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44   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

of years living forms have become more complex and more intelligent, until man emerges from the process, and asks, " From whence have come and whither am I going ? " One may fairly hold, in view of this fact, that to become more intelligent is advancement for any animal ; to become less intelligent is to go backward and fall out of line, and lose rank in the march of life. Compared with a weasel, or a mink, or a fox, or a crow, our rabbit is an idiot. All of these creatures live on concentrated food, and they are busy in search of it, with their senses alert. This hare family are great for multiplying and replenishing the earth. Two and three litters in a season, and several in a litter, is the regular practice. If it were not for their enemies they would soon drive us from our farms. If these animals were creatures of more brains there would be fewer young. The power of reproduction is gauged and proportioned to the dangers that are sure to make an end of many of them before arriving at maturity. A codfish produces a half-million eggs and only two es-cape to replace the parents. The number of eggs indicates the perils that beset them. English rabbits, not hares, were taken out to Australia where nature had not produced any. They were innocent pets, but they soon spread abroad,


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