Monday, June 16, 2008

A Dog's Bed


We have seen a little dachshund which would not go to her basket until the blanket had been held to the hall stove. This she required to be done in summer as well as winter, though the stove was not lighted. A spaniel kept in stable used always to leave its kennel to sleep with the horse. Hounds make a joint bed on the bench after a long run, lying back to back, and so supporting one another. But sporting dogs should have proper beds, made like shallow boxes, with sloping sides. They are far more rested in the morning than if simply left to lie on straw. This was noted by a clever old Devonshire clergyman, a great sportsman, who observed that his best retrieving spaniel used always to get into an empty wheelbarrow to sleep when tired. The dog's bed should be a rough reproduction of the barrow without the wheel. — Spectator.

Letters and Language

Nothing better illustrates the ratio in which the different letters are used in our language than a set of figures on the proportionate number of types that are to be found in the printer's case, which are usually as follows: z 2, x and j 5, q 6, k 8, v 15, b and g 20, p 24, w and y 25, m and f 30, c 40, u 45, d and l 50, h 60, r 70, n, o and s 80, a and i 90, t 100 and e 140. — St. Louis Republic.

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