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duce fruit to his glory, and the real welfare of our fellow-creatures. Thus the philanthropist

- he who is engaged in the instruction of the rising generation, and the faithful minister of the Gospel, are all casting their bread upon the waters, which they shall certainly find again after many days. This view of things is not only just, but encouraging and delightful.”

EATING FLESH WITH THE BLOOD.

“WHEN God made a covenant with Noah after the Flood, father, He told him not to eat flesh with the life, that is, the blood, in it.”

True, Harry; and the disciples, in the New Testament, were charged to abstain from eating things strangled, and from blood,' Acts, xxi. 25.

Bruce says;

“ But why, father? Do you think any one would ever eat live flesh ?”

Certainly I do. There is even reason to believe that the practice, shocking and inhuman as it is, still prevails in the East. Mr.

; · Not long after we lost sight of the ruins of the ancient capital of Abyssinia, we overtook three travellers driving a before them; they appeared to be soldiers. We saw that our attendants attached themselves in a particular manner to the three soldiers who were driving the cow, and held a short conversation with them. Soon after we arrived at the hithermost bank of the river, where, I thought, we were to pitch our tent, the drivers suddenly tripped up the cow, and gave the poor animal a very rude fall upon the ground, which was but the beginning of her sufferings. One of them sat across her neck holding down her head by the horns;

the other twisted the halter about her forefeet; while the third, who had a knife in his hand, to my very great surprise, gave her a very deep wound in the upper part of the buttock. From the time I had seen them throw the beast upon the ground, I thought they were going to kill her, and to sell a part of the meat to us. But my people told me that they were not going to kill her; this awakened my curiosity; I let my people go forward, and stayed myself, till I saw, with the utmost astonishment, two pieces, thicker and longer than our ordinary beef-steaks, cut from the higher part of the buttock of the beast. It was done very skilfully, but I cannot tell how.”

« Oh how shocking ! and so, I suppose, the poor cow bled to death !”

“ No, she did not; though it was a most inhuman practice. I will read the remainder

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of Mr. Bruce's account. • The skin,' he says,

, which had covered the flesh which had been taken away, was left entire, and flapped over the wound, and was fastened to the corresponding part by two or more small skewers or pins. Whether they put any thing under the skin, between that and the wounded flesh, I know not; but at the river side, where they were, they prepared a cataplasm, or plaster of clay, with which they covered the wound. They then forced the animal to rise, and drove it on before them, to furnish them with a fuller meal when they should meet their companions in the evening.”

“ But does any other traveller besides Bruce mention this circumstance ?

“ The question, Harry, is a very proper one; we may well desire testimony upon testimony, to prove what appears so unnatural

and extraordinary. In this case we have what we desire. Mr. Salt, in his voyage to Abyssinia, mentions some soldiers, who had got possession of several head of cattle ; he says, they had fasted many hours, and had still a considerable distance to travel. One of them proposed cutting a steak from the thigh of the cow; this was assented to. They then laid hold of the animal by the horns, threw her down, and proceeded, without any farther ceremony, to the operation. This consisted in cutting out two pieces which might weigh about a pound. As soon as they had taken these away, they sewed up the wounds, plastered them over with cow-dung, and drove the animal forwards, whilst they divided the steaks among the party.”

“ How cruel! And what became of the poor cow at last ?

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