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That said the duty of a child
Was all that love affords; But doubting to repair to her
Whom he had banished so,
He bore the wounds of woe :
And tresses from his head,
With age and honour spread.
He made his hourly moan,
Did seem to sigh and groan.
He passéd v'er to France,
To find some gentler chance.
Of this her father's grief,
Him comfort and relief.
In brave and gallant sort,
To Aganippus' court;
So freely gave consent
To fame and courage bent.
To repossess King Lear,
By his Cordelia dear.
Was in the battle slain;
Possessed his crown again.
Who died indeed for love
She did this battle move,
From whence he never parted ;
That was so truly hearted. OLD BALLAD.
Pig Punting in New Zealand.
HE pig was introduced into New Zealand by Captain
Cook, and now runs wild in those parts not much inhabited. As a cheap means of procuring food the colonists hunt these wild pigs, in which pursuit they are assisted by dogs.
The country is very mountainous, and covered
mostly with high fern, so high in some places that a good-sized man cannot see over the top of it. This makes it a difficult matter to catch them; but by the aid of one or two dogs, the search is generally successful. The dogs enjoy the sport as much as the men ; and when they cross the track of a pig they follow him by their power of smell, as owing to the height and thickness of the fern they are unable to see him. They continue the chase till they come up to the pig. When the pig discovers, by the rustling of the fern, that the dog is after him, he seems to be aware that it is for no friendly purpose; so instead of going to meet him he tries to get as far away from him as possible. But he soon finds out that the dog is more than a match for him in speed, and he is therefore obliged, in self-defence, to turn round and face him.
The dog having thus brought the pig to a stand begins to bark loudly, which has the effect of informing his master,
be a mile or two behind, that he has found a pig. By the direction from which the sound proceeds he is able to follow the track of the dog. On arriving at the seat of war, the scene is
similar to two boys about to fight. The big boy says "You hit me!" The lesser boy, “If you hit me, I'll hit you.” These charges often end in words only, without the two culprits proceeding to blows. The case of the dog and the pig is much the same: the pig looks at the dog, as if daring him to attack, but does not attempt himself to molest the dog. The dog, on his part, is quite content with having brought the pig to a stand, and aims at keeping him there till his master comes up. The pig's attention is so taken up with the dog, that the hunter is generally able to creep quietly up behind, and take hold of his leg. This exploit is attended with some personal risk: as in some cases, when
the man is just in the act of seizing his leg, the pig, alarmed by the rustling of the fern about him, turns round and charges him. The only resource then left him is to get out of the way of the infuriated animal as quickly as possible. If, however, his attempt is successful, and he has one of the hind legs of the pig tight in his grip, he throws him on his back and kills him without much difficulty. He then puts him on his back and carries him home, which is rather tiresome work, as the distance in some cases is seven or eight miles.
Myself and a friend went out one day with a couple of dogs, one of which was very old and had no teeth. We had not gone more than a mile before the dogs found a monstrous old boar with large tusks, which made his appearance rather formidable. The dogs seemed to be aware of the dangerous nature of these sharp-pointed weapons, which he carried on either side his mouth, and also of the power and agility with which he could use them against an enemy, as they kept at a respectable distance from him. The old dog which had no teeth seemed to be aware of the fact that, although it was dangerous to approach too close in front of this ugly gentleman, it was quite safe, if practicable, to creep up behind him and take hold of his tail. This he did, but Mr. Pig, strongly objecting to such unlooked-for impertinence, instantly turned round with the view, I suppose, of causing the
Ι dog to release his hold. The dog, however, had solved the problem beforehand, for he saw that if he could only get hold of the pig's tail, let him turn about as he would he could not hurt him. The pig, being ignorant of this fact, became very excited, and redoubled his efforts in trying to attack the dog; but the dog bravely kept his hold, and raced round and round with the pig, who, of course, at the end of this singular performance was as far off the dog as at the beginning. The affair was very amusing, the more so as the dog having no teeth, we were surprised how he managed to hold on so long. After we had killed him, he was so heavy that we were obliged to get a horse to carry him home.
It is often remarked that necessity is the mother of invention. It occurred to me one day, when carrying a pig home, that it would be better to tie a rope to his leg and drive him home, as the labour of carrying such an animal five or six miles was by no means trifling. I suggested the scheme to a friend who was with me, who said that he should be afraid to try it, at any
upon a large boar, for fear he should turn round and show fight. I stated we could avoid that danger by taking two pieces of rope, one to go in front and the other behind, so that if he attempted to attack either person the other could hold him back.
We agreed to try this plan, and went out next day prepared to do so. In about an hour the dogs found a pig, which we caught without much difficulty. He was small-not weighing more than six score. We immediately put our plan into operation; but at first the result did not answer our expectations, as the little fellow, true to the instincts of his race, turned to go in almost every direction but the one required. Patience and perseverance, however, guided by good judgment, generally prevail. This we found, for after we had got him out of his particular locality, he ran the rest of the way as well as if he had been trained. When we got home we put an end to his troubles, and made a fire with some drift wood, which heated the water required to scald him. So you see we were privileged with the luxury of eating pork pie all the year round in that far-off land.
Gulliver in Lilliput.
CHAPTER I. ACCEPTED an advantageous offer from Captain William Pritchard, master of the Antelope, who was making a voyage to the South Sea. We set sail from Bristol, May 4, 1699, and our voyage at first was very prosperous.
In our voyage to the East Indies we were driven by
a violent storm to the north-west of Van Diemen's Land. At that period the ship was wrecked, and all the crew were cast upon the mercy of the waves. For my own part I swam as fortune had directed me, and was pushed forward by wind and tide. After struggling in the water for some time I found myself within my depth; and by this time the storm was much abated. When I got to the shore of the country upon which I was then cast, I advanced forward nearly half a mile,
but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants; at least I was in so weak a condition that I did not observe them. I was extremely tired; and with that and the heat of the weather, I found myself much inclined to sleep. I lay down on the
grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my life, and, as I reckoned, about nine hours; for when I awoke it was just daylight. I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir; for, as I happened
I to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground; and my hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the same manner.
I could only look upwards; the sun began to grow hot, and the light offended my eyes. I heard a confused noise about me, but in the posture I lay could see nothing but the sky. In a little time I felt something alive moving on my left leg, which advancing gently forward over my breast, came almost up to my chin; when, bending my eyes downward as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human creature, not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands and a quiver at his back. In the meantime I felt at least forty more of the same kind following the first. I was in the utmost astonishment, and roared so loud that they all ran back in a fright; and some of them, as I was afterwards told, were hurt with the falls they got by leaping from my sides on to the ground.
However, they soon returned; and one of them, who ventured so far as to get a full sight of my face, lifting up his hands and eyes by way of admiration, cried out in a shrill but distinct voice, Hekinah degul; the others repeated the same words several
but I then knew not what they meant. I lay all this while, as the reader may believe, in great uneasiness. At length, struggling to get loose, I had the fortune to break the strings and wrench out the pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground; for, by lifting it up to my face, I discovered the methods they had taken to bind me, and, at the same time, with a violent pull, which gave me excessive pain, I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side, so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches. But the creatures ran off a second time before I could seize them; whereupon there was a