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Where was the storm raging? Why was the Teignmouth life-boat required? Who was Ned Carey? Who was standing near him? What did he say to her? Why did his mother hesitate? How did she afterwards reply? What became of the vessel? How did the life-boat crew nobly fulfil their task? Who was the tall worn man that was saved? How was the news made known to Ned's mother?
THE HOME OF MY YOUTH.
1. Home of my youth! with fond delight
On thee doth recollection dwell.
The scenes that childhood loved so well!
2. Lot of my father! well I know
The spot that saw my infant dawn;
The village spire, the grassy lawn. 3. O sweet to me the laughing hours,
When earth seem'd gay, and heaven was fair! When fancy culld her thornless flowers,
And pleasure reign'd, devoid of care.
4. Home of my youth! my heart, away,
Recalls those moments dear to me:
Home of my youth! to weep o'er thee. delight, pleasure. cull'd, gathered. recollection, remem- devoid, free from. brance.
recalls, brings back. scenes, sights.
stray, wander. dawn, birth.
gai-ly vil-lage flow-ers a-way
1. There are a great many species of eagles, but the most celebrated is the golden eagle. This fine bird, although extinct in England, is still found in the Highlands of Scotland, and Ireland, and is not unfrequently met with in all the northern parts of the globe. The colour of the greater part of the body is a rich blackish-brown. The head and neck are covered with feathers of a golden red, which give to the bird its name.
The tail is a deep gray, streaked regularly with dark brown; the legs, which are of a gray-brown colour, are feathered to the very toes.
2. The eagle is furnished with a strong hooked beak, with toes covered with scales, and with strong hooked claws. Owing to great strength of wing, its flight is described as majestic and powerful in the extreme. It sweeps through the air in a succession of spiral curves, rising with every curve, and making no perceptible motion with its wings, until it has attained a height where it is scarcely visible.
3. But although so high, its sight is so powerful that it can clearly distinguish objects beneath, for
often it has been observed to sweep down with lightning-like rapidity, and, seizing its prey in its powerful talons, carry it off. The eagle disdains the smaller victims sought after by the hawk and owl. It seldom feeds on carrion, except when pressed by hunger, but gains its living chiefly by the pro
ducts of the chase. It often carries off geese and cranes, and not unfrequently attacks the swan with success. Hares, lambs, kids, and even fawns and calves, have fallen victims to its terrible talons. In some instances, even children, when left unguarded, have been carried off by the eagle.
4. The story of the Scottish babe that was rescued from the eagle's nest by its mother is full of interest. The people of a village in Scotland were out in the field making hay, and amongst them was a mother who laid her sleeping babe on a bundle of hay, while she proceeded with her work. An eagle from the distant heights saw the child, and darting down, seized it in an instant and bore it off.
5. The consternation of the poor mother can be easily imagined. She saw the eagle bear the baby to its nest among the heights of Ben Nevis. A brave sailor, who happened to be there, started in pursuit; but the mother, almost maddened with despair, seizing her sickle, rushed towards the hills, and soon outstripped the sailor. The mountain was both steep and rugged; she leaped from rock to rock, and where there was no place for her feet she held fast by the roots of the plants. At last she reached the nest, and there among the young eaglets was her babe lying uninjured.
6. The old eagle flew screaming round her head, but she kept it off with her sickle. Having bound her infant to her waist with her shawl, with great difficulty she made the descent. When she had got a considerable way down she saw her friends, who had come to meet her; and we can imagine their great joy when they found both mother and child unhurt.
7. The eagle in hunting is both brave and bold. Sometimes it has been known to carry off the hare from before the very noses of the hounds. It likewise shows no little skill in fishing, pouncing upon salmon and other fish, and carrying them off either to satisfy its own hunger or to feed its young. Sometimes, however, it strikes its talons into a fish which is too heavy to be borne off, and, being unable to release itself, is carried under water.
8. The eagle makes its nest, which is several feet square and composed of a collection of strong sticks, among the inaccessible parts of rocks. Here the female bird lays two, and sometimes three eggs. When the young birds are hatched they are watched and tended with great care by their parents, who bring in an ample store of provisions to feed them from the country round. When the young ones arrive at a certain age, the parent birds take them from the nest and teach them to fly. Just as young children are afraid at first to trust themselves on their legs, so young eagles seem afraid to trust to their own wings until, trained by their parents, they have found out their own strength.
9. Sir Humphry Davy saw a couple exercise their young on Ben Nevis. They took a short flight around the top of the mountain, which movement the young ones imitated; they then gradually made the circle of their flight larger and larger, rising all the time, until at length they were quite out of