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39. "They said no more, and I made the best of my way to Westchester, with a fine tide, and soon arrived there, just before those I have mentioned; and my heart felt good to see the carriage drive to the tavern, and both of them looking for me out of the window. I fastened my canoe, but left both baskets; for I knew that funny Frenchman would make fun of the gingerbread.
40. "As I entered the house, the landlord was in *he bar. I saw the back door open; and the landlord told me to go in, which I did, and Lafayette shoved it slowly to. Washington was on his feet; and, before I could take off my hat, he observed, ' Well, my young friend, what success?'
41. "'All good, sir,' I said, laughing, as I thrust my hand into my bosom, and pulled out both papers, and handed them to him.
42. "' An English paper! — where did you get this?' said he, as a look of approbation spread over his noble face.
43. "' At Sour-krout Hall, sir.
44. "He reached out his hand, and took mine, and said, 'I am greatly obliged to you.'
45. "' Sour-krout Hall!' said the Frenchman, looking at me very significantly.
46. "'You 've not had your dinner,' said the General. 'Marquis, please order some, and a dish of tea.'
47. "' No sir, I must go home.' •
48. "Washington took out his purse, and held five guineas towards me. »I drew back, and said, 'I am an American, sir, and father would make me return it right away, if he knew it.'
49. "' Well,' said he, 'if I can reward you in no other way, bear in mind this: General Washington thanks you; and give my respects to your father, and tell him I congratulate him on having such a son. If at any time during this contest or hereafter, you get involved in any difficulty, let me hear from you, and I will relieve you, if in my power.'
50. "As he said this, I thought I saw tears standing in his eyes and Lafayette's likewise, as they both hurried into tha carriage, when the landlord followed to the steps.
51. "While the waiter was closing the door, Lafayette said, 1 What a country! patriots from the commander-in-chief, down to the plowman! They deserve to be free.'
52. "' Yes,' replied the other,'and I trust in God they will be free'; and the coach drove off."
Questions. — 1. What does there seem to be in the name of Washington? 2. What President is referred to? What is meant by the Revolution? Where is Westchester * What is said of Lafayette? What, of Pinckney? 13. Who rode up to the tavern in a coach? 14. Who was beckoned to from the piazza? 16. What did Washington say to the boy? 17. What did he say he wanted him to do? 26. WMU did the boy say when Washington offered him a gold-piece? SO. What did Washington desire him to do? 42. Bid Washington approve of his conduct in procuring the newspapers? 44. What did he say to him? 48. What did the boy Bay when Washington offered him five guineas? 49. What did Washington tell him to say to his father ? — What is the character of the composition of this lesson? What rules are applicable in reading it? &c.
1. Vic'to-ry, the defeat of an enemj. 1. Val'ley, a low place between hills.
1. Slaugu'tir, great destruction of life.
2. South'eru, lying toward the south. 8, Fought, contended in battle.
3. Val'iant, brave, courageous.
5. Gar'ner-jd, gathered, harvested.
5. Mus'ter-jD, assembled for war.
6. Sol'dier, a warrior.
7. Bu'gle, a military instrument of music.
Errors. — Bones zar ron for bones are on; han'ful lot for handful of; h«rd for Ward (herd) ; hat for half; har'rist for har'vest; pdst/or passed.
• NEW ENGLAND'S DEAD. — Mclellan.* .
1. New England's dead! New England's dead I
On every hill they lie; — 4
By bloody victory.
Its red and awful tide,
With slaughter deeply dyed.
* McLellan (Isaac) is a native of Portland, Maine. He graduated at Bowdoin CoL lege in 1826. He practiced law for a time in Boston, and afterwards retired to tha country, and devoted himself principally to agricultural pursuits.
2. Their bones are on the northern hill,
8. The land is holy where they fought,
And holy where they fell;
The land they loved so well.
4. O, few and weak their numbers were, —'
A handful of brave men;
And rushed to battle then.
5. They left the plowshare in the mold, —
The corn, half garnered, on the plain,
And mustered, in their simple dress,
For wrongs to seek a stern redress,
To right these wrongs, come weal, come woe,
To perish, or o'ercome their foe.
6. And where are ye, O fearless men?
And where are ye to-day?
That ye have passed away!
In Trenton.f and in Monmouth J ground,
* BunkVr. the name given to the hill In Charlestown on which the first regulut battle with the British was fought.
t Tren'ton, now the capital of New Jersey, celebrated as the place where a battle was fought, in which Washington defeated the enemy and took 1000 prisoners.
1 Mon'moutb., a town in Monmouth County, New Jersey, noted for the battle be
The grass grows green, the harvest bright,
7. The bugle's wild and warlike blast
Shall muster them no more;
And they not heed its roar.
In many a bloody day,
For they have passed away!
Questions.—1, 2. What is said of New England's dead? 3. What, of the land where they fought and fell? 4. What, of their numbers? 4. To whom did they look tor success? 5. How did they leave their business when they began the war? 5. What did they determine upon? 6. What is here said of them? What is meant by Bunker? What is Trenton? Monmouth? Who is McLellan ? — What kind of questions are in the sixth stanza? How should they be read? Why? What is meant by 1 the hills reply again "? «
THE TRUE ARISTOCRAT. —Stewart,
1. Who are the nobles of the earth,
tween the British troops under Sir Henry Clinton, and the Americans under Washington, June 28, 177S. During the night after the battle, the British secretly left the field.
Who are they, but the men of toil, —
The mighty and the free,
And compass all the sea?
2. Who are they, but the men of toil,
Who fight the battles, bear the scars,
And give the world its crown Of name, and fame, and history, ; And pomp of old renown?
S. These claim no gaud of heraldry,
And scorn the knighting-rod ; *
Their peerage is from God! .
The glory of their name,
The laurel f wreath of fame.
Questions. — 1. Who are the real nobles of the earth? 1. What do they do to the earth? 2. How do they treat the forest and wilderness? 2. What do they give to the world? 3. What do they scorn? What is said of the knighting-rod? 3. From whom do they receive their peerage? What is the laurel? For what was it used by the ancients ? — Which kind of questions do you find in this piece? How should they be read?
* Knight'ing-rod. Probably the sword used in making a knight. In ancient times, the admission of a man to the privilege of a knight was a ceremony of great importance- "It is done," says Johnson, "by the king, who gives the person kneeling a blow on the neck with a sword, and says, 'Rise, Sir.'"
t Lau'rel, a genus of plants consisting of trees or shrubs, mostly aromatic, and often remarkable for the beauty of their foliage. The species (Laurus nobilis) so celebrated by the ancient poets, and used to decorate temples and the brows of victors, is a small ornamental evergreen tree, growing in the South of Europe and the North of Africa.