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A Monkey's Fear Of Fire-arms

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He was greatly frightened at a gun tint I shot off one day at sorae parrowg. He hul at cyicc In the Btraw of liis cage, and never left it till the gun was hung up agnli). After thnt I had only to touch the Stock, to make liim hiele again, when nothing eould be seen in the straw, except ii pair of harp eyes watchiug all my motious. Just a touch of iny finger or a cane upoii the cock of the gun was enough to deprive hlin of all quiet. I uscd to curry on my watch chain a Hule pinto), ou whioli a percussion-eap would makt' a terrible loud report. The monkev had not yet found this out, and sitting on my knees, would amuse himsi'lf by licking tlio gilver barrel. One day In his presonce I put n percussioneap onthe nipple of the pistol. The onkey observed inv inovemeuts wiih great attention, hut without geemlng disUirbeti by theni. Uut hen the oook, being raised, made two clicks, Molly Iropped hiseyebrovvs, vvhile he continuad sittlng quletly. When the explosión took lace, bis frlght was uubounded. Crying oudly, and tull of angulíh, he feil from my knees, ran across suveral rooms, eaped out of the window, elgng to the water-pipe, slkl down to the Street and ïid hiinself in a ditch in a neighborilig garden. Hii nervousness lasted a long whilf, and I had to lake otf my walchchiiin to appease t. From that ány he vas in sueli fear of the little pi.stol that o take liold of the chain was enough to nake hini dlúáppear ia the straw. But ie very soon learned ly experienee that he souree ot the detonation wis not in he chain but in the pistol, and eould easly distinguish it from the other appendages of the chain, of which he was not afraid at all. Sitting on the straw in nis cage, he wonkl attentively wateh uiy novements while I was handliug these appendages. The closer my iingers apjroached the formidable object, thegreater became bis auxiety, and with bis eyes Iveted uiion the instrument and with ense ears, he would dance continuously n the cage, all ready to go under the tiaw. ïle would assure himself beforeïand, forgreater security, that the cage11C l'IU sauU -J . ...1 „..„ 1 I eaped out from the cage, which did not seem safe enough for hitn, and went and ïid himself under the bed in the next ¦oom. As I gradually removed my hand 'rom the pistol, I would receive chuckles of approbation; and, with bis lips pushed forward and the mnscles of hls ear moved jy jerks, he would manifest a very great joy: - From "My Monkeys," Popular Science Mouthly for August.


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