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16. When the dead body was found under the walls of the tower, every body who knew the cruelty of John believed that, if he did not murder his poor little nephew himself, he was, at least, the cause of his death, which, indeed was true enough; and then all the lords and people rose up against that cruel monster, John, who afterwards spent a most miserable time, without a friend in the world, and soon died in great torments, unpitied by all mankind, who remembered his cruelty poor

little Arthur. Why did John shut Arthur up in prison? Do you suppose that King John was a happy man? Why? Would you have done as Arthur did when he was left by Hubert?




Dis-mount-ing, getting off a horse, alighting. Rúd-dy, reddish, of a lively flesh color, healthy. Em-ploy'-ment, occupation, business. Phi-los-o-pher, a wise man, a learned man. Is dismounting a primitive or derivative word? From what is it derived? How many words can you think of that are derived from dismount? What is the opposite of play? Of busy? Wise? Philosopher? Contented? Which word in this Lesson contains the greatest number of letters? Which contains the greatest number of syllables?

The Little Philosopher.-EVENINGS AT HOME.

1. MR. L. was one morning riding by himself, when dismounting to gather a plant in the hedge, his horse got loose and galloped away before him. He followed, calling the horse by his name, which stopped, but on his approach set off again.

2. At length a little boy in the neighboring field, seeing the affair, ran across where the road made a turn, and getting before the horse, took him by the bridle, and held him till his owner came up.

3. Mr. L. looked at the boy and admired his ruddy, cheerful countenance. Thank you my good lad! (said he) you have caught my horse very cleverly. What shall I give you for your trouble? (putting his hand into his pocket.)

Boy. I want nothing, sir.

Mr. L. Don't you? so much the better for you. Few men can say as much. But pray what were you doing in the field?

B. I was rooting up weeds, and tending the sheep that are feeding on the turnips, and keeping the crows from the corn.

Mr. L. And do you like this employment?
B. Yes sir, very well, this fine weather.
Mr. L. But had you not rather play?.

B. This is not hard work; it is almost as good as play.

Mr. L. Who sent you to work?
B. My father, sir.
Mr. L. Where does he live?
B. Just by, among the trees, there sir.
Mr. L. What is his name?
B. Thomas Hurdle, sir.
Mr. L. And what is yours?
B. Peter, sir.
Mr. L. How old are you?
B. I shall be eight at Christmas.
Mr. L. How long have you been out in this field?
B. Ever since six in the morning, sir.
Mr. L. And are you not hungry?
B. Yes sir,


dinner soon. Mr. L. If you had a sixpence now, what would you do with it?

B. I don't know, I never had so much in my life.
Mr. L. Have you nc play-things?

I shall go



B. Play-things! what are they?

Mr. L. Such as balls, nine-pins, marbles, tops, and wooden horses.

B. No sir; but our Tom makes foot balls to kick in the cold weather, and we set traps for birds; and then I have a jumping pole and a pair of stilts to walk through the dirt with; and I had a hoop but it is broke.

Mr. L. And do you want nothing else.

B. No. I have hardly time for those, for I always ride the horses to the field, and bring up the cows, and run to the town on errands, and that is good as play, you know.

Mr. L. Well, but you could buy apples or gingerbread at the town, I suppose,

if you had money. B. 0–I can get apples at home; and as for gingerbread, I don't mind it much, for my mother gives me a piece of pie, now and then, and that is as good. Mr. L. Would you not like a knife to cut sticks? B. I have one, here it is-brother Tom gave it

Mr. L. Your shoes are full of holes—don't you want a better pair?

B. I have a better pair for Sundays.
Mr. L. But these let in water.
B. O, I don't care for that.
Mr. L. Your hat is all torn too.

B. I have a better hat at home, but I had as lief have none at all, for it hurts my head.

Mr. L. What do you do when it rains?
B. If it rains very hard I get under the fence till it is

Mr. L. What do you do when you are hungry before it is time to go home?

B. I sometimes eat a raw turnip.
Mr. L. But if there are none?

B. Then I do as well as I can; I work on and never think of it.

Mr. L. Are you not dry sometimes, this hot weather? B. Yes, but there is water enough.

Mr. L. Why, my little fellow, you are quite a philosopher.


B. Sir.

Mr. L. I say you are a philosopher, but I am sure you do not know what that means.

B. No sir-no harm I hope.

Mr. L. No, no! Well, my boy you seem to want nothing at all, so I shall not give you money to make you want any thing. But were you ever at school? B. No sir, but father

I shall


after harvest. Mr. L. You will want books then.

B. Yes sir, all the boys have a spelling book, a testament, and Easy Reader.

Mr. L.' Well then, I will give you them—tell your father so, and that it is because I thought you a very good, contented boy. So now go to your sheep again.

B. I will sir.
Mr. L. Good bye, my fine fellow.
B. Good bye, sir.

Thank you.



Pipe, a wind instrument of music, as a flute, fife.
Piper, one who plays on a flute, fife, bag-pipe, &c.
Glee, joy, merriment, mirth, gaiety, pleasure.
Van-ished, disappeared, passed away, escaped.
Reed, a kind of grass hollow like a goose.quill, a weed.

What kind of word is piping? From what is it derived? How many other words can you mention that are derived from pipe? What word is the opposite of Wild? Pleasant? Laughing? Lamb? Merry? Wept? Drop? Joy? How many dissyllables in this lesson?

The Piper and the Child. 1. Piping down the ya'l-lies wild,

Piping songs of pleasant glee,

On a cloud I saw a child,

And he laughing said to me,2. "Pipe a song about a lamb,”.

So I piped with merry cheer;
“Piper, pipe that song again”,-

So I piped-he wept to hear.
3. Drop thy pipe,-thy happy pipe,

Sing thy songs of happy cheer.'
So I sung the same again,

While he wept with joy to hear.
4. “Piper sit thee down and write

In a book that all may read;"
So he vanished from my sight,

And I pluck'd a hollow reed;
5. And I made a rural pen,

And I stained the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs

Every child may join to hear.


Fól.lowed, went after, walked behind.
Pá-tient-ly, contentedly, to suffer without complaining.
Harm, hurt, injury, mischief, danger.

What kind of word is followed? From what is it deri. ved? How many words can you mention that are derived from follow? Wait? Appearance? Laugh? What word is the opposite of lamb? Sure? Against? Play? Out? Lingered? Waited? Patiently? What sort of a word is You'll? I'm?

Mary and her Lamb. 1. Mary had a little lamb,

Its fleece was white as show,

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