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An Angry Tree

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A gentleman of this place has a tree which is a species of acacia. It was grown from a seed brought from Australia. The tree is now a sapling some eight feet in height, and it is in f uil foliage and growing rapidly. It is legnminous, and very distinctly shows the characteristics of the mimosa, or sensitive plant. Rogularly every evening, about the time the "chickens go to the roost," the tree goes to roost. The leaves fold together, and the ends of the tender twigs coil themselves up like the tail of a well-conditioned pig. After one of the twigs has been stroked or handled, the leaves move uneasily and are in a sort of mild commotion for a minute or more. All this was known about the tree, but it was only yesterday that it was diseovered that the tree had' in it much more lifc and feeling than it had ever beforo been credited with. The tree being in quite a small pot, one which it was fast outgrowing, it was thought best to give it one of much larger size. Yesterday afternoon the tree was transferred to its new quarters. Tf Töc-oiif-iiil til nnovfltinn rf í fa v itii (ttí i to the best of its ability. Arriving at his residonce about the time the tree had been transplanted, the gentleman fcmnd the houn in grand commotion. On. askiug what was up, he was told that they had transplanted the tree according to orders and the operation had "made it very mad." Hardly had it been placed in its new quarters before the leaves bogan to stand up in all directions like the hair on the tail of an angiy cat, and soon the whole plant was in a quiver. This could have been endured, but at the same time it gave out an odor most punsrent and siokening - just such a sruoll as is given off by rattlesnakes and many other kinds of snakes in suminer when teased. This odor so iilled the house and was so sickening that ifc was found necessary to open the doors and windows. It was fully an hour before the plant calmed down and folded its leaves in peace. It would probably not have given up the light even then had it not been that its time for going to roost had arrrved. _


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