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which the ills of life can not exhaust. Charity never faileth. An infidel of .our own sex is odious enough; but a woman who rejects Christianity is an object of unmixed and unmeasured aversion.

4. One of the most promising signs of the times in which we live, is the extraordinary attention paid to the moral and intellectual education of the female sex. Such institutions as this are glorious exponents of the progress of the nineteenth century. In this country, woman is elevated to her true 6phere; and her influence on social life is powerful.

5. When in Europe, we saw gorgeous palaces, and great schools of art, and noble monuments commemorating battles which have decided the fortunes of the world, and an endless variety of objects of interest; but nowhere did we see any thing more beautiful than the spectacle which we here witness to-day.

6. Our country abounds in all the material elements for excellence in the arts which give such a charm to life. In all that is grand and beautiful, and truly great, we may steadily advance until we attain a higher civilization than the world has ever produced.

7. It should be our aim so to train our sons and our daughters in this great Republic,* that they may be worthy of the grand destiny which opens before them in the boundless fu-. ture. Some of you are about to take leave of this institution. Go forth as ministering angels, making the world better and happier as you pass along through it.

8. Thus far you have been engaged in the work of preparation; but real life now opens before you. No one can read the future; there is no astrologer at hand to consult the starlit heavens, and reveal your destiny. This is wisely ordered; we are taught to seek and trust the guidance of an invisible hand.

9. There are influences, all about us, which act upon us in

• Re-puWlic, a country In which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged Id representatives elected by the people.

life. We can only resolve to do our duty, and commit our ways . to Him "who rules over all." Exclude from your minds the doctrines of chance. Adhere to principle; and, in this well-ordered universe, you will find that you tread life's paths safely. The ground beneath your feet will be firm, and the heavens above will light you on your way.

Questions. What is said of this extract? 1-3. What is desirable, and even essential, in female character? 4. What is one of the most promising signs of the times? 5. What does the speaker say of the palaces, &c. of Europe, as compared with the spectacle before him? 6. In what does our country abound? 7-9. What advice is here given? What is a republic ? — What is the character of the composition of this piece? With what pitch, movement, and Inflection should it be read?

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1. Self-knowledge, The Enchanting Mirror.
This curious glass will bring your faults to light,
And make your virtues shine both strong and bright.

2. Contentment,A Wash to smooth Wrinkles.
A daily portion of this essence use;

'T will smooth the brow, and tranquillity infuse.

3. Truth, Fine Lip-Salve.
Use daily for your lips this precious dye;
They 'll redden, and breathe sweet melody.

4. Prayer, A Mixture, giving Sioeetness to the Voicn
At morning, noon, and night this mixture take;
Your tones, improved, will richer music make.

5. Compassion, The best Eye- Water.
These drops will add great.luster to the eye;
When more you need,.the poor will you supply.

6. Wisdom, Solution to prevent Eruptions.
It calms the temper, beautifies the face,
And gives to woman dignity and grace.

1. Attention And Obedience, Matchless Ear-Rings.
With these clear drops appended to the ear,
Attentive lessons you will gladly hear.

* 8. Neatness And Industry, Indispensable Bracelets.

* Clasp them on carefully each day you live;
To good designs they efficacy give.

9. Patience, An Elastic Girdle.
The more you use, the brighter it will grow,
Though its least merit is external show.

m 10. Principle, A Ring of Tried Gold.
Yield not this golden bracelet while you live;
'T will sin restrain, and peace of conscience give.

• 11. Resignation, A Necklace of Purest Pearl
This ornament embellishes the fair,
And" teaches all the ills of life to bear.

12. Love, A Diamond Breast-Pin.
Adorn your bosom with this precious pin,
It shines without, and warms the heart within.

13. Politeness, A Graceful Bandeau.
The forehead neatly circled with this band,
Will admiration and respect command.

14. Piety, A Precious Diadem. Whoe'er this precious diadem shall own, Secures herself an everlasting crown.

Questions: — What is the subject of this lesson? 1. What is said of Self-Know! edge as here Used? 2. Of Contentment? 3. Of Truth? &c!,&c. What is the obvious design of this piece?



1. ITAG'nArid, having a ghastly look.

2. lltm'MOcka, ridges of broken ice.

4. Ex-haus'tion, state of being exhausted.

5. Sledge, a sled, a large hammer.

5. Ei'Dee-down, down of the eider-duck.

6. Ther-mom'e-ter, an instrument to meas

ure the temperature.

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7. A're-a, any prescribed surface.

7. Ra'di-us, a right line from the center to

the circumference. 9. Pem'mi-can, meat cured, pulverized,

and mixed with fat. 9. Cache, (kash,) a hole in the ice or

ground for preserving provisions.

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1. We were cheerfully at work preparing for an early start, when, toward midnight, we heard the noise of steps from above; and the next minute Sontag, Ohlsen, and Peteiv son came down into the cabin. Their manner startled me even more than their unexpected appearance on board. They were swollen and haggard, and hardly able to speak.

2. Their story was a fearful one. They had lift their conu panions in the ice, risking their own lives to bring us the news. Brooks, Baker, Wilson, and Pierre were all lying frozen and disabled. Where, they eould not tell. They were somewhere among the hummocks to the north and east; and the snow was drifting heavily around them when they parted.

3. My first impulse was to move on the instant with an unencumbered party; for a rescue, to be effective or even hopeful, could not be too prompt. What pressed on my mind most was, where the sufferers were to be looked for among the drifts.

4. Ohlsen seemed to have his faculties rather more at command than his associates; and I thought he might assist us as a guide; but he was sinking with exhaustion, and if he went with us we must carry him.

5. There was not a moment to be lost; and, as soon as we could hurry through our arrangements, Ohlsen was .strapped on the sledge, in a fur-bag, his legs being wrapped in dogskins and eider-down, and we were off upon the ice.

6. Our party consisted of nine men besides myself. 'We rarried only the clothes on our backs. The thermometer stood at forty-six degrees below zero, — seventy-eight degrees below freezing point.

7. We had traveled sixteen hours when we began to lose our way. We knew that our lost companions-were in the areaJ)efore us, within a radius of forty miles. Mr. Ohlsen, who had been for fifty hours without rest, fell asleep as soon as we began to move, and now awoke with unequivocal signs of mental disturbance.

8. It became evident that he had lost the bearing of the - icebergs; and the uniformity of the vast field of snow utterly

forbade the hope of local landmarks. Coming to a long, level floe, I gave orders to abandbn the sledge and disperse in search of footmarks.

9. We raised our tent, placed our pemmican in cache, except a small allowance for each man to carry on his person; and poor Ohlsen, now just able to keep his legs, was liberated from his bag. The thermometer had fallen to forty-nine degrees; and the wind was setting in sharply from the • northwest.

10. It was out of the question to halt; it required brisk ex~ ercise to keep from freezing. I could not even melt ice for water; and, at these temperatures, any resort to snow for the purpose of allaying thirst was followed by bloody lips and tongue. It burned like caustic; and, in spite of all my efforts to keep up an example of sound bearing, I fainted twice on the snow.

11. We had been out nearly eighteen hours, without food or water, when a new hope cheered us. The appearance of a broad sledge-track was discovered, though nearly effaced by the drifting snow. Tracing it among the hummocks, footprints were soon perceived; and, following these with religious care, we at last came in sight of a small American flag, Buttering from a hummock.

12. It was the camp of our disabled comrades. We

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