Ass, by naturalists, is classed as a species of horse, or Equus.

The tame, or domestic Ass, is an animal remarkable for his meek-tience, and tranquillity. He submits with firmness to chastisement, is temperate in his food, and contents himself with the disagreeable herbage which other animals disdain to eat; but is more delicate with regard to his drink, never using water, unless it be perfectly pure. This animal is esteemed for his attachment, and, though generally used with severity and harshness, nay, often with cruelty, he is fond of his master, has a scent of him at a distance, and easily distinguishes him from other persons. Of all animals, the ass, perhaps, is capable of supporting the heaviest burthen, in proportion to his size: and, on account of his slow and regular pace, is particularly useful in journeying over uneven grounds, and mountainous countries.

The finest breed of asses was formerly met with in Egypt, but, at present, those reared in Spain are preferable. In the latter country, as well as in Italy, the inhabitants eat the flesh of asses with avidity. Their milk is of so thin a consistence, that it neither affords butter nor cheese, but is extremely agreeable to the tender stomachs of consumptive persons, and very-wholesome for young children, when drank while warm from the animal; but it should be taken at least three or four times a day, half a pint at each time, and continued for several weeks or months, if any real benefit be expected from this simple di

The manner of preparing artificial asses milk, not inferior in its properties to the natural, is as. follows: Take of eryngo-foot, or sea-holly, and pearl barley, each half an ounce, liquorice-root three ounces, water two pounds, or one quart ; boil it down over a gentle fire to one pint, then strain it, and add an equal quantity of new cow's milk.

Ass. - This useful animal is chiefly employed for drawing hucksters' carts, and similar burthens ; but it appears from an experiment, made by the Earl of Egremont, and recorded in the 37th vol. of " Annals of Agriculture, " that asses may be advantageously put in harness, for the draught of waggons. His Lordship, early in the year 1800, formed a team, consisting of six of these male animals ; and during the term of nine months, he found them of great service. The creatures brought one chaldron and a quarter of coals twice a day, in a waggon, from the canal to his house at Pet worth: they were gentle, and docile; during the winter they hud no oats, subsisting wholly on furze, holly, and the bands of the trusses of hay consumed by horses. As, therefore, asses are very hardy, and maybe kept at a trifling expence, we recommend this experiment to the attention of our country readers, and readily subscribe to the opinion of Mr. Young, that " they will be found by far the cheapest team that can be used."