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The Alpine Horn

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The Alpine horn is an instrument made of the bark of the cherry tree, and like a speaking trumpet, in used to convey sounds to a great distance. When the last rays of the pun gild the üummits of the Alps, the ehepherd whq inhabits the highest peak of these njountains takes his horn, and cries in a loud voioe, "Praised be the Lord." As soon as the ncighboring shepherds hear hiui, they leave their huts and repeat words. The sounds are prolonged many minutes, while the eohoes of' the roelu repeat the name of God. Iniagination cannot picture anything more solemn or sublime than sucb a scène. During the silence that suoceeds, the shepherds bend their knees and pray in the open air, then repair to their huts to rest. The sunlight gilding the topa of these stupendous mountains, upon which the vault of heaven seems to rest, the magniticent scenery around, and the voice of the shepherds sounding from rock to rock the praise of the Almighty, fill the mind of every traveler with enthasiasm and awe.