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"IT is impossible to walk across so much as a rood of the natural earth, with mind unagitated and rightly poised, without receiving strength from some stone, flower, leaf or sound, nor without a sense as of dew falling on you out of the sky." — DR. SAMuEn JOHNSON.

AS I jogged along this cool autumn morning more than once I pulled up my faithful old horse and got out. He had by long experience become acquainted with my habits, as I had his. He did not approve of my liking to investigate so many things by the wayside. His preference was to go straight on to the end of the journey, and he followed me with his eyes reprovingly till I took my seat again. This morning seemed a favorable time to collect some objects of interest. There were plenty of them, and well worth study and observation. I could have had empty bird's-nests, telling much of the little builders. I could have had toadstools of various species, all of them with curious histories and habits ; but coming upon some " oak apples," I filled a pocket with the

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