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WHAT is it which the more it is cut the longer it grows ?-A ditch. THE LION IN LOVB.—The lion enjoys the honourable distinction of being, unlike most Oarni- vora, strictly faithful to his spouse, although report says that she is by no means so virtuous, but only cleaves to her mate until a stronger and handsomer one turns up. Let us hope this is a calumny. At the breeding season each lioness is usually followed by a nupiber of lions, who try all means in their power to gain her affections, and fight the most terrible battles with one another. In these fights the mane is of great use, for its length and thickness pre- vents the combatants taking a firm grip of one another's neck. Thus, the lion with the finest mane has the best chance of succeeding! in life in two ways. The lioness is more likely to take a faacy to him than to a less favoured suitor, for most of the lower animals, as well as ourselves, appreciate personal adornment very strongly; and he has also the best possible protection in the tourna- ment in which he is obliged to take part, fighting a outrance, against all comers. When the battle is over, and the quden of love and beauty" has bestowed the prize-herself-on the victor, the happy pair live together until the young are able to take care of themselves. The male often hunts for his mate, and allows her te take as much as she wants of the prey before satisfying his own hunger. He cares for her in the same way all the time she is suckling, and for the litter from the time when they are weaned till they are able to hunt for themselves.— Cassell's Natural History, edited by Professor Duncan. A CUBIOTJS TWELFTH-NIGHT CUSTOM.—Of the many strange customs observed in various places during Christmas or the beginning of the new year, few seem to be more curious than the one known as the Festival of the Bean King," which was-and possibly is still-beld iff certain parts of France and Germany on Twelfth-Night. This was an entertain- ment attended by numerous persons who devoted the evening to mirth and sports, in the course of which a laige cake, containing somewhere within it a buried bean, was produced and cut up. Each person present then received a piece of this; and he who obtained the slice containing the bean was at once proclaimed the Twelfth-Night King. A mock ceremony next followed, in which, aujid joyful acclamations, the pretended monarch was placed upon the throne; and after- wards he not only hold a court at which the homage of all the assembled company was paid to him, but he sustained his regal character throughout the remain- ing diversions of tha evening, and continued to be known by the title of Bean King until the follow- ing Twelfth-Night, when bis successor was similarly chosen. In former days even the king and the nobles of F,-ance held a festival of this kind and it is from it, or a similar custom, that the sajing, He has been the bean in the cake "—meaning that i person has unexpectedly met with good fortune—arose.— Little Folks.