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YOUTHS' MAGAZINE;

OR

Evangelical Miscellany.

DECEMBER, 1829.

THE GYHAL OF THIBET AND NEPAUL.

THE cantonment of Barrack poor is very pretty, consisting of a large village inhabited by soldiers, with bungalows for the European officers and other white inhabitants who are attracted hither by the salubrity of the air, the vicinity of the governor's residence, or the beauty and convenience of the river. In the park several uncommon animals are kept: among them the Gyhal, an animal of which I had not, to my recollection, read any account, though the name was not unknown to me. It is a very noble creature of the ox or buffalo kind, with immensely large horns, and a native of Thibet and Nepaul.

It is very much larger than the largest Indian cattle, but hardly, I think, equal to an English bull: its tail is bushy, and its horns form almost a mass of white and solid bone to the centre of its forehead. It is very tame and gentle, and would I should think, be a great improver on the common Indian breed of horned cattle. There is also another beautiful animal of the ass kind, from the Cape of Good Hope, which is kept in a stall, and led about by two men to exercise daily. They complain of its wild and untameable spirit, and when I saw it, VOL. 11. 3d SFRIES.

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had hampered its mouth with such an apparatus of bit and bridle, that the poor thing was almost choked. It is extremely strong and bony, of beautiful form, has a fine eye and good countenance, and though not striped like the Zebra, is beautifully clouded with different tints of ash and mouse colour.

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HEBER.

EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL OF A TRAVELLER.

(Continued from page 376.)

THERE are few situations more painful to the mind than that which arises from a feeling of entire solitude in the midst of a great and populous city. There is enough of sorrow in the absence of those to whose society we have been daily accustomed for any length of time, to occasion a deep impression of the sense of loss." But there is something still more affecting, and more depressing in the consciousness that you are, as it were, alone in the congregated crowd of a multitude of human beings, not one of whom is conscious of your solitude or your loneliness-not one of whom views your situation with sympathy, or who would "smile the less," if, by some dreadful catastrophe you were cut off altogether from the land of the living.

It was with a deep feeling of such emotions as these, my dear Harriet, that we awoke the first morning after our arrival in Edinburgh, and the sounds which first saluted our ears, so different from the " bleating of the sheep, and the lowing of the kine," which we had been accustomed to hear from the lawn and pasture grounds that surrounded the beloved dwelling of our dear friends at G, that they startled and annoyed I was cheered, however, mamma, and I may say, afflicted me. when on looking out from the window, I observed through an opening in the streets, that it commanded a fine view of the Forth, the shipping in the road stead, the light-house on the island, the opposite coast of the county of Fife, and the beautiful scenery which adorns the environs of this city. We spent the morning in perambulating the streets with some friends to whom we had introductions, and after viewing the ancient

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