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are found on the western side of the island are reckoned fine eating, but those taken on the eastern are poisonous, which is attributed to some unwholesome sort of food they meet with there, by some imagined to be veins of copperas. This poison, as our author experienced, operates as a violent emetic and cathartic.

We have not yet taken notice of the porpus, a fish common in the European seas, but very different from those found in the American. In his voyage towards the Caribbee islands, Mr. Smith says, they were more than once pursued by millions of porpusses, which swam along by the ship like an arrow out of a bow, though they were thien under a brisk gale of wind. They were at least two hours in passing by after that manner, the sea being covered with them as far as the eye could discern. They jumped up every moment, showing almost their whole bodies. Most of their were five or six feet long, having a head shaped somewhat like a hog's, and in colour, they were not unlike English minnows.--A day or two after, our author observed some of them with noses exactly formed like quart glass-bottles, and full as large; on which account they are not improperly called bottle-noses; but these are much bigger than the others, and differ very considerably from those found upon

the British coasts. The sheep of Nevis have neither horns nor wool, being hairy and smooth skinned, and generally full of red or black spots, resembling those of a fine spaniel. They breed twice a year, if not oftener; bring usually two, three, or four, lambs at a time; and, what is more extraordinary, they suckle them all. The rams are of a pale red colour, with a thick row of long straight hair hanga

ing down under their throat, from their lower jaw to their fore iegs. They have likewise plenty of goats, which, as well as the sheep, are very prolific. --Their porkers, being fed with Indian corn; Spanish potatoes, and sugar-cane juice during the crop-time, are very white and excellent food; their fowls, especially their turkeys, of which they have great plenty, are the same; their veal is small, fat, and white; but their beef is lean and tough.

At Nevis, it seems, they have excellent gamecocks, and fierce bull-dogs, notwithstanding the vulgar notion that they degenerate out of England. They have also cur-dogs; but no hounds nor spaniels, there being no game for them in that istand. Some of the negroes are said to eat dog's-flesh ; in which case the dogs, both of the bull

and cur breed, are apt to fly outrageously at them; and the people there imagine they know them to be dog eaters, by some particular scent.-What our author adds is very remarkable, viz. that he never once heard of dog's running mad at Nevis, (notwithstanding the heat of the climate) as they too frequently do in England.

The most usual birds at Nevis are a small kind of screech-owls, noddies, spoon-bills, pelicans, wild and tame pigeons, and ground doves, which last are about the bigness of a lark, of a chocolatecolour, spotted with a dark blue. Their heads are like that of a robin, and their eyes and legs are of a fine red. Here are likewise a few birds called mountain-thrushes, which are very fat, and resemble the English ones; and at one season of the year the island is visited by a few swallows.

As to animals of the lizard kind, Mr. Smith particularly takes notice of the guana, though he

never saw above three or four of them during his stay at Neyis; which scarcity he imagines may be in some measure occasioned by their flesh making excellent broth, and tasting deliciously, as he was credibly informed. From the nose to the end of the tail they are about a yard long, of the shape of a lizard, but walk far more upright upon their legs, ard their eye (if possible) exceeds the lizard's in beauty. They are all over covered with scaly spots, each as broad as a silver penny, some of a deep black, and others of a perfect yellow, They are very harmless creatures, even to a proverb.

Lizards are very numerous in Nevis, from ihree inches to a foot in length ; but they are too well known to require a particular description, There is a strange circumstance, however, mentioned by Mr. Smith, relating to a musical noise supposed to be made by the united voices of lizards, guanas, snakes, grasshoppers, &c. which we believe the reader will not be displeased to have an account of. As soon as day-light is well shut in, the said soft and agreeable noise begins, to de scribe which fully and truly he acknowledges he wants words to express his ideas. To give as just a notion of it as the nature of the thing will admit, imagine that in a mild and still summer's night, instead of the croaking of frogs and toads, you hear millions of the softest melodious notes strike

almost at once, into as high a key as music can possibly rise to; and, though they seem to form no particular tune, yet are sweet and soothing beyond comparison. Our author thought the aninials sung in concert; for when they were up at the highest key, they would all of a sudden stop together, and then presently swell their notes, and resume their wonted harmony as loud as before.


At other times they would raise and fall their notes in the most enchanting manner, and thus would their music last till day break. When he first heard them, he was so delighted that he stood motionless for some minutes; and afterwards left his company in the house, and went out six or seven times on purpose to listen to their bewitching music; and he affirms that he could not fall asleep for it till some hours after his getting into bed.

"In short," says he," among many other reftec tions of that kind, it brought to memory Adam's answer to Eve, when she enquired why the moon and glittering stars should shine all night long, and exhibit so glorious a sight to the earth, when wel come sleep had shut up all eyes :


6 These have their course to finish round the earth
By morrow evening, and from land to land
In order, though to nations yet unborn,
Ministering light, prepared they set and rise ;
Lest total darkness should by night regain
Her old possession, and cxtinguish life
In nature and all things, which these soft fires
Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat
Of various influence foment and warm,
Temper or nourish, or in part shed down
Their stiller virtue on all kinds that grow
On earth, made hereby apter to receive
Perfection from the sun's more potent ray.
Thesc then, though unbeheld in deep of night,
Shine not in vain; nor think though men were none,
That Heaven would want spectators, God want praise ; :
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the carth
Unsecn, both when we wake and we sleep:
All these with ceaseless praise his works behold
Both day and night. How often from the steep
Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard
Celestial voices to the midnight air,
Sole, or responsive to each other's note,

Singing their great Creator: Oft in bands

nightly rounding walk,
With heavenly touch of instrumental sounds
In full harmonic numbers joined, their songs
Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to heaven..

" Surely these supposed heavenly bands could not afford much finer music than' did these little creatures. To be plain, my delighted soul joined most chearfully with them every night in ardent and repeated liallelujahs to the omnipotent source of harmony and love.-Our blessed Saviour, in addressing a vast multitude of people, who had thronged about to behold his stupendous miracles, and to hearken to his truly sublime sermons, doth aver, that even Solomon in all his glory was not so richly arrayed as a common lily of the Oriental fields. An incontrovertible truth; for the nicest art is but a very faint imitation of nature. Now in my opinion, Solomon was in his highest elevation of glory, when he dedicated his beautiful temple to the great Jehovah; and yet I firmly believe that when the trumpeters and singers on that solemn occasion were as one to make one sound to be heard in praising the Lord, and when they lifted

up their voices in concert with the trumpets, cymbals, harps, psalteries, sack buts, and other musical instruments, they, even then, could not excel the harmony of these little creatures with which I was serenaded every night.”

Among the insects found in Nevis, and other neighbouring islands, some travellers mention a curious onecalled the flying-tyger, because its body, like that of a tyger, is marked with spots of various colours. It is about the size of a large beetle, has a sharp-pointed head, and two large eyes as green

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