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found very palatable, observing that the leaves of this cabbage were longer and thinner than the leaves of cabbages usually are, and its flavor more delicate.
11. “The dish which contains the stew," said the doctor, “is made of the leaves of the cocoa tree; the cabbage is the terminal bud of the same tree, cut while it is yet in the herbaceous state; the sauce is composed of the milky juice of the cocoanut before its maturity.” “This is a singular tree,” exclaimed I.
12. The last dish which was served up consisted of some lobsters stewed in sea water, and dressed with oil and vinegar. “How do you like this?” asked the doctor. “It is very good,” replied I; “the oil is better than most olive oil.” “ It is the oil of the cocoa,” said he; “and what do you think of this vinegar?” “It is very strong and pleasant."
13. “ It is the milk of the cocoa-nut, soured in the sun. But here,” he continued, “is our host offering you a bit of sugar candy, to sweeten your meal. This sugar is the sap of the cocoa tree, boiled and crystallized, or, rather, dried.” “What! has this tree furnished all our dinner?”
14. “ The mattresses on which the native lies, and the soft substance which fills them, the sails of his canoe, the line with which he fishes, and a thousand other articles of furniture are made of the husk that envelopes the nut when ripe.
15. “ The palisades which inclose his little garden, the frame of his cabin, are made of the cocoa wood. The roof, impenetrable to the sun, wind, and rain, consists of its leaves skillfully interwoven. Of the filaments at the base of the leaves the natives manufacture cables and cord more pliable and durable than those made of hemp.
16. “Finally, the parasol which our hosts placed over your head, to shelter you from the burning sun, is entirely composed of different parts of this tree.” “Well, I feel obliged to respect this tree, notwithstanding its ungainly appearance. Anything that makes itself so useful can afford to dispense with beauty."
- Selected. This is only a story, and there is no one to vouch for its truth; but it sets before us in an interesting way the many uses to which a single product of nature may be put.
XX. THE GOODNESS OF GOD • 1. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
2. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever.
3. He hath not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
4. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
5. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
6. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
7. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
8. As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
9. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more.
10. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children.
Psalm ciii. 8–17.
XXI. THE TWO ROBBERS
SALEXANDER THE GREAT, a famous Grecian commander. “ THRACIAN CHIEF, the chief of a band of robbers in Thrace.
Alexander. What! art thou that Thracian robber of whose exploits I have heard so much?
Chief. I am a Thracian, and a soldier.
Alex. A soldier! - a thief, a plunderer, an assassin! the pest of the country! I could honor thy courage, but I must detest and punish thy crimes.