9 Our Dumb Animals 1 (1876-1877)

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                                         I  would   not  enter  on  my   list of  friends,
                                         Though =raced with polished manners and fine sense,
                                         Yet wanting sensibility, the man
                                         TVho needlessly sets foot upon a worm.- Covs'per.

Vol. 9.                                            BOSTON, JUNE, 1876.                                                                No. 1.


Animals.


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             An Eider-Down  Dream.
   I once received a beautiful and costly present,
 and I desire to tell you the effect it had upon my
 life. This present was a lovely puff of eider-down.
 It was of purple silk, knotted with exquisite ro-
 settes, scattered here and there upon its lustrous
 surface, and when I spread it out, I longed to sleep
 beneath it, so attractive did it look upon the bed
 of snowy white. I made an excuse to retire early,
 and as I luxuriously ensconced myself beneath the
 rich coverlid, I could not feel its weight, so light
 and airy was it.
   [The writer soon fell asleep, and in her dreams
became  an eider-duck.  In due time a nest was
made, and six children blessed the mother and her
mate.]
  But  one  lovely day, upon  returning from a
distant flight, we found our home destroyed, our
nestlings, who were now ready to attend us South,
with the quivering flesh still warm, and from each
breast the skin had been torn, .and all bleeding,


they  were scattered upon the  shore. We  stood
bereft at once of all joy and hope, for a moment
zazing   at our children thus cruelly sacrificed;
then, as a confused sound reached us, rushed to
hide  ourselves amid the reeds. I felt myself par-
alyzed  with horror, upon  first beholding those
dreadful  beings, who carry devastation and de-
struction wherever they go, recklessly wiping out
.joy and life from God's otherwise happy world.
And   when  they seized the still warm bodies of
those helpless little ones, and tore the skin from
their  heads, with harsh sounds of merriment, I
seemed  to sink out of life, into forgetfulness and
death.  My  agony  and sufferings were so great
that I awoke.  I had lived a bird-life in one little
hour-the   pleasures, delights and pangs of an
eider-duck.  I pondered over my dream.
   A belief is entertained that the touch, in a cer-
 tain somnainbulic state, of some object, reveals to
 the dreamer the true history of that object. I
 arose and examined the robe of my bed.  It was
 truly the downy breasts of the birds, ingeniously
 sewed together, and hidden between  the silken
 coverings, and, as I reseated myself, I thought,
 have I not then known  the true life of the bird,
 whose  own motherly  breast was, subsequently,
 perchance, added to those of her children, under
 which I had reposed P Then there came back to
 my  memory   the fact that my friend had  also
 brought from the north a curious and rare opera-
 cloak, made of the skin of the heads of the eider-
 duck, sewed also in a like manner together.
   Does the fair and fashionable woman who wears
 it, I silently asked myself, sometimes in the
 midst of the gay  crowd, whose  beauty, light,
 warmth and  luxury surround her, does she, amid
 the loveliest strains of music, sometimes feel a
 sudden chill, and hear a mysterious sigh, as low
 and gentle as the sweetest note that falls upon her
 ear P Does she, when she throws the elegant cloak
 about her, and when she hears it praised for its
 rarity and worth, does  she feel suddenly and
 strangely oppressed and sad P Is it the essence
 or spirit of the dead, in birds and animals and in-
 sects sacrificed to our vanity, our love of gain,
 our unnatural appetite, or our crueltv and thought-
 lessness, which so often cause a suffering of soul
 we cannot account for P Is not the atmosphere of
 this world forever filled with sighs, which we hear
 more and more distinctly, as we are lifted nearer
 and nearer to God P
 The  old clock earnestly repeated the hour of mid-
night. I heaped the ashes up into a tiny altar. I


crowned  it with the embers all flushed with rose
and  amber, and offered upon it a sacrifice of all
my   remaining hardness  of heart, and a vow to
treat with respect and tenderness the sacred gift
of  life, to approach with consecrated fingers and
gently remove  if need be from out of my way all
those minute ones who are God's obedient children,
and  to do for the amelioration of their condition,
when  suffering, all that lies within my power. As
the  sacrifice burned and the bright sparks flew
merrily  up the wide-mouthed   chimney, I felt a
new  happiness enter and make  itself a guest in
my   heart.  Thus  my  dream  affects my whole
thought  and life.
   Dear little children, and children of older growth,
 I pray you to protect, love, defend and cherish all
 these speechless ones, whose very silence is the
 strongest of appeals to all that is Godlike within
 you. Dreams  have often blessed the world; why
 not this P-M. U. in New Bedford Standard.
 Our   Exhibition at the Centennial Exposition.
      MAS§ACHUSETTS EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT.
          Main Building, East Gallery, N. 77.
 1. Model of compartment-car for horses.
 2. Model of compartment-car for cattle, with ad-
      justable partitions.
 3. Model of compartment-car for swine,
 4. Remer's  swine-car.
       (These cars furnish conveniences for food,
       water,  and rest.)
 5. Hallett's harness saddle, with adjustable pads.
 6. Boyd's open blinder.
 7. Gordon's duplex whiffletree.
 8. Hale's rubber covered bit.
 9. Leather covered bit.
 10. Raw-hide covered bit.
 11. Wilder's wood covered bit.
 12. Zinc collar pads to prevent galls.
 13. Twenty varieties of horseshoes.
 14. Gyro-pigeon.
 15. Interfering strap.
 16. Wire horse-brush.
 17. Adjustable check-rein.
 18. Cuts of drinking-troughs.
 19. Various books and essays.
20. OUR CENTENNIAL  NUMBER.


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