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KIDD'S

OWN JOURNAL;

FOR

INTER-COMMUNICATIONS ON NATURAL HISTORY,

POPULAR SCIENCE, AND THINGS IN GENERAL.

CONDUCTED BY

WILLIAM KIDD, OF HAMMERSMITH.

VOLUME V.

A DEEP mysterious SYMPATHY doth bind
The human heart to NATURE's beauties all;
We know not, guess not, of its force or kind,
But this full well we know,- When ill doth fall
Upon us, when our hearts are sear'd and riven,
*Tis then we seek the shade, and raise our eyes to HEAVEN.

R. NICOL.

LONDON:

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ANOTHER HALF-YEAR has very quickly passed away. AGAiN are we called upon to offer a few brief observations whilst issuing this our FIFTH VOLUME.

Since our last Preface was penned, the whole aspect of affairs has undergone a change. Magic itself could not have worked a greater change. War has usurped the place of Peace. The world is universally disturbed. Very many of our excellent friends have been called away by duty” to a Foreign land. The inhabitants of the earth are running hither and thither in a state of restlessness.

Literature, too, has quite altered its healthy tone. The better class of our Cheap Periodicals is, we are told, fast dwindling down in sale to zero. Two of them, in self-defence, have actually been compelled to commence a NEW NOVEL in their columns. These," written to order," are doled out in weekly installments !

There is no denying the fact, that public taste now inclines towards the vilest and cheapest trash. Countless Shilling Volumes, tricked out in grotesque green covers to attract the eye, are the order of the day,—their contents, for the most part, injurious in the highest degree. These are devoured by young and old; master and mistress, man-servant and maid-servant. ALL swallow greedily the mental poison prepared for them. Wholesome food for “the mind” is not wanted. It is out of fashion.

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At this peculiar crisis, prudence bids us (for the present) back out of the field. The race is too “fast” a one for our breath to keep up with. The “ odds being against us, we regard our mission as ended. We retire from the course with an empty pocket. That might be expected (for we have fought bravely to the very last); but as an equivalent, we preserve, intact, a tender heart and an honest conscience. We have labored hard to do good ; and we scarcely need remark that philanthropic pursuits are not remunerative."

What our labors have been for the last few years (and our heavy loss by the venture), stand recorded in our FIVE VOLUMES. But such a phalanx of honorable men and women have we had as supporters, as have rarely fallen to the lot of any one public man. We acknowledge it with thankfulness, and speak of it with pardonable pride.

KIDD's JOURNAL owes little indeed of its popularity to the Editor. It is to the Contributors that all praise is justly due. By their noble sentiments—as nobly and honestly expressed, they have given birth to a standard work,-imperishable in interest, and one which has done good to an incalculable extent both at home and abroad. Better than all,—it has "won," not forced its way to the hearts of the people.

May OUR JOURNAL long continue to extend its genial influences (for we sincerely believe it will never die); and may'ages yet unborn “take a leaf out of Our Book,"—for which, in after time, they may feel inclined to grant us their blessing! It is “something” to live for posterity.

WILLIAM KIDD.

New ROAD, HAMMERSMITH,

July 1st, 1854.

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Affection of a Mother, 128

Crystal Palace, The, at Sydenham, 52, 258, 316,

Amusements in Scandinavia, 5

350, 367

Ancient Verulam-a Pleasure Trip, 307
Animal Heat, 247

Daisy, The, 109
Instinct, 81, 145

Death in the Pot!" 366
Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms, The, Coni- Delicacy,–What is it? 126
pared, 364

Devonshire, Beauties of, 6, 74, 131, 184, 198

Ardent Spirits,-England's Curse, 187, 247

Early Spring in, 123

Artificial Flower Making, 188

Mild Climate of, 187

Ass, Longevity of the, 56

Dew, and its Phenomena, 69

Astounding Facts in Nature, 260

Dog, The, 41, 43, 103, 154, 171, 237, 298, 356

Atmosphere, Nature of the, 256

Domestic Duties, -not beneath a Woman's no-

Auto-Biography of a Dog, 41, 103, 171, 237, 298, tice, 248
356

Dormouse, The, 191
Avarice and its Horrors, 372

Elephant, The, 313
Bathing in Russia, 328

England, Notes on, by an American, 143
Beauty-What is it? 128

English Churches and English Women, 250

Bees, 145, 253, 315

English, The, in Italy, 110

Biblical Curiosities, 375

English Women and English Landscapes, 252

Birds, Killed by Frost, 61

-Longevity of, 60

-Our Spring Visitors and their Food, 209

Analysis of Society, An, 204; Auction, An, 113;

Brain, The Human, 125, 320

Babies and their Smiles, 349; Bright Side of
Bullfinch's, A, Eggs, sucked by a Slug, 54

Nature, The, 193; Ceylon, Recollections of, 12;

Butterflies of the Valley of the Amazon, 122

Colney Hatch, 33; Destiny, Fate, and Conduct,

129; Dignity and Duty, 9; "Doctors' Com-

135; Fashion's Looking Glass, 204;

Cant and Hypocrisy, 257, 258, 268, 316

Friendship, 119, 314; God made the Country,
Canaries Living and Breeding in the Open Air, 65 ; Happy Thoughts, 1 ; Hope, 4; Humanity
120, 371

and Inhumanity, 273; Infidelity, 320; Inno-
Canary, The, 120, 280, 370, 371

cence, Guilt, and Suspicion, 257; "Laugh and
Cat, The, 58, 312

Grow Fat !” 208 ; Little Kindnesses, 17;
Cats,-proved to be “Vermin," 312, 370

Living and the Dead, The, 300; Love Lane,
Cats and Mesmerism, 55

263 ; Man and his Food, 141; Man and his
Chameleon, Habits of the, 264

Idol, Gold, 338 ; Meditation and Books, 353 ;
Cheerfulness for Ever! 315

Natural History, On the Study of, 234 ; Our

Chesnut,-Notes on the Edible, 137

Early Flowers, 97, 163, 225; Our Wild Flowers,

Cuildren, Happiness of, 206

291; Our Mirror of the Months, 35, 105, 174,

How to Correct, 64

229, 293, 358; Philosophy, The, of Common

Sympathy of, 328

Life, 370; Plurality of Worlds, The, 324;
China, Spring Flowers in, 118

Profound Talkers, 336; Prose and Poetry, 271;
Chinese, The, and their Wonderful Feats, 261 Reason and its Shadow, 33; Rome and Naples,
Chloroform, Danger of Inhaling: Another Hor. 3 ; Snow Balls, 50 ; Sympathy and its Delights,
rible Death! 319

321 ; Tongue, The Human, 72; “The Man for

Climbing Plants of South America, The, 255

305; Thoughts on the Ivy, 67; Truthi ·

Coliseum, The, at Rome, 342

and Falsehood, 289

Cow-fish, The, 250

Cricket, Anecdote of a, 127

Family Reform, 335

Crime and its Increase, 314

“Farewell!" 338, 376

Cruise, A, in a Lobster Smack, 325

Fashion, 184, 204, 245

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