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In St. Nicbolas Wolcott Le Olear Beard writesof "Aloses, a Tame Eagle, " which was one of his pets while he was BDgaged in engineering in southern Arizona. Mr. Beard sáys he was very fond of the lizards with, which these plains abounded, and one large variety, called swifts, irom their remarkable speed in rumiing, seemed to be especially coveted. Whenever one of these was caught, which was not often, Aloses would be brought ont, and, after the swift had taken a ten foot start, would be set free. The lizard would prornptly resolve itselí into a white streak across the desert, and, screaming with excitement, hall running, half flying, Aloses wonld pursue, followed by the laughing crowd, of which only those on ho.rseback had much chance of keeping up. It was in no sense a cruel sport. It amused Moses and us and didn't burt the swift, for he got away every time, and if the feelings cf our pet were a trifle injured as he returned, perched on somo one's wrist or saddle horn, from his fruitless hunt these were speedily soothed by the prompt gift of a nice bit of fresh beef, so no oue was the worse. The lizards, however, be seemed to view as a sort of dessert, and as he could absorb an unlirnited quantity they were always in deniand. A certain stick kept on the veranda of our office was generally under his eye, and when any one picked this up and started for a walk across the desert Moses would hop gravely along behind, sure that some of his favorite dainties wnnlrï Hvin.ho ■fnrfViniTniTiiT Of course Moses was perfectly wel] able to catch the smaller kinds of lizards for himself, but there was less exertion in allowing scrue one else to do it for him, and. exertiou at this period of Lis life was a thing to which Moses was violently opposed. These occasions were almost the only ones when he would be silent for any length of time, for he seemed to understand perfectly that at the first note of his voice every lizard within hearing would run for its life to the nearest refuge, and only When a blow of the stick failed for the second or third time to reach its mark would he give utterance to his deep disgust at inch clumsiness.


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