water is then drawn off until the rice is three or four inches above the ground, when the fields are again flooded to kill the weeds.

8. The water is again drawn off until the rice is full grown, and in ear. For the last time the water

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is admitted, and covers the ground until the seeds are fully ripe. In Lombardy the rice is cut by men, who have to wade up to their knees in the water for that purpose. Other persons follow them to receive it, and to carry it to a place to dry.

9. As rice is a marsh plant, its cultivation is extremely unhealthy, and in some parts, near Milan, its cultivation is restricted, and its production beyond certain limits forbidden.

10. Rice is most extensively cultivated both in China and India. In these countries, as well as in those districts of Africa where it is used with maize, it undergoes but little culinary preparation, being, for the most part, simply boiled with water, and eaten with some oily substance.

11. In countries, on the other hand, where it is employed as a secondary article of food, it undergoes a greater degree of preparation for the table. Rice is seldom used except in combination with milk, eggs, and sugar, which take away the natural insipidity of the grain.

marsh, low wet ground. resemblance, likeness. terminated, ended. numerous, abundant. detached, separated. friction, rubbing inhabit, live in. irrigation, watering.

swamps, low wet lands. inundated, covered with

water. germinates, sprouts. overflow, run over. extremely, very insipidity, want of


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What is rice? What corn grown in this country does it resemble? How do the ears terminate? What is rice composed of? How is the outer husk separated from the seed? Where did rice originally come from? Where does it form one of the chief productions of the country? Why is Egypt well suited for its cultivation? In what part of America does it flourish? What are swamps? How is the rice planted in Carolina? In what part of Europe is it cultivated? Why is its cultivation restricted there? What preparation does it undergo for eating? In countries where it is only occasionally eaten what is used with it?

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1. A good thing is it to obey

Whom God hath set to rule;
And happy are our children trained

Betimes in duty's school.

2. Of such an one, to you, my friends, ,

A story I will tell;
A truthful and a touching tale,-

I pray yz, mark it well.

3. There was a child whose early home

Was on the rolling deep;
The waters sung his lullaby,

And rock'd him to his sleep.


4. He was the captain's only child,

And when his mother died
He would not to her kindred send

The prattler from his side.

5. And so the little boy grew up,

A dweller on the sea;
For feats of horsemanship, he learn'd

To climb the tall mast tree.

6. The song of birds at early morn

It was not his to hear;
But the ocean breeze, that swept the seas,

Was music in his ear.
7. Yet was the ship a rugged school

For one so fair and young,
And harshly in his hearing oft

His father's accents rung.

8. For dearly as he lov'd the boy,

That love was never shown
In fond endearment, but in care

Of discipline alone.

9. Yet Harry was a merry boy,

Brimful of fearless fun,
And blithely with a ship-boy's skill

Could up the rigging run.
10. Oh, but the sailors lov’d him well;

The sunshine of his smile,
With memories of their childish days,

Could home-sick hearts beguile. 11. All household loves on him were shower'd,

As in their sight he grew;
And so the Captain's child became

The darling of the crew.
12. Now of a monkey I must tell,

A droll and knavish elf,
The sailor's pet, and Harry's plague,

A mimic of himself.

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