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mined to place the vivācious,unweaned “infant prodigy" in the hands of the British consul without a moment's delay. The announcement was accordingly made with oriental formality by the chief officer of Abbas Pasha's palace, to whom the Honorable Mr. Murray made a suitable present in return for the good tidings.
3. A lieutenant of the Nubian army, with a party of soldiers, arrived shortly after, bringing wish them the animal, whose renown had already filled the whole city. He excited full as much curiosity in Cairo, as he has since done here, being quite as great a rarity. This will be easily intelligible when the difficulties of the capture and the immense distance of the journey are taken into consideration, with all the contingencies* of men, boats, provisions, cows, and other necessary expenses.
4. The overjoyed consul had already made all his preparations for receiving the illustrious stranger. He had, in the first place, secured the services of Hamet Safi Cannana, well known for his experience and skill in the care and management of animals. A commodious apartment had then been fitted up
in the court-yard of the consul's house, with one door leading out to a bath. As the winter would have to be passed in Cairo, proper means were employed for making this a tepid or warm bath. Here then our hippopotamus lived, “the observed of all observers,” drinking so many gallons of milk a day (never less than twenty or thirty quarts) that he soon produced a scarcity of that article in Cairo.
5. Meanwhile active preparations were making for his arrival in Alexandria, to be shipped on board the Ripon steamer. The vessel was furnished with a house on the main-deck, opening by steps down into a tank in the hold, containing four hundred gallons of water. It had been built and fitted up at Southampton from a plan furnished by Mr. Mitchell, Secretary of the Zoölogical Gardens in the Regent's Park, to whose energies and
Vi và cious, full of life. -- Prod' i gy, something very remarkable and uncommon.– O ri ént al, eastern. - Con tỉn' gen cies, events that happen or are about to happen.-- Tånk, a large basin or cistern for holding water.— Zo o lôġ' ic al Gardens, are those in which all kinds of curious and rare animals are kept.
foresight we are indebted for the safe possession of this grotesque, good-tempered, and unique monster. The tank, by various arrangements, they contrived to fill with fresh water every other day. A large quantity was taken on board in casks; a fresh supply at Malta; and, besides this, which was by no means enough, they made use of the condensed water of the engines, which amounted to upward of three hundred gallons per day.
6. As there are some hippopotami who enjoy the sea on certain coasts of the world, it is not improbable but our friend would soon have become used to sea-water; but Mr. Mitchell was determined to run no risks, prudently considering that, in the first place, the strength of the salt water, to one whose mother had been accustomed, and her ancestors for generations, to the mild streams of Nilus, might disagree with "young pickle;" and secondly, if he chanced to like it amazingly, how would he bear the change when he arrived at his mansion in the Regent's Park. Fresh water, therefore, was provided for his bath every other day throughout the voyage.
7. The British consul began to prepare for the departure of his noble guest at the end of April; and in the early part of May, the consul took an affectionate leave of him, and would have embraced him, but that the extraordinary girth of his body rendered such a demonstra'tion impossible.
8. During the voyage, "our fat friend" attached himself strongly to his attendant and interpreter, Hamet; indeed, the devotion to his person which this assiduous and thoughtful person had manifested from his first promotion to the office, had been of a kind to secure such a result from any one at all accessible to kindly affections. Hamet had commenced by sleeping side by side with his charge in the house at Cairo, and adopted the same arrangement for the night during the first week of the voyage to England.
9. Finding, however, as the weather grew warmer, and the hippopotamus bigger and bigger, that this was attended with some inconvenience, Hamet had a hammock slung from the
Grotesque (gro tésk'), singular, or odd in shape. -- Unique (yu něk), the only one of its kind ; unequaled.– Con densed', made thick or close. Steam may be condensed into water by cold.-.-* As sid' u ous, constant; faithful.
beams immediately over the place where he used to sleep-in fact, just over his side of the bed—by which means he was raised two or three feet above his usual position. Into this hammock got Hamet, and having assured the hippopotamus, both by his voice, and by extending one arm over the side so as to touch him, that he was there as usual at his side, and “all was right," he presently fell asleep.
10. How lõng he slept, Hamet does not know, but he was awoke by the sensation of a jerk and a hoist, and found himself lying on the bed in his old place, close beside our fat friend, Hamet tried the experiment once more; but the same thing again occurred. No sooner was he asleep than the hippopotamus got up-raised his broad nose beneath the heaviest part of the hammock that swung lowest, and by an easy and adroit' toss, pitched Hamet clean out. After this, Hamet, acting on his rule of never thwarting his charge in any thing reasonable, abandoned the attempt of a separate bed, and took up his nightly quarters by his side as before.
11. As for the voyage, it was passed pleasantly enough by the most important of the illustrious strāngers on board. Two cows and ten goats had been taken on board for his sole use and service; these, however, not being found sufficient for a "growing youth,” the ship's cow was confiscated for the use of his table; and this addition, together with we forgět how many duzen sacks of Indian corn-meal, enabled him to reach our shores in excellent health and spirits.
12. A word as to the title of “river-horse," when taken in conjunction with his personal appearance, his habits, and his diet. The hippopotamus has nothing in common with the horse; he seems to us rather an aquatic* pig, or a four-footed land-porpoise. In fact, he appears to partake of the wild-boar, the bull, and the porpoise—the latter predominating at present; but when he gets his tusks, we much fear there will be an alteration in his manners for the worse. As to his eventual size, the prospect is alarming. He is at present only seven months old, and he will continue growing till he is fifteen years of age.
'A droit', skillful. - Thwårt' ing, opposing.- Con fis' cát ed, taken away.-'A quåt' ic, belonging to the water.
52. THE ROTHSCHILDS.
T the time of the French Revolution, there lived at Frank
fort-on-the-Maine, in Germany, a Jewish banker, of limited means, but good reputation, named Moses Rothschild. When the French army invaded Germany, the Prince of Hesse Cassel was obliged to fly from his dominions. As he passed through Frankfort, he requested Moses Rothschild to take charge of a large sum of money and some valuable jewels, which he feared might otherwise fall into the hands of the
enemy. 2. The Jew would have declined so great a charge; but the prince was so much at a loss for the means of saving his property, that Moses at length consented. He declined, however, giving a receipt for it, as in such dāngerous circumstances he could not be answerable for its being safely restored.
3. The money and jewels, to the value of several hundred thousand pounds, were conveyed to Frankfort; and just as the French entered the town, Mr. Rothschild had succeeded in burying the treasure in a corner of his garden. He made no attempt to conceal his own property, which amounted only to six thousand pounds. The French accordingly took this, without suspecting that he had any larger sum in his possession.
4. Had he, on the con'trary, pretended to have no money, they would have certainly searched, as they did in many other cases, and might have found and taken the whole. When they left the town, Mr. Rothschild dug up the prince's money, and began to make use of a small portion of it. He now thrived in his business, and soon gained much wealth of his own.
5. A few years after, when peace came, the Prince of Hesse Cassel returned to his dominions. He was almost afraid to call on the Frankfort banker, for he readily reflected that, if the French had not got the money and jewels, Moses might pretend they had, and thus keep all to himself.
6. To his great astonishment, Mr. Rothschild informed him
* Rev o lú' tion, change of government. The French revolution broke out in 1790.-— Re ceipt', a paper acknowledging that money or any val. uable property has been received ; also, the act of receiving.
that the whole of the property was safe, aná now ready to be returned, with five per cent.' interest on the money. The banker at the same time related by what means he had saved it, and apologized for breaking upon the money, by representing that, to save it, he had had to sacrifice all his own.
7. The prince was so impressed by the fidelity of Mr. Rothschild under his great trust, that he allowed the money to remain in his hands at a small rate of interest. To mark, also, his gratitude, he recommended the Jew to various Europē'an sovereigns as a money-lender. Moses was consequently employed in several great transactions for raising loans, by which he realized a vast profit.
8. In time he became immensely rich, and put his tbree sons into the same kind of business in the three chiēf capitals o. Europe - London, Paris, and Vienna. All of them prospered! They became the wealthiest private men whom the world has ever known. He who lived in London, left at his death thirtyfive millions of dollars. The other two have been created bărons,' and are perhaps not less wealthy. Thus a family, whose purse has maintained war and brought about peace, owes all its greatness to one act of honesty under trust.
53. OPPOSITE EXAMPLES.
ASK the young man who is just forming his habits of life,
or just beginning to indulge those habitual trains of thought, out of which habits grow, to look around him, and mark the examples whose fortune he would covet, or whose fate he would abhor. Even as we walk the streets, we meet with exhibitions of each extreme.
2. Here, behold a pātriarch, whose stock of vigor threescore
"Per cent., by the hundred; for every hundred.— * Bår' ons, the lowest order of nobility.- Covet (kův' et), to desire earnestly; to long for.* Ex trème,' the end; the last ; each extreme, the first and the last. --PA' tri arch, the head or chief of a family.— Vig' or, strength.