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smooth-shaven lawn” — which is Saturday before his being spirited surrounded by drooping evergreens, away. I happened to see him, myrtle, ivy, and laburnum-affording through a back upper window, standglimpses at almost every point of ing silent and unresisting in the the blue bay and cliffs beyond, and midst of a goodly trough of soapdight with lustrous patches of rho- suds; and when, some two hours dodendrons, dahlias, drooping fu- afterwards, my daughter herself had schias, and red and white roses. combed so much of his hair as was How poor Tickler took to scampering left, I will be bound that there was over the emerald lawn, and darting not a sweeter dog in Christendom. about among the shrubs- rolling I know, while saying this, that Pil over and over, wildly jumping up (the Vicar's Skye) is within a hunagainst ourselves, and saying as dred yards, and not unworthy of
, plainly as dog could say, who had commendation ; but still he is not just travelled some hundred and fifty Tickler, and besides, let my reverend miles, chained up in a dark dog-box, friend wait till Pil'shall have been “ "If this isn't Paradise after Purga- stolen, clipped, disfigured, and distory, I am not Tickler II. !” We guised, as Tickler has been ! “Aha," were, however, quickly reminded of said he to me when I said this to the passage in the foregoing letter him, “but there are no dog-stealers relating to the disfigurement which in my parish !” the thieves had inflicted upon him. What do you think the miscreants had done? Cut off the hair close,
SYMPTOMS OF IMPROVEMENT. round each eye, as well as at the top Each succeeding day made a difof the head and sides of the mouth, ference in Tickler for the better. leaving two long tufts at the end of Wholesome and select victuals (we the jaws; also cutting away the hair are celebrated for our chicken and from his breast and the back of his mutton bones in these parts), plenty neck : so that the first idea he sug- of pure water, fresh air, and exercise, gested to us was, that they must
frequent sea-bathing, and a mind at have intended clipping him into a
ease (except perhaps when he reverts resemblance of a French poodle! the to the dismal past, or shudders as he wretches! Imagine a Skye poodle ! asks himself, “Am I to be stolen And it was pitiful to feel his ribs and again ?"), are doing their work well, backbone, so sharp were they, and and telling their own tale. In fact, well defined! When, moreover, sub- he was himself, a few days ago, unjected to the test of suspension by der my own eye, made unpleasantly his fore - paws, his lightness told conscious of the fact that he was no heavily of six weeks' scanty feeding! longer the barebones he had come
The first moments of wild joyous- hither. We have a little ornamental ness over, poor Tickler eyed me very iron gate, opening from the lawn on solemnly, as I did him in turn; and
the carriage sweep; and the morning in his eyes, looking mournfully out after he came, he squeezed himself of his bald face, was plainly written with perfect case under the open _“Isn't it a shame?” Neverthe
space between the gravel and the less, in due time, he gave a good ac- bottom of the gate. This feat, howcount of some chicken bones, to ever, he performed with visible dailywhich he afterwards added nearly increasing ditficulty, and at length half a tumbler of spring-water, and fairly stuck fast! to his great alarm, then lay down on the lawn, to con- manifest in his countenance; and it template the lovely scene before and was only a desperate effort that got around him, and contrast it with him through. I have not seen him Pancras Street and St Giles's !
make the attempt since ! The next morning beheld the important operation of his elaborate, thorough, and indispensable ablu
TURES? tions, as will appear when it is borne in mind that in all probabi- Why not, since his predecessor dįd ? lity his last had taken place on the I was naturally curious to hear some
WILL TICKLER II. RELATE HIS ADVEN
as an arrow.
thing about the seventy days' capti- land-slip), but which had flitted vity of Tickler II., and took occasion about before him only like little several times, when we were alone, shadows or ghosts ! for he never to intimate my wishes. As he did could get at them, or even near them. not seem inclined to respond, I took “Isn't this lovely, Tickler ?” said for granted that he happened to be I, thinking it just the very nick of "not i' the vein ;." so I resolved to time to get him into talking humour. seize what I conceived to be a highly He looked up at me silently, with favourable opportunity, and then ask almost a human expression in his him plump; and if he refused, learn eye, and his tail wagged gently. the reason why.
Rather different this from St Not far from where I am writing Giles's-eh, Tickler ?" He lay with is a stupendous land-slip, which has his nose between his paws, and his eyes become in time, mantled as its un- fixed on the ocean, his tail straight even surface is with green-sward and
From a faint motion luxuriant foliage, a scene picturesque about his nostrils, I fancied him and grand whichever way the eye smiling, as if inwardly tickled by turns. On a lovely morning, or something or other.
. rather early noon, in this pleasant “ Tickler! Tickler !-Good dog, month of September, I sallied forth Tickler!" said I, coaxingly. He rose to enjoy the sublime scenery, silence, slowly, stretched himself after his and solitude afforded by this land- usual fashion, with evidently an exslip. How unspeakably fresh, pure, quisite sense of enjoyment: suddenly and beautiful looked everything his whole nature seemed roused, and above, around, below-earth, sea, he was off like a shot after a rabbit sky!
A powerful steadfast N.E. that had just caught his eye far bewind had fairly routed the black neath! Vain-in short, utterly vain battalions of sullen rain-clouds which - were all subsequent entreaties and had so long chilled and oppressed the blandishments; the little dog perearth, and distressed its inhabitants, sisted in maintaining, in the strictest and driven them clean out of sight, sense of the word, a dogged silence. even into the far west ; while the Everything, however, turns out for sun, in his glory, shone in the cloud- the best, and so it did in the present less sky, cheering the souls that had case, as the reader will see; for I been so long deprived of his beams have now something to tell him very (truly the light is sweet, and a plea- far exceeding in wonder and interest sant thing it is for the eyes to behold anything which I have hitherto comthe sun), and warming the earth municated. I shall have to draw largeinto fruitful luxuriance. Before me ly on his trust, but am not conscious stretched to the right the boundless of having done anything to cause my blue waters ; to the left they formed drafts to be dishonoured. If I am a charming bay, nothing visible on about to exhibit my much-loved dog either but a tiny glistening, sail or in quite a new aspect, and disclose a two. I sat on the summit of a startling interference with the laws grassy knoll, my book lying unheeded regulating things visible and invisibeside me, my chin leaning on my ble, material and spiritual, I cannot hand, and I gazing around me, with help myself; for Truth is Truth, and an occasional sigh of appreciation. No never more so than when it necessound entered the ear save that of the sarily involves complete contradicsea-far, far, beneath, faint and soft, tion, and absolute impossibility. I as it kissed the sands, or dashed in was once myself a confirmed ungentle dalliance against the base of the believer in the reality of what I am cliffs, which looked down upon them now as certain of as that I formerly in awful silence Tickler also seemed disbelieved it. penetrated by a sense of the beauty of the scene, for he lay stretched at my
TICKLER II. AND THE GREAT MEDIUM! feet, looking towards the sea, motionless, and once or twice sighing. “It's all very easy to laugh, and He had had two hours' sport in chas- say Pho! pho !” replied my friend; ing the rabbits (sole tenants of the “but the Wonderful and the True
have always to encounter incredulity except the Medium, who won't anand ridicule as their appointed foes, swer questions.” over whom they always triumph !” “But suppose my Tickler goes
“Just consider for a moment- through the window after the poodle, “I've already told you he's to be and I never see him any more- --what at Lady -'s this evening, as a the wiser shall I be ? and yet By special favour. She is young and the way, I forget I may learn from beautiful, and has become a believer, bim, before he sets off, who and where and has prevailed on the great man the rascal is that took him on the to show some of his prodigious do 28th June last-that will be someings, in order to try to overcome thing.
But did the poodle
at St Cloud say anything before he “But on a dog !---It's preposter- started ?” ous!”
“It's already,” said my friend, “My good friend, everything hu- looking at his watch impatiently, man or animal yields to his aston- “ half-past five o'clock, and the thing ishing and mysterious influence. A begins at nine. We have to dine, and distinguished Parisian savan as- Lady -—'s is at least six miles off. sured me personally that the opera- My carriage is in the lane; and if tions on a poodle at St Cloud the you like, you and Tickler may jump other day, overwhelmed and filled in, and we'll see what comes of it.” every body with awe.
The poodle There was no withstanding my rose slowly from the floor towards friend. So, after much misgiving, the ceiling, and, when midway, float which the dog also appeared to ed several times gracefully round share, we both jumped into the the room, with a wrapt air, the carriage, followed by my friend, and white tuft at the tip of his tail softly off we drove.
I became very brushing against the nose of an au- thoughtful as we went along; and gust spectator, who seemed trans- resolved, with the Great Medium's fixed with awe--the Medium majesti- permission, to ask Tickler, first, cally waved his hand towards the Who had stolen him on the 28th window, which noiselessly opened, June, and where the rascal now was?" and, in the presence of the august secondly in the interests of natural person referred to, three members of science), “Why does a dog generally the Institute, the Archbishop of turn round three or four times before Paris, and the British Ambassador, he goes to sleep?". If he answer the poodle floated through the win- me both, or either, of these questions dow, the Medium informing us, in satisfactorily, I may become a betones of dulcet melody, that it was liever, and perhaps, also, even gone to have an interview with the Medium myself. Dog of Montarjis !”.
" Bless us :-Well, what has be- Can it be? Are there any longer come of him?”
such things as Laws of Nature ?-Oh, “ Become of him? No one knows, Tickler!
THE REPUTED TRACES OF PRIMEVAL MAN.
GEOLOGISTS and Archäologists of these were submitted to the Emuhave recently somewhat startled the lation Society of Abbeville, but he public, by announcing the discovery, published a more elaborate descripin the north-east of France and the tion of them in 1847, in a remarkadjacent corner of England, of sup- able work, Antiquités Celtiques et posed indications of the existence of Antediluviennes, where their several the Human Race in the remote age forms are accurately delineated, and when these tracts were inhabited by the situations under which they were the extinct Elephant, Rhinoceros, found are carefully stated. Strange Hippopotamus, and other mammals, to say, his announcements awakened whose bones are preserved in the but little attention, notwithstanding Diluvium, or great superficial deposit their startling nature, and the charattributed to the last wide Geological acteristic alertness of his countryinundation.
men to advance in any freshly-opened These indications are of the nature track of research. He appealed with of rudely-chipped lumps of chalk-flint, little success to the archäologists and fashioned to serve the functions of geologists of France, for a recognition hatchets, knives, and other tools, of his facts, until 1854, when M. and, it is conjectured, of instruments Rigollot of Amiens, a Corresponding of war likewise. They occur in not in- Member of the French Institute, a considerable numbers in the gravel- highly scientific antiquary, and a quarries or sand-pits of Abbeville and sceptic in regard to M. de Perthes's Amiens, and also at a few other spots conclusions, undertook a scrupulously bordering the wide valley of the River severe investigation of the phenoSomme, more sparsely on the Seine, mena. A prompt and frank recanat Paris, and at one locality in Eng- tation of his doubts by this learned land---namely, Hoxne in Suffolk. It archæologist, in a pamphlet entitled, is estimated that the total number of Mémoires sur des Instruments en Silex these "worked fints,” exhumed since trouvés à Saint Acheul près Amiens, their first detection by their eminent et considérés sous les Rapports Géolodiscoverer, M. Boucher de Perthes, giques et Archéologiques, drew the atof Abbeville, some twenty years ago, tention of the Institute at last to the exceeds 1500, and may even approach subject. Soon afterwards several other 2000 specimens.
skilled observers-M. Buteux of the The first recognition of these in- Geological Society of France, and M. teresting relics was not an affair of E. Hebert, a Parisian Professorof Geochance, but the result, as M. de logy, among them—visited the locaPerthes assures us, of a systematic lities on the Somme, and confirmed search for traces of antediluvian man, the genuineness of M. Boucher de undertaken by him subsequently to Perthes's discoveries. It is only the year 1838, at which date he pub- within the last two or three years lished a learned work, entitled De la that the subject has attracted the Création, in which he stated his con- notice of British scientific men. The viction that sooner or later such indefatigable Dr Falconer-at present traces would be found. For ten years so zealous an explorer of the kindred he examined with scrupulous care problem of the antiquity of the and diligence every exposure and ex- human remains lately found in some cavation in the so-called diluvium British and other caves—first pointed throughout the Departments of the out to some of the members of the Somme, the Seine, and the Lower Geological Society of London, the Seine ; and though he failed to disco- high importance of M. Boucher de ver any actual remains of man himself, Perthes's researches. Thereupon, he found many specimens of artifi- Mr Joseph Prestwich, already well cially-shaped flints, showing marks known for his successful examinaof a human origin. His first accounts tions of the superficial deposits of many parts of England, addressed implements, itself but a part of the himself to a scientific study of these still greater problem of Primeval French ones containing the worked Man. flints.” This able geologist submitted a paper on the subject to the Royal Society of London in 1859 (see Proc. Roy. Soc. vol. x. no. 35, p. 51), in which, abstaining from theoretical considerations, he expressed his belief that the flint implements are the work of man-were found in undisturbed ground and are associated with the remains of extinct mammalia ; adding, as his opinion, that the period was a late geological one, but anterior to that at which the surface assumed some of its minor features.
Mr Prestwich has re-examined the French localities several times, and lately presented another more amply illustrated memoir to the Royal Society of London, which is soon to appear in print. Other distinguished British geologists have corroborated the statements of M. de Perthes and Mr Prestwich. One of the most interesting of these recent verifications of the authenticity of the flint-implements is a communication by J. W. Flower, Esq., to the Geological Society of London, read June 22, 1859, and printed in the Society's proceedings, vol. xvi. p. 190, and entitled, “Ön a FLINT IMPLEMEZT recently discovered at the base of some beds of DRIFT GRAVEL and BRICK EARTI at St Acheul, near Amiens.” This paper is important in the history of M. Boucher de Perthes, with the the subject, for its authenticating the liberality and frankness for which he actual finding of a good specimen of a is distinguished, not only opened his wrought flint, by a competent explorer rich museum of specimens from the (the author himself), who“ found it gravel - pits to my inspection and lying at a depth of 16 feet from the study, but generously placed in my surface, and about 18 inches from possession nearly the whole literathe face of the quarry, to which ex- ture of the subject, as well his own tent the gravel had been removed" extensive works as numerous meby him. Annexed is a cut of the moirs by his distinguished French very specimen, on one half the scale colleagues. Besides examining other of Mr Flower's lithographed repre- lesser collections of the "flints” and sentation of it in the Quarterly Jour. mammalian bones exhumed from the nal of the Geological Society. Diluvium, I gave my close attention,
My own visit to the gravel-pits of during several days, to the gravel Abbeville and Amiens, the results of quarries themselves, whence these which I propose to embody in this materials were procured, repeating communication, was made in August my visits to them until my mind last, under circumstances sufficiently was assured of its ability to decipher propitious for gaining an insight into their contents as a great physical the conditions of this question of the record. I make these personal statetrue nature and import of the flint- ments simply as my title to the can.