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And many a storm hath wept
Hunting Wild Animals in Africa. O'er his dust the wintry tear; And many a spring-time fiower,
It is remarkable that, while there is a And many an autumn leaf,
general resemblance between the aniHave bloomed and faded o'er him, In their existence brief.
mals throughout the globe, each of its And though the teacher's name
grand divisions has some species pecuHis grave-stone scarcely shows,
liar to itself. Thus, North America has Yet freshly all his virtue
the bison, the musk ox, and the grizzly On memory's tablet glows. Nor will the winning sweetness,
bear, and these are found nowhere else. And the softness of his heart,
The lama, jaguar, tapir, and the antIn the sacred land of memory
eater are peculiar to South America. For evermore depart!
Africa has its hippopotamus, giraffe, No after life can darken The light of early days,
gnoo, and zebra. Asia has the chetah, For it leaves upon the plastic mind royal tiger, nyl-ghau, yak, and dromeA print that ne'er decays.
dary. New Holland has its kangaroos, When the cracked and jangling school-bell, platybus, black swan, and cereopsis. In its little belfry swung,
Europe has a few peculiar species, but By the pale-faced gentle usher,
most of those which are found there, At early morning rung; Then fast along the woodland,
also met with in the northern portions From many a rural home,
of Asia. Each sauntering, idle troop
But while each division of the earth Unto its call would come.
seems to afford something of the animal And glad were they to meet the smile Of their old teacher's face,
kind that is at once peculiar and remarkAs up the well-worn aisle he walked
able, it must be admitted that Africa preWith grave and reverend pace.
sents the most wonderful species. It No harsh and bitter yoice had he,
furnishes us with the giraffe, which is Nor stern and scowling frown;
by far the tallest of animals; it produces And seldom was the tingling rod From its dusty shelf brought down.
the larger species of elephant, which is But kind were all his chiding words, the largest of animals; and the African Affectionate and mild
lion, being superior in strength and fierceHe loved his rude and wayward charge ness to the Asiatic lion, is the most savAs parent loves its child.
and formidable of wild beasts. The gloom that weighs the heart,
But it is not on account of their reLife's mourning and its pain; The cankered thirst of gold,
markable qualities only that the animals And all the cares of gain
of Africa are a subject of interest. In Ambition, pomp, and pride,
that portion of the globe there are vast That soil the minds of men, And fill their paths with stinging thorns,
plains which are almost uninhabited by Were strangers to us then.
man. These afford abundant sustenance We mourned not o'er the past,
for numberless herds of antelopes, of Nor feared the coming morrow,
which there are many kinds; for droves And for the golden present Had little cause of sorrow;
of quaggas, zebras, wild asses, ostriches, But each one was as merry
and other creatures; and here they are As is the roving bee,
permitted to multiply with little interrupOr the sweetest bird that carols
tion. The lion, panther, and leopard are Its songs upon the tree.
almost their only enemies. These occaThe memory of the old school-group And the teacher, fills the heart,
sionally snatch a victim as he comes to the And still survives when all things else
pool for water, or passes a bush or thicket To oblivion depart.
I. M. where the enemy lies in ambush; but
the number destroyed in this way is not tinued to join each other, until the whole sufficient greatly to check the increase plain seemed alive. The clatter of their of wild animals upon the plains of Africa. hoofs was perfectly astounding, and I There are droves of antelopes stretching could compare it to nothing but to the over the plains as far as the eye can din of a tremendous charge of cavalry, reach, and amounting to fifteen or twenty or the rushing of a mighty tempest. "I thousand in number. It is not uncom- could not estimate the accumulated nummon to see large numbers of zebras, bers at less than fifteen thousand; a quaggas, and even ostriches, mingling great extent of country being actually in the crowd as if they were of the same chequered black and white with their family.
congregated masses. As the panic A New England boy who takes his caused by the report of our rifles exgun and goes into the woods or fields, tended, clouds of dust hovered over fancies that he has pretty good luck if them; and the long necks of troops of he can bring home half a dozen robins ostriches were also to be seen, towering with two or three chip squirrels. If he above the heads of their less gigantic kills a partridge or a brace of woodcock, neighbors, and sailing past with astonhe stands very high in his own estima- ishing rapidity. tion. I have myself roamed over the Groups of purple sassaybys, and brilcountry for half a day, and felt myself liant red and yellow hartebeests, likecompensated with no larger game than wise lent their aid to complete the picture, this. But sporting in Africa is quite a which must have been seen to be prodifferent matter.
perly understood, and which beggars all Captain Harris, an Englishman, who attempt at description. The savages travelled in the southern parts of Africa kept in our wake, dexterously despatcha few years since, has given an interest- ing the wounded gnoos by a touch on ing account of his adventures there. the spine with the point of an assagai, The following extract presents one of and instantly covering up the carcass the scenes which he describes upon the with bushes, to secure them from the river Meritsane, at a distance of some voracity of the vultures, which hung five or six hundred miles north of the about us like specks in the firmament, Cape of Good Hope.
and descended with the velocity of light"The reports of four savages of the ning, as each discharge of our artillery Batlapi tribe, who joined us yesterday,' gave token of prey. determined us to halt a day for the pur- "As we proceeded, two strange figures pose of hunting. Richardson and my- were perceived standing under the shade self left the wagons at daybreak attend- of a tree; these we instantly knew to be ed by these men, and crossing the river, elands, the savages at the same moment took a northwesterly direction through exclaiming with evident delight, Impoofo, a park of magnificent camelthorn trees, Impoofo; and pressing our horses to the many of which were groaning under utmost speed, we found ourselves for the the huge nests of the social grosbeak; first time at the heels of the largest and whilst others were decorated with green most beautiful species of the antelope clusters of mistletoe, the bright scarlet tribe. Notwithstanding the unwieldy berries of which were highly ornamen- shape of these animals, they had at first tal.
greatly exceeded the speed of our jaded “We soon perceived large herds of horses, but being pushed, they soon sepquaggas and brindled gnoos, which con- arated; their sleek coats turned first