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REMARKABLE INSTANCE AT MARGATE. 507 struggles; his faithful heart gave way, and he breathed out his last gasp, as if he knew that he had found his master!”

The following is another Infance of Remarkable Sagacity in a.

Dog. Some years since, Mr. Sof Margate, in Kent, was returning from a neighbouring town, during a very heavy fall of snow, and was accompanied by a dog belonging to a relation of his, who kept an inn near his own house. He became so fatigued with his journey, which he performed on foot, that he was hardly able to proceed ; and, when within a mile or less from home, he several times stopped ; when the fagacious animal seized hold of his coat, and impelled him forwards, until, through his kind efforts, he literally tore the skirts from his garment. At last, Mr. S. being entirely overcome by the inclemency of the weather, when he had arrived within 200 yards of his house, was obliged to drop on the snow by the side of a lovel; and supposes he immediately fell asleep. It appeared that the faithful animal had used every endeavour to awaken him, as his hands and face, when he was difcovered, were evidently marked by the claws of the dog; but this being ineffectual, he' then left his friend, and hafted to his master's house, and by every gesture which he could command, endeavoured to entice somebody with him, by howling, running backwards and forwards to the door, &c. But, not being able to make himself understood, he took a person by the coat, and led him to the spot where his friend lay in an insensible fate, and nearly deprived of life by the cold. Aliitance being procured, Mr. S. was taken to his house, and with the greatest ditticulty restored to animation. In gratitude to his deliverer (under the Almighty), he took the greatest can of the dog; 3 T 2

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had his portrait accurately taken in oil colours, and which, as a memento, now graces the chimney-piece in his hall. Shall we call this fidelity, instinct, sagacity, friendship, or reason, in the brute; or a gracious interposition of Eternal Providence, in thus furnishing this animal with faculties beyond the nature of his species; thus to preserve the life of one in the higher rank in his wonderful, incomprehenfible, and all beautiful creation ?

A REMARKABLE DISCOVERY. An extraordinary circumstance was discovered a few days fince, which is worth recital:- About 15 years ago Lady Guildford loft a favourite dog, when she resided in BusheyPark; the first advertised it, with a reward of five guineas, and afterwards ten, but without success.

A few days since, one of the labourers grubbing up some old Pollards, found the skeleton of the very dog, and the brass collar round his neck, and below it the skeletons of two hares, which he had pursued into the tree, whence it is supposed they could not extricate themselves.

Mr. GRANGER, The Wonderful Instances of Animal Affection in your last Nume

ber, reminded me of some curious Anecdoies on the Sagacity of Birds, which have been related by Gentlemen of unquestionable Veracity; if the two following are worthy your Altintion, you are at Liberty to insert them.

I remain, Yours, &c. Isington.

T. BOOLE. On the SAGACITY of Birds. Mr. S. Simpson, late of Wilton, in America, recites the following curious anecdote. “ Early one morning I heard a noise from a couple of

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martins, who were jumping from tree to tree adjoining my dwelling. They made several attempts to get into a box or cage fixed against the house, which they had before occupied; but they always appeared to fly from it with the greatest dread, and repeated those loud cries which first drew my attention. Curiosity led me to watch their motions. After some time, a small wren came from the box or cage, and perched on a tree near it, when her frill voice seemed to amaze her antagonists. After some time, she flew away. The martins took this opportunity of returning to their cage; but their stay was short; their diminutive adversary returned, and made them fly with the greatest precipitation. They continued man in this way the whole day, and, I believe, the wren kept possession during the night.

“ The following morning, on the wren's quitting the cage, the martins immediately returned, took possession of their mansion, broke up their own nest, which consisted of twigs of different fizes, went to work, and, with more industry and ingenuity than I supposed they possessed, they foon barricadoed their doors. The wren returned, but could not re-enter. She made attempts to storin the works, but did not succeed. I will not presume to say that the martins followed our modern maxim, and carried with them a fufficiency of food to sustain a fiege, or that they made use of the abstinence which necesity, sometimes during long and bad storms, might probably occasion; but they persevered for near two days to defend the entrance within the barricado; and the wren, finding she could not force an entry, raised the fiege, quitted her intentions, and left the martins in quiet poffeffion, without further molestation,”

To Mr. Myers, of Philadelphia, we are indebted for the fol

lowing Singular Instance of Friendship. “ As I was feeding my poultry from the barn door, a large hawk turned the barn, and suddenly made a pitch at the bantam hen; she immediately gave the alarm, by a . noise which they generally make on such occasions; when the large turkey-cock, who was about two yards distance, and who, I suppose, faw the hawk's intentions, and the imminent danger of his old acquaintance, flew at the hawk with such violence, and gave him such a severe stroke with his fpurs, as he was going to seize his prey, as to knock him from the hen to a considerable distance, and the timely aid of this faithful auxiliary, the turkey-cock, saved the bantam from being devoured by the hawk.

To WM. GRANGER, Esq. Sir, Having by mere accident met with the enclosed Wonderful and

Extraordinary Instance of Natural Genius, and being influenced by the very grcat Encouragement I have hitherto experienced, that I flatter myself this will add one to the numcrous Wonderful and Astonishing Accounts with which your excellent Publication abounds; therefore, by inserting what I have enclosed, will confer an Obligation on

Your constant Reader, Nottingham, 1803

C. T. P. An Allonishing Instance of NATURAL Genius. William Gibson was born in the year 1720, at a village called Boulton, a few miles from Appleby, in Westmoreland. At the death of his father, he put himself to a farmer to learn his business. When he was about

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seventeen or eighteen he was informed that his father had been possessed of a tolerable estate in landed property; and that, in the beginning of the last century, he had def. cended from the same family with Dr. Edmund Gibson, then bishop of London. The estate was, however, mortgaged to its full value. He therefore continued his occupation, and soon afterwards rented and managed a little farm of his own, at a place called Hollins, in Cartmell Fell, not far from Cartmell, where he applied himself vigorously to study. A little time previous to this, he had admired the operation of figures; but laboured under every disadvantage, for want of education. As he had not been taught either to read or write, he turned his thoughts to reading English, and enabled himself to read and comprehend a plain author. He therefore purchased a treatise on Arithmetic; and though he could not write, he soon went through common Arithmetic, vulgar and decimal fractions, the extraction of the square and cube roots, &c. by his memory only, and became so expert therein, that he could tell, without setting down a figure, the product of any two numbers multiplied together, although the multiplier and multiplicand, each of them, consisted of nine places of figures: and it was equally astonishing how he could answer, in the same manner, questions in division, in decimal fractions, or in the extraction of the square or cube roots, where such a multiplicity of figures is often required in the operation. Yet at this time he did not know that any merit was due to himself, conceiving other people's capacity like his own; but being a sociable companion, and when in company taking a particular pride in puzzling his companions with proposing different questions to them, they gave him others in return, which, from the certainty and expeditious manner he had in answering them, 'made him firit noticed as an arithmetician, and a man of most wonderful memory. Finding himself ftill labouring

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