« ElőzőTovább »
verdure, greenness. fan-ci-ed ad-mir-ed dou-bling fa-vour-ite di-rec-tion u-su-al
pleas-ure flick-er-ing be-lov-ed
How long did Ali continue his journey? What is the great fiery ball? How did Ali feel as the day grew hotter? What made him take fresh courage? What did Ali do when he had quenched his thirst? How did he satisfy his hunger? What did he notice while eating his dates ? In what direction did he travel What did he see in the distance? What did he ask permission of the camel-drivers to do? What was Ali's pillow? What aroused him from his sleep? Whose voice did he hear? How did Hassan feel at meeting his son?
THE HONEST BIRD.
Once on a time a little bird
He sang so sweet, a little mouse, That often ran about the house, Came to his cage; her cunning ear She turns the mournful bird to hear. Soon as he ceased, “Suppose,” said she, “I could contrive to set you free, Would you those pretty wings give me!"
The cage was in the window seat,
The mouse soon gnawed a hole; the bird
course he bends.
“Kind mouse,” said he,“ behold me now
His heart seemed full, no more he said,
“I don't care much about your wings-
She minced some apples, gave a smack,
wicker, made of twigs. mournful, sad. prisoner, bird caged up. contrive, manage.
ecstasy, great delight. descends, comes down. sentiments, thoughts. soared, flew high up.
DANIEL WEBSTER'S FIRST CASE.
1. Daniel Webster was a very celebrated lawyer in America. His father was a farmer. The
crops of the garden had suffered very much from the ravages of a woodchuck, whose hole was near the premises.
2. Daniel, some ten or twelve years old, and his brother Ezekiel, had set a steel trap, and succeeded in catching the trespasser. Ezekiel proposed to kill the animal and end at once all further trouble with him; but Daniel looked with pity upon the meek dumb captive, and offered to let him go. The boys could not agree, and each appealed to his father to decide the case.
3. “Well, my boys,” said the old gentleman, “I will be judge. There is the prisoner,” pointing to the woodchuck, “and you shall be the counsel, and plead the case for and against his life and liberty.”
4. Ezekiel opened the case with a strong argument, urging the mischievous nature of the criminal, the great harm he had already done—said that much time and labour had been spent in his capture, and now if he was suffered to live and go again at large, he would renew his depredations, and be cunning enough not to suffer himself to be caught again, and therefore he ought to be put to death. He argued further that his skin was of some value, and that, make the most of him they could, it would not repay half the damage he had already done.
5. His argument was ready, practical, and to the point, and of much greater length than our limits will allow us to occupy in relating the story.
The father looked with pride upon his son, who became a distinguished jurist in his manhood.
“Now, Daniel, it's your turn; I'll hear what you have to say."
6. It was his first case. Daniel saw that the plea
of his brother had sensibly affected his father, the judge. The boy's large, brilliant black eyes looked upon the soft, timid expression of the animal, and as he saw it tremble with fear in its narrow prisonhouse, his heart swelled with pity, and he appealed with eloquent words that the captive might again
7. God, he said, had made the woodchuck; he made him to live, to enjoy the bright sunshine, the