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of both sexes which we had brought with us in aid of the object of our chase. We deferred until the morrow the pursuit of the young giraffe, which my companions assured me they would have no difficulty in again discovering. The Arabs are very fond of the animal. I partook of their repast. The live embers were quickly covered with slices of the meat, which I found to be excellent eating.
"On the following day, the 16th of August, the Arabs started at day-break in search of the young one, of which we had lost sight not far from our camp. The sandy nature of the soil of the desert is well adapted to afford indications to a hunter, and in a very short time we were on the track of the animal which was the object of our pursuit. We followed the traces with rapidity and in silence, cautious to avoid alarming the animal while it was yet at a distance from us. Unwearied myself, and anxious to act in the same manner as the Arabs, I followed them impatiently, and at 9 o'clock in the morning I had the happiness to find myself in possession of the giraffe. A premium was given to the hunter whose horse had first come up with the animal; and this reward is the more merited, as the laborious chase is pursued in the midst of brambles and thorny trees.
"Possessed of the giraffe, it was necessary to rest for three or four days, in order to render it sufficiently tame. During this period an Arab constantly holds it at the end of a long cord. By degrees it gets accustomed to the presence of man, and takes a little nourishment. To furnish milk for it, I had brought with me female camels. It became gradually reconciled to its condition, and was soon willing to follow, in short stages, the route of our caravan.
"The first giraffe, captured at four days' journey to the south-west of Kordofan, will enable us to form some judgment as to its probable age at present; as I have observed its growth and its mode of life. When it first came into my hands, it was necessary to insert a finger into its mouth in order to deceive it into a belief that the nipple of the dam was there; then it sucked freely. According to the opinion of the Arabs, and the length of time I have had it, this first giraffe cannot, at the utmost, be more than nineteen months old. Since I have had it, its size has fully doubled."
In the days of my youth I read over the wanderings of Mungo Park, and of the feat of Monsieur Vaillant chasing the giraffe, with delight; and suddenly to be in company with those who had passed through the same scenes, was a treat to me. The figure, dress, beard, and mustachios of Monsieur Thibauld, rendered him an object of much attraction; in conversation he was very animated. I told him that I had seen a giraffe years before in Paris, but that I had never seen a giraffe hunter; and in parting I obtained one of his best bows, by the remark that he had outdone other African travellers; for that Monsieur Vaillant only knew how to kill giraffes, but Monsieur Thibauld knew how to take them alive.
How rapidly has time flown! but there will be time yet for a hasty peep at the Surrey Gardens. I must escape by the turnstile gate.
And these are the Gardens of Surrey! I have wandered through the varied avenues of this agreeable place; given a bun to the bears, and a handful ofnuts to the monkeys. I have stroked the antelopes; patted the trunks of the elephants; placed my hands on the scaly backs of the boa and the python; and am now standing near the eagle-rock; it is a pleasant spot.
This running stream, with the tall green flags growing on each side, and the ponds almost covered over with the broad leaves and the fair flowers of the water-lily, remind me of quiet, retired nooks and corners in country places, where the wild duck dives in the secluded reedy pool, and the moor-hen hides herself under the overhanging branches of the trees.
The lake and the drooping willows form a lovely scene, and recall everything that we have witnessed of silvery streams and luxuriant foliage.
Would you gaze with emotions far purer than mirth
I could loiter on this spot long without weariness. Here grows a scarlet-flowered geranium, just such a one as I have seen in a window of an alms-house; where might be discerned the aged inmate, with her spectacles, bending over the Book of life, the Holy Scriptures of eternal truth. I love the gilly-flower, because it will bloom even on a mouldering wall, and smile in desolate places; and I love the geranium, because it gives cheerfulness to the abodes of poverty.
The principal points of these Surrey Gardens are, the beautiful lake, the eagle-rock, the choice collection of forest trees, and the great superiority of many of the wild animals; but I must not omit the glass conservatory.
A dome in the centre, deservedly praised,
Come with me, and gaze on the beasts; the hyenas, the leopards, and the tigers; but especially the lions. The keeper is now feeding them. Is there anything that you have ever conceived of the monarch of the woods, that is not realized in that noble Nero? Regard his flowing mane, his giant limbs.
What a majesty in his mien! What an untameable glare in his lordly eye! His jaws are opening; what a deep, unearthly, scream-like roar! Even here it is terrible. What must it be when resounding through the forest? I should like to see Nero in the desert, and I doubt not Nero would like to see me there too.
The serious spectator at such a scene as this traverses the wilds of Africa, with the missionary Campbell; or, familiar with Bible associations, goes back to the days of Daniel, when the Eternal laid his hand on the mouth of the lions, and the prophet of the Lord remained in safety among them.
Many of the different exhibitions which take place here are of an attractive character, but they are sad trespasses on the quietude and repose of the place, and prevent that neatness and order which might otherwise more universally prevail.
The Regent's Park and the Surrey Gardens afford much gratification, and should not be visited without some profitable reflection. The beasts and birds of all parts of the earth are here assembled, bearing witness, by their captivity, to the pre-eminence with which man has been endowed by his Creator. The swiftness of the giraffe and the ostrich; the soaring flight of the falcon and the eagle: the matchless strength of the rhinoceros and