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Natural History of the Wolf.
hunger for a long time; and, to allay it, will sometimes fill their stomachs with mud. They have been known to follow armies, and assemble in troops upon the field of battle; tearing up such bodies' as have been carelessly interred, and devouring them with insatiable avidity. The wolf has, in all ages, been confidered as , the most savage enemy of mankind, and rewards have always been offered for his head. Various methods have been adopted to rid the the world of this rapacious invader; pitfalls, traps and poison, have all been employed against him ; and, happily for these islands, the whole race has here been long extirpated. To effect this purpose in England, king Edgar remitted the punishment of certain crimes, on producing a certain number of wolves' tongues; and, in Wales, the tax of gold and silver was commuted for an annual tribute of wolves’ heads. Some centuries after, they increased to such an alarming degree, as to become a particular object of royal attention and, confiderable rewards were given for destroying them. Camden relates, that certain persons held their lands on condition of hunting and destroying the wolves which infested the country; whence they were called the cwolf-hunt. In the reign of Athelstan, wolves abounded so much in Yorkshire, that a retreat was built at Flixton, to defend passengers from their attacks. As the ravages of these animals were greatest during winter, particularly in January, when the cold was severest, our Saxon ancestors distinguished that month by the title of wolf-moneth. (To be concluded in our next.) O RANE