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13. Jon. That you could.

14. Dutch. Will you lend me the money?

15. Jon. [Shakes his head.] Can't do that. I'm going into business myself.

16. Dutch. Ah, what business?

17. Jon. I don't know yet, have not decided; into you* business perhaps.

18. Dutch. [Surprised.] My business!

19. Jon. Yes; it appears to me like a very good business. Don't you think I could start very fair on five hundred dollars? You don't know of a large room I could get, anywhere, do you?

20. Dutch. [Decidedly.] No; I don't.

21. Jon. I have seen two or three. One of them suits me very well. But I will tell you what I have been thinking about. If I open another establishment, the business will be divided. Now, it has struck me, that it might be better, all round, for me to put my . five hundred dollars into your business as a* partner, and push the whole thing with might and main. How does it strike you?

22. Dutch. [In deep thought for a few moments.] You put in five

hundred dollars?

, 23. Jon. Yes, — in hard gold.

24. Dutch. Gold!

25. Jon. All in half-eagles like these. [Showing a handful ]

26. Dutch. Very well; I will take you. You put in five hundred dollars; and I will put in all I have here. Then we shall be joint owners.

27. Jon. Equal partners? That is, I own half and you half, and divide equally the profits?

28. Dutch. Yes; that is what I mean.

29. Jon. Very well. That 'll do, I guess ; and we 'll have writings drawn to that effect, — articles of copartnership, you Know.

30. Dutch. '0 yes 1 I understand.

Scene H.
Jonathan and his friend Collins.

31. CoUins. That's a stupid-looking fellow, that partner of yours.

32. Jon. And he is as stupid as a mule. I have to carry him. on my back, and the business too.

33. Col. Why don't you get rid of him?

34. Jon. I've been wanting to do so for some time; but I have not seen my way clear yet.

35. Col. Does your partnership expire at any time by limitation?

36. Jon. No. It can only be dissolved by mutual consent.

37. Col. Won't he sell out his interest?

38. Jon. I don't know; but I have always intended to make him an offer to give or take, as soon as I could see my way clear to do it.

39. Col. Don't you see your way clear, now?

40. Jon. No. When such an offer is made, it must be so large that he can not raise the money. Otherwise, he might agree to give the amount proposed; and I don't want that. I want to stick to' the business; for it is going to be a fortune. At present, I am unable to raise what I think should be offered.

41. Col. How much is that?

42. Jon. About three thousand dollars. I put in only five hundred two years ago. You can see how the business has increased. The half is worth five thousand in reality; and I would give, rather than take, that sum.

43. Col. You think your partner can't raise three thousand dollars, do you?

44. Jon. I know he can't; for he has no friends; and he has not three hundred out of the business.

45. Col. How long would you want the sum mentioned? 4G. Jon. A year, or eighteen months.

47. Col. I think I can supply it. It is a pity for you to oe tied to this Dutchman, when you can conduct the business mat as well yourself.

48. Jon. A great deal better! He is only in the way!

49. Col. Very well. You make him the offer to give ot take three thousand dollars; and I will supply the money. But you ought, by all means, to add a stipulation, that the one who goes out shall sign a written agreement not to go into the same business for at least ten years to come. If you don't do this, he can take his three thousand dollars, and start another concern on as large a scale as you now have, and seriously affect your operations.

50. Jon. Such a stipulation must be signed, of course. I've always had that in my mind. Let me once get this business into my hands, and I 'll make it pay better than it ever has yet. Before ten years roll over my head, if I am not worth forty or fifty thousand dollars, then I don't know any thing.

51. Col. Do you think it will pay like that?

52. Jon. Yes; I know it will. I have not put out half my strength .yet; for I did not want to let this Dutchman see what could be made of the business. He 'll catch at three thousand dollars, like a trout at a fly; it is more money than he ever saw in his life.

53. Col. You had better see him without delay.

Scene HI.
Jonathan and the Dutchman.

54. Dutch. Well, what do you want?

55. Jon. I am tired of this partnership business.

56. Dutch. Well?

57. Jon. Either of us could conduct this business as well as both together.

58. Dutch. Well?

59. Jon. Now, I propose to buy your interest, or sell you mine, just as you prefer.

60. Dutch. Well?

61. Jon. What will you give for my half of the business, and let me go at something else? [Dutchma> shakes his head.] In a word, then, to make the matter as simple as possible, and as fair as possible, I 'll tell you what I 'll give or take.

62. Dutch. Well?

63. Jon. Of course it would not be fair for the one who goes out to go into the same business again. I would not do

'it. There should be a written agreement to this effect. G4. Dutch. Yes; well, what will you give or take? Co. Jon. I 'll give or take three thousand dollars, I don't care which.

66. -Dutch. Three thousand dollars! You give that?

67. Jon. Certainly.

68. Dutch. Or take that?

69. Jon. Yes; I will do either.

70. Dutch. Will you pay down the money?

71. Jon. Cash down.

72. Dutch. Three thousand dollars! I will think about it.

73. Jon. How long tinie do you want?

74. Dutch. Until morning. .

75. Jon. Very well; we 'll settle the matter to-morrow morning.

Scene IV.

Jonathan and the Dulihman, and their two friends.

76. Jon. Well, have you made up your mind?

77. Dutch. The one who goes out is not to begin the-same business?

78. Jon. No, certainly not; it would n't be fair.

79. Dutch. No, I suppose not.

80. Jon. Let us draw up a paper to that effect, and sign it before we go any further.

81. Dutch. Well.

[They draw up and sign the paper.]

82. Jon. You are prepared to give or take?

83. Dutch. To be sure I am.

84. Jon. Well, which will you do? 8.3. Dutch. I will give.

86. Jon. [Greasy surprised.] Give! give! You mean, take.

87. Dutch. I don't mean take; I mean give. Here is the money. [Takes a roil of bills from his pocket.] You said give or take; I say give.

[All go out except Jonathan ]

88. Jon. [Alone, putting the money into his pocket.] I have really

been caught in a trap of my own setting; but I '11 never have any thing more to do with a Dutchman, if I live to be as old as Methuselah!*

Questions. — 1. What did Jonathan say to the Dutchman? 2. What was the Dutchman's reply? 3-20. What appears to have been Jonathan's object in his inquiries? 21. What did ho propose to do? 22 - 26. What did the Dutchman say to the proposal? 27-29. On what terms did they unite in business? 31. What did Collins say of the Dutchman? 32 - 53, What plan did Jonathan and Collins lay to get the Dutchman out of the businesS? 65. What offer did Jonathan make him? 85 - 87. Did the Dutchman act according to his wishes? 88. What did he say of the Dutchman ? — Which kind of dialogue is this piece? What is the rule for reading dialogues \


8. Ceys'tal, the glass of a watch-case. 9.1'ais, the colored circle of the eye.

9. Flo'dds, liquid substances.

10. Mus'cles, the organs of motion.

11. Gland, an organ of secretion.

11. Nerves, organs of sensation.

12. Del'i-cate, very nice, smooth.

14. Ten'dons, cords attaching the muscles
'to the bone.
14. Sa-li'va, spittle.

16. Ar'te-ries, tubes conveying the blood

from the heart. 22. Veins, tubes' conveying the blood to

the heart.

Errohs. — Bilk for bwilds; difrwnt for dif/er-cnt; del'i-cut for del'i-cate; fac'try for fac'fo-ry; work'mun for work'men.


1. The human body is often compared to a house. When a man builds a house, he collects a great variety of materials. He gets timber of different shapes, as beams and boards.

2. He buys nails to fasten them together. He buys bricks of the brickmaker. He gets lime from one place, sand from another, and hair from another, and mixes them to make the mortar to hold the bricks together.

* See the fifth chapter of Genesis and 27th

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