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VOLUME II.

Oh, speak the joy! ye, whom the sudden tear
Surprises often, while you look around,

And nothing strikes your eye but sights of bliss-
All various NATURE pressing on the heart :
An elegant sufficiency, Content,
Retirement, Rural quiet, Friendship, Books,
Ease, and alternate Labor, useful Life,
PROGRESSIVE VIRTUE, AND APPROVING HEAVEN.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED FOR WILLIAM KIDD, BY

WILLIAM SPOONER, 379, STRAND;

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THOMSON.

AND PROCURABLE, BY ORDER, OF ALL BOOKSELLERS.

AGENT FOR DUBLIN, JOHN WISEHEART; EDINBURGH, J. MENZIES;
GLASGOW, JOHN M'LEOD; 66, ARGYLE STREET.

M. DCCC. LII.

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TO THE READER.

THE TIME has again come round, for us to submit to the Public eye our Collected Sayings and Doings of the last six months.

In our former Preface, we intimated a hope,—a belief, that our CHRISTMAS VOLUME would be even more interesting than that of MIDSUMMER. We trust our prophecy will be recognised as "fulfilled." Our heart has been in our work. It is not therefore a matter for surprise if we should succeed in pleasing.

Let us again predict that, when our next Volume appears, we shall excel even more than we do now. Perfection is worth striving after; and as we are supported by a powerful body of Choice Spirits, we shall pursue it with untiring and unceasing energy.

NEW ROAD, HAMMERSMITH,

January 1st, 1853.

WILLIAM KIDD.

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INDEX TO VOLUME II.

Aberdevine, The, 61

Abstinence from Food in Animals, 122
Affection for Animals, 126
Agitation of Birds, 54
Air and Atmosphere, 322
"All is not Gold that glitters," 158
American Aloe, 316
Cress, 379

Animals, Cruelty to, 235, 283, 297, 376 Absurd Anecdotes of, 11

and their Prejudices, 93

in their proper Places, Dogs, 206 Birds, &c., Art of Taming, 47, 170, 177 Animalcules and their Instincts, 1 Ants, 50, 58, 65, 203

and Fairy Rings, 333 Ant Flies, 188

Ardent Spirits, 32, 60
Artificial State of Society, 104, 200
Ass, Revenge in the, 362

Atheism, a Blow to, 157
Atrophy in Birds, 61

Australian Gold Fields, Panorama of the, 176
Autumn Wild Flowers, 147
AVIARY, THE, AND ITS OCCUPANTS, 277, 308, 340,
371, 403

Birds, 77 Avidavats, 58, 91 Babillard, The, 243

Bamboo, and its Applications, 346

Bed-room Walls, 188

Bees, 41, 69, 155, 172

in Canada, S31

in New South Wales, 378 BIRDS OF SONG-reprinted with additions, from the Gardeners' Chronicle, 3, 20, 45, 53, 93, 99, 115, 132, 146, 161, 179, 193, 211, 227, 243, 261, 277, 308, 340, 371

Is it cruel to confine them? 111

their Affection for their Young, 172 Nests of, perforated; and the eggs removed, 11, 41, 142 Bird-Cages with Painted Wires, 125 Bird-sellers, Tricks of, 395

Blackbird, The, 26

A White, 91

Black-Cap, The, 26, 115, 132, 146, 161, 179, 193,

283

Boarding Houses, 169

Bookseller, An Honest! 158

Brain, Phenomena of the, 143

Breath, The, 35

Bullfinch, The, 273, 300
Cactus, The, 395

Camel, The, 236, 316

Canaries, 9, 58, 60, 61, 74, 75, 186, 187, 395 in the open air, at Maidstone, 9

Canary Shows, 376, 412, 413
Carbonic Acid. 140

Cat, An amiable, 299

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ESSAYS AND SKETCHES.

Affection, 375; Angling, 291; Appearances often Deceitful, 97; Ardent Spirits, England's Curse, 386; August and its Insects, 213; Australia, 234; Auto-biography of a Dog, 279, 290, 325, 341, 354, 374, 389, 405; Beauties of Autumn, 319; Boarding-houses, 169; Character Reading, 280, 312; Childhood, 55; Christmas, 392, 409; Christmas-Tree, The, 306; Confirmation-Day, 358; Dawn of Day, 181; Days without Nights, 271; December, 1852, 360, 414; Delights of the Tea-table, 264; Departing Year, The, 328; Destruction of Birds, 90; Dream, a Remarkable, 250; Every-day Life in India, 87; Field Paths and Country Stiles, 29; First Feeling of Winter, 373; Fish-ponds and Tittle-bats, 390; Floods, 323, 412; Gold, 234; Hanwell Asylum, 257; Happiness, 120; Holly, The, 401; Human Pulse, 94; Human Sorrow transient, 414; Humanising Influences of Summer, 73; Human

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