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ployers! It quite rejoiced our heart. The man within. It appeared that a tit-mouse (the Parus of whom we speak, had lived here some eleven major, Joe Bent, or Ox-eye) had entered through years. His countenance . was truly intelligent, the hole at the top of the inverted flower-pot; had and his bearing quite amiable). It would formed a nest on the ground; and was then sitting be unfair not to tell of all our treat. Some thin on ten eggs! The bird subsequently became acslices of home-made bread (of a slightly brown customed to visitors; and would allow the flowershade), so sweet that the taste yet lingers in our pot to be tilted, so that she might be seen on her mouth,-wedded to some home-made butter, im- eggs within. The nest is now filled with eight or parted to that “new milk" a relish which we nine little tits; and it will be a matter of curiosity shall never forget. What is still better, there is to watch how, in the first instance, they will escape a pleasing prospect of its being—“repeated oc- from their confinement, -as some skill and accucasionally. We have some hall-dozen kind“ in- racy of movement must be necessary in order to vites," too, to taste these rarities ("real " milk, pass through the only outlet,—the small hole, butter, and cream) in different parts of Devon- which is some nine or ten inches above, and which shire. On our return, we shall no doubt man- is only just large enough for the passage of the fully resolve to dispense with milk altogether; parent.-H. H. W., Combe Vicarage, Hants, taking our tea and coffee neat. Shall we not June 21. pant for the summer of 1854 !]
Mesmerism as a Curative Power.--I have Metropolitan Fancy Rabbit Show.-As I reported observed several hints in our Journal, from proceedings for you last year, I do so again, with time to time, connected with the subject of mesyour permission. The Club held their summer merism ; and I have noticed your bias in its favor. exhibition (this being their 22nd session) on the Having a card given me, I attended the recent 15th of June. Their place of rendezvous was, Annual Meeting of the Committee of the Mesmeric as usual, Anderton's Hotel ; and as usual, the Institution, held at Willis's Rooms, determined to old respected Chairman, Dr. Handey, was found see if I could understand the mystery. What I at his post. There was an excellent show of rab- heard there was so marvellous, and yet apparently bits; all remarkably healthy, and all finely coated. so true, that I confess I am puzzled. If the cures The club, however, had not been quite so success said to be performed were really performed, we ful as usual in producing the length of ear. Mr. do indeed live in an age of wonders! Would you Parks carried off the first and second prizes. The mind giving me your opinion upon the subject i third and subsequent prizes, were awarded re- feel, my dear sir, that I can trust you safely.-spectively to Messrs. Stinton, Bird, Arnold, Han- Matilda D., Tooting. dey, and Wynne. I enclose you all particulars, [All you heard stated, Mademoiselle, at the for the satisfaction of the curious. [We shall be meeting of June 17 (we were there from first to happy to show the list to any amateur who may last), you may give ready credence to, Earl feel interested.) After the exhibition had Stanhope, Dr. Elliotson, Professor De Morgan, concluded, the Chairman dwelt at large upon and indeed all who deposed to certain facts, are the general views of the Club, detailing entitled to the fullest confidence. You might well its progress, &c.; and wound up by pro- be astonished at what you heard. But this is posing in a bumper “Its continued suc- really nothing to what is in the near distance.
His health was then proposed with ac- What Dr. Esdaile is effecting in India (to the clamations. The same honor was also paid to details of which no doubt you listened in amazetheir Hon. Secretary, Mr. William Jones, and ment) will ere long be effected here. Our medical many high and deserved compliments were paid men, who once affected to despise mesmerism, are him for his great and unceasing exertions to pro- now (secretly) its warmest admirers. They do mote the welfare of the Club. Then followed a not speak well of it, nor practise it, --simply beneat speech from Mr. Jones, which was enthusi- cause it would deprive them of their fees and astically applauded ; and immediately afterwards, credulous patients. This alas! is “human nature." came the "flow of soul." The company were in But the curative power of mesmerism cannot be full festivity until 11. They then evaporated.- hid. It is spreading far and near. OBSERVER.
think of the man who addressed the meeting on
the north side of the room, -and showed how Curious Situations for Birds' Nests.-In one scalds, burns, wounds, bruises, diarrhoea, &c., of the flower-baskets on my lawn (the bark having might be readily cured? Did not his words carry cracked and become partially separated from the conviction with them, and reach your heart? The wood), a blue titmouse has profited by the opening; same with Captain Hudson's remarkable chain of and, passing through a passage of some length facts. The evidence of this wonderful man (what behind the bark, has found sufficient room for its a presence he has !), given as it was with all the nest, and is rearing its young successfully. In the emphasis and earnestness of conscious truthneighboring church of Buttermere, a wren has bore down all before it. Remember, what you filled one of the divisions of a window with its heard were not loose statements; names were cosey domicile, and is sitting on its eggs at a dis. given, and references offered ; so that deception tance of not more than 25 feet from the elbow of was impossible. There is no secret in mesmerism, the preacher when in his pulpit. But the most ---none whatever. We have practised it; you curious situation for a nest, is the following :-In can practise it. We have easily removed pain the garden of a neighbor, a lady had placed a flower- from sufferers ; you can do the same. If you will pot over a patch of sweet peas; and on removing oblige us with your full address, in confidence, we it to ascertain the progress of the flowers, was will explain further, and send you some singularly burprised by the sudden escape of a bird from interesting facts. There is something about your
What did you
epistle (we mean the observations that we have are there every day visible to deceive the cats! not printed), that invests you with a peculiar in- These vermin cannot get at the nests,- but they terest in our eyes. Do not scruple to question us too often take vengeance on the young, when they closely on any subject. You see by the extent of first come abroad. However, we know a “ little our reply to you, that we “read your character, secret ” that infallibly keeps them quiet! Several and admire it ; else should we have been very brief. of the monsters have been carefully watching a Your concluding remark about Dr. Elliotson, is nest, containing a goodly number of young wrens. quite true. Brutally as he has been used by the We have been as carefully watching them. The world at large, and by the medical profession in wrens may come out now all danger is over !] particular, for persevering in his researches after truth, -he is now placed on a pinnacle from which Ornithological Society, Rugby-We have his brethren cannot hurl him down. They once just held our General Meeting (June 13), and hated him ; they now tremble before his influence.] made our new appointments. Since I last wrote
you, we have added many birds both to the FoChickens Nursed and “ Brooded" by a Spanish reign and English Aviaries. In both there are at Cock. — Our Journal being the recognised this time of writing a variety of nests. It being medium of communication for all matters of public a rule however, with our Society, never to disturb interest, I have pleasure in sending you the fol. birds whilst sitting, I cannot at present furnish lowing :-Some two years since, I purchased of particulars. [Your rule for not disturbing Mr. Peck, Wigan, (the celebrated breeder of choice birds whilst sitting, deserves comment. It fowls,) a black Spanish cock. This is a most is a most wholesome regulation. Were it remarkable bird ; for he actually plays the part of more generally adopted, the increase of young mother to a number of Cochin-China chickens, birds, successfully reared, would be very considerwhose parent had unnaturally left them to shift able. Birds are as sensitive as we are; and disfor themselves. During rain, too, I have often like prying curiosity into their family arrangenoticed chickens taking shelter under his wings. ments. Leave them quiet, and they will A few evenings since, I found him in a pen-in rarely fail of their purpose.) In the Foreign company with two hens, each of which had a brood Aviary, the cut-throats built and laid eggs; of chickens. On taking him up, he also was but being disturbed by the glaziers who were covering a number of little ones! I removed engaged above, putting in rough squares of him immediately, and placed him in a pen glass-o diminish the heat of the sun, they by himself; when he became very excited, forsook their nest. They have nested again, spreading out his wings like a broody hen, and laid, and sat. No produce, however, rewarded
clucking” in the hens' vernacular. Amazed their toil. This has disconcerted them. The at this, I turned thirty chickens into the bronzed Manikins, and the weaver-birds, have same pen; when he at once settled down, and made several nests, but they have deposited no induced many of the chickens to nestle down eggs. All the inmates are very healthy. In under his wings. Others perched on his back, March last, our Bishop-bird was habited in a gay and the remainder settled close around him. What and brilliant dress. It had a splendid bright puzzles me still more is, the fact of the chickens orange ruff round its neck—the lower part of its being all strangers to him. For the last three body being covered with feathers like the finest months he has been out on “a walk," and only black silk velvet, and wings and tail fringed with returned a fortnight since. Last year he was the bright orange. It is now changed in appearance father of some very fine chickens. Had he been to the female weaver-bird! The Avidavats have a Capon (I hear these birds are occasionally used moulted four times during the year; and each
nurses''), I should not have marvelled so moulting produces a different change in their apmuch. Can any of your readers account for this pearance. The male weaver-bird becarne greatly curious incident; or tell of any similar circum- altered in moulting. The feathers on the top of stance? For your private satisfaction I send (as its head, and lower part of its body, became pink. you desire) my name and address.-J. S. H. The face now has the appearance of a black mask,
and it has a dark crimson bill. The only change Nest of the Cole-Tit.-I am a dear lover of in the female is, that the bill from red bas birds, Mr. Editor, and so are you. I therefore changed to yellow. The Cardinal in moulting, have pleasure in sending you the particulars of a underwent no change in its appearance. Neither Cole-Tit's nest. A pair
of these pretty creatures did the Spice-birds, Cut-throats, Java-sparrows, have built their nest in an inverted flower-pot, Bronzed Manikins, Shell-parrots or Harlequin size “ No 16.” It is on the ground; and through Bishop-bird. The plumage of the Wax-bills bas the top hole do they go in and out. The nest is become lighter in color, with a beautiful pink unmade the exact size of the pot. It is composed derneath. The Indigo-birds have become more of moss and wool, and is about four inches deep. intensely blue, intermixed with slate-colored feaIn it were deposited, some weeks since, ten eggs. thers. The feathers on the wings and back of Whilst I write, there are ten fine birds nearly the Widow-bird,' changed from the appearance of ready to take wing! I need not tell you how I black silk velvet to a brown color mixed with love these little rogues—nor with what delight I black.-C. J. BROMHEAD, (Chairman) College of shall watch their movements
, and strive to pro- the Deaf and Dumb, Rugby, June 14. tect them from the cats.-W. FOGUETT, Major, Stride House, Newport, I. W.
(We have (just now) several delightful scenes of this kind in our own garden. The birds love
END OF VOLUME MI. us for protecting them. Such droll maneuvres