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A Sunday School Lesson.

KINDNESS TO ANIMALS.

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BY DAVID MAcree.

the well to draw water, and drew for all his “ He prayeth best who loveth best,

camels.”—Gen. xxiv. 19, 20 All things both great and small :

Was the Sabbath rest to be for man only ? For the dear God, who loveth us,

No; it was to be also for the dumb creatures He made and loveth all.”—Coleridge.

that work for him.

II. Repeat what is said in Exodus xxiii. 12. Does God remember the birds and the “Six days shalt thou do thy work, and on the beasts? Yes ; " He giveth to the beast his food, seventh thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine and to the young ravens which cry.”—Psa. ass may rest." See also Exod. xx. 9, 10. cxlvii. 9.

What is said about not muzzlıng the ox? What is said in the 104th Psalm ? " He " Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he sendeth the springs . . . which run among the treadeth out the corn."--Deut. xxv. 4. hills. They give drink to every beast of the 13. Were people to be kind only to the animals field ; the wild asses quench their thirst. By that belonged to themselves ? No; they were to them shall the fowls of the heaven have their be kind also to those that belonged to others. habitation which sing among the branches.” 14. What do we read in the 22nd chapter Psa. civ. 10-13

of Deuteronomy? 3. What is said

Thou shalt not see about the grass ? “He

thy brother's ox or causeth the grass to

his sheep go astray grow for the cattle."

and hide thyself from Psa. civ. 14.

them ; thou shalt in 4. What is said

any case bring them about places for the

again unto thy brobirds' nests ? " The

ther. And if thy trees of the Lord are

brother be not nigh full of sap; trees

unto thee, or if thou which he hath

know him not; then planted, where the

thou shalt bring birds make their

it unto thine own nests; as for the

house, and it shall be stork, the fir trees

with thee until thy are her house."

brother seek after Psa. civ. 16, 17.

it, and thou shalt 5. What did Jesus

restore it to him say about God's care

again. In like manfor the bira's ?—"Be.

ner shalt thou do hold the fowls of the

with his ass.”— air ; for they sow not,

Deut. xxii. 1-3. neither do they reap,

15. And what is nor gather into

said about a neighbarns; yet your

bour's beast that has heavenly Father

fallen down ? " Thou feedeth them.".

shalt not see thy Matt. vi. 26.

brother's ass or his 6. What does he

ox fall down by the say about the little Photo by J. B. Beasley) [Gt. Houghton, Northampton.

way, and hide thysparrow ? “ Are not

“ SPRING-TIME.'

self from them; thou two sparrows sold

shalt surely help him for a farthing; and one of them shall not fall to list them up again.”—Deut. xxii. 4. on the ground without your Father.” – Matt. 16. And what about bird's nests ?

bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way 7. Will a good man be cruel to his dumb com- in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be panion ? No; a righteous man regardeth the young ones or eggs, and the dam sitting upon life of his beast.”—Prov. xii. Io.

the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take 8. What did Jacob say about the flocks ? He the dam with the young ; but thou shalt in any said, “The flocks and herds with young are wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; with me; and if men should overdrive them one that it may be well with thee, and that thou day all the flock will die. I will lead on softly, mayest prolong thy days.”—Deut. xxii, 6, 7. according as the cattle that goes before me... 17. What is said in Psalm 37th about the be able to endure.”—Gen, xxxiii. 13, 14.

righteous ? " The righteous sheweth mercy.” 9. What did Rebekah do after she had given a —Psa. xxxvii. 21. drink of water to Abraham's servant ?

" When

18. What did Dr. Doddridge once say about she had done giving him drink, she said, I will a man's religion and his kindness to animals ? draw water for the camels also, until they have He said, “I would not give much for the redone drinking. And she hasted and emptied ligion of a man whose very dog is not the better her pitcher into the trough and ran again unto of it."

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Jurs and their wearers : A Lady's Confession. To

O show how blind one is to one's own seem to blame me, and said goodbye,—but the

failings, I am going to relate how my lesson sank deeply into my soul.
eyes were opened to my gross cruelty I remembered that many animals, killed for

and inconsistency, at a time when I their furs, are trapped. I remembered having erroneously called myself an Animals' Friend! seen a poor little being, in a steel trap, its face I was ill in London, and was for some time of agony, its beseeching eyes. I remembered attended by a doctor whose name I have since another one released, which I had tried to seen printed in the Anti-Vivisection Society's nurse back to health, but which died miserably black list" as a Vivisector. Having always of gangrene. I shuddered when I thought of been a very chilly mortal, with a weak circu- myself, so-called friend of the animals, paying lation, I have been accustomed in the winter out my money so that cruel brutal men might to envelop myself in fur cloaks, fur boas, etc., invade the happy homes of the woodland and never went out driving without a fur rug. creatures ; setting cunning traps to cause hours To show to what lengths I went with regard to of agonised suffering to those merry little furs I blush to have to record the fact that at beings, the squirrels, with their quaint enticing the time I received my lesson in compassion ways. Of course if women did not wear irs, I possessed four sealskin coats, one long otter men would not kill the pretty little owners. coat, boas made from every variety of fur, It is only vanity which causes us to wear fur. long fur-lined cloaks, sealskin capes, shoes and It is so becoming! Cloaks with wadded and boots lined with fur, fur gloves, &c., &c., besides quilted linings are quite as warm and much wearing on my head feathers

more healthy than fur cloaks. taken from innocent birds.

Since leaving off all my furs All these badges of cruelty

and boas I have had very I wore with as little thought

many less colds and I can of how they were obtained as

keep quite as warm with I should wear a lace scarf

wadded garments. Of course without troubling myself as

I do not look so smart, but to who made it. All this time

what of that? All who know I was a vile hypocrite! I

me admire me for being con. blamed others for cruelty, I

sistent. Do let us be consis. called myself a lover of

tent! Do not let us blame the animals,” and I was arrayed

doctors for using animals in in clothing obtained by cruel.

a cruel way, whilst we our. ties and barbarities quite equal

selves use them equally cruelly! in horror to those cruelties

The doctor has a better sound. which our Victoria Street

ing excuse than we have. He Anti-Vivisection Society tries

says that he is trying to gain to stop-cruelties practised by

knowledge to benefit human. men in search of physiolo.

ity. Woman alas! can only gical knowledge.

say, that she is pleasing her. Behold a squirrel writhing in a steel trap self, and trying to look smarter than her caught by one poor little paw (so like a human poorer sisters who cannot afford furs. hand in a fur glove), writhing and crying in

A REPENTANT SINNER. agony, beating its soft nose and bright eyes N.B. – My readers may say “ What did you against the cruel steel, for hours and hours, until do with all your furs when your conscience when the trapper comes, the poor little crea. forbade your wearing them?” I sold all that ture is hardly to be recognised. Its tiny paw I could, and gave the money to various is swollen and bleeding, the Aesh and sinews Animals' Societies, the remaining furs I gave hanging in strings from the leg, leaving the away. Some of the money went to our Victoria white bone exposed, the nose and eyes bruised Street Society in the Anti-vivisection cause. beyond description. All this suffered for hours at the instigation of woman, that she may strip Do Wood PIGEONS INJURE FARMERS' CROPS ? a tiny piece of fur from the back of the innocent -A correspondent from the country writes :victim. What difference is there between the “I have to-day bought in the market a wood victim of this fur-clad woman and the victim pigeon (a beautiful young female bird). I of the Vivisecting doctor? The lesson admin- remarked to the farmer's wife of whom I istered to me by the doctor was as follows bought it that it seemed a pity to kill the (such a few words, but they changed my whole pretty creature. She replied "You would not way of living): One of my many fur-lined say so if you saw them eating our crops.' On cloaks was lying on a sofa, he took it up, preparing the bird for cooking I opened its crop, passed his hand over the soft fur-lining, and and in it I found four grains of barley, a few said simply—“What a beautiful cloak, but it oats, and more than one hundred and fifty small is lined with squirrels' furs. Poor little things! snails, many of them yet alive. The poor bird I wonder ladies like to have them killed; what had well earned the few oats she had eaten hundreds must have been killed to line this one for destroying over 150 destructive snails at one cloak!” He said it in a musing tone, did not meal."—Weekly Telegraph, Sheffield.

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A Brave Fisher Lad-An Appeal.

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DEAR SIR,—You may be interested to hear his only regret is that the Captain's beautiful the following act of heroism shown by a boy in Collie was drowned.-Yours faithfully, saving the life of a cat. Bertie Griffiths,

Lisette HOGAN. thirteen years of age, was got by me, as

Gladwyn, Wrexham, December 14, 1896. having no home, on board the Sooltan. He sailed from Leith about a month ago, on We hope some of our readers may be able to Monday; on the Wednesday he fell from the help this poor but brave lad to a new outfit. rigging overboard, but was saved by a rope thrown to him. On the Friday a storm came on, and the ship was wrecked off Yarmouth ; the life. boat saved the crew, twenty-six in number. They were nine hours in her, and it was bitterly cold. They jumped from the ship to the boat, but Bertie held firm in his arms the poor cat, and told me though he was so cold he kept pussie warm inside his jacket, and landed her safely in the shelter. When asked why he did not save his box instead he said the cat had life.” He is such a plucky boy that, no. thing daunted, he is ready to be off to sea

THE SHIPWRECKED CREW AND THE Car. again, and is appointed to the Mooltan to sail at Christmas, but the sad He is of the right stuff, and more worthy of his part is the boy lost all his outfit, costing £7 ios. race than all the physiological experimenters bed, etc., and now he must have a new one, and bundled together. Remittances should be sent I feel sure many who love animals will help to direct to Mrs. Hogan, who has, we believe, get this boy his outfit. I enclose the photo- made herself responsible for the amount graph. Bertie is seen with the cat in his arms; required.-EDITOR, A. F.

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Regimental pets.

" Toby" of the GUARDS, AND THE CAT OF THE Forty-Twa. In his history of the Coldstream Guards, just duties, his turn of carrying the company's published by Messrs. Innes and Co., Colonel kettles, and other drudgery." The FortyRoss narrates how the regiment's pet dog Second cat, probably the only cat, says Mr. " Toby” amused himself and made the soldiers Forbes, that ever went into action, died at laugh by chasing the enemy's cannon balls Balaclava. that went rolling along the battlefield of the " Pilcher" AND “ DONALD" THE Deer. Alma. Man and dog, they took the deadly In the same book Mr. Forbes narrates the sport as cheerily as it it were a game at cricket. history of the two most famous pets of the At that same battle, the Black Watch had a Black Watch, the dog Pilcher, and Donald the pet cat, christened, from its native land, deer. Pilcher was a brick. He was “ severely Bulgarian Bell. After the fight began, Lieut.. wounded" at Quatre Bras, but “would not Colonel Wheatley asked where the cat was. quit the field.” He was in action at Waterloo. You would have thought the gallant Colonel He marched with his glorious regiment to must have had something more serious to Paris, curling up his tail, you may be sure, to occupy his mind. He must have been the music of the pipes. We suppose Pilcher reassured when he saw Bell quietly watching must have known a Forty-Second man at the hurly-burly (perhaps purring over the sight-from his tartan, his red heckle, his same?) from her corner in a Forty-Twa man's general get up-if he did not know him haversack. Says Mr. Archibald Forbes, in his personally. For if the Regiment chanced to History of the Forty-Second (Cassell), “the be dispersed in detachments on duty in the old man who carried the cat and took care of it country, Pilcher would visit them all in turn. was exempted by the company from fatigue Though he was often long absent on tour, his

his way.

friends never felt uneasy about him. They society, in the chair, a handsome silver collar knew he was paying his visits, and that

was placed around the neck of a retriever dog sooner or later he would return to his head.

known as “Roger," owned by Mr. W. T. quarters. Donald, the deer, who first became

Court, of Strood, in recognition of the sagacity known sixty years ago, always marched at the

it displayed in saving the lives of the captain head of the regiment, alongside of the

and mate of the sailing barge Eliza, which Sergeant- Major." The Dublin folk knew him

foundered in Northfieet Hope on September well, the roughs especially, when they crowded

23rd last. The Chairman briefly related the the Forty-Second guard party's line of march

circumstances. The barge sprung a leak to and from the Castle. A rush from Donald,

while the two men in charge were asleep in head down, would have been as disagreeable

the cabin. When the water began to flow as a bayonet charge ; so the idlers kept out of

into the hold the dog began to bark and to He had his likes and dislikes. He

scratch at the cabin door. The men awoke to loved the Scots Greys, who gave him oats, and

find that the barge was rapidly sinking. They litter to make his bed with. He disliked the

were just able to reach a small boat at the Bays, who, succeeding the Greys, stopped his

stern, when the barge foundered. The silver oats and straw. So Donald * declared war

collar had principally been subscribed for by against all Bays, whenever and wherever they

the members of the sailing barge branch of the approached him, till at last a Bay trooper

society, and was suitably inscribed. could scarcely venture to cross the Royal Square without looking around to make sure that Donald was out of the way." In an evil hour Donald first tasted whiskey, and sherry.

Protecting Wild Birds. The habit grew upon him. Giving Donald At the Brentford Police-court, Mr. Montagu liquor was declared punishable by fine. In the Sharpe, J.P., who is the Chairman of the first forties, the Black Watch, leaving Ireland Wild Birds' Protection Committee, repre. for Corfu, were forced to part with Donald. senting the County Councils of the Home " It was really an affecting spectacle to see Counties, has asked the assistance of the Press poor Donald overthrown, tied with ropes by in spreading a knowledge of the fact that the those he loved so well, and put into a cart to Home Secretary had issued an order still be carried off. His cries were pitiful, and he further extending the close time for wild birds actually shed tears--as, indeed, did some of in Middlesex. Under the previous regulation his friends.” Lord Bandon took charge of him, close time covered the period from February and put him into Bandon. But Donald " de- ist to August 31st in each year, but under the clined having any intercourse with either man present order there would be a close time all or beast .. he harboured in out-of-the-way

the year round for the following birds : places to which no one could approach." He Nightingale, goldfinch, lark, nightjar, woodfell into dangerous habits, and poor Donald pecker, kingfisher, cuckoo, owi, Kestrel, had to be shot.

buzzard, honey-buzzard, merlin, hobby,

osprey, Wryneck, swallow, martin, swift, Faithful Unto Death,

bearded tit, shrike, magpie, wheatear, stoneA poorly-clad, emaciated woman was found

chat, whinchat, red start, Aycatcher, sedge by a constable lying in an unconscious state on

warbler, reed warbler, blackcap, garden one of the seats of the Chelsea Suspension

warbler, wood warbler, willow warbler, chiffBridge, apparently overcome by the cold.

chaff, whitet hroat, lesser whitethroat, long. When the officer attempted to lift her a small

tailed tit, nuthach, wren, golden-crested wren, Scotch terrier that was crouching beside her

wagtail, hawfinch, linnet, bunting, starling, commenced to snarl and show his teeth, in the

landrail or corncrake, and coot. Mr. Sharpe

added that the order had been issued at the belief that some injury was going to be done to its mistress. The constable pacified it and

request of the Middlesex County Council in put it under his cape to carry it to the station,

consequence of the great slaughter of wild whither he intended to go for assistance, but

birds which had occurred at the end of the last the little dog howled so piteously when taken

period of close time. It would also enable away from the woman that the officer put it justices to deal with cases of cruelty, which, back under its mistress's shawl. When he

in the past, they had only been able to returned with help the woman was dead, and

recognize during certain months of the year. the little terrier had laid its body over her face Only the other day some boys were brought in the vain attempt to keep her warm.- Daily

before that Bench, and were proved to have Telegraph, Dec. 2nd, 1896.

caught certain wild birds, torn off their legs and wings, and roasted them alive. As these birds were not “ domestic animals” the boys

could not be punished for cruelty, and as it A Dog's Sagacity.

was not close time they were not in illegal At a special meeting of the members of the possession of the birds. In future the magisAmalgamated Society of Watermen and trates would be able to deal with such cases of Lightermen of the River Thames, held on brutal cruelty at any period of the year and Tuesday evening, December 8th, at the King they would be able to stop the destruction of Henry the Eighth, High Street, Lambeth, Mr. the bird life of the country, which had been Harry Gosling, the general secretary of the

carried on ruthlessly in the past.

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" SUMMER." Result.—The Prize of Half-a-Guinea has been awarded to Mr.Sydney H. BRIGHTMAN, 61, Redland Road, Bristol, for the Photo from which the above has been reproduced.

6The Protection of Birds.

Jui Rickshaw coolies—who, by the way, are We read in the Anwalt der Thiere that in Buddhist Singhalese, and who are located at Riga the sale of singing birds, living or dead, their own “stand”-immediately resolved to is strictly forbidden; and the police are also relieve the suffering animal. Sending the hat instructed to prevent the catching of singing round among the Rickshaw wallahs, a few birds in the woods and gardens. These regula. rupees were collected, the ransom fee for the tions are in force all the year round.

turtle was paid, and the animal was taken lovingly to the sea beach and there it was let

free, amidst a joyous cry of “ Sadhu." But “ Bibi."

alas! the poor animal not being able to get In a delightful book entitled, “ Timbuctoo far out into the sea, owing to its exhausted the Mysterious," recently published by Mr.

condition, was washed to shore later on, and Heinemann, we read of a sergeant of the

was recaptured by some men of the British engineers and a sapper, both French, and in garrison, who made a “merry feast” of it. charge of a railway and telegraph station on

The other scene was more touching than the river Bakoy in the French Soudan, who the turtle episode. It was the joyous thanks. have caught and tanied a young hippopotamus.

giving twitter of several hundred wee “paddy Bibi, for that is the name of their pet, with a

birds." These were caught in the country by discretion unlooked for in such an animal,

a Christian and brought to town for sale—and spends the day in the river, so as not to the same fraternity of Rickshaw wallahs purinterfere with his friends' occupations. They

chased the two big cages of these little birds go to the bank when in want of amusement,

with a small collection they made, and let and call “ Bibi ! Bibi ! ” Bibi's pink muzzle

them free on the Galle Face Esplanade. soon appears ; he looks round for them with With a joyous “tweet-tweet" the wee little his little black eyes, and dripping and wriggling, things disappeared in the air. runs up to be caressed.

I say that the scenes were touching, considering the fact that the Rickshaw wallahs

are ignorant coolies, without any education Taught by the Poor Buddhists. whatever! They profess to follow the Buddhist [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.

philosophy, and their knowledge of it is very

meagre. “ Parrot like,” they will repeat the Colombo, Ceylon, Nov. 5th, 1896.

Buddhist precepts, one of which is to abstain WO very touching scenes have been from taking away "life.” However, their

witnessed in the Fort, near the landing. parrot like" knowledge has instilled into place here, within the last few days. them a keen sense of mercy and love towards

One was that of a sea turtle, which all living things, and moves them to be some Mahommedans had captured and taken animals' friends! Compare these with the for sale for the soup tureen of a hotel. That Mahommedan turtlemonger and the native the animal was suffering was apparent from Christian bird-catcher! Readers mine, draw the manner in which it was carried about. The

your own conclusions !

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