8 Our Dumb Animals 1 (1875-1876)

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                                            I would not enter on my list of' friends,
                                           Though graced -with polished manners and fine sense:
                                           Ytet   wanting sensibility, the man
                                           TWho needlessly sets foot upon a worm. - CYowper.

Vol. 8.                                                BOSTON, JUNE, 1875.                                                                  No. 1.


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              OFFIcE OF THlE SOCIETY:

              Outline of a Discourse,
   [This is one of the series of discourses which
 the clergymen  of Buffalo have agreed to deliver
 this year in the interest of the Women's Branch
 P. C. A.]
 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee.-Job xii. 7.
   In introducing his topic, the reverend gentle-
 man  referred to the profound platitudes which the
 associates of Job had asserted, and for which Job
 rebuked them  in the words of the text. He  said
 the laborer was worthy of his hire, and the teacher
 is as much a laborer as a toiler; and the beast is
 both a toiler and a teacher.
   This is the law  of religious and social inter-
 course.  The beast not only works for man's ben-
 efit, but teaches him fidelity in that he is true to
 his nature and his mission; and lessons of foresight
 and wisdom   in abundance  prove what  he makes
 for his  needs. Regarding   animals as laborers,

they are worthy of their hire; and the lowest pay
we  can give them  is to treat them kindly. But
in a different sense from that in which the apostle
uses the words,  we  can say the whole  creation
groaneth  and  travaileth in pain; and groaneth
because  of man's cruelty to the creature. It is
necessary, he said, to define what we  mean  by
cruelty. Al though all cruelty involves suffering,
all suffering does not necessarily involve cruelty.
The  surgeon gives pain in setting a broken arm
or limb;  but hurts to help, whereas, if he pro-
tracted the pain unnecessarily and needlessly, then
suffering becomes  a cruelty. That  is, cruelty is
causing unnecessary  suffering. It is not cruel to
slaughter animals for food, because God has made
man   carnivorous.  But to expose  them  to  the
horrors of a crowded and  starving transit across
the  continent, and to slaughter them  by  slow
processes  so that man   may  live more  luxuri-
ously;  and  to torture them  to  illustrate well
understood  processes, here the suffering becomes
cruel.  Yet it is to the credit of humanity that
most of the suffering entailed on them is through
thoughtlessness rather than brutality. And  this
thoughtlessness is part of the Creator's designs;
for if man's faculties were microscopic, either his
life would become  unendurable, or he would  be-
come   the most abandoned   and degraded  of all
creatures.  If he could see the element of life in
all he uses to sustain life, his living would become
burdensome.   Or if he ignored the appeals made
by his sensibilities, and ruthlessly destroyed this
abundant  life, then he would be degraded, since an
emotion disregarded inevitably hardens.
  The  design of the ladies' society for the preven-
tion of cruelty to animals is to measurably check
this thoughtlessness by the dissemination of truth
from the pulpit, press and pamphlet, and  to re-
strain vicious ones by the visitation of a penalty.
In order to carry on this work  they need funds.
The  pecuniary status of this society being crippled
by the prosperity and success of its work, the in-
come  from fines is decreasing rapidly. Hence its
appeal  to the benevolent;  and we  should  help
them  because  theirs is a  work  for humanity.
Nothing  is more  brutal than to  tyrannize over
those who   are weak  and dependent  on us; and
nothing ennobles  more surely than to protect the
powerless.  We  therefore elevate these men, just
in proportion  as we  teach  them  to treat their
beasts well.
  We   should help the society, because theirs is
God's work.   He cares for the cattle upon a thou-

sand  hills, as well as for man.  God's  mercies
extend over all his works. If we  would be  God-
like we must be merciful; and inspiration declares
the merciful man  regardeth  the life his beast.-
Buffalo Courier.

          A  Remarkable Bird Anecdote.
  The  myriads  of sparrows  that  nestle in the
ivy, which clings to, and almost entirely covers the
walls of Christ Church, occasionally display a sur-
prising amount of intelligence in their little acts of
kindness  to each other.   From  a  tree located
about opposite to Northrop's in Church  Street, a
sick or  crippled  sparrow  recently fell to the
ground  and fluttered about the sidewalk in vain
efforts to regain a place of safety. Several of its
little companions gathered around it, and seemed4
greatly concerned  for it, and by their incessant
chirping attracted a swarm   of the little-winged
converts  from the  church  walls. Efforts were
then made   by several of the number  to lift the
helpless bird by catching its wings in their beaks,
but  there seemed  to be  a difficulty in gettig
started together, and the  effort was futile, and
then the  chattering increased perceptibly, as if
there was a general scolding going on. Presently
several of the birds flew away, one shortly return-
itig with a twig~ about four inches long and  an
eighth of an inch thick. This was dropped before
the sick one, and each  end was  picked up  by a
sparrow  and  held up  so that the sick bird was
enabled to catch the centre of the twig in its beak,
and with the aid of the other two it flew over the
fence into the churchyard, and from tombstone to
tombstone   until the church was  reached, when
they disappeared in the ivy, followed all along by
the swarm  of their companions, chirping as if in
great joy. The  whole affair was viewed by several
spectators.-New  Brunswick  (N. J.) Times.
                 Faithful Gray.
  When   the epizotitic prevailed, the two splendid
grays, belonging to one of the fire steamers, were
attacked wit~h the disease.
   One died immediately;  and  in spite of all the
care  and nursing  that the  firemen lavished on
their pet, it was evident the other would soon fol-
low.   He sank lower and  lower, and it seemed as
if he had almost  drawn its last breath, when the
fire alarm sounded.  The gallant creature started,
opened  his eyes, made  a desperate effort to rise
to  his feet, and take his wonted place before the
engine, and fell back dead.- Child's World.

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