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Some heartless wretch has peeled the bark —'twas
dying sure but slow, Just as the one whose name we cut died twenty
7. My lids had been dry, Tom, but tears came in my
eyes. I thought of her I loved so well — those early
broken ties; I visited the old church-yard and took some flowers
to strew Upon the graves of those we loved some twenty
8. Some are in the church-yards laid — some sleep
beneath the sea But few are left of our old class excepting you
And when our time shall come, Tom, and we are
called to go, I hope they'll lay us where we played just twenty
CV.-BUNKER HILL MONUMENT.
1. I am asked, What good will the monument do? And I ask, What good does any thing do? What is good? Does any thing do good! The persons who
? suggest this objection, of course, think that there are some projects and undertakings that do good; and I should, therefore, like to have the idea of good explained, and analyzed, and run out to its elements.
2. When this is done, if I do not demonstrate, in about two minutes, that the monument does the same kind of good that any thing else does, I will consent that the huge blocks of granite, already laid, should be reduced to gravel and carted off to fill up the mill-pond; for that, I suppose, is one of the good things.
3. Does a railroad or a canal do good ? Answer: Yes. And how? It facilitates intercourse, opens markets, and increases the wealth of the country. But what is this good for? Why, individuals prosper and get rich.
4. And what good does that do? Is mere wealth, as an ultimate end, gold and silver — without an inquiry
as to their use, — are these good ? Certainly not. I should insult this audience by attempting to prove that a rich man, as such, is neither better nor happier than a poor one.
5. But as men grow rich, they live better. Is there any good in this, stopping here? Is mere animal life — feeding, working and sleeping, like an ox,- entitled to be called good ? Certainly not.
6. But these improvements increase the population. And what good does that do? Where is the good in counting twelve millions instead of six of mere feeding, working, sleeping animals ?
7. There is, then, no good in the mere animal life, except that it is the physical basis of that higher moral existence which resides in the soul, the heart, the mind, the conscience; in good principles, good feelings, and the good actions --- and the more disinterested, the more entitled to be called good — which flow from them.
8. Now, sir, I say that generous and patriotic sentiments - sentiments which prepare us to serve our country, to live for our country, to die for our country feelings like those which carried Prescott, and Warren, and Putnam, to the battle field, are good — good, humanly speaking, of the highest order.
9. It is good to have them, good to encourage them, good to honor them, good to commemorate them; and whatever tends to cherish, animate and strengthen such feelings, does as much downright practical good as filling low grounds and building railroads.
1. The wisdom of the Creator has provided animals with stomachs of different kinds, suited to their food and habits of life. Some chew their victuals and then swallow it, while others swallow it first and then chew it over at leisure.
2. As the Almighty never acts without reason, and always proportions the means to the end, we are led naturally to conclude that each of these methods is that most fitted to the animal's necessities, and best adapted to the circumstances under which it is placed in the great plan of nature; and so we shall find it on consideration.
3. Sheep, for instance, being naturally a timid and very defenseless order of animals, are provided with a stomach divided into four parts. By means of this they are enabled, when they meet with a good piece of pasture, to crop it hastily, and swallow it almost whole; it then passes into the first division of the stomach.
4. When the feeding is completed, a portion of this substance is passed from the first to the second division of the stomach; here it is rolled into the form of a ball, and returned to the mouth to be ground finer. After this process, it is once more swallowed, and it passes into the third division of the stomach, and from that to the fourth.
5. By this arrangement these timid animals are enabled to gather and swallow their food whenever they have an opportunity, and to chew it over at their leisure.
6. But the horse is adapted to be the servant and friend of man, and another organization and arrangement has been wisely provided for him.
7. His stomach is small in proportion to his sizeconsiderably less than man's; he is consequently unable to take much food at a time. He requires to be more frequently fed; but by this means he is almost always able to be at his master's service, as we shall presently show.
8. To explain our present subject, it will be sufficient to say that the front of the horse's chest contains his lungs, by which he breathes. Behind them, separated only by a thin kind of skin, is the stomach, destined to receive and digest the food.
9. Each of these organs becomes larger when in use; the lungs occupying more room when the animal is moving about and breathing more quickly. The space they occupy is then so filled that only one of them can be safely distended at a time.
10. The horse can swell out his lungs, and breathe hard, trot, or gallop fast, provided his stomach be empty; he can fill it with safety if he remains at rest, or nearly so, till the food is digested. But if they are both full, the greatest danger is to be apprehended; the horse is sure to be “ blown” almost immediately, because he has no room to breathe, and apoplexy may cause the animal to suddenly drop dead.
11. We have mentioned that the horse's stomach is small compared with his size; and from this we may learn that he is not able to eat much at a time without injury to himself; but he is apt to do this, especially when he has been kept long at work without being supplied with food.
12. When brought home his small stomach is crammed full before any part of it is turned into healthy nourishment to recruit his exhausted frame; he continues eating on, and the diseases called the staggers, megrims or apoplexy are the dangerous and generally fatal result.
13. We may take a hint from this, and see that no horse is allowed to get at an unlimited supply of food. A proper quantity should be given, and no more enough to satisfy his requirements, and then proper time should be allowed for him to digest it.
14. Many a horse has been killed from a fit brought on by the corn-bin having been left open at night, thus giving him an opportunity to gorge himself to death with the tempting food. Recollect this rhyme, which may perhaps serve to recall an important principle to mind:
“Full feed, then rest;
Often feed does best." 15. Horses that are obliged to be at work constantly for a long time, should never leave the stable without a nose-bag, and a liberal supply of feed. When the horse stops for awhile, the bag should be put on, and he be allowed to chew a few mouthfuls — enough to prevent his becoming exhausted.
16. His strength is kept up; he is not able to eat too much, so as to hinder his capacity for work; and the danger of his over-gorging himself in the stable is greatly lessened. This useful implement (the nose-bag) has saved the lives of hundreds, nay, thousands of horses.
The principle I wish to inculcate is this: If we treat animals kindly they will give us love; if we teach them kindly and wisely, they will give us obedience and service; and that such treatment is necessary for the comfort and perfection of both man and beast.