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dash at him as if he hadn't a tooth in his head. Now he is gone, and the waters close over him, and I never saw
[Write from dictation.] We eagerly looked out for crocodiles, in the hourly expectation of finding them, and reserved our fire for them exclusively. At last I found them, and having the enterprise to myself, I levelled my gun and shot the supercilious brute.
THE COUNCIL OF HORSES.
"Goodness, how abject is our race,
How feeble are the two-legged kind !
A general nod approved the cause,
• When I had health and strength like you
thousand structures rise, To fence us from inclement skies !
For us he bears the sultry day,
the harvest's gain;
The tumult ceased, the colt submitted,
SISTER JANE'S LESSONS.
[Spell and write] accompanied, attained, perceived, sacrifice, answered, occupied.
A little boy accompanied his elder sister while she busied herself with the labours of the farm, asking questions at every step, and learning the lessons of life without being aware of it.
•Why, dear Jane,' he said, “ do you scatter good grain on the ground; would it not be better to make good bread of it than to throw it to the greedy chickens ?'
'In time,' replied Jane, the chickens will grow big, and each of them will fetch money at the market. One must think on the end to be attained without counting trouble, and learn to wait.'
The little boy then plunged his hand into Jane's bag, and helped her to scatter the grain. Perceiving a colt, which looked eagerly at him, he cried out : 'Jane, why is the colt not in the fields with the labourers, helping to draw the carts ?'
• The colt is young,' replied Jane, (and he must lie idle till he gets the necessary strength; one must not sacrifice the future to the present.'
The little boy did not press the subject further; but his eye just then fell on Frank, who was carrying into the stackyard sheaves of wheat.
Jane, what is the use of bringing the wheat in now? Is the weather not beautiful, and could it not be left in the fields ?'
'Rain might come,' answered Jane, and wise men never throw on the morrow the work of to-day.'
The little boy went to lend a hand.
Childish lessons these ! one may say. Perhaps so, but who does not need them as much as this little boy? Whatsoever you be, merchants, artists, operatives, statesmen, reflect on the counsels which Jane gave, and tell me if you have never forgotten the end, and failed in patience; if you have not occupied yourself with the future rather than the present ; and if a storm has not sometimes taken you unawares !
[Write from dictation] A little boy accompanied his elder sister in the labours of the farm, and perceived much that he did not understand ; but by putting questions and obtaining answers, he learned much that it was useful to know; and among other things, that we must neither sacrifice the present to the future, nor the future to the present.
THE FAKENHAM GHOST.
1. The lawns were dry in Euston Park
Here truth inspires my taleThe lonely footpath, still and dark,
Led over hill and dale.
2. Benighted was an ancient dame,
And fearful haste she made To gain the vale of Fakenham,
And hail its willow shade.
But followed faster still;
That whispered on the bill.
4. Where clamorous rooks, yet scarcely hushed,
Bespoke a peopled shade;
And hovering circuits made.
5. The dappled herd of grazing deer
That sought the shades by day, Now started from her path with fear
And gave the stranger way.