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27. Elder. Burritt, for he was so officially designated, and his kind-hearted wife, were almost overcome with emotion, as many a strong hand grasped theirs, accompanied with hearty congratulations.

28. During the next day, the city friend smilingly inquired of Farmer Burritt why he had not called on him for the fifty dollars with interest in full? With a tear in his eye, and a strong grasp of the hand, he replied, " Look at these sons, — look at these daughters, — look at the old couple, — look at my prosperous business,— look in upon our minds and changed hearts, — and you will get the answer."

Questions— 2. What knowledge had Farmer Burritt? 3. What did he intend that his children should have and do? 4. Who became deeply interested in his family? 9. What implements did he say Farmer Burritt needed? 10. What did Mr. Burritt think of book-farmers? 11. What sum did his neighbor advise him to spend for books? 15. Did he do as he was advised? 17. What did the children promise to do? 20. What did Fanner Burritt acknowledge? 21. How did his reading affect his conversation and manners? 22. What is said of the religious books? 25. What business did James and Thomas pursue? 26. What did Robert become? 28. What did Farmer Burritt .say, when asked why he did not demand the fifty dollars and interest ? — What is the character of the composition of this lesson? What rules are applicable in reading • such pieces? Which are the most emphatic words in the first paragraph? In the second? &c.

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MY FATHER 'S .GROWING OLD. — Youth's Companion.

1. My father's growing old; his eye
Looks dimly on the page; .
The locks, that round his forehead lie,
Are silvered o'er by age. «

My heart has learned too well the tale

Which other lips have told;
His years and strength begin to fail; —

"My father's growing old."

2. They tell me, in my youthful years

He led me by his side,
And strove to calm my childish fears,

My erring steps to guide.
But years, with all their scenes of change,

Above us both have rolled;
I now must guide his faltering steps; —

"My father's growing old."

8. When sunset's rosy glow departs,

With voices full of mirth,
Our household band with joyous hearts

Will gather round the hearth.
They look upon his trembling form,

His pallid face behold,
And turn away with chastened tone; —

"My father's growing old."

4. And when each tuneful voice wo raise,

In songs of "long ago,"
His voice, which mingles in our lays,

Is tremulous and low.
. It used to seem a clarion's tone,

So musical and bold,
But weaker, fainter has it grown; —

"My father's growing old."

5. The same fond smile he used to wear

Still wreathes his pale lips now;
But time, with lines of age and care,
Has traced his placid brow.

But yet, amidst the lapse of years,

His heart has not grown cold;
Though voice and footsteps plainly tell

"My father's growing old."

6. My father, thou didst strive to share

My joys, and calm my fears;
And now thy child, with grateful care,

In thy declining years,
Shall smooth thy path, and brighter scenes,

By faith and hope, unfold,
And love thee with a nobler love,

Since thou art "growing old."

Questions. — What is the subject of this lesson? 1. What evidence of this is here given? 2. What had the father done for his child? 2. What does the child now propose to do in return? 3. What occurred at sunset? 3, 4 How did the father appear? 5. What next is said of him? 6. What does the child resolve to do in the father's declining years? Ought not every child to do the same ? — Is this lesson written in rhyme, or blank-verse?

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THE SHAWL-GOAT. —Parley's Magazine.

1. Of all the domestic goats, this is the most valuable, on account of the material which it furnishes for the production of those elegant shawls that are manufactured in the valley of Cashmere * and its immediate vicinity.

* Cash-mere' (kash-mure'), a country in Hindostan, occupying a beautiful valley among the Himalaya Mountains, which, on account of Its fertility, the Asiatics call the Garden of Eternal Spring.

2. But few goats of this species have been seen in Europe. This is probably owing to the great difficulty of preserving their lives through the various changes of climate, to which they must be exposed in a journey from the bleak mountains of Thibet* to the shores of countries so far distant from their own clime.

8. They are by no means hardy animals, when taken from their native hills; and they soon pine and die, if not attended to with extreme care. In the vessel in which the writer of this article returned from India, f there were six of these animals, intended a3 a present to the Queen of England; but they all died during-the passage.

4. The shawl-goat is small, — none of those just referred to much exceeding two feet in height. These goats are covered with long, fine hair, reaching nearly to the ground, and almost entirely concealing their legs. This gives them an ungainly appearance in their movements, except when they gambol about their native mountains.

5. They are, indeed, beautiful creatures. Their long, wavy hair, undulating over their bodies or raised by their eccentric motions, gives grace to every attitude. Upon the head and neck, the coat is generally black, but white on every other part of the body; though it is sometimes all white, and occasionally of a very pale, gray. The hair waves slightly; but it is not crisped like that of the Angora J goat.

6. But the Angora goat is of a different species, having longer ears, and being broader in proportion. The horns are black; and they grow out horizontally on each side of the head, in the form of a corkscrew. It is of a dazzling white color, having long, thick, fine, and glossy hair. The articles manufactured from the hair of this kind of goat are well known among us by the name of camlet.

* Thib'et (tib'et), an extensive and mountainous country in Central Asia, t In'dia (in'ja), an extensive empire in Southern Asia, under the government of England.

t An-go'ra (an-go'ra), a town in Asiatic Turkey, 215 miles in an easterly direction •iom Constantinople.

7. The material from which the shawls are manufactured is a fine, silky down, which grows under the long hair of the Cashmere goat, next to the skin, and is of the finest texture. As one goat produces but a small quantity, it js exceedingly expensive; and consequently the shawls made from it bring \rery high prices.

8. It is by no means an easy matter to procure a shawl made solely of Cashmere wool; for the native manufacturers, finding it so scarce a commodity, commonly, mix it with a far less expensive material, by which the value of the shawl is considerably lessened.

9. A large shawl, made entirely of the wool of the Thibet goat, might be drawn through a moderately sized finger-ring. The color of this wool is invariably of a pale gray, whatever may be that of the longer hair.

10. There are several traits peculiar to this goat. It is a graceful and beautifully formed creature; and, in its gambols, it displays a natural elegance of motion remarkably striking. What especially distinguishes it above all other animals of the goat tribe is, that it emits no disagreeable odor, and is, I believe, the only goat which does not.

.11. Its habits are singularly gentle. It is a common inmate of the huts of the mountaineers, and is generally treated with great kindness. Its value is fully appreciated by the Thibetians,* both for its domestic uses and the rare material which grows on its skin.

Questions. —1. Why is the shawl-goat more valuable than others? 1. Why is this species called the shawl-goat? What is said of Cashmire? 2,3. Has the attempt to introduce this goat into Europe been successful? What, and where, is Thibet? fndia? i, 5. Describe the shawl-goat. What, and where, is Angora? 6. What is said of the Angora goat? 1, 8. What is said of the material from which the shawls are made? 9. What can be done with a shawl made entirely from the wool of this goat? 10,11. What peculiar traits has the Thibet goat? Who are meant by Thibetians ?— What is the character of the composition of this lesson? How, then, should it be read? Point out the accented syllable in all the words of two or more syllables in the first paragraph. In the second, &c.

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