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villages ; but having a desire of not I tear up the tallest trees by seeing the world, they forsook the roots ? do not I level palaces their companions and habita- and towers in the dust ? do not tion, and determined to travel. I raise the ocean iuto combusLabour went soberly along the tion-swell the billows to the the road with Health on her right size of mountains and send hand, who by the sprightliness whole fleets of ships with all of her conversation, and songs of their crews, to a watery grave ?" cheerfulness and joy, softened the “I grant” replied the Sun, toils of the way: while Content- “ these are formidable powers; ment went smiling on the left, but they do not equal mine. I supporting the steps of her mo- open the buds and the flowers, ther, and by her perpetual good to make glad the heart of man. humour increasing the vivacity I cause the grass to grow. Every of her sister.
thing that you see through the “ In this manner they travelled whole world, that possesses either over forests and through towns vegetable or animal life, owes its and villages, till at last they health and prosperity to me: arrived at the capital of the king- were my life-giving influence dom. At their entrance into the withdrawn, they would all pegreat city, the mother conjured rish.” her daughters never to lose sight As the disputants were in the of her; for it was the will of height of their argument, a traJupiter, she said, that their veller happened to pass along, separation should be attended with a large cloak wrapped about with the utter ruin of all three. his shoulders. His path lay But Health was of too gay a dis- across a vast plain, where there position to regard the counsels was neither house nor tree that of Labour; she suffered herself to could shelter him from the inbe debauched by Intemperance, clemencies of the weather. The and at last died in child-birth of Sun and the Wind both agreed to Disease. Contentment, in the settle their dispute by a trial on absence of her sister, gave her- this traveller, which of them self up to the enticements of could first make him part with Sloth, and was never heard of his cloak. after ; while Labour, who could The Wind began with a terrihave no enjoyment without her ble puff, that tore away the tradaughters, went every where in veller's cloak from one of his search of them, till she was at arms. He, however, recovered last seized by Lassitude in her his hold, and drew it closely way, and died in misery.” round him. The heavens were
entirely darkened with
clouds—the day was turned into THE SUN AND THE WIND,
night--the wind raged; he could
scarcely keep his feet, or get forThe Sun and the Wind once ward one step, and he almost had a dispute which of the two thought that he must lie down was the most powerful.
upon the ground, to preserve The Wind said—“Do you pre- himself from the violence of the tend to compare with me? Do storm. The Wind, besides,
called to his assistance the rain, tion of the river bank, at once the hail, and the thunder; I do I beheld a great number of hilnot know whether that was quite locks or small pyramids, resemfair-the traveller had a terrible bling haycocks, ranged like an time, of it; but, for all that the encampment along the banks. Wind could do, he only hugged They stood fifteen or twenty his cloak closer about him. yards distant from the water, on
It was now the Sun's turn to a high marsh, about four feet try. He burst out with his re- perpendicular above the water. fulgent rays, and the clouds were I knew them to be the nests of scattered in a moment. Every the crocodile, having had a dething was refreshed. The low- scription of them before. ers seemed to smile the beasts The nests, or hillocks, are of returned to their pasturemand the form of an obtuse cone, four the soft droppings from a few feet high, and four or five feet in scattered bushes were inexpres- diameter at their bases; they are sibly agreeable : the drops glit- constructed with mud, tered in the sunshine. As the and herbage. At first they lay a Sun was determined to do his ut- door of this kind of tempered most, he made his beams hotter mortar on the ground, upon and hotter, till the traveller, who which they deposit a layer of was at first exhilirated with his eggs, and upon this a stratum of brightness, began to pant and mortar, seven or eight inches in sweat with the sultriness of the thickness, and then another layer
He loosened some of of eggs, and, in this manner, one his buttons to relieve himself, stratum upon another, nearly to and threw his cloak wide open. the top. I believe they comAt last, he could bear it no monly lay from one to two hunlonger; he cast it from him upon dred eggs in a nest : these are the ground; he sat down upon hatched, I suppose, by the heat it, to try to cool himself, and the of the sun ; and, perhaps, the Sun was decisively the victor in vegetable substances mixed with the strife.
the earth, being acted upon by “ Learn from this," said the the sun, may cause a small deSun, to his blustering competitor, gree of fermentation, and so in" that soft and gentle means crease the heat in those hillocks. will often accomplish what force The ground, for several acres, and fury may in vain try to ef- about these nests shewed evident fect.”
marks of a continual resort of From this time the Sun was alligators ; the grass was every always admitted to precedence where beaten down, hardly a over the Wind ; and Apollo, the blade or straw was left standing ; charioteer of this great luminary, whereas, all about, at a distance, ranked among the heathen gods it was five or six feet high, and far before Æolus, the ruler of the as thick as it could grow togetempests.
Baldwin. ther. The female, as I imagine,
carefully watches her own nest of eggs until they are all hatch
ed ; or, perhaps, while she is atOn turning a point or projec- tending her own brood, she takes
ALLIGATORS OF FLORIDA.
under her care and protection as opens nearly the same length; many as she can get at one time, their eves are small in proporeither from her own particular tion and seem sunk deep in the nest, or others : but certain it is, head, by the prominency of the that the young are not left to brows; the nostrils are large, inshift for themselves; I have fated and prominent on the top, had frequent opportunities of so that the head in the water seeing the female alligator lead- resembles, at a distance, a great ing about the shores her train of chunk of wood floating about. young ones, just as a hen does Only the upper jaw moves, which her brood of chickens ; and she they raise almost perpendicular, is equally assiduous and courage- so as to form a right angle with ous in defending the young, lower one. In the fore part which are under her care, and of the upper jaw, on each side, providing for their subsistence ; just under the nostrils, are two and when she is basking upon very large, thick, strong teeth or the warm banks, with her brood tusks, not very sharp, but rather around her, you may hear the the shape of a cone : these are as young ones continually whining white as the finest polished ivory, and barking, like young puppies. and are not covered by any skin I believe but few of a brood live or lips, and always in sight, to the years of full growth and which gives the creature a frightmagnitude, as the old feed on ful appearance : in the lower jaw the young as long as they can are holes opposite to these teeth make prey of them.
to receive them : when they clap The alligator, when full grown, their jaws together it causes a is a very large and terrible crea- surprising noise, like that which ture, and of prodigious strength, is made by forcing a heavy plank activity, and swiftness in the with violence upon the ground, water. I have seen them twenty and may be heard at a great feet in length, and some are sup- distance. posed to be twenty-two or twen- But what is yet more surpristy-three feet. Their body is as ing to a stranger, is the incredible large as that of a horse ; their loud and terrifying roar, which shape exactly resembles that of they are capable of making, a lizard, except their tail, which especially in the spring season, is flat or cuneated, being com- their breeding time. It most repressed on each side, and gradu- sembles very heavy distant thunally diminishing from the ab- der, not only shaking the air domen to the extremity, which, and waters, but causing the with the whole body, is covered earth to tremble ; and when hunwith horny plates or squammæ,
dreds and thousands are roaring impenetrable when on the body at the same time, you can scarceof the live animal, even to a ly be persuaded' but that the rifle ball, except about their' whole globe is violently and head and just behind their fore- dangerously agitated. legs
where it is An old champion, who is persaid they are only vulnerable. haps absolute sovereign of a little The head of a full grown one lake or lagoon (when fifty less is about three feet, and the mouth than himself are obliged to con
tent themselves with swelling the books of the pagans and the and roaring in little coves round Jews. about) darts forth from the reedy The greater part of the books coverts all at once, on the sur- of Origen, and the other heretics, face of the waters, in a right were continually burnt by the line; at first seeming as rapid as orthodox party. lightning, but gradually more Cardinal Ximenes, at the takslowly, until he arrives at the ing of Grenada, condemned to centre of the lake, when he the flames five thousand alcorans. stops. He now swells himself, The puritans burnt every thing by drawing in wind and water they found which bore the vesthrough his mouth, which causes tige of popish origin. We have a loud sonorous rattling in the on record many curious accounts throat for near a minute, but it of their holy depredations--of is immediately forced out again their maiming images, and erasthrough his mouth and nostrils, ing pictures. Cromwell zealously with a loud noise, brandishing' set fire to the library at Oxford, his tail in the air, and the vapour which was the most curious in ascending from his nostrils like Europe. smoke. At other times, when The most violent persecution swollen to an extent ready to which ever the republic of letters burst, his head and tail lifted up, has undergone, is that of the he spins or twirls round on the Caliph Omar. After having it surface of the water. He acts proclaimed throughout the kinghis part like an Indian chief dom, that the alcoran contained when rehearsing his feats of war; every thing that was useful to and then retiring, the exhibition believe and to know, he caused is continued by others who dare to be gathered together whatever to step forth, and strive to excel books could be found in the wide each other, to gain the attention realms, and distributed them to of the favourite female.
the owners of the baths, to be used in heating their stoves ; and it is said that they employed no other materials for this purpose during a period of six
months. (From Curiosities of Literature.)
At the death of learned Peiresc, It is remarkable that conquer- a chamber in his house, filled ors, in the moment of victory, or with letters from the most emiin the unsparing, devastation of nent scholars of the age, was their rage, have not been satisfi- discovered. Such was the dised with destroying men, but have position of his niece, who ineven carried their vengeance to herited his estates, that, albooks.
though repeatedly entreated to The Romans burnt the books permit them to be published, of the Jews, of the christians, and she preferred employing them to the philosophers ; the Jews burnt other purposes ; and it was her the books of the christians and singular pleasure to regale herpagans; and the christians burnt self occasionally with burning
DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS.
KING SOLOMON AND
these learned epistles, to save the philosopher. Observing a clusexpence of firing
ter of bees hovering about a window, he commanded that it should be opened ; it was opened—the bees rushed into the court, and alighted immediately
on one of the wreaths, while not The power of Solomon had a single one fixed on the other. spread his wisdom to the re- The baffled Sheba had one more motest parts of the known world. reason to be astonished at the Queen Sheba, attracted by the wisdom of Solomon. splendour of his reputation, visited this poetical king at his own court. There, one day, to ex
SELF-CONSEQUENCE. ercise the sagacity of the monarch, Sheba presented herself There is nothing in the world at the foot of the throne; in that a man places so high a each of her hands she held a value upon, or that he parts with wreath of flowers, one composed so reluctantly, as the idea of his of natural, the other of artificial
own consequence. Amidst care, flowers. Art, in the labour of sickness and misfortune ; amidst the mimic wreath, had exqui- dangers, disappointments, and sitely emulated the lively hyês death itself, he holds fast this of nature-so that at the dis- idea, and yields it up but with tance it was held by the queen, his last breath. for the inspection of the king, Happy indeed would it be, if it was deemed impossible for virtue, wisdom, and superior him to decide, as her ques- abilities of doing good, were the tion imported, which wreath wreath basis of our consequence ;
but was the production of nature, the misfortune is, we are geneand which the work of art. The rally apt to place it in those very sagacity of Solomon seemed qualities for which the thinking perplexed; yet to be vanquished, part of mankind either hate or though in a trifle, by a trifling wo- despise us. The man of pleaman, irritated his pride. The sure derives his consequence son of David he who had writ- from the number of women he ten treatises on the vegetable has ruined ; the man of honour, productions, from the cedar to from the duels he has fought; the hyssop,' to acknowledge the country 'squire from the himself outwitted by a woman, number of bottles he can drink; with shreds of paper and glazed the man of learning, by puzzling paintings ! The honour of the you with what you do not undermonarch's reputation for divine stand; the ignorant man, by sagacity seemed diminished ; talking of what he does not unand the whole Jewish court look- derstand himself; my lady's woed solemn and melancholy. At man, by dressing like a woman length, an expedient presented of quality ; and my lady herself, itself to the king, and it must be by appearing in clothes unworconfessed worthy of the natural thy of one of her house-maids.