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A BEAR ROBBED OF HER WHELPS.
young, and so extreme the jealousy with which sbe protects them, that no stranger, whether man or beast is suffered to intrude on her soli. tude with impunity. This circumstance finely illustrates the beautiful imagery of the prophet, employed to delineate the amazing change which the Gospel of Christ will be the instrument of effecting in the human heart, and the delightful harmony which will follow in its train :
“And the cow and the bear shall feed;
ISA. xi 7. To the fury of the female bear when she happens to be robbed of her young, there are several striking allusions in Scripture. Those persons who have witnessed her under such circumstances, describe herrage to be most violent and frantic, and only to be diverted from the object of her vengeance with the loss of her life. How terrible, then, was the threatening of the incensed Jehovah, in consequence of the numerous and aggravated iniquities of the kingdom of Israel, jas uttered by the prophet Hosea
“I will meet them as a bear bereaved of her whelps, And will rend the caul of their heart." CH, xiii. 8.
The execution of this terrible denunciation, in the invasion of the land by the Assyrian armies, and the utter subversion of the kingdom, is well-known to every reader of the Scriptures.
Tigers are sometimes brought to this country for shows. They are taken when young, in the following manner. A hunter discovers a den where there are young tigers, and waits till the mother is gone. He then goes to the den, and takes away the little tigers, of which there are generally three or four. They are beautiful little animals, as soft as kittens. Pretty soon the old tigress comes back, and discovers that her young ones are gone. She follows the track of the hunter, and pursues him swiftly, her mouth open, her eyes flashing, and her claws ready and eager to tear ir pieces the man who has robbed her of her little ones. The hunter knowing that he will be pursued, flies rapidly through the thicket. Soon he hears the bounding tigress behind him. He looks back, and sees her coming. He now drops one of the young ones, and continues his flight. The tigress soon discovers her young one, takes it up in her mouth, and hurries back with it. Having deposited it in some safe place, she again pursues the hunter. He soon sees her coming again, and drops another of the young tigers. This is taken up, and carried to the spot where the other is placed. Before the tigress can again approach the hunter, he has probably arrived at some village, or reached a boat, or in some other way placed himself out of danger ; thus having secured one or more of the little tigers. 356
THE CHILD AND FIELDFARE.
FIELDFARE! with thy spotted breast,
Prater, I will prove you wrong,
Think then, child, when I am gone,
A DEATH-BED SCENE. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." One morning in August last year, I received a letter acquainting me with the severe indisposition of a young gentleman who had been my companion at school. His dwelling was a consi
A DEATH-BED SCENE.
derable distance from mine ; but I determined, if agreeable to the will of the Almighty, to see my friend as speedily as possible, for, as the letter told me, he was sick unto death."
The day was beautiful and clear, and the reapers plied their cheerful task, amidst richly laden fields of waving corn. The sun shone brightly; but there was a darkness around my soul, as I thought on my sick friend little prepared to enter an unknown eternity, and the presence of an all-righteous God. He was the eldest son of a large family, and the object of his doting parents' love. Kind, affable, and generous, he was beloved by all who knew him; as well by his father's servants and dependents, as by his friends and relations. Being liberally supplied with money, he entered the world young, and liable to many temptations; but, by the grace of God, through means of a sound moral education he avoided many of the rocks and quicksands of sin. For several years we had been together partakers of each other's joys, and of each other's griefs; but during that time I had never heard him mentiou his need of salva. tion, nor the means of salvation offered to him in the gospel. For the previous nine months I had not seen him, and now I was about to see him stretched on the bed of death, about to bid farewell for ever to all earthly friends, and fall into the hands of the living God. It was late in the afternoon that I reached my