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A Oouplo of tho Birds Rnisoa Fam?
ily in a Lottor-Box.
Kloo Summer Qunrtors DUcovorr-tl liy a
? Xvathinrod Woanr-lto nml Iii? Itrlilo
Take I'ossosKlon Without Delay uml
Bpoml u l!:t]>i>)- Season.
During tho spring n pair of wrons
?flitted into tho well-shaded grounds that
surround a gentleman's residence on tho
Providence road, writes a Scrantort (Pa.)
correspondent of tho New York Trib
nne, and began to search for a summcr
horao. A son of the owner of the place?, '
who was sitting on the veranda at tho i
time, saw the cheerful little birds when
they arrived, and ho studied their move-- j
monts all tho forenoon. They flow !
about tho cornices of the bouse for sev?
eral minutes, surveyed every nook and
corner that looked secluded, and then
alighted on a shade tree and compared
notes. For sorao timo tho birds had a
confab in low and gentle tones, their 1
notions indicating to the young man that j
they hadn't found a placo that exactly !
suited them to scttlo down in for tho |
summer. At tho close of the consulta- j
tion tho wrens sailed out of the tree and
again went to hunting for a nesting- !
place, and in a short time the male ran
across ono that seemed to suit him.
On ono of the largo wooden gato posts
there was a lettor-box in the shape of a '
little house. It bad a peaked roof, a
Blot on the street sido for tho mail-car?
rier to drop letters into, and a littln
door on the yard sido to take them out
of. it was rain tight, and it stood in
tho shadow of a largo maplo.
In bis search for nice summer quar?
ters in the country, the male wren found
his way into tho box through the slot.
Ho stayed in it less than a minuto, and
then ho flew out, joined his wife on a
lilac bush a few yards away, and told
her about the cozy spot he had discov?
ered. Mrs. Wren appoarod to bo all of
a flutter over tho pleasant news her
proud husband had brought her, and
away they both flew at once and entered
Pretty soon they came out and llow
across the street to an open Held. It
was soon evident that Mrs. Wren was as
well pleased with the box as her mate
was, for in a short time they both sailed
back again, each carrying a short pieco
of broken twig in the bill. These they
dropped in the bottom of tho box. and
back and forth tho industrious little
flitters went until noon, when the young
man looked into the box and found that
tho wrens bad carried in a good hand?
ful of twigs and nicely arranged them
as a foundation for their nest. By
nightfall the birds had got the rough
work on tho nest pretty weli under way,
and the next day they nearly finished it.
When the young man told his mother
about what tho wrens had done, she said
that the littlo birds must be permitted
to keep houso in the box, as well as pro
' tccted while they were raising a family
there. So on Monday morning another
box' for letters was rigged tip on tho
'. other gato post, and tho lady of the
Vouso watched for the letter-carrier that
foronoon and requested him not to drop
any more letters into the box whoro tho
wrens bad taken up their abode.
On tho fence she placed food that tho
wrens liked, and she talked to them and
made them feel that they were welcome.
Insido pf a week the wrens got, to bo so
contented and confiding that they
didn't seem to fear tho woman or her
daughters. Some sparrows undertook to
molest tho quiet birds in the box, but
tho young man got his gun and pep
pored away at them until tltoso that
didn't get killed were glad to go.
About a week after the finishing touch
had been put on tho nest tho female
laid an egg in it. When she began to
Bit, tho kind-hearted housewife opened
tho littlo door and stroked her,
calling her pet names as she ca?
ressed her. Whilo sho was sitting,
tho inalo flitted among the shrub?
bery close by and sang merrily,
and ono day a Very intelligent and
highly-prized female house-cat that be?
longed to the familycamc near catching
him. Puss' mistress caught her up, car?
ried her to tho box, showed her the fo
(' male wren on the nest, pointing out to
her the hopping male on tho fence and
gavo her "a good talking to," telling
her that if she harmed tho birds or tho
nest it would go hard with hor. Puss
understood what was said, for not once
afterward did she offer to approach tho
box, although before then she had often
walked along the fence ..and across the
gate. Sho had several chances to kill
the male, but she 'didn't dare to spring
at him after the warning hor mistress
had given her.
A new letter-carrier poked three let?
ters through the slot one day and nearly
covered up tho sitting wren, but she
didn't mind it, and in a few days sue
hatched out a nest full of little ones.
About tho same timo the old cat gavo
birth to four kittens, and at last ac?
counts both the wren family and the
cat family were getting along finely and
wero much admired by their friends, tho
Mr. (Ixlry'i Valuahlo Snakr.
| Thomas Oxley, a well-known farmer
?of Lincoln County, W: Va., has a qucor
pot It is a huge-black snake, eight
feet ?>ix inches long. The snako 1ms
ocen an adjunct of the farm for twelvo
years and is considered by Mr. Oxloy as
among his moro valuahlo possessions. 11
stays about the barn summer and winter,
and is the mcnt indefatigable extermin?
ator of rats, mice, and other vermin
ever ownel by Oxley. "Jim," as the
snake Is called, is perfectly tame and
docile and answers to his name us
promptly as the family dog or cat. Ho
is fond of being petted by the family
lind-seems to highly appreciate acts of
kindness. .1 im casts his coat at regular
I 'intervals of 1 w< Ivo months, and every
%>nb of his suits hvi been kept by Mr.
A Strung ? Delusion.
& A Birmingham man, while under tho
influence el ?, j.. .. knocked olT his great
toe v th imagining that ho
was- 1 .rout with a carving
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