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“ Jacko was permitted to make one at the their looks and their absolute cunning. The audinner-table, where he was seated in a child's thor, speaking of one which used to be in the high chair next to his master, and took off his Zoological Society's collection, then in its inglass of perry-and-water in the same time and fancy, in Bruton street, says : measure with his patron.

One of “ The expression of his countenance was pethese apricot-tarts enriched the board at a small culiarly innocent; but he was shy, very shy, dinner party, and was placed nearly opposite to and not to be approached with impunity by those Jacko, who occupied his usual station. The host who valued their head-gear. He would sit dehelped one and another to some of this exquisite murely on his cross-perch, pretending to look tart, but he had forgot poor Jacko, who had been another way, or to examine a nut-shell for some devouring it with his eyes, and was too well-remnant of kernel, till a proper victim came withbred to make any indecorous snatch at the at- in his reach, when down the pole he rushed and traction, as most monkeys would have done. At up he was again in the twinkling of an eye, last Jacko could stand it no longer : so, looking leaving the bare-headed surprised one minus his to the right and left, and finally fixing his eyes hat at least, which he had the satisfaction of upon the guests opposite, he quietly lifted up his seeing undergoing a variety of metamorphoses hand behind his master's back and gave his tail under the plastic hands of the grinning ravisher. such a tug as made the powder fly, withdrew * * It was whispered—that he once scalped a his hand in an instant, and sat with a vacant ex- bishop who ventured too near, notwithstanding pression of the greatest innocence. His master the caution given to his lordship by another dig. gave him a look, and Jacko gave him another. nitary of the church, and that it was some time It said, as plainly as look could speak, · Don't before he could be made to give up, with much be angry-don't thrash me—they did n't see it mouthing and chattering, the well-powdered wig -I beg your pardon, but I must have a bit of which he had profanely transferred from the that apricot-tart.' He was forgiven and helped." bishop's head to his own. The lords spiritual

Le Vaillant's narrative of his travels in Africa, of the present day, with one or two laudable exhas afforded Mr. Broderip some interesting and ceptions, are safe from such sacrilege.". diverting details touching the monkey. The fol- The Wanderow is sagacious as well as cunlowing is among the best; and it proves that, ning. We remember, some years since, standing however crafty the monkey, he may sometimes before the large cage in the gardens of the Zoologifind a craftier than he :

cal Society, witnessing the endless gambols of “ 'To tear up these roots, Kees (the monkey) various ecstatic members of the Simian race. To pursued a very ingenious method, which afforded a Wanderow which came near us we presented me much amusement. He laid hold of the tuft a very hot ginger-lozenge, which he seized and of leaves with his teeth, and, pressing his four bit with great avidity. The hot morsel, however, paws forwards, the root generally followed. puzzled and annoyed him extremely: he turned When this method (which required considerable it about, smelled it, tried his tongue on it

, force) did not succeed, he seized the tuft as be- but remained dissatisfied. At length, after a fore as close to the earth as he could, then look of absurdly profound cogitation, he rushed throwing his heels over his head the root always to a little trough of water which was in one yielded to the jerk which he gave it. corner of the cage, into which he plunged the marches, when he found himself" tired, he got lozenge and held it underneath the surface for upon the back of one of my dogs, which had the some time: he then alternately licked and imcomplaisance to carry him for whole hours to- mersed it, apparently to his great satisfaction ; gether. One only, that was larger and stronger and when he felt the ginger again " hot i’ the than the rest, ought to have served him for this mouth,” he reverted to the remedy of again purpose; ,but the cunning animal well knew how holding it in the water until he thought there had to avoid this drudgery. The moment he per- been a sufficiency of the cooling fluid imbibed to ceived Kees on his shoulders he remained mo- render the lozenge once more palatable to him. tionless, and suffered the caravan 10 pass on But we must leave our active and sprightly without ever stirring from the spot. The timor- friends to gaze for a moment at the grand and ous Kees still persisted ; but as soon as he began goodly sight of elephants which Mr. Broderip to lose sight of us he was obliged to dismount, has arranged with taste and skill for the public and both he and the dog ran with all their might satisfaction. No portion of his book will prove to overtake us.

For fear of being surprised, the more attractive to the scientific inquirer, nor gain dog dexterously suffered him to get before him, more applause from youthsul curiosity, than this and watched him with great attention. In short, elaborate division of the “ Zoological Recreahe had acquired an ascendency over my whole tions." In it he has narrated with great fidelity, pack, for which he was perhaps indebted to the and with rare absence of ostentatious display of superiority of his instinct."

learning, on a subject on which the author has The monkey tribe in general, and the Wande-displayed much learning, the natural history, the rows in particular, are famed (the latter in an uses, the habits, the sympathies and the antipaespecial degree) for the guileless simplicity of thies, of this huge yet gentle lord of brutes.

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We have all heard of the instinct of the ele-, formed for inflicting pain, and dealing destrucphant, which warns it never to trust its immense tion and death, reconcilable with the mercy atweight to any doubtful support. It is certainly tributed to the Creator, who manifests, in the the triumph of teaching which brings the ele- structure of the lowest of his creatures, the best phanı to disregard this instinct. When we con- adaptations to its wants and pleasures ?" Hear a template this huge monster, that cannot be portion, at least, of Dr. Buckland's reply: tempted to pass a wooden bridge or tread a stage The law of universal mortality being the till it has satisfied itself of its sufficient strength established condition on which it has pleased the -in a similar situation the fame of all biped Creator to give being to every creature upon rope-dancers, as Mr. Broderip remarks, fades earth, it is a dispensation of kindness to make before the nicely adjusted skill of the gigantic the end of life to each individual as easy as possiquadruped.

ble. The most easy death is, proverbially, that Of perfect training turned to various purposes, which is the least expected ; and though, for the good Bishop Heber mentions a horrible in- moral reasons peculiar to our own species, we stance. It appears that a mohout, or keeper, deprecate the sudden testation of our mortal who had been offended by the loose tongue of a life, yet, in the case or every inferior animal, scolding woman, gave a private signal to the such a termination of existence is obviously the elephant, which, in obedience, instantly killed most desirable. The pains of sickness and deher; the sign, however, was observed and under crepitude of age are the usual precursors of stood by others, and the mohout was executed death, resulting from gradual decay. These, in for the deed. Another instance is cited by the human race alone, are susceptible of alleviaTavernier, who, when travelling with the Mogul's tion from internal sources of hope and consolaMahomedan army, was for a time lost in wonder tion, and give exercise to some of the highest at observing that the elephanis, in their progress, charities and most tender sympathies of humaniseized the idols that stood before the pagodas ty. But throughout the whole creation of inand dashed them to pieces, to the pious horror ferior animals, no such sympathies exist. There and discomfiture of the Hindoos. Of course, is no affection nor regard for the feeble and aged this arose from no religious sentiment in the —no alleviating care to relieve the sick; and the caoutchouc bosom of the elephants ; these simply extension of life through the lingering stages of obeyed the secret signals of their Islam keepers, decay and old age would, to each individual, be who took joy in making them the instruments of a scene of protracted misery. Under such a destroying the symbols of faith, which faith and system, the natural world would present a mass symbols were equally odious to them.

of daily suffering, bearing a large proportion to “ The beleaguered city of Phurtpore had for the total amount of animal enjoyment. By the a long time been pressed by the British army, existing dispensations of sudden destruction and attended by its host of camp-followers and at rapid succession, the feeble and disabled are tendants. (To eight thousand fighting men there speedily relieved from suffering, and the world were eighty thousand followers.] The hot sea- is, at all times, crowded with myriads of sentient son approached and the dry burning winds were and happy beings; and though to many indiat hand; as they prevailed, every tank and viduals their allotted share of life is often short, every pond was dried up, and the enormous it is usually a period of uninterrupted gratification; multitude of human beings and cattle were thrown whilst the momentary pain of sudden and unexupon the wells alone for their supply of water. pected death is an evil infinitely small in comThe scene of confusion at these points of at- parison with the enjoyments of which it is the traction may be better imagined than described. termination." Two elephant drivers with their beasts were at one of these wells together, and when the usual

THE EXPULSIVE POWER OF A NEW struggle and confusion amid a war of words were

AFFECTION. at their height, one of the elephants, which was remarkably large and strong, snatched from the 11 any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. smaller and weaker one the bucket with which him.”—1 John ii. 15. his master had provided him, and which he car- There are two ways in which a practical ried at his trunk's end. Loud and long was the moralist may attempt to displace from the human squabble between the keepers. The little ele- heart its love of the world-either by a demonphant quietly watched his opportunity, and, stration of the world's vanity, so as that the when his gigantic aggressor was standing with heart shall be prevailed upon simply to withdraw his side to the well, retired a few steps, and then its regards from an objeci that is not worthy of making a rush came with his head full against it; or, by setting forth another object, even God, his antagonistis side and tumbled him in !"

as more worthy of its attachment, so as that the In allusion io the destructive weapons, offen- heart shall be prevailed upon, not to resign an sive and defensive, of sundry animals, he says: old affection, which shall have nothing to suc“ It has been asked, how is this ingenuity in ceed it, but to exchange an old affection for a the formation of cruel instruments, expressly | new one. My purpose is to show, that, from

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the constitution of our nature, the former method | sire, with its corresponding train of exertion, is is altogether incompetent and ineffectual, and that not to be got rid of simply by destroying it. It the latter method will alone suffice for the rescue must be by substituting another desire, and and recovery of the heart, from the wrong affec- another habit of exertion in its place; and the tion that domineers over it.

most effectual way of withdrawing the mind from Such is the demand of our nature for an ob- one object, is, not by turning it away upon ject in pursuit, that no accumulation of previous desolate and unpeopled vacancy, but by presentsuccess can extinguish it—and thus it is, that the ing to its regards another object still more allurmost prosperous merchant, and the most victori- ing. Such is the grasping tendency of the ous general, and the most fortunate gamester, human heart, that it must have a something to when the labour of their respective vocations has lay hold of, and which, if wrested away without come to a close, are often found to languish in the substitution of another something in its place, the midst of all their acquisitions, as if out of would leave a void and a vacancy as painful to their kindred and rrioicing element. It is quite the mind, as hunger is to the natural system. It in vain, with such anstitutional appetite for will now be seen, perhaps, why it is, that the

! employment in man, to attempt cutting away heart keeps by its present affections with so from him the spring or the principle of one em- much tenacity, when the attempt is to do them ployment, without providing him with another. away by a mere process of extirpation. It will

a The whole heart and habit will rise in resistance not consent to be so desolated. The strong man, against such an undertaking. The else unoccu- whose dwelling place is there, may be compelled pied female, who spends the hours of every even- to give way to another occupier, but unless ing at some play of hazard, knows as well as another stronger than he, has power to dispossess you, that the pecuniary gain, or the honorable and to succeed him, he will keep his present triumph of a successful contest

, are altogether lodgment inviolable. The heart would revolt paltry. It is not such a demonstration of vanity against its own emptiness. It could not bear to as this, that will force her away from her dear be so left, in a state of waste and cheerless inand delightful occupation. The habit cannot so si pidity. You have all heard that nature abhors be displaced as to leave nothing but a naked and a vacuum. Such, at least, is the nature of the cheerless vacancy behind it-though it may so heart, that, though the room which is in it may be supplanted as to be followed up by another change one inmate for another, it cannot be left habit of employment, to which the power of void without the pain of most intolerable suffersome new affection has constrained her. It is ing. It is not enough, then, to argue the folly of willingly suspended, for example, on any single an existing affection. It is not enough, in the evening, should the time that is wont to be al terms of a forcible or an affecting demonstration, lotted to gaming, require to be spent on the pre- to make good the evanescence of its object. It paration of an approaching assembly. The as- may not even be enough to associate the threats cendant power of a second affection will do, what and the terrors of some coming vengeance, with no exposition, however forcible, of the folly and the indulgence of it. So, to tear away an worthlessness of the first, ever could effectuate. affection from the heart, as to leave it bare of all And it is the same in the great world. You never its regards, and of all its preferences, were a will be able to arrest any of its leading pur-sits, hard and hopeless undertaking, and it would apby a naked demonstration of their vanity. It is pear as if the alone powerful engine of dispossesquite in vain to think of stopping one of these sion, were to bring the mastery of another affecpursuits, in any way else, but by stimulating to tion to bear upon it. another. In attempting to bring a worldly man, You may remember the fond and unbroken intent and busied with the prosecution of his ob- tenacity with which your heart has often recurred jects, to a dead stand, you must address to the to pursuits, over the utter frivolity of which it eye of his mind, another object, with a charm sighed and wept but yesterday. But the morrow powerful enough to dispossess the first of its in- comes, and the business of the world, and the fluences, and to engage him in some other pro- objects of the world, and the moving faces of the secution as full of interest, and hope, and con- world, come along with it, and the machinery of genial activity, as the former. It is this which the heart, in virtue of which it must have somestamps an impotency on all moral and pathetical thing to grasp, or something to adhere to, brings declamation about the insignificance of the it under a kind of moral necessity to be actuated world. A man will no more consent to the just as before, so that the church, instead of being misery of being without an object, because that a school of obedience, has been a mere saunterobject is a trifle, or of being without a pursuit, ing place for the luxury of a passing and thebecause that pursuit terminates in some frivolous atrical emotion ; and ihe pre-ching which is or fugitive acquirement, than he will voluntarily mighty to compel the attendance multitudes ; submit himself to the torture, because that tor. which is mighty to still and to solemnize the ture is to be of short duration. If, to be without hearers into a kind of tragic sensibility, is not desire and without exertion altogether, is a state mighty to the pulling down of strong holds. of violence and disconfort, then the present de- The love of the world cannot be expunged by



a mere demonstration of the world's worthless- | as God in Christ, who alone can dispart it from ness. But may it not be supplanted by the love this ascendancy. It is when he stands dismantled of that which is more worthy than itself? The of the terrors which belong to him as an offended heart cannot be prevailed upon to part with the lawgiver, and when we are enabled by faith, world, by a simple act of resignation. But may which is His own gift, to see His glory in the not the heart be prevailed upon to admit into its face of Jesus Christ, and to hear His beseeching preferences another, who shall subordinate the voice, as it protests good will to men, and enworld, and bring it down from its wonted as-treats the return of all who will, to a full pardon cendancy? If the throne which is placed there and a gracious acceptance; it is then that a love, must have an occupier, and the tyrant that paramount to the world, and, at length, expulsive now reigns has occupied it wrongfully, he may of it, first arises in the regenerating bosom. It not leave a bosom which would rather detain is when released from the spirit of bondage, him, than be left in desolation. But may he not with which love cannot dwell, and when admitgive way to the lawful sovereign, appearing with ted into the number of God's children, through every charm that can secure his willing admit- the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the spirit of tance, and taking unto himself his great power to adoption is poured upon us; it is then that the subdue the moral nature of man, and to reign heart, brought under the mastery of one great over it? In a word, if the way to disengage the and predominant affection, is delivered from the heart from the positive love of one great and tyranny of its former desires, in the only way ascendant object, is to fasten it in positive love in which deliverance is possible.—T. Chalmers. lo another, then it is not by exposing the worthlessness of the former, but by addressing to the

DANIEL O'CONNEL AND THE COW-STEALER. mental eye, the worth and excellence of the latter, that all old things are to be done away, and The following anecdote is copied from a Life all things are to become new.

of Daniel O'Connell : The love of God and the love of the world, “I was once," said he, “counsel for a cuw are two affections, not merely in a state of rival- stealer, who was clearly convicted—the sentence ship, but in a state of enmity, and that so irrecon- was transportation for fourteen years. At the cilable, that they cannot dwell together in the end of that time he returned, and happening same bosom. : We have already affirmed how to meet me, he began to talk about the trial. impossible it were for the heart, by any innate I asked him how he had always managed to steal elasticity of its own, to cast the world away from the fat cows; to which he gravely answered: it, and ihus reduce itself to a wilderness. The · Well then, I'll tell your honor the whole secret heart is not so constituted, and the only way to of that. Whenever your honor goes to steal dispossess it of an old affection, is by the expul- a cow, always go on the worst night you can, sive power of a new one. Nothing can exceed for if the weather is very bad, the chances are the magnitude of the required change in a man's that nobody will be there to see your honour. character, when bidden as he is in the New The way you'll always know the fat cattle in Testament, to love not the world; no, nor any the dark, is by this token-that the fat cows of the things that are in the world, for this so always stand out in the more exposed places comprehends all that is dear to him in existence, but the lean ones always go into the ditch for as to be equivalent to a command of self-annihi- shelter.' So (continued O'Connell) I got that lesson lation. But the same revelation which dictates in cow-stealing gratis from my worthy client." so mighty an obedience, places within our reach

Though it is to be hoped that this lesson in cow as mighty an instrument of obedience. It brings stealing will be of as little practical advantage to for admittance, to the very door of our heart, an affection which, once seated on its throne, will our readers as it was to O'Connell, the philosophy either subordinate every previous inmate, or bid of the case is worth knowing. Fat animals of any it away. Besides the world, it places before the description suffer less from exposure to the elements eye of the mind, Him who made the world, and, than lean ones; consequently, the owner of dowith this peculiarity, which is all its own, that in mestic animals, if he consults their comfort, must the Gospel, do we so behold God, as that we may defend them from the weather, either by providing. love God. It is there, and there only, where them with shelter, or stocking them with fat. God stands revealed as an object of confidence And it may be observed that honest people may to sinners, and where our desire after Him is not sometimes derive a valuable lesson from light chilled into apathy, by that barrier of human fingered gentry. An anecdote to the purpose just guilt which intercepts every approach that is not made to Him through the appointed mediator. occurs. A man on board a steamboat was accosted It is the bringing in of this belter hope, whereby by a stranger, and informed in an undertone, that we draw righ unto God; and to live without he had a sum of money concealed in his neckcloth. hope, is to live without God; and if the heart be The fact was known to be true, but the wonder without God, the world will then have all the as- was how the stranger discovered it. That diffi. cendancy. It is God apprehended by the believer I culty was removed by the informant's telling him


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he had once been a pickpocket, and he inferred the phraseology. But if he should find it expedient fact from observing the frequent and extraordinary even to be wholly silent on religious subjects, attention the man was giving to the dress of his he will still have comfort in reflecting that he neck. The practical admonition connected with has shown, by his behaviour, that what the world the disclosure, was that the traveller, who is tract the brow, or damp the spirit, or cramp the

deems over-strictness, does not necessarily con

, carrying a large amount of money, should be care

intellect, or blunt the mental taste, or make a ful to avoid the manifestation of particular anxiety man less capable of holding his place among with regard to his baggage. Let the solicitude, as mankind (as far as he himself judges it proper) well as the property, be kept out of view.–(Ed. with ease, with respectability, with courtesy,

and yet with an independence of mind, which no THE CHRISTIAN IN SOCIETY.

mere man of the world ever did or could exem“What the associated Christian seeks in the plify.”Alexander Knox's Remains. devotional circle, the individual Christian must seek for, and if he would stand at all, must find A FATHER'S TESTIMONY RESPECTING A DEPARTED in the recesses of his own heart. He fights his battles alone—his circumstances do not admit of any kind of flight; his shelter, as well as sup-beloved son, rejoiced in the remembrance of his

A parent, when mourning over the loss of a port, is wholly invisible.

The result is, that he can keep his footing only by habitual, at least love of truth, that when the question was put, prevalent, conquest; and when, through the

“who told you so ?" " then it is true," was the grace of God and a competent course of self

universal conviction. * This transparency of trial, he is confirmed in his path, he must pos

character," continues the parent, “cannot be sess a species of confidence, which he, who has too sedulously cultivated. To be willing to had niore extrinsic aid, is not likely to attain. appear ignorant when we are so—to own a The man I speak of has separated himself from fault without a vain attempt to conceal or exthe pollutions of the world, without withdrawing cuse it, to maintain an exact agreement of our from its common intercourse; this, however, professions with our motives—may sometimes requires much discrimination, wisdom and unre put us to pain; but integrity can be obtained at mitting watchfulness, as well as tenderness of no lower price. This is the maxim we should conscience; but when the habit is once gained, it carry with us into all the details of life, “ to is invaluable. He will not go into worldly com

suffer, rather than to sin;" remembering another pany for pleasure, because his taste is of quite of no less wisdom and importance, “He that another kind: but he will not shrink from calls does not make a conscience of everything, will of duty or propriety, because he scarcely fears soon come to make a conscience of nothing." the world more than he loves it. He fears it It is the little fox which spoils the tender vines, enough to make him ever watchful against its and a habit of tampering with the moral sense seductions, and ever solicitous to take to him on slight occasions, never fails to prepare the “ the whole armour of God," but with this sale- mind for greater offences. guard he has no dread of any of its scenes, except when he should be, in any respect, a par

SUMMARY OF NEWS. taker in the unfruitful works of darkness. When, POLITICAL.---Morris Longstreth, at present one therefore, such a person, does mingle with the of the Canal Commissioners of Pennsylvania, has people of the world, he knows why he does so. been nominated for the office of Governor by the I! is no stealthy advance beyond the limits of Democratic State Convention. William F. Johnston, his conscience ; no widening of the circle which the present acting Governor, is the Whig candidate. he once prescribed to himself. It is, as concur- the 31st ult., having lest Liverpool on the 19th.

EUROPE.The Niagara arrived at New York on ring circumstances have fully shown 'him, an Cotton is reported dull, a great quantity of the aractual part of his duty. “In the calling” merely ticle having been thrown upon the market. Prices “wherein he was called, therein he abides with were, however, unchanged. Unfavourable weather, God.” Acting in this simplicity, he finds fre- and the apprehensions of the potato rot, had caused quent opportunities for useful conversation, of an advance in the Corn market. The arrests in which he avails himself with the wisest manage-noghue have been taken. Martin, the proprietor

Ireland continue frequent. Meagher and O'Doment he can use. Being accustomed to view of the " Felon” newspaper, has been tried and conreligion itself as in the most harmonious agrec-victed. Chartist movements had taken place in ment with nature, providence, and all the higher | England, and some arrests had been made. The tastes of man, he can graft wise and pious ob- evacuation of Lombardy by the Sardinian army is servations on subjects, which would leave no confirmed. The Austrian army had entered the opening whatever to the theological dogmatist: Papal territories. The Austrians appear to have and not haring sought religion by the means of met with some reverses at Bologna. It is anany party, he speaks of it solely in the language ing in Berlin, and that the number of cases had

nounced that the Cholera continued slowly spread. of plain sense, without danger of exciting either reached 27 since its first appearance on the 31st of risibility or disgust by any uncouthness of the previous month.

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