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press their own thoughts and sentiments, when under no restraint.*
Written directions as to the manner of reading, although useful, can never supply the defect of judgment and taste in the reader. Much may be done by presenting him a proper selection and variety of subjects for exercise; still more, by a correct model in the voice and mauner of the living instructer.
To correct a habit, very common with learners, of reading mechically, without attending at all to the sense and spirit of the pice, a few lessons are inserted without punctuation. Having no artificial guides or helps, the scholar will be thrown upon his own resources, and forced to exercise some degree of attention and judg
For the purposes of reference, figures are placed on the margin of the page, at regular intervals of ten lines. This method preserves ine natural division of paragraphs, and is attended with no inconvenience, if the teacher looks over-as it is presumed he always does-while the class reads.]
The Contented Porter.-RICHARDSON.
1 A PORTER One day resting himself with his load by him groaned aloud and wished he had five hundred pounds why says a gentleman who was passing by I will give you five hundred pounds and now what will you do with it oh says the porter I will soon tell you what I will do with it first I will have a half pint of ale and a toast and nutmeg every morning for my breakfast well and what time will you get up oh I have been used to be up at five or six o'clock so I will do that now well what will you do after breakfast why I will fetch a walk till dinner and what will you have for dinner
*It will often be found useful for the learner to close hi book, and endeavor to utter, as his own language, a sentence hich troubles him.
2 why I will have a good dinner I will have good roast beef and some carrots and greens and I will have a full pot every day and then I will simoke a pipe well and then perhaps you will take a nap may be I may no I will not take a nap I will fetch another walk till supper well and what will you have for supper I do not know I will have more beef if I am a hungry or else I will have a Welsh rabbit and another full pot of beer well and then why then I will go to bed to be sure pray how much now may you earn a week by your business why master I can make you eighteen shillings a 3 week will not you be tired now do you think after a little while in doing nothing every day I do not know master I have been thinking so well then let me propose a scheme to you with all my heart master cannot you do all this every day as you are and employ your time into the bargain why really so I can master I think and so take your five hundred pounds again and thank you.
A Persecuting Spirit reproved. PERCIVAL.
ARAM was sitting at the door of his tent under the shade of his fig-tree when it came to pass that a man stricken with years bearing a staff in his hand journeyed that way and it was noon day and Aram said unto the stranger pass not by I pray thee but come in and wash thy feet and tarry here until the evening for thou art stricken with years and the heat overcometh thee and the stranger left his.staff at the door and entered into the tent of Aram and he rested himself and Aram set before him bread and cakes of fine meal baked upon the hearth and Aram blessed the bread 2 calling upon the name of the Lord but the stranger did eat and refused to pray unto the Most High saying thy Lord is not the God of my fathers why therefore should I present my vows unto him.
And Aram's wrath was kindled and he called his servants and they beat the stranger and drove him into the wilderness now in the evening Aram lifted up his voice unto the Lord and prayed unto him and the Lord said Aram where is the stranger that sojourned this day with thee and Aram
answered and said behold O Lord he ate of thy bread and 3 would not offer unto thee his prayers and thanksgivings therefore did I chastise him and drive him from before me into the wilderness.
And the Lord said unto Aram who hath made thee a judge between me and him have not I borne with thine iniquities and winked at thy backslidings and shalt thou be severe with thy brother to mark his errors and to punish his perverseness arise and follow the stranger and carry with thee oil and wine and anoint his bruises and speak kindly unto him for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God and judg4 ment belongeth only unto me vain is thine oblation of thanksgiving without a lowly heart.
As a bulrush thou mayest bow down thine head and lift up thy voice like a trumpet but thou obeyest not the ordinance of thy God if thy worship be for strife and debate behold the sacrifice that I have chosen is it not to undo the heavy burdens to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke to deal thy bread to the hungry and to bring the poor that are cast out to thy house and Aram trembled before the presence of God and he arose and put on sackcloth and 5 ashes and went out into the wilderness to do as the Lord had commanded him.
The Indian Chief-ANONYMOUS.
DURING the war in America a company of Indians attacked a small body of British troops and defeated them as the Indians had greatly the advantage in swiftness of foot and were eager in the pursuit very few of the British escaped and those who fell into their hands were treated with a cruelty of which there are not many examples even in that country two of the Indians came up to a young officer and attacked him with great fury as they were armed with battle axes he had no hope of escape but just at this crisis another Indian came up who was advanced in years and was 2 armed with a bow and arrows.
The old man instantly drew his bow but after having taken his aim at the officer he suddenly dropped the point
of his arrow and interposed between him and his pursuers who were about to cut him in pieces they retired with respect the old man then took the officer by the hand soothed him into confidence by caresses and having conducted him to his hut treated him with a kindness which did honor to his professions he made him less a slave than a companion taught him the language of the country and 3 instructed him in the rude arts that are practised by the inhabitants they lived together in the most perfect harmony and the young officer in the treatment he met with found nothing to regret but that sometimes the old man fixed his eyes upon him and having regarded him for some minutes with a steady and silent attention burst into tears.
In the mean time the spring returned and the Indians again took the field the old man who was still vigorous and able to bear the fatigues of war set out with them and was accompanied by his prisoner they marched above two 4 hundred leagues across the forest and came at length to a plain where the British forces were encamped the old mar showed his prisoner the tents at a distance there says he are thy countrymen there is the enemy who wait to give us battle remember that I have saved thy life that I have taught thee to conduct a canoe to arm thyself with a bow and arrows and to surprise the beaver in the forest what wast thou when I first took thee to my hut thy hands were those of an infant they could neither procure thee sustenance nor safety thy soul was in utter darkness thou wast 5 ignorant of every thing thou owest all things to me wit thou then go over to thy nation and take up the hatchet against us the officer replied that he would rather lose his own life than take away that of his deliverer.
The Indian bending down his head and covering his face with both his hands stood some time silent then looking earnestly at his prisoner he said in a voice that was at once softened by tenderness and grief hast thou a father my father said the young man was alive when I left my country alas said the Indian how wretched must he be he 6 paused a moment and then added dost thou know that I have been a father I am a father no more I saw my son fall in battle he fought at my side I saw him expire he was covered with wounds when he fell dead at my feet.
He pronounced these words with the utmost vehemence
his body shook with a universal tremor he was almost stified with sighs which he would not suffer to escape him there was a keen restlessness in his eye but no tears flowed to his relief at length he became calm by degrees and turning towards the east where the sun had just risen dost thou see said he to the young officer the beauty of that sky which sparkles with prevailing day and hast thou pleasure in the sight yes replied the young officer I have pleasure in the beauty of so fine a sky I have none said the Indian and his tears then found their way a few minutes after he showed the young man a magnolia in full bloom dost thou see that beautiful tree said he and dost thou look upon it with pleasure yes replied the officer I look with pleasure upon that beautiful tree I have no longer any pleasure in looking upon it said the Indian hastily and immediately added go return to thy 8 father that he may still have pleasure when he sees the sun rise in the morning and the trees blossom in the spring.
On Misspent Time.-ADDISON.
1 I was conveyed methought in my dream into the entrance of the infernal regions where I saw Rhadamanthus one of the judges of the dead seated on his tribunal on his left hand stood the keeper of Erebus* on his right the keeper of Elysiumf I was told he sat upon women that day there being several of the sex lately arrived who had not yet their mansions assigned them I was surprised to hear him ask every one of them the same question namely what they had been doing upon this question being proposed to the whole assembly they stared one upon another as not know2 ing what to answer he then interrogated each of them separately madam says he to the first of them you have been upon the earth about fifty years what have you been doing there all this while doing says she really I do not know what I have been doing I desire I may have time given me to recollect after about a half an hour's pause she told him
Erebus. The place of punishment for the wicked. + Elysium.. The abode of the good after death.