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than another species of bee uniformly displays. The earwig appears to hatch her eggs with the maternal assiduity of the hen, and to allow no opposing interposition to frustrate her intention. To assist a fellow creature with the co-operation of our labour, when it is needed, is an act both of an observing and meaning mind, and of a benevolent feeling; and such an operation is performed by the pillchafers. It is a curious instance of the analogy which the Creator has spread through all his race of animal being, as if to manifest that our Maker's mind and agency have fabricated all things, that some insects appear to have the faculty and habit of the nutritive

rumination. Their discernment of the best place to be in for their transformation from their caterpillar state, and intuitive motion on purpose to put themselves in it, has all the semblance of perceiving and judging mind. It is not resolvable into mere external impulse, it seems to arise from the animal's own will and determination, on its sensations and necessities.

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OF THE WORLD.

VAUCLUSE.

Vaucluse is one of those places in which Nature delights to appear, under a form the most singular and romantic. Towards the coast of the Mediterranean, and on a plain, beautiful as the vale of Tempé, you discover a little valley, enclosed by a barrier of rocks, in the form of a horse-shoe. The rocks are high, bold, and grotesque; and the valley is divided by a ri

ver, along the banks of which are extended meadows and pastures of a perpetual verdure. A path, which is on the left side of the river, leads in gentle windings to the head of this vast amphitheatre. There, at the foot of an enormous rock, and directly in front, you behold a prodigious cavern, hollowed by the hand of Nature ; and in this cavern arises a spring, as celebrated almost as that of Helicon.

When the waters of the fountain are low you may enter the cavern, the gloom of which is tremendous. It is a double cavern. The opening into the exterior is an arch, sixty feet high ; that of the interior, thirty. Near the middle of the cavern you see an oval bason, the longest diameter of which is one hundred and eight feet; and into this bason, without jet or bubble, rises that copious stream which forms the river Sorgia. There is a common report that this fountain has never been fathomed. May not this proceed from the water's issuing with great impetuosity at the bottom, and thus forcing back the lead and line? However this may be, you see nothing but an expanse of waters, smooth and tranquil.

The surface of the fountain is black. This appearance is produced by the depth of the spring, the colour of the rocks, and the obscurity of the cavern ; for, in reality, nothing can be more clear

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