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what will become of a Canary, Bird in the fields ! it will be starved to death! If it be able to find food, and to endure the air, winter, nay, the frosts of autumn, will infallibly destroy it; I wish it were possible to

preserve him.”

She is advised to place an empty cage at the window; the bird, they tell her, will infallibly enter.

The Canary-Bird who, from a beautiful sycamore, observes all, prepares to visit the cage as soon as it is left. He alights upon its top, and, twittering to the other Canary, inquires if he may


take possession without offence? The courteous Canary bids him heartily welcome.

The wanderer waits no longer, but hops upon the perch.


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Portia returns, and the cagedoor is fastened. She surveys her prize with pleasure; congratulates him on his arrival in shelter; and promises to take care of him. The Canary feels much obliged to her, but is dis


appointed that no Mira


While Portia is felicitating herself upon the fortunate acquisition she has made; admiring the beauties of the bird; and rejoicing that they are in her possession, some one observes that Mira has lost her bird, and that, this either very much resembles it, or is the same.

“ Most probably it is the same, cries Portia; - and I wish so with all

heart! The truth was, Mira, upon some trifling occassion, had behaved improperly to Portia ; and these young ladies had never seen each other since: Portia felt, therefore, the greatest pleasure in having this opportunity of bringing about a reconciliation. Being now positively convinced that this bird belongs to Mira, she resolves to restore it to her immediately. The Canary-Bird twitters on the way, thanking the good Portia for her design.



Mira receives with some confusion this favor from her injured friend. She admires the elevation with which Portia overcomes their former little animosities; loves her more than ever; and feels that, those


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