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manage, until he came to that commanding situation. But what was our astonishment when we discovered that not one lamb of the flock was missing! How he had got all the divisions collected in the dark, is beyond my comprehension.
The charge was left entirely to himself from midnight until the rising sun; and, if all the shepherds in the forest had been there to have assisted him, they could not have effected it with greater promptitude. All that I can say is, that I never felt so grateful to any creature under the sun as I did to my honest Sirrah that morning."
A shepherd, in one of his excursions over the Grampian Hills to collect his scattered flock, took with him (as is a frequent practice, to initiate them in their future business) one of his children about four years old. After traversing his pastures for a while, attended by his dog, he was compelled to ascend a summit at some distance. As the ascent was too great for the child, he left him at the bottom, with strict injunctions not to move from the place. Scarcely, however, had he gained the height, when one of the Scotch mists, of frequent occurrence, suddenly came on, and almost changed the day to night. He returned to seek his child, but was unable to find him, and concluded a long and fruitless search by coming distracted to his cottage. His poor dog also was missing in the general confusion. On the next morning by daylight he renewed his search, but again he came back without his child. He found, however, that during his absence his dog had been home, and, on receiving his allowance of food, instantly departed. For four successive days the shepherd continued his search with the same bad fortune, the dog as readily coming for his meal and departing. Struck by this singular circumstance, he determined to follow the dog, who departed as usual with his piece of cake. The animal led the way to a cataract at some distance from the spot where the child had been left. It was a rugged and almost perpendicular de
scent which the dog took, and he disappeared in a cave, the mouth of which was almost on a level with the torrent The shepherd with difficulty followed; but, on entering the cavern, what were his emotions when he beheld the infant
eating the cake which the dog had just brought to him, while the faithful animal stood by, eyeing his young charge with the utmost complacency! From the situation in which the child was found, it appeared that he had wandered to the brink of the precipice, and then either fallen or scrambled down, the torrent preventing his re-ascent. The dog, by means of his scent, had traced him to the spot, and afterwards prevented him from starving by giving up a part, or perhaps, the whole of his own daily allowance. He
appears never to have quitted the child night or day, except for food, as he was seen running at full speed to and from the cottage.
Mr. Hogg says, and very truly, that a single shepherd and his dog will accomplish more in gathering a flock of sheep from a Highland farm than twenty shepherds could do without dogs; in fact, that without this docile animal, the pastoral life would be a mere blank. It would require more hands to manage a flock of sheep, gather them from the hills, force them into houses and folds, and drive them to markets, than the profits of the whole flock would be capable of maintaining. Well may the shepherd feel an interest in his dog; he it is indeed that earns the family bread, of which he is himself content with the smallest morsel ; always grateful, and always ready to exert his utmost abilities in his master's interests. Neither hunger, fatigue, nor the worst treatment, will drive him from his side, and he will follow him through every hardship with. out murmuring or repining. If one of them is obliged to change masters, it is sometimes long before he will acknowledge the new owner, or condescend to work for him with the willingness that he did for his former lord; but, if he once acknowledges him, he continues attached to him until death.
We will add another story of the colley, and proceed. It illustrates the memory of the dog. A shepherd was employed in bringing up some mountain sheep from Westmoreland, and took with him a young sheep-dog who had never made the journey before. From his assistant being ignorant of the ground, he experienced great difficulty in
having the flock stopped at the various roads and lanes he passed in their way to the neighbourhood of London.
In the next year, the same shepherd, accompanied by the same dog, brought up another flock for the gentleman who had owned the former one. On being questioned how he had got on, he said much better than the year before, as his dog now knew the road, and had kept the sheep from going up any of the lanes or turnings that had given the shepherd so much trouble on his former journey. The distance could not have been less than 400 miles.
Buffon gives an eloquent and faithful account of the 1 sheep-dog; "this animal, faithful to man, will always preserve a portion of his empire, and a degree of superiority over all other beings. He reigns at the head of his flock, and makes himself better understood than the voice of the shepherd Safety, order, and discipline, are the fruits of his vigilance and activity. They are as a people submitted to his management, whom he conducts and protects, and against whom he never employs force but for the preservation of good order. If we consider that this animal, notwithstanding his ugliness, and his wild and melancholy look, is superior in instinct to all others; that he has a decided character in which education has comparatively little share ; that he is the only animal born perfectly trained for the service of others; that, guided by natural powers alone, he applies himself to the care of our flocks, a duty which he executes with singular assiduity, vigilance, and fidelity; that he conducts them with an admirable intelligence which is a part and portion of himself; that his sagacity astonishes at the same time that it gives repose to his master, while it requires great time and trouble to instruct other dogs for the purposes to which they are des| tined ; if we reflect on these facts we shall be confirmed in the opinion that the shepherd's dog is the true dog of nature, the stock and model of the whole species.”
MEMOIR OF ELIZA KENNY GORE.
Though the Jamaica Wesleyan Methodist Association has existed for more than 16 years, yet I believe this will be the first article on Jamaica matters you will have read through the pages of your pleasing miscellany. And why should Australia be able frequently to communicate cheering and stirring intelligence for the use and benefit of the young readers of the Juvenile Companion, and Jamaica not have a word concerning the progress of the work of God among those who are the Sabbath School scholars of the Association in Jamaica ? The fault has been with us in Jamaica; we have neglected to send information to the Editor! On this occasion I wish to give you an account of a dear young girl, once a member of the Sabbath School of one of our country stations, but now numbered among those precious ones 6 who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb" and are in the upper temple, joining the glorious choir, and worshipping Him, who, in her life-time, was not ashamed to be called” her God.”
Eliza Kenny Gore, was born March 18, 1838. Previous to the visitation of cholera in this island, in November 1850, her parents were not connected with any church;
but Eliza, with her sisters and brothers, all of them younger than herself, were members of our Sabbath School at the Providence Chapel. Eliza was the teacher of a class, and from her amiable temper was much beloved by the senior teachers and the children. At home she was particularly useful in taking care of her younger brothers and sisters, and in sharing with her mother in many of the duties of the house. Her father was an overseer, and a day school being established on the property where her parents lived-under the superintendence of the late Rev. Robert Johnstone and his two amiable and excellent daughters, Eliza became a pupil, and by her steady persevering habits and general good conduct, soon won the affections of her teachers, and experienced much of their attention and kindness. To the Misses Johnstone, Eliza was much attached, and from them she received much profitable instruction. In November, 1850, it pleased the Ruler of the Universe to visit Jamaica with that terrible scourge the cholera, by which Eliza and thousands of others fell victims. The following account of her sickness, sufferings, patience, earnest pleadings for the pardon of her sins, and her happy death, has been forwarded to me by Miss Johnstone, who watched at her bedside during the whole time of Eliza's illness, and assisted much in directing her mind to the Lord Jesus Christ-the children's true Friend.
“Eliza was seized with cholera at 12 o'clock on Sabbath, the 15th December, 1850. Severe vomiting and purging continued till evening. When her illness commenced, she was told, that it would in all likelihood prove fatal, and that she must prepare to die. She requested prayer to be offered
up for her, and joined heartily in it herself. About 7 o'clock of the same evening, she earnestly requested that Mr. Hyams should be sent for, when he came, she said, “My sins are not pardoned,” and then besought him to pray with God for her. Upon his asking her whether there was anything she wished him particularly to pray for-she replied “Yes, that if I die, I may be with Jesus.” After this she became tranquil, until midnight, when on turning and seeing Miss Johnstone, she looked at her earnestly and