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Evangelical Miscellany.

MAY, 1830.


A GLANCE Over the collection of birds belonging to the royal cabinet, has enabled us to distinguish a species, which is neither named nor described in the works of systematic writers, excepting perhaps by Dr. Latham, and which, when carefully examined, will be found to correspond with all that the ancients, the monuments, and mummies, indicate as characteristic of the Ibis.

We here present a figure of it. It is a bird somewhat larger than the curlew; its beak is arcuate like that of the curlew, but a little shorter, and sensibly thicker in proportion, somewhat compressed at its base, and marked on each side with a groove, which, proceeding from the nostril, is continued to the extremity while, in the curlew, there is a similar groove, which disappears before arriving at the middle of the beak; the color of the beak is more or less black; the head, and the two upper thirds of the neck, are entirely destitute of feathers, and the skin of these parts is black. The plumage of the body, wings, and tail is white, with the exception of the ends of the large quills of the wings, which are black; the four last secondary quills have the barbs singularly long, attenuated, and hanging down over the ends of the wings, when the latter VOL. III. 3d SERIES.


are folded; their color is a beautiful black, with violet reflections. The feet are black, the legs are thicker, and the toes much longer in proportion than those of the curlew the membranes between the bases of the toes are also more extended: the leg is entirely covered with small polygonal, or what is called reticulated scales, and the base of the toes itself has only similar scales; while, in the curlew, two-thirds of the leg, and the whole length of the toes are scutulate, that is to say, furnished with transverse scales. There is a reddish tint under the wing, toward the top of the thigh, and on the anterior large wing coverts; but this tint appears to be an individual character, or the result of an accident, for it does not occur in other individuals that are in other respects entirely similar.-Cuvier on the Ibis.



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I INFORMED my reader, in the former part of my communication, that I was called down to tea after the conversation I had with Amelia, and found in the parlor a lady just arrived from London, a friend and distant relation of the head of our family.

This lady was a widow, had an independent fortune, and made great pretensions to literature; with a sort of affectation of encouraging the advancement of knowledge in others—but whether she took proper measures for this purpose, or whether she was exactly a judge in these matters, I leave my reader to discover by what follows.

We will call this lady Mrs. Montfort. She was an elderly woman, and was dressed with some attention to fashion. She was talking to Mrs. Markham when I entered the room, and having interrupted herself to pay me some compliment, and to say that she anticipated much pleasure in my acquaintance, she proceeded with the subject which she had commenced before

my entrance. "And so, Mrs. Markham," she said, " as I was observing, I think that by this little plan of mine, I shall be able to give a sort of spur, a kind of excitement, to your young people. There is nothing like emulation, like the desire of excelling. All the fine characters that ever shone in history, the Cæsars, the Pompeys, the Alexanders, the Bucephaluses, the Cleopatras, all these were made what they were by the spirit of emulation. Do you not agree with me, young lady—is not what I say perfectly correct?"

"Really, Madam," I replied, "it may be so, but I do not quite comprehend what you would say;" for truly, I did not quite understand whether the spur she spoke of was a literal or figurative one-being a little confounded by the idea of the introduction of Bucephalus among the heroes of ancient history. In reply to this, the lady explained her plan, and informed me, that she had provided herself with a beautiful jointed doll of superior dimensions, together with a small trunk, including a variety of elegant apparel for this wooden baby; and that it was her intention, with Mrs. Markham's permission, to present this prize to that young lady of the seminary, who should be able to answer such questions as she might think proper to suggest, in the most satisfactory manner. I shall not be hard on your little people, my good friend," she added, with a sort of knowing shake of her head,

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my examinations shall not be too deep; I shall content myself by merely asking such things as every tolerably welleducated child ought to know; and I cannot doubt but that the pupils of my friend Mrs. Markham know all that is right and necessary for children of their ages to be acquainted with. And we will have a gala that day, Mrs. Markham," continued the lady, a gala in your garden, a feast in some of your fragrant bowers, and a dance under the trees; and you shall invite a few friends, and allow me to be at the expence of every thing."


66 Really, madam," said Mrs. Markham, "I know not how to express my sense of your kindness. These little exhibitions give an eclat to a seminary-but permit me to ask you to have the kindness just to point out some book from which you will have the goodness to take your questions."

"I shall use no book," replied Mrs. Montfort, " my exami nations will be merely from the spur of the moment-but I will give you a clue-the English history shall afford my subjects of enquiry; and as I before said, I will not be hard on your little ones-that would not do, my good Mrs. Markham; on no account would that do-I appeal to this young lady."

"There is one thing, Madam, which I wish to remark," I said, "and that is, that public examinations of this kind are not, I think, generally speaking, real tests of the intellectual state of the mind of an individual, because on occasions of this kind much depends on the nerves; and it often happens, that self-confidence will carry the palm in things of this kind from far superior merit."

"I do not agree with you at all in this remark, young lady," said Mrs. Montfort, and she gave me a variety of reasons for her opinion, none of which struck me as being worth remembering. And thus I was convinced, that I had nothing to do but to yield to the opinion of my elders, and endeavor to prepare my little favorite for a contest in which I felt assured that she would fail.

I had, however, a sort of feeling of honor, which seemed to compel me to devote as much labor to the instruction of one orphan, as I did to the other; and in consequence, from that period till the appointed day of trial, I labored without ceasing to give these two little ones as much knowledge as possible of the history of their own country; neither had I reason to complain of any slowness in acquiring ideas in either of my pupils, although they both retained the defects when answering my questions, of which I had always complained.

I had occasion, however, to observe, as soon as Mrs. Montfort's scheme was made known to the little people, that a very bad spirit appeared in the school. From that moment every one seemed to consider her companion as a rival, either to be hated or feared. The expression of innocent and unapprehensive cheerfulness passed away from many a dimpled face, and all that was unamiable and undesirable in the human mind, seemed at once to be called into action.

It is remarkable, that the desire of excellence in divine things, and that of excellence in earthly things, produce a

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