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with this coarse food, and retire into his hiding place a whole day while it digested. Under such circumstances no animal advances in brain

#apacity. Such gifts of the brain are won out of the stress, and struggle, and makeshifts that our most intelligent creatures have experienced. The species of animal that does not feel the spur of necessity urging the use of brain power will either remain comparatively stupid, or de-generate into deformed parasites. It is a stern law of nature that the possessor of one talent must put it out at some kind of profit, or even that shall be taken away. Says Josh Billings, " Them as has gets." Rabbits find life too easy. They fulfil the promise of the Psalmist, " The meek shall eat and be satisfied." If it is just as well to be stupid and filletl to the throat with bark and browse as it is to be smart and clever, then " Br. Rabbit " needs no sympathy. The old Romans had a saying, that " He who knows nothing spends the happiest life." That mad* be true, but what is the quality of the 'happiness? Is it not more desirable to be Newton, demonstrating the problems of planetary movements, than it is to be a toad under a leaf absorbed in catching bugs and beetles ? One truth can be clearly made out in the study of organic life, and it is this : Through millions

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