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THE BELGIAN CANARY.

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THE BELGIAN CANARY. The peculiarities of the Belgian canary are not pre- sented to the eye until, in a state of nervous excite- ment, he braces himself together and shows what the little frame is capable of doing in the way of "posi- tion," much in the same way as the pouter among pigeons shows himself in his pride. On entering a room in which a number of Belgians may be caged singly, or in numbers in flight-cages, we are not at first struck with the peculiar merit of any one specimen. The very best of them. which when put in position may exhibit the most remarkable conforma- tion, is seen hopping in a slovenly manner from one perch to another, or sitting apparently in meditation. His legs are certainly too long. and set too far back. He cannot, when on the bottom of the cage, keep his tail off the ground, and when pecking at a grain of seed stiffens Ins legs into two splinters, straightens his tail into the same line with the body, like those artistic conceptions OIL chil- dren's toys, and looks eminently uncomfortable. And this is one of those most extraordinary Belgians of which one has heard so much ? No wonder his beauties have no charm for the profallUíd valgus, and well may it require an educated eye to discover them. Wait awhile. He hops on a low perch, and from that to a higher, drops his tail, which was never intended to be dragged about on the ground, pulls himself together a little, stretches an inch or two, and is already not the swan out of water he was a moment ago. You pass him into an open show-cage, and possibly one or two others hop in at the same time. But we must get them on even terms, for one is standing turned in an opposite, direction to the rest. Don't hurry or frighten them in any way. Possibly they may look a little alarmed and not be very steady, or may even heave a little with the excitement, but a few minutes will set them to rights. Our well-bred Belgian is not, a bird to be jostled about roughly he is accustomed to polite society and is not unseemingly boisterous. Hang the cage -little higher, on that nail just above the level of the eye in the far corner of the room, where the atten- tion of the birds will not be distracted by the bustle and twitter in the other cages. Don't lift the cage by the top, or the birds will perhaps cower and become more frightened at the novelty of the situation take it by the bottom and keep the hand out of sight. p 11 Surely these cannot be the same birds we saw in the flight? They are already standing in an erect attitude with their legs straightened, their wings tucked up closely, tails so nearly in the same line with the back that a plumb-line would not show much deflection.- Cct?iuries and Cage-birds.

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SOME QUEER DISHES.

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IA PAIR OF WITS.

THE FASHIONABLE FLOWER.

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