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crying girl, and having given her with In the “ Orleans Collection" of pictures one of her paws so smart a blow upon the there was a fine painting of a “ Concert cheek as to draw blood, walk back again of Cats,” by F. Breughel, from whence with the utmost gravity to her place under there is a print, among the engravings of the stove. As this cat was by no means that gallery, sufficiently meritorious and of a malicious disposition, for she had whimsical to deserve a place here; and grown up together with the younger chil- therefore it is represented in the sketch on dren of the family, and never designedly the present page. In justice, to the jusscratched any of them, it seems that her tice done to it, Mr. Samuel Williams must intention upon this occasion was to chas- be mentioned as the artist who both drew tise the pettish girl, and put an end to and engraved it. The fixed attention of her troublesome cries, in order that she the feline performers is exceedingly amusmight herself be able to finish her morn- ing, and by no means unnatural; for it ing nap without further interruption.* appears by the notes that mice is their
theme, and they seem engaged in a catch. * Zoological Anecdotes.
Ye rats, in triumph elevate your ears !
Henceforth he mews midst choirs of cats divine !
countess of Rutland in the beginning of “ MI-CAT inter omnes.”
the sixteenth century.” The monodist Hor. Carm. Lib. i. Ode 12. connects him with cats of great renown He brings his cat Dick from the Flood, in the annals of witchcraft; a science and consequently through Rutterkin, a whereto they have been allied as closely as cat who was “cater-cousin to the great- poor old women, one of whom, it appears, great-great-great-great-great-great-great- on the authority of an old pamphlet entigreat-grandmother of Grimalkin, and first tled “Newes from Scotland," &c. printed
in the year 1591, “confessed that she took rest of the shippes then being in his com a cat and christened it, &c. and that in panie, which thing was most straunge and the night following, the said cat was con- true, as the kinges majestie acknowledgeth, veyed into the middest of the sea by all for when the rest of the shippes had a fair these witches sayling in their RIDDLES, or and good winde, then was the winde conCives, and so left the said cat right before trarie, and altogether against his mathe towne of Leith in Scotland. This jestie,” &c. done, there did arise such a tempest at All sorts of cats, according to Huddessea as a greater hath not been seen, &c. ford, lamented the death of his favourite, Againe it is confessed, that the said chris- whom he calls “premier cat upon the catatened cat was the cause of the kinges ma- logue," and who, preferring sprats to all jestie's shippe, at his coming forthe of other fish,Denmarke, had a contrarie winde to the
“ Had swallow'd down a score without remorse,
“ Calumnious cats who circulate faux pas,
" Yet, while I chant the cause of Richard's end,
“ Ah! tho' thy bust adorn no sculptur'd shrine,
Shall smooth for tabby swains their yielding fur,
Cats neither like to be put out of their houses in the city fell down, of which the way, nor to be kept out of their food : merchant's was one, so that he was in
In cloisters, wherein people are im- debted for his life to the singular foremured in Roman catholic countries, to bodings of his cats. ** keep or make them of that religion, it is customary to announce the hours of meals by ringing a bell. In a cloister in France, Few who possess the faculty of heara cat that was kept there was used never ing, and have heard the music of cats, to receive any victuals till the bell rung,
would desire the continuance of their and she therefore never failed to be within
sweet voices,” yet a concert was exhihearing of it. One day, however, she bited at Paris, wherein cats were the perhappened to be shut up in a solitary formers. They were placed in rows, and apartment, and the bell rang in vain, as
a monkey beat time to them. According far as regarded her. Being some hours
as he beat the time, so the cats mewed; after liberated from her confinement, she and the historian of the fact relates, that ran, half famished, to the place where a the diversity of the tones which they plate of victuals used generally to be emitted produced a very ludicrous effect. set for her, but found none this time. In This exhibition was announced to the the afternoon the bell was heard ringing Parisian public by the title of Concert at an unusual hour, and when the people Miaulunt.f of the cloister came to see what was the cause of it, they found the cat hanging Cats were highly esteemed by the upon the bell-rope, and setting it in mo. Egyptians, who under the form of a cat tion as well as she was able, in order that symbolized the moon, or Isis, and placed she might have her dinner served up to it upon their systrum, an instrument of her.*
religious worship and divination. Count
Caylus engraved a cat with two kittens, There is a surprising instance of the sen- which, while he supposes one of the sibility of cats to approaching danger :- kittens to be black and the other white,
In the year 1783, two cats, belonging he presumes to have represented the to a merchant at Messina, in Sicily, an- phases of the moon. nounced to him the approach of an earth
Cats are supposed to have been brought quake. Before the first shock was felt, into England from the island of Cyprus, these two animals seemed anxiously tó by some foreign merchants who came endeavour to work their way through the hither for, tin. In the old Welsh laws, floor of the room in which they were.
a kitten from its birth till it could see Their master observing their fruitless was valued at a penny; when it began to efforts, opened the door for them. At a mouse at twopence; and after it had second and third door, which they like- killed mice at fourpence, which was the wise found shut, they repeated their efforts, price of a calf. Wild cats were kept by and on being set completely at liberty, our ancient kings for hunting. The offithey ran straight through the street, cers who had the charge of these cats and out of the gate of the town. The seem to have had appointments of equal merchant, whose curiosity was excited by consequence with the masters of the this strange conduct of the cats, followed king's hounds; they were called catatores. them into the fields, where he again saw
Gray's elegy on a cat drowned in a them scratching and burrowing in the globe of water with gold fishes is wellearth. Soon after there was a violent known. Dr. Jortin wrote a Latin epishock of an earthquake, and many of the taph on a favourite cat.
* Zoological Anecdotes.
• Zoological Anecdotes.
Worn out with age and dire disease, a cat,
About the middle of August, the viper which, when hatched, her offspring como brings forth her young. She produces forth nearly of the size of earthworms. from twelve to twenty-five eggs, from
* Aikin's Nat. Hist. of the Yeu.
Mr. George Cruikshank's pencil has. This exhibition took place in a street been put in requisition for a fantoccini, at Pentonville, during the present month, and his drawing, engraved by Mr. Henry 1825. Its coming was announced by a White, appears above.
man playing the Pan-pipes, or “ mouth