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the king's palace and the tent of the alınost magic power of disappearance at warrior. We remember the consterna- the critical moment, are no doubt known tion created at a performance of Indus- to all our readers—from books-and trious Fleas, at a royal palace, on the his skill in escaping is graphically exContinent. The king and his infirm pressed in the definition of the Frenchqueen were present, and a small circle man, who heard a flea mentioned, and of courtiers and ladies crowded round exclaimed: "Ah, ze flea, ze leetle anithe white marble table, on which the mal; you catch him, you put ze finger poor little creatures were performing upon him, and he is not zere !" No their waltz. A miniature arena had wonder that the incessant persecution been formed of cardboard on the top of which he has to endure should, at the a musical box; at one end sat the or- end of so many generations, have develchestra, composed of fleas, each tied to oped these faculties in the highest dehis seat, and having a paper in the shape gree. If Mr. Darwin's theory is true, and color of some musical instrument that the crane acquired its long neck attached to his feet. Two little crea- and long legs by persevering search tures were fastened to opposite ends of after fish, the flea may well claim his a short piece of gold-paper, so as to magnificent legs as the result of the turn their backs to each other, and set work of ages. It is true, they are lean, down in the middle of the arena. The and we cannot help admiring the marbox was wound up, and commenced to vellous skill of the tailor whom Goethe play; the performers, feeling the jarring has immortalized in his famous song: of the box, or, if you would believe the
« There was once a king owner, hearing the music, waved their
Who had a big flea, hands wildly about, as if engaged in an
He loved him not a little,
As much as his son. elaborate piece of music, and the two
Then called he bis tailor, dancers began to whirl round and round
The tailor came in ; as fast as their legs would carry them.
There, measure lim for a suit,
And measure him for breeches !" The king, a man of great humor,
Those happy days, we fear, are gone; laughed heartily, and asked for a repeti- and although he continues, as in the tion; but behold! when all was ar
he no ranged again, one of the waltzers had poem, to plague high and low,
longer can boast that escaped. Thereupon was great consternation and horror; the fugitive must be
He was dressed superbly, recaptured, both to enable the perform
Had ribbons on his coat, er to obey the royal mandate, and to
Had crosses in plenty,
Was minister at once, relieve the unlucky victim. The trainer
And had a diamond star, bares his arm, and sure enough, the fugitive cannot resist the temptation of
Were great and high at court." an early meal. Before he has well com- Now he is, like Cain, a fugitive and menced, however, he is seized and put a vagabond on the earth, and every into his place. New laughter and uni- one that findeth him slayeth him. And versal amusement! All crowd around why? Simply, because he does not to see the waltz once more; when sud- allow his sword to become rusty, and denly the little rebel kicks, and performs makes good use of the weapon which the wildest antics, and the embarrassed he has received from Nature for his trainer has to confess that the captive support and his defence. Fortunately, is not his old pupil-but a new-comer! there is at least one nation upon earthThe king laughed louder than ever, but a branch of the coming masters of the the performance was ended, and the earth, the Lithuanians—who seem to fee, upon which the unlucky owner had have a fairer appreciation of the little counted, fell far below his expectations. gentleman in black than other nations
The animal is not generally so easily boasting of a higher civilization. Their captured; his marvellous agility, his favorite national ballad sings thus :
“In velvet and in silk
Then all his brothers also
" The wolf, the little woll,
Our own particular friend, however, is The son of the forest,
strictly limited to the lands above the Steps from the forest, Out on the meadow,
thirty-first degree of northern latitude; Tears the young calf,
his cousins living beyond are rude, unTears the little foal
civilized barbarians. They increase in That is his labor.
size as they approach the tropics; and * The fox, the little fox,
eren Italy can already boast, if we may The son of the forest,
believe the well-known fresco on the Glides from the forest
white-washed inn of Bellinzona, of a Out to the fium-yard, Seizes the gosling,
race, four of whom are strong enough Murders the pullet
to carry away a stout English man bodiThat is his labor.
ly, in order to suck his blood at their
Farther south they boast of per. “ The dog, the little dog, The guardian of the houso,
fect hosts, and the observing travellers Barks, and bites
who may have looked down the streets The heel of the robber,
of Rome or Naples on a hot day in July, Frightens the thieves, Drives away vagrants
when they glow and gleam in the steamThat is his labor.
ing heat, will have noticed, with mixed
feelings of wonder and terror, how the “ The flea, the little fica,
very dust seems to be enlivened, and The thirsty, lusting flea, Drinks the sweet blood;
everywhere bold leaps of glistening At break of day,
grains of black announce the perpetual He wakes the maid-gervants
carnival held there by an excitable race. To milk the rich cowsThat is his labor.
As they come still nearer to the cqua
tor, they not only grow to gigantic pro“ Tho bee, the little bee,
portions, but are filled with true southThe child of the meadow, Hums in the heather,
ern passion. While the ordinary flea is Bringeth the finger,
called only the Irritating in catalogues The ear, and the face,
of science, the chica of Surinam is justly Gives us sweet honeyThat is her labor.
named the Piercing. Her sword is al
most as long as her body, and yet she “Oh man, oh little man!
wields it only to provide a home for Look at the bee !
her diminutive children. Lurking in Do you sting like her The heart, the little heart !
cotton plantations, in the hot sands, she
prepares herself for the dread sacrifice, To the sore, wounded heart
by which alone she can hope to rear a That is thy labor."
fainily: espying a careless, barefooted Nor is this the only race of men who traveller, she pounces upon him, digs value his services and honorably place her weapons deep into his skin, and him by the side of the faithful dog and without stopping to enjoy the blood of the industrious bee; for it is well her victim, she gives birth to a number known that pious Hindoos believe him of young. But in giving life she deto hold the soul of great and good men, votes herself to death; her children feed and build him large hospitals, where he first upon her own substance, and then is nursed thrvughout life.
begin to attack the surrounding walls The interesting family of our little of flesh and blood. It is now only that gentleman has its distinct branches in the unlucky victim becoines aware of various parts of the globe, each with its the strange guests he has unwittingly peculiar characteristics. The friend of received ; and quickly a native woman our blood is, of course, found in all is called in, who, with dainty finger and zones and in all portions of the earth; a pointed needle, removes the intruders; for wherever man has penetrated, there then she puts some tobacco-ashes on his faithful companion has followed the wound, and it heals quickly, “moro him, unmindful of climate and danger. quickly, often,” says a quaint traveller,
Give then sweet comfort
" than the wound caused by the coal- his course of training and discipline, black eyes of the fair surgeon.”
and although he knows full well that, Another cousin lives high up amid once entered, he is doomed to hard the eternal snows of Alpine regions, labor for life, he determines to make the and bears the name of the great natural- best of it, and to learn to do his duty. ist, not unknown in our country, who The hardest lesson seems to be to him, first discovered him in his researches
as to many among us, that what he Dessor. If the little gentleman of the thinks he can do better than others, is tropics is insatiable in his bloodthirsti- the very first thing he niust learn to ness, his icy kinsman, on the contrary, forget. Nature has made him a leaper is the most abstemious of his race, for like no other on earth ; man binds him he lives where human life is impossible, to a chain, golden though it be, and and perhaps never tastes blood. The teaches him, like a child, to walk and invisible remains of organic substances, not to spring. Poor little fellow! Bewhich the waters of glaciers bring down hold him fastened to a bit of card-board, from mysterious sources, or receive at which works on a pin like a pivot; ho times through the agency of winds and gives a tremendous spring forward, but storms, are all the provision Nature all that he achieves is to advance in a makes for his support; and yet he circle, hampered and hurt, moreover, thrives on the frugal diet so well, that by the weight of the card. Like a wise all the crevices of the great blocks of man, he gives it up after a few frantic ice are black with the myriads there efforts; and soon he walks as steadily assembled. If his table is poorly pro- and as demurely as the old horse in the vided, he enjoys, on the other hand, the mill, who also once loved to kick up advantages of a powerful spring, which his heels in a fragrant meadow. A he alone boasts of among all his kin- short fortnight generally suffices to teach dred, and by means of which he sur- him this lesson, and then he is ready to passes in his leaps the greatest achieve- engage in other pursuits.
Some are ments of his less-favored relations.' put into harness to draw Queen Mab's Thus he lives, happy and contented, on gilt coach, and soon they learn to pull the very confines of animal life, where the heavy, lumbering structure at a deadly cold prevents all other exist- pretty good pace: no garden-snail could
Often and often he is frozen up hope to overtake them. Their virtue in masses of ice, and careful observers is strength, for they are only four to have noticed that he may remain thus drag the weight along, and yet every frozen for a number of days, and still pane in the coach weighs more than revives under the influence of slowly- a hundred of the tiny black horses. returning warmth, to begin his merry Others are drilled into fair soldiers, life anew. Favored with an iron consti- and although the double-quick is apt tution, he endures with like philosophy to lead to an occasional pirouette or the intense heat of the summer-sun, re- entrechat, well known to the stage, but flected from the dazzling snow and ice, a horror in the eyes of the drill-serand thus proves once more the high geant, they march along pretty well, capacity and rare endowments of the. and would make no unfair Chasseurs nearest friend of man.
d'Afrique. Still others join the artilThat he has such talents be proves by lery. The bravest among them is his docility and the readiness with tightly secured to a tiny post before a which he submits to good training. tiny cannon, and to his foot is fastened The elephant, giant of brutes, is not the end of a feather tipped with demore willing to work nor more intelli- tonating powder. At the proper time gent in doing his duty than the dwarf the exhibitor presses this end, with his of dwarfs, the little gentleman in black. wand, upon the touch-hole of the canHe is no sooner found to be strong non, and off it goes with a sharp reenough to do service, than he begins port, which makes the lookers-on jump
a little. But nobody is more astonished' cate tastes—why else should he show at the performance than the tiny can- such a decided preference for the dainnonier. He fourishes the burnt re- tiest blood, and make Ovid already mains of his lintstock madly about in warn the young girls of his age against the air, his legs kick about violently, this “bitter, hostile plague ? - but his little head, with the cunning eye, also with a mind superior to that of all bobs furiously up and down, and alto- other insects. In his reckless, restless gether he is the very picture of alarm life, his perfect freedom from restraint, and excitement. No doubt he says to and his merry warfare against none himself: “So much noise, and so little other but the very highest of all created blood ?"
beings, he presents himself as the one Thus the little gentleman in black witty thing that Nature has done; and proves his capacity for civilization, and we hope that our readers, even if weary sacrifices himself for the amusement of of so small a subject, will at least selfish, merciless men. Nature has evi- not walk away “with a flea in their dently endowed him not only with deli- ear.”
ELIOT'S INDIAN BIBLE.
A copy of Eliot's translation of the Bible into the Indian language is now only a valuable literary juriosity. The title is “ Up Biblum God," which means, The Book of God.
“ Up Biðlum God !” And is thy work now ended ?
-while thou canst move our holiest tears,
To spread thy Light in these millennial years !
A triune wonderworker, stern and dread ?
The Book of God, the soul's perennial Bread !
THE PATHWAY OF A GREAT ENTERPRISE.
EARLY in the month of June, 1866, bles among great boulders. Mount near the termination of a dreary and Washington itself would scarcely fill trying winter's sojourn, the writer of one of these great valleys. this article stood in the heart of the The point at which I then stood was Sierra Nevada, on the route which about six thousand five hundred feet was soon to be traversed by that great above the level of the sea, or seven connecting chain of the two oceans—the hundred foet below the highest point Pacific Railroad. As yet there was no to be reached by the railroad. vestige of civilization observable, except To gain some idea of the magnitude of here and there a few cross-sticks nailed this but partially known mountain-range, rudely together, to mark the “ Dutch let us return to the point from which I Flat wagon-road;' not a stone was set out-a place where for four dismal, turned nor a tree hewn for the purpose lonely months I had taken up my habiof forwarding the great work. I had tation--and there take a most extended come to a halt, after some fifteen miles and thorough observation ; for in this of snow-shoe travel in a fierce, driving stronghold of Nature there is much to snow-storm, As I halted, the storm be seen, and it seems as though all ceased, and the sun came out warm, grandeur were here congregated. bright, and refreshing, while from the With this intention we will take our great deep valleys about me rolled out position on the ledge of rocks which the heavy clouds, revealing some of crowns Prospect Mountain-located in Nature's grandest handiwork, and open- latitude 39° 30' north, and about twenty ing out, as the misty curtain melted miles to the westward of the heart of away, some of that sublime scenery of the Sierra. our own land which can only be found We are now twelve miles from the in the far Western borders. After a nearest point of the railroad routedeal of surmising as to my precise local- which lies to the south of us-but still ity, I found myself close at the foot of have an extended view of the portion Red Mountain. Before me lay the which it traverses, our elevation being yawning valley, to which I had just nearly nine thousand feet above the seadescended, hemmed in on either side level. Looking southward, we see a by its thousands of feet of solid moun- grand conglomeration of small and great tain-wall, whose ragged sides frowned summits, whose bald tops tire the eye darkly upon the little brook which with their brilliant snowy whiteness. struggled its way among the rocks and To the left stands out boldly Donner snow at their feet. Peering up in the Peak, memorable in the history of these distance, their snowy tops shining in mountains as being the sad winterthe clear spring suvlight, stood, like home of those from whom it derives its two grand sentinels, Fremont's Peak name, At its foot rests one of the most and Castle Mountain, their steep sides beautiful of lakes, the shores of which mottled here and there with clumps of are now associated with a tragic tale, pine-trees, like black patches on their almost too horrible for belief. In the surface. Over ten thousand feet these winter of 1849, the Donner family, led two magnificent peaks urge their heads thither by the tempting reports of fabu. toward heaven; and here, in this very lous fortunes to be won by little labor, valley, might be placed our boasted encamped by the lake, and were there White Mountains of New England, and snow-bound by one of the fierce storms their presence would be as that of cob- which frequent the region.