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Observations en the net in Sfietp, j :1 This disease may generally be prevented by I- good management, the basis of which consists in completely draining the land. The manner in which the land should be stocked is alt another important consideration. By draining, the reptile, or whatever it mnf be, from which the fionk derives its origin,19 S deprived of its favourite places to deposit if egg, and therefore seeks some other spot, for the better security of its young. It prefert 1 those partu where there is stagnated water, and consequently where it is least likely to ba eaten by cattle or sheep, which is a natural instinct observeable throughout animal life.—* Sheep will not resort to such places, unless • they are very short of feed, and necessity com- r pels them to it; but draining will remolo, the eVIl Itogether. When land subject to the rot is lightly j stocked, as with only one half the sheep it would keep, they frequently escape the diR- ease, which is a strong proof that they in- stinclly reject the spots that are unwholesome and will never eat of them, but from great icarciiy Horses should never be put witli sheep on land where the rot prevails, as they bite very near, and eat the best grass froins the souiwl high grounds, which the sheep would in course make choice of, who are th! driven to those low punny spots, where they lick up, with the herbage, the egg or animal- eule that produces the flotik.-Cliingii), of i theep about, by putting the whole of the flock ikst into one pasture and then into auother, to eat all up, is also very improper; from which some have been led to suppose 1 that short grass rots sheep it is not, however < possible, that this reptile can have its origin in any kind of food, as no plant can produce at itself t living aninial. 1 It is a matter of great surprise, that wlicm a sheep affected with the rot, from strength of constitution, survives and fattens, yet the flonks slill exist in the liver; and when the sheep is killed, these reptiles very soon appeaf to be dezd, although at the moment the livt<* 1 is taken ont, and cut into, they are as liveif | as freslj caught Hal-fish, and much resembia 1 them. From what creature these reptiles are j Keno jted is also surprising, us thereItas never been discovered, on grounds Subject to the j rot, any thing resembling them, nor does it app far that those very Hooks formed in the she »p can have any opportunity to return to wh d they came from, which renders the dis- c< rery too intricate and as naturalists i« ge- n ;ral do not allow that there is such a tfeiug S M spontaneous generation, the origin of this 1 feptile is extremely mysterious. The egg of animalcule must be very abtin- ) < dant, as a flock of sheep have been known to I take the infection in a few iiiiiii-itei. A Bock of one thousand was driven from the high Downs, where sheep never take the rot, once only in a valley to drink, after a heavY shower of rain, and suffered to eat rn there for about fifteen minutes, when two hundred died rotten in the winter following* and how matiy more were affected was not known. It has hi'lherto been impossible to give ao.1 medicine f o kill or discharge these flonks froii* the fiver it is a subject, however, well worl,lT the -,Ittco :"ion of the medical world, and, if > crowned with success, would amply reward t the ialnj ur aud research bestwwed upon it. [

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