i36 MONSIEUR DUMAS AND HIS BEASTS
emotion on both sides. I was sorry for the poor animal. When I had recovered a little, I asked Michel what his other piece of news was.
' The latest news, sir, is that Jugurtha's name is no longer Jugurtha.'
'What is it then?'
' It is Diogenes.'
' And why? '
' Look, sir! '
We had now reached the little avenue of ash-trees which formed the entrance to the villa. To the left of the avenue the vulture was seen walking proudly to and fro in an immense tub, which Michel had made into a house for him.
' Ah ! now I understand,' said I. ' Of course, directly he lives in a tub-----'
' That's it!' said Michel. ' Directly he lives in a tub, he cannot be Jugurtha any more; he must be Diogenes.'
I admired Michel's historical learning no less than I did his surgical skill, just as the year before, I had bowed before his superior knowledge of natural history.
In order to lead to more incidents in the life of Prit-chard I must now tell my readers that I had a friend called Charpillon, who had a passion-for poultry, and kept the finest hens in the whole department of Yonne. These hens were chiefly Cochins and Brahmapootras; they laid the most beautiful brown eggs, and Charpillon surrounded them with every luxury and never would allow them to be killed. He had the inside of his hen-house painted green, in order that the hens, even when shut up, might fancy themselves in a meadow. In fact, the illusion was so complete, that when the hen-house was first painted, the hens refused to go in at night, fearing to catch cold; but after a short time even the least intelligent among them