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A Cat's Whiskers

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The hairs on the side of the cat's face are org-ans of touch. They are attached to a bed of fine glands under the skin, and each of these hairs is connected with the nerves of the lip. The slig-htest contact of these whiskers with any object is thus feit most distinctly by the animal, althoug-h the hairs themselves are insensible. They stand out on each side of the lion as wcil as the common cat. From point to point they are equal to me wrain ot the ammal's body. If we imagine, therefore, a lion stealingthrough a covert of wood in an imperé fect light we sliall at once see the use of these hairs. They indícate to him throug-h the nieest feeling any obstacle which may present itself to the passage of liis body; they prevent the rustiing of boug-hs and leaves which would give to his prey if he were to attempt U pass too close to a bush; and thus, in conjunction with the soft cushions of his feet and the fur upon which he treads- the claws never into contact with the ground- they enable him to move toward his victim with astillneseiaalto that of a snake.- Bo.ston News. - Walter Soott said to his wife: "'Tis no wonder that poets have made the lamb the emblem of peace and innocence." "Ttu-y are, indeed, delightful animáis," sdd she; "especially with mint sauce." - It Is Often Dono. "What is the matter with youV asfced the Bag f th (ioose Feathors it beid. "Th" rt callod lis down," ' Peathers, m Miss managed- Some seminaries.


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