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Bp. Stanley 102

The Owls and the Sparrow

Gay 105

Jovinian, the Proud Emperor Evenings with the Ola Story Tellers 107

The Same-(concluded)


The Jackdaw

Cowper 117

The Cricket,


A Dinner in an Old Manor House.

W. Longman 120

Invention and Use of Gunpowder.

Gibbon 122

A Psalm of Life

.Longfellow 124

The Reaper and the Flowers.


The Captive Lion.

Wild Sports of the World 126

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard.

Gray 130

The Old Lady

Leigh Hunt 132

To a Mouse

Burns 135

Drover and the Tinker's Dog.

Leisure Hour 137

The Sermon.

Rev, Dr. B. 141

Sir Roger de Coverley's Visit to the Assizes

Addison 143

The Same-(concluded)


The Slave's Dream

Longfellow 148

Habits of Lions

Livingstone 150

Songs of Flowers

R. terson 154

Sir Roger de Coverley in Church

Addison 156

The Toad's Journal

Jane Taylor 158

Adventures in Africa

Livingstone 160

Hospitality and Dignity of an African Chief . Livingstone 163

The Sea-Gull

Mary Howitt 165 ARD

The Infant Gorilla

Du Chaillu 167

The Same-(concluded)


The Locust

Anson 175

Rasselas and the Hermit

Dr. Johnson 177

Now and Then

Jane Taylor 179

The Vicar's Peas .

Leisure Hour 182

On the Abolition of Slavery

Earl of Carlisle 185

Alexander Selkirk

Steele 188

The Wind in a Frolic

.W. Howitt 192

The Mountain of Miseries

Addison 194

The Same (concluded)


The Grandame

Charles Pamb 199

The Introduction of Tea and Coffee

1. D’Isracli 201

The Lighthouse

.Longfellow 205

Discovery of America

Robertson 207

A Woodland Life.

Shakspeare 211

The Burial of Sir John Moore

Rev. C. Wolfe 214

The Destruction of Sennacherib and his Army

Byron 215


Shakspeare 216

The Treasures of the Deep

Mrs. Hemans 216

Exercises for Transcription and Dictation


Tables of Weights and Measures



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READING.—A few lines of poetry from a reading-book used in the

first class of the school.

161 16) 163 16

WRITING.—A sentence slowly dictated once, by a few words at a

time, from a reading-book used in the first class of the school. ARITHMETIC.—A sum in compound rules (common weights and


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I. The reading lessons are inten to be read consecutively.
II. The words and meanings at the head of the reading lessons

are intended to be learnt before the lesson is read ; the
teacher first directing the attention of the pupils to the

accented syllables, which have been marked in every case. III. The meanings given in the spelling lessons are in explanation

of the sense in which they are used in the corresponding

reading lessons. IV. Exercises in Reduction are given ; and they are placed advi

sedly after the exercises in Addition and Subtraction,

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mump'-ing, sulking

im-me-di-ate, happening now threat'-en, to promise punishment re-flect'-ive, thoughtful ab'-so-lute-ly, positively

ques'ution-ing, asking questions awk'-ward, troublesome, clumsy in-quis'-i-tive, prying


• What's the matter ? 'said Growler to the black cat, as she sat mumping on the step of the kitchendoor.

• Matter enough,' said the cat, turning her head the other way. Our cook is very fond of talking of hanging me. I wish heartily some one would hang her.

Why, what is the matter ? ' repeated Growler.

Has n't she beaten me, and called me a thief, and threatened to be the death of me?'

• Dear, dear!' said Growler, pray what has brought it all about?'

Oh, the merest trifle- absolutely nothing; it is her temper. All the servants complain of it. I wonder they have n't hanged her long ago.'

Well, you see,' said Growler, “cooks are awkward things to hang; you and I might be managed much more easily.'

· Not a drop of milk have I had this day!' said the black cat; and such a pain in my side!'

' But what,' said Growler, what is the immediate cause?'

* Have n't I told you?' said the black cat, pettishly ; 'it's her temper— what I have had to suffer from it! Everything she breaks she lays to me everything that is stolen she lays to me-such injustice-it is unbearable!'

Growler was quite indignant; but, being of a reflective turn, after the first gust of wrath had



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passed, he asked, “But was there no particular cause this morning?'

• She chose to be very angry because I-I offended her,' said the cat. • How? may I ask,' gently inquired Growler.

Oh, nothing worth telling -a mere mistake of mine.'

Growler looked at her with such a questioning expression, that she was compelled to say, 'I took the wrong thing for my breakfast.'

Oh!' said Growler, much enlightened. • Why, the fact was,' said the black cat, “I was springing at a mouse, and I knocked down a dish, and not knowing exactly what it was, I smelt it, and just tasted it, and it was rather nice, and

•You finished it,' suggested Growler.

"Well, I should, I believe, if that cook had n't come in. As it was, I left the head.'

• The head of what?' said Growler. How inquisitive you are !' said the black cat. Nay, but I should like to know,' said Growler.

Well, then, of some grand fish that was meant for dinner.'

“Then,' said Growler, say what you please; but, now I've heard both sides of the story, I only wonder she did n't hang you.'-Leisure Hour.

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TRY AGAIN. mood, state of the mind

ut-ter (v.), to speak mon'-arch, a king or queen del'-i-cate, fine des-pair' (n.), want of hope mount (v.), to go up pon'-der, to think, consider strive, to try clue, a thread

de-fy', to scoff at, to slight ceil'-ing, the top of a room gos'-sip (n.), one fond of telling dome, a round-shaped roof

tales di-vine' (v.), to guess

heed (n.), attention en-deav'-our (n.), an attempt con, to think over King Bruce of Scotland flung himself down in a

lonely mood to think; 'Tis true he was monarch, and wore a crown, but

his heart was beginning to sink. For he had been trying to do a great deed, to make

his people glad, He had tried and tried, but could n't succeed ; and

so he became quite sad. He flung himself down in low despair, as grieved as

man could be ; And after a while as he pondered there, ' I'll give

it all up,' said he. Now just at the moment a spider dropped, with its

silken cobweb clue, And the king, in the midst of his thinking, stopped

to see what the spider would do.

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