18 DECEMBER 1886, Page 25

Mischievous Jack and his Friend. By "C. E. L." (Griffith,

Farran.)—" Mischievous Jack" is a jackdaw, given as a present by a lad who enlists to the girl who tells the story. Jackdaws, it is known, have a considerable talent for making adventures ; and this particular bird is a talented specimen of his kind. He makes a number of practical jokes on various creatures, human and other, with which he comes into contact. These "C. E. L." describes with some humour, while M. Ernest Griset gives the efficient aid of his pencil, a pencil well known for its skill in depicting the comic side of animal life.