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an immense number of insects. The kingbird is said to catch bees. I have shot two or three, opened their crops, and found nothing but bugs and parts of bugs,— not a sign of a bee. Let him live, for he eats beetles, crickets, grasshoppers and canker-worms.
8. The phebe lives on insects. We shall suffer for our cruelty and ingratitude if we harm this friendly inhabitant of our cow-yards. The bobolink eats crickets, grasshoppers, and spiders. No wonder he sings so lustily.
9. The sparrows — there are several species of them - subsist mostly on insects; they eat only a small portion of seeds. The multitude of small worms that they pick from trees and shrubs is almost incredible. The sparrow is the only bird that seems to have a liking for the prickly green worm that infests the cultivated raspberry; and the European sparrow takes delight in tackling the stronghold of the tent worm.
10. The swallow eats nothing but insects. Almost every species of the smaller birds devour more or less insects, not even the crow excepted. He eats the white grub worm wherever he can find it.
11. The brown thrush, or thrasher, is said to do much injury on corn and other things. This may be partly true; but for every kernel of corn he pilfers I am persuaded he destroys five hundred insects. Some years ago, seeing one of the birds busy about my garden, as I supposed for no good end, I shot him; and in a few days after I shot another one.
12. On opening their crops I found them filled with the large, black bugs that live upon squashes, and poison our cucumber vines — a bug, I believe, that no other creature will eat. Let them have some corn for their pay, if they wish it. I place a high value on the thrasher, as an insect-eating bird; and I love to hear his merry song
J. W. MELL.
LXV.—THE SKATER'S SONG.
1. Hurra! hurra! who cares for the cold?
Winds are rough, but skaters are bold.
2. There are Tom, John, Harry and Isidore,
Jessie and Jane, and a dozen more;
away we run
3. Then away, away o'er the crystal floor;
Away, away from the reedy shore,
Away on our trusty steel so bright. 4. Here's the good old moon, with a kindly smile –
Bless her round face, so friendly the while !
LXVI.-CAPTAIN HARDY AND NATHAN.
1. Nathan. Good morning, captain. How do you stand this.hot weather ?
2. Captain. Bless you, boy, it is a cold bath to what we had at Monmouth! Did I ever tell you about that battle?
3. N. I have always understood that it was very hot
4. Cap. Bless you, boy, it makes my crutch sweat to think of it; and if I did not hate long stories I would tell you things about that battle such as you would not believe, you rogue, if I did not tell you. It beats all nature how hot it was.
5. N. I wonder you did not all die of heat and fatigue.
6. Cap. Why, so we would, if the regulars had only died first; but you see they never liked the Jerseys, and would not lay their bones there. Now, if I did not hate long stories I would tell you all about that business, for you see they do not do things so now-a-days.
7. N. How so? Do not people die as they used to? 8. Cap. Bless you, no.
It beat all nature to see how long the regulars would kick after we killed them.
9. N. What! kick after they were killed ! That does beat all nature, as you say.
10. Cap. Come, boy, no splitting hairs with an old continental, for you see, if I did not hate long stories, I would tell you things about this battle that you would never believe. Why, bless you, when General Washing.. ton told us we might give it to them, we gave it to them,
I tell you.
11. N. You gave what to them?
12. Cap. Cold lead, you rogue. Why, bless you, we fired twice to their once, you see; and if I did not hate long stories I would tell you how we did it. You must know, the regulars wore their close-bodied red coats, because they thought we were afraid of them; but we did not wear any coats, you see, because we had none.
13. N. How happened you to be without coats?
14. Cap. Why, bless you, they would wear out, and the States could not buy us any more, you see, and so we
marched the lighter and worked the freer for it. Now, if I did not hate long stories I would tell you what the general said to me the next day, when I had a touch of the rheumatism from lying on the field without a blanket all night. You must know it was raining hard just then, and we were pushing on like all nature after the regulars. 15. N. What did the general say to you !
16. Cap. Not a syllable says he, but off comes his coat, and he throws it over my shoulders: “There, captain," says he, "wear that, for we can not spare you yet." Now that beat all nature, hey?
17. N. So you wore the generals coat, did you ?
18. Cap. Lord bless your simple heart, no. I did not feel sick after that, I tell you. “No, general” says I,
' " they can spare me better than they can you just now, and so I will take the will for the deed," says I.
19. N. You will never forget this kindness, captain.
20. Cap. Not I, boy! I never feel a twinge of the rheumatism, but what I say, God bless the general. Now, you see, I hate long stories, or I would tell you how I gave it to a regular who tried to shoot the general at Monmouth. You know we were at close quarters, and the general was right between the two fires.
21. N. I wonder he was not shot.
22. Cap. Bless your ignorant soul, nobody could kill the general; but you see a sneaking regular did not know this, and so he leveled his musket at him; and you see I knew what he was after, and I gave the general's horse a slap on the haunches, and it beats all nature how he sprung, and the general all the while as straight as a gunbarrel.
23. N. And you saved the general's life.
24. Cap. Did I not tell you nobody could kill the general? but you see his horse was in the rake of my
gun, and I wanted to get the start of that cowardly regular.
25. N. Did you hit him? ?
26. Cap. Bless your simple soul, does the thunder hit where it strikes ! — though the fellow made me blink a little, for he carried away part of this ear See there! (Showing his ear.) Now does not that beat all nature ?
27. N. I think it does. But tell me, how is it that you took all these things so calmly? What made you so contented under your privations and hardships ?
28. Cap. O, bless your young soul, we got used to it. Besides, you see the general never flinched nor grumbled.
29. N. Yes, but you served without being paid.
30. Cap. So did the general, and the States, you know, were poor as all nature.
31. N. But you had families to support.
32. Cap. Aye, aye, but the general always told us that God and our country would take care of them, you see. Now, if I did not hate long stories, I would tell you how it turned out just as he said, for he beat all nature for guessing right.
33. N. Then you feel happy, and satisfied with what you have done for your country, and what she has done for you?
34. Cap. Why, bless you, if I had not left one of my legs at Yorktown I would not have touched a stiver of the State's money; and as it is, I am so old that I shall not need it long. You must know, I long to see the general again, and if he does not hate long stories as bad as I do, I shall tell him all about America, you see, for it beats all nature how things have changed since he left