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THE ADVENTURES OF RECTBEN DAVIDGER.
worn about bis bead in place of the honest tarpaulin, the rings in his
Iii^l^ek^^ broad ears, the ^ sheathed knife slung round hi3 J^l^ a W'^TvS^ neck instead of the clasped Sheffield blade dangling at his hip, the skimping pantaloons that revealed the scragginess of his shanks, when I furtively regarded his cat-like gait and his blubberous lips, I had no doubts as to his country or his proper occupation ; lie came from the land of cocoa-nuts and elephants, and his trade was hunting little birds with a blow-gun; it was pleasant to carry his image to the bird-shop, and then, by a bold imaginative clFort, to convert Ratcliff Highway into a tropical forest, endow with life and let loose the golden humming-birds, the uncomfortable ostrich, and all the crew of dazzling, flaming, jabbering parrots and set at them my African, with his excellently-adapted lips, to blow tiny arrow3 at them and bring them down. True, the ostrich might defy tho blow-gun, but then the legs of my African are little inferior a:3 regards slimness to the bird's ; and, having overtaken it, with one hand grasping its inviting throat, and the other the haft of his sheath-knife, the struggle would possibly be of short duration.