
at last fallen dead. One day we picked
up no less than three dead birds in diffe.
rent parts of the house. Now if it had
only been possible to enlighten , our
feavh 'red friends in regard to the fact
that everything that is transparent is not
air, we would have summoned a bird
council in our consarvatory, and explain
¢d matters to them at once and altogether.
As it is, we could only say “ Ounl!” and
lament, as we have followed one poor
victim after another from window to win
dow, and seen him flutter and beat his
pretty senseless head®against the glass,
frightered to death at all our attemyts to
help him,
_As to the humming birds, their number
has beengufinite. Just back of the con
~servatory stands an immense, high clump
of scarlet sage, whose brilliant light bas
been like a light shining from afar, and
drawn to it flocks of these little creatures;
and we bave ofton sat watching them as
they would put their long bills into one
scarlet tube after another, lifting them
selver lightly .off the bush, poising a mo-~
ment in mid air, and then dropping out
of sight.
They have flown into the conservatory
in such numbers that, had we wished to
act over again the dear little history of
our lost pet, Hum, the son of Buz, we
should have had plenty of opportunities to
do it. Humming-birds have been for
some reason supposed to be peculia 1y
wild and untamable. Our experience
has proved that they are the most docile,
confiding little creatures. and the most
disposed to put trust in us bhuman beings
of all birds ir the world.
More than once this summer has some
little captive exhausted his strength fly
ing hither and thither . agaiost the great
roof window of the conservatory, till the
whole family was in alarm to belp. The
professor himself has left his books, and
anxiously flourished a long cobweb broom
in hopes to bring the littie wanderer
down to the level of open windows, while
every other member of the family ran,
called, made suggestions, and gave advice
which all ended in the poor little fool’s
falling flat, in a state of utter exhaustion,
and being picked up in some lady’s pock
et handkerchief.
Then has been, running te mix sugar
and water, while the little erumb of a
bird has lain in an apparent swoon in the
small palm of some fair band, but open—
ing occassionaily one eye, and then the
other. dreamily, to see when the sugar
and water was coming, and gradually
showing more and more sizns of returning
life as 1t appeared. Even when he had
l taken his drink of sugar and water, and
scemed able to sit up in his warm little
“hollow, he has seemed in no hurry to flee,
but remained tranqguilly looking abeut
him for some moments, till &l of a suds
den, with one whirr, away he goes, like a
flying morsel oi green and gold, over our
heads—into the air—into the tree tops.
What a lively time he must have of it.
One rainy, windy day, Miss Jenay,
going into the¢ conservatory, heard a
plaintive little squeak, and found a poor
humming bird, just as we found poor
little Huw, all wet and chilled, and be
moaning himself, as he sat clinging tightly
upou the slenderest twig of a grape vine,
She took him off, wrapped bim in cotton,
and put him in a box on a warm sheif
over the kitchen range. After a while
you may be sure there was a pretty flut
tering in the box. Master Hum was
awake and wanted to be attended to.
She then mixed sugar and water, and,
opening lhe box, offered him a drop on
her finger, which be licked off with his
long tongue as knowingly as did his
namesake at Rye Beach. After let:ing
him satisfy his appetite for sugar and
water, as the rain was over and the sun
began to shine, Miss Jenny took bim to
the door, and away he flew.
These little incidents show that it
would vot ever be a difficult matter to
tame humming birds-—ounly they caunet
lLe keptin cages; a sunny room with
windows defended by mosquito netting
would be the only proper cage. The
bumming bird, as we are told by natural
ists, though very fond of the honey of
flowers, does not live on it eutirely, or
even principally. It is in fact a little
fly-catcher, and lives on small inseets ; and
2 humming bird never can be kept heathy
for any length of time 1n a room that does
not admit insects' enough to furnish him
a living. So you see it is not merely
toads, and water-snakes, and such louely
creatures, that live by eating other living
beings—but cven the fairy like and bril
liant hummiog bird.
The autumn months are now coming
ou (for it is October while [ write)—the
flowers are dying vigat by night as the
frosts grow heavier—the squirrels are
racing about, full of busigess, getting in
their winter’s supply of nuts; everything
now is active anb busy among our country
neighbors. In a cottage about a quarter
of a mile from us, a whole family of
squirrcls have madé the discovery that a
house is warmer.in winter than the best
bollow-tree,"and so have gone .into a
onink between the walls, where Mr. and
Mrs. Squirrel ean often be beard late at
night chattering and making quite a fami
ly fuss about the arrangement of their
household goods for the coming season.
The flying squirrel I have not yet heard
from—perbaps he will appear yet as the
weather gets colder.
Old Master Boohoo, the owl, sometimes
goes on at such arate on moon light
nights in the great chestnut trees that
overhang the riyer, that, if you did not
kuow better, you might think ;yourself
miles deep in the heart of a sombre
forest, instead of being within two
squares’ walk of the city lamps. We
never yet have canght a fair sight-of biw.
At the cottage we speak of, the chestnut
trees are very tall, and come close to the
upper, windows; and one night, a fair
maiden. going up to bed, was startled by
a pair of great round eyes looking into
her window. It was one of the Boohoo
family, who bad beeun taken with a fit of
grave curiosity about what went on ins
side the cottage, and so set himself to
observe. 'We have never been able to
return the compliment by looking into
their housekeeping, as their nésts are very
high up in hoilows of old trees, where we
should n-t likely get at them.
If we hear anything more from any of
these neighbors of ours, we will let you
know, We have all the afternoon been
hearing a great screaming among the jays
in the woods bard by, and I think we
must go out and see what is the matter.
So good by.—Harriet Beecher Stowe,
Time is said to be money—certainly
not a few use it freely in paying their
debts. :
The richer a man makes his food, the
poorer he makes his appetite, _
Liook out for the man or woman who is
always telling you to look ous for others.
(OF, G EORGE ELOURNOY, who was in Atlanta
when last heard of Aay information of his
whereabouts will be thankfully received -at this
oflice.24 ELIZA MARTIN.
oJ \ ”
HA.VE constantly on hand all kinds of groc>-
ries and provisions ut the lowest muiket
prices. .
In connection with our business, we have opened
a Restaurant, where meals can be procured at all
hours and at cheap rates.
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