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some snow-birds. At Bell Island the obtained. Foxes were constantly troubsame species of birds were seen, and on ling us during the winter, coining right the south side there was a large loomery up to the door after blubber, and would and nests of kittiwakes, dovekies, rotgees, only run a few yards away when anybody snow - birds, and burgomasters. Rein- went out to drive them off. We were geese and brent-geese were seen and shot obliged to shoot some at last as they beon the cliffs seven hundred feet high, but came almost tame. Bears were no nests were seen. At Cape Flora there numerous while we had the water close was a very large loomery, and also many outside the land ice. They would come rotgees, dovekies, kittiwakes, and snow- walking along the edge of the land ice, birds. On the lowland several snow and when they got scent of the house buntings and sandlings were seen, but no would walk right up to it. During the nests were found. The looms lay their dark we killed four or five every month, eggs on the bare rock, and the dovekies except November, but we and rotgees lay them in the crevices of average two a week. One moonlight the rocks. The kittiwake makes a nest night in November there were five or six of mud and moss. The snow-bird makes bears within four hundred yards of the a rudimentary nest of moss and feathers, house, but we could not get a shot at any but of no definite shape. Each species of them unless we kept very still until the seems to occupy a separate part of the bear came up to the house. We never cliff. The rotgees and dovekies left shot a female bear from October to March about the first week in September. 13. This is an important fact. They were Looms were very scarce after September always very large male bears. Several

On September 22 a few burgomas- times on examining the contents of the ters, snow-birds, mollies, kitti wakes, eider stomach we found them full of nothing ducks, and brent-geese were seen, but but grass; but in the spring they gen. getting very scarce. One or two snow erally had been feeding on seals, and buntings still remained on the land on more than once we obtained a good buck. October 13. Three or four snow-birds, etful of oil for cooking purposes out of and occasionally a burgomaster or molly the bear's stomach. Once a bear had were seen hovering around outside the eaten a large piece of greasy canvas which hut which had been erected, and on Octo- had been thrown away and had been ber 28, while we were killing some walrus, blown some two or three hundred yards two snow-birds, two or three mollies, and from the liouse. He then came up to the burgomasters were seen, and remained house and commenced to eat our blubber, for two or three days eating the refuse of but was immediately shot. On February the carcases. On February 8 a snow owl 20 a bear was seen about three hundred

This was the first bird to ar. and fifty feet above the bill at the back of rive. On February 18 two or three flocks the house. Some hands went up with a of dovekies were seen following to the rifle and found that the bear had a hole north-west, and on the 20th there were a there, out of which they could not get it great number seen in the water. On - fortunately for them, as they had only March 2 a lane of water was made close one rifle with them, and that would not go to the land-floe, and it was filled with off, the lock having been frozen. We rotgees and dovekies. On March 9 the never saw any young bear with it. The first loom was seen, but it was not until last time the bear was seen at its hole the end of March that they began to settle was on March 1. No track of a bear on the rocks, and then they would only could be traced up the hill, but the footstop on the cliffs for a few hours and go marks of an old bear and a cub were seen away for four or five days. We were not on the low land, about three hundred able to get up the hill to shoot any until yards to the eastward of the house. No April 16. On April 20 the first snow old she-bears with young cubs were seen bird was seen. A falcon hawk appeared before we left ihe land in June. In July, on April 22, on which day two burgomas. 1881, on nearing Cape Crowther, walrus ters were also seen. On April 24 the were seen lying on loose pieces of ice in molly was seen. On May 6 the kitti- great numbers. Sometimes twenty or wakes came. It was not until about June more were counted huddled up in a heap 10 that the looms remained on the rocks on a small piece of ice. By going quietly for more than two or three days at a time, in a boat you could get within twenty or but after that date the females began to thirty yards of them before they took take their places ready for laying the much notice of you, but after the first eggs, and on June 20 three eggs were shot was fired they tumbled into the

was seen.

water, and would go swimming about and but hardly soft, and now high and loud. barking round the boat, but never at. Thus he wandered, tootling and furtive, tacked us. In September they were very and we following and expectant. At last, numerous on the loose ice round Bell arriving at an old, half-dark, evil-smelling Island, and also in the water off Cape stable he appeared to get excited, gave Flora. On October 28 five were shot vent to still wilder squeaks and squeals, lying on the ice edge. When the day. circled round and round under a big palmlight returned in February, walrus were tree beam, and at last, with an ear-splitconstantly seen swimming about in the ting note, he squatted suddenly down, water. A land foe began to form in dashed his hand apparently upward, and March, and no water remained within clutched a big cobra, which he evidently seven or eight miles of the land, but fre- intended us to believe had been charmed quently on looking with the glass from from above. I say apparently, for I am the hill, walrus could be seen in the water, certain that he lost the brute out of the and on June 13 the land ice broke away, “bosom ” of his blouse. Now this was and on June 15 the five walrus were shot. very pretty, but hardly satisfactory; so A boat that went over to Bell Island re-instead of giving our charmer "backported that walrus were lying in scores on sheesh ” (having a man in authority among the loose ice round about Bell Island. us), we promised him bastinado if he did Mr. Leigh Smith thinks that the walrus not capture a snake in the open. Very leave the country during the winter, but limp about the loins and very yellow did seem to remain in the water, especially if that Arab catiff show through his brown it is shallow. They never saw any signs skin, but we were relentless.

“ Cobro or of their taking the land and lying up for Toko!” and so he searched with the the winter. White whales and narwhal greatest care — not to find what, in fact, were seen in great numbers in September he did not want to find. At last one of and October travelling to the south-east, us spied the tail of a good-sized snake and in June one or two large shoals were protruding from some unnamable rubbish. seen travelling west and west-north-west.” | * Now, my friend, catch us that snake or”

- be tootled not the “or” had taken the music out of him — and, overcoming with a visible effort his shuddering horror, he caught the tail in one hand and rapidly ran the other up the body till he

reached the neck. Pinning this between SNAKE-CHARMERS.

his finger and thumb, he caught up the SOME years ago, when Cairo was the tail of his blouse, and forcing the brute to Cairo of the “ Arabian Nights,” and not close his jaws upon it, tore it out rapidly, the disreputable - looking second - rate again and again, evidently with the intenFrench country town it is now, we in- tion of tearing out the poison fangs, which quired for any possible successor to the he did at last, to a certain extent, to his old snake-charmer whom old Anglo-In. own satisfaction; but he was wary to the dians may remember to have seen playing end, and, instead of putting it into his with his cobras before Shepherd's Hotel. pouch with his old friend, he knotted it After some trouble we lighted on a furtive up in a rag. And so he went his way and Arab catiff, in the usual long blue shirt, we went ours, with a gentle feeling that if girded about the waist to form the upper we had been “done " we were to a certain part into a species of spleuchan or spor. extent aware of the fact. By the way,

In this he seems to keep his dirty unless my memory has utterly given way pipe, his packet of frousty tobacco, and to my imagination, I distinctly remember whatever small portable property he had seeing in 1851 the cobras striking and acquired more or less honestly. With drawing blood from the arms of the old him we resorted to divers ancient stables Arab snake-charmer and his clever boy. and outbuildings in the suburbs, and con. Many wonderful things he did, such as jured him to find a snake. Placing a producing a cataleptic rigidity in the small wooden pipe between his lips he snake, as easily removed as produced tootled quaintly an old Arab air, now low, I things I should like to see again.

From The Field.


the way

THREE SONNETS OF CAMOENS. Slewst him that saw her? He lay dead before. Eu cantarei de amor tao docemente, etc.

What now saith Love? He durst no word

let fall. (A Proëmium to the love-songs: Petrarch, No. 101.)

And who doth silence him! My will be My song of Love I will so sweetly sing,

done. In such fair concord of concerted phrase, That twice a thousand chances Love dis- | What to the Court remained ? Love-longings plays

sore. Shall breasts unmoved with emotion wring.

What there remains to sce? No thing at all.

What glory failed it? This lovely One. I'll so do Love new Life to all shall bring,

RICHARD F. BURTON. Limning nice secrets in a thousand ways, Soft angers, sighs that yearn for bygone

days, Foolhardy daring, Absence and her sting.

Yet, Ladye, of that honest open scorn

My love is more than life to me,
Shown by your aspect, rigorously bland,
I must content me saying minim part:

And you look on and wonder

In what can that enchantment be To sing the graces which your gest adorn,

You think I labor under. Your lofty composition marvel-plan'd,

Yet you, too, have you never gone Here lack me Genius, Lere, and Poet-art.

Some wet and yellow even

Where russet moors reach on and on
Na metade do Ceo subido ardia, etc.

Beneath a windy heaven? -
(The first mention of “Natercia.")

Brown moors which at the western edge FLAMED on the midway firmamental hill

A watery sunset brushes The Shepherd genial-clear, what time 'gan

With misty rays yon sullen ledge stray

Of cloud casts down on the rushes. The Goats from greeny meads, and sought

You see no more; but shade your eyes, To grateful freshness of a cooly rill.

Forget the showery weather,

Forget the wet, tempestuous skies, Under the treën leaves and shadows chill

And look upon the heather. The Birds took shelter from the burning ray;

Their modulate psalmody they fain must stay Oh, fairyland, fairyland ! And air heard nothing save hoarse chirp of It sparkles, lives, and dances ; gryll.

By every gust swayed down and fanned; When Shepherd Liso, lone on grass-grown lea,

And every raindrop glances. Sought where his cruel Nymph, Natercia,

Never in jewel or wine the light wone'd,

Burned like the purple heather; Wailing with thousand weary sighs his

And some is the palest pink, some white,

Swaying and dancing together. "Why flee the lover who fares lost for thee To one who loves thee not?(This wise

Every stem is sharp and clear,
he moan'd);

Every bell is ringing,
And Echo answered (moaning) loves the

No doubt, some tune we do not hear

For the thrushes' sleepy singing. not.

Over all, like the bloom on a grape, Que levas, cruel morte? Hum claro dia, etc.

The lilac seeding.grasses

Have made a haze, vague, without shape, What takest thou, cruel Death? A day all

For the wind to change as it passes. splendid. At what hour diddest take it? At dawn of

Under all is the budding ling day. with scarlet notches, Dost thou intend thy prize ? Intend it? Bossed with many a mossy thing, Nay!

And gold with lichen-blotches. Who willed thou take it? HE that it intended.

Here and there slim rushes stand

Aslant like carried lances, Who 'joys her body? Clay-cold Earth that

I saw it and called it fairyland; pen'd it,

You never saw it, the chance is. How quenchèd was her light? Night o’er it lay,

Brown moors and stormy skies that kiss What saith our Lusia ? She must say her At eve in rainy weather say.

Pronounce on that - what the heather is What say? Great Mary my deserts tran- I know, for I saw the heather. scended.






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From Blackwood's Magazine. I hieroglyphics. Otherwise the small herd. THE LIGHTS OF “MAGA."

boy was thrown entirely on his own re"NOCTES.”


The life was a rough one,

though not uphappy in the fine seasons. Hogg

Out upon the hills from dawn to dusk, Of the men who are the subjects of our tending a handful of sheep or caitle, he three articles, Hogg was undoubtedly the amused himself like a little savage. We most remarkable. For his was un.hear of him running races against time, taught and self-educated genius, which stripping himself of his ragged garments shone with rare though fitful lustre in one after another, and neglecting to go in spite of all disadvantages, and surmounted search of them afterwards, till at length obstacles that were seemingly insupera- either the indecency or the recklessness ble. Even a hundred years ago, the scandalized his employers, and some of Scottish system of parochial education his elder fellow-servants went to recover had brought its benefits generally within the missing clothes. We are always reach of the poor. And Hogg's parents doubtful whether the shepherd is drawing were not only “ decent folk,” but his fa. on fancy or memory in his vivid reminis. ther had raised himself from the station cences,.but that touch of early heedlessof a shepherd to be a farmer and sheep-ness seems characteristic. For in later salesman of considerable substance. Had life James Hogg might have been a man things continued to go well with the sam- of substance had he managed his worldly ily, “ Jamie ” would doubtless have been affairs with ordinary prudence. But sent regularly to school, since his mother though be roved the hills after his beasts was a woman of unusual intelligence. As like a savage, he was not altogether soliit happened, however, the elder Hogg was tary. He is believed to have altered the ruined, and reduced to his originally date of his birthday so as to establish a humble condition, when his eldest boy parallel with that of Burns; but we imag. was a child of five. Not only beggared, ine he did not invent the incident of a to but burdened with debt, his little house childish love-affair as precocious as Byhold was hard pushed to make the two ron's. His first passion was for a pretty ends meet. Each trifle saved or gained little herd-girl rather younger than bimbecame of consequence; and “wee Ja. self. His master bad charged him not to mie," at the age of seven, was hired out as lose sight of little Betty; and “ a herd. His keep was of course in the were instructions better obeyed.” As he contract, but otherwise his wages were says himself in one of his retrospective not extravagant, for he tells us that they musings in after years, he had “ always were fixed for the half-year at a ewe-lamb liked the women better than the men.” and a pair of shoes. Hogg was always But if he indulged in the rustic courtinclined to exaggerate. But we think we ships which meant little, though they in. may believe him when he assures us that spired some of the sweetest passages in from first to last he had little more than his songs, he married well and happily, six months' "schooling,” since the pa. and was a faithful and devoted husband; rochial schoolmaster of Ettrick was care. and if it was his ambition to rival Burns less enough to forget that he had the as a bard, he had few of the greater poet's honor of teaching his letters to the future frailties to reproach himself with. celebrity. He did teach him his letters, We can imagine that the hill-life of the according to Hogg; and in the first spell lonely berd was an unconscious education of scholarship, the child stuinbled into for his future. He had always a vague the Shorter Catechism, which was then a feeling for the beautiful: he loved nature common primer in the Scottish rural dis. | dearly, though the sources of his emotions tricts. It was a year or two later that he were veiled to him; and he merely knew had another quarter, when he mastered that he was happy in sunshine and in just as much of writing as enabled him to storm, and in the changing aspects of the scrawl detached letters in the form of I bleak pastoral scenery. Moreover, though


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