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Parliament House, they found, to their great surprise, that there were vaults made there already, and that if they broke through the wall they would be discovered by the persons who hired the vaults. These persons were coal merchants who had coal in these vaults.
5. On this discovery, they found that their first plan would not do; so they resolved to hire the vaults themselves, and under pretence of keeping coals, faggots, and firewood there, to place barrels of gun-powder ready to blow up the house above.
6. Well, the traitors filled these very vaults with barrels of gunpowder, and a man of the name of Guy Fawkes, was the person appointed to set fire to the train, and every thing was ready. But an event which I am going to tell you defeated all their wicked scheme. It happened that there was a Lord who had a friend among the Papists; and this friend, to prevent this Lord's being destroyed, wrote him a letter to advise him not to go to the Parliament.
7. This letter was written in very dark language, almost like a riddle; it talked of a sudden blow and that no one should see the hand that gave it; and as there was no name signed to the letter, and as it told no particulars, this Lord could not tell what to make of it; but he thought it best, at all events, to shew it to the King and the Council.
8. The Council all thought that it was a foolish letter, without any other meaning than to frighten this Lord; but King James suspected that there was some mischief at the bottom, and when he considered that the blow was to be sudden and unseen, he immediately thought that some explosion or blowing up by gunpowder must be meant; so a search was immediately ordered in the vaults under the Parliament House.
9. This search was made on the 4th of November, the very day before the Parliament was to meet; and when the officers went to make the search, they found Guy Fawkes, with a lantern in his hand, standing in a secret corner, and having laid all the trains of gun
powder, and prepared every thing for the execution of the plot next day.
10. So they immediately seized him, and they found in his pockets matches and flints for striking fire, and on a further search they found a great many barrels of gun-powder all hidden under the coals and faggots. Guy Fawkes, when he found he had no chance of escaping, told the whole story, and the names of all the other Papists who were joined in the plot, and they were all soon after put to death for this most horrible plot.
11. If the plot had succeeded, and fire had been set to the gun-powder, not only all those that were in the Parliament house, but all the neighborhood would have been destroyed; they would have been blown into the air and their bodies would have been torn into a hundred pieces, and scattered far and wide with the ruins of the houses.
12. Guy Fawkes himself intended to have stood a great way off and set fire to a long train, which would have burned some minutes before it reached the gunpowder, and in these minutes he would have run away and escaped.
13. Even to this time, on every Fifth of November, -the day on which the plot was to have been executed,-you see the little boys carry a figure about the streets, which they call Guy Fawkes, and which after parading about, they afterwards hang, as Guy Fawkes himself was hanged; and prayers are said in all the Churches, to thank God for having saved the kingdom and the Protestant religion from this dreadful death.
How many derivative words in the first verse? What word is the opposite of rising? Come? Pleasant? Night? Wave? Busy? Which word in this lesson contains the greatest number of syllables? Letters?
The Country Boy's Call.
Morn has come: the earth is bright:
Nights are long enough for sleep.
Butterflies their way are winging,
Lambs are frisking joyously.
Hush'd in sleep their happy song,
Buttercups and violets blue!
wind that blows!
Birds are singing in the bowers.
Robin hops from bough to bough;
There is one polysyllable in this lesson,--on which syllable is the accent placed? If you place the accent on the last syllable how will you pronounce it?
The Father who loved his Son. 1. THERE was once a number of little children playing in a public road, where there was constant danger of their being thrown down and hurt by the carriages. Several persons who saw them, told them that they would be hurt; but the children did not mind what was said.
2. But after a while, a man came, all in haste, and going in among the crowd of children, took one from among the others, giving him at the same time several severe blows.
3. “And pray,” said an old woman who was standing by, “why do you seize upon that child in particular, my good man, and lay your hands so heavily upon him? is he worse than his fellows, that you
punish him in particular?"
4. “No," replied the man, “he is not worse than the rest; but he is my own child, and I do this because I love him and wish for his own good.” I tell you this story, my little readers, to prove to you that correction, whether it comes from God, from your parents, or your teachers, is commonly given in love, and because your
welfare is desired by those who give it. 5. For it is written, My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of his correction. For
whom the Lord loveth, he correcteth, even as a father the son, in whom he delighteth.
When your teacher reproves or corrects you for a fault, do you feel displeased and dissatisfied, or, do you feel as good scholar always does, that your teacher has acted justly towards you, and that if he had acted otherwise, he would not have done his duty?
Is laziest a primitive or derivative word? From what is it derived? How many words can you think of that are derived from lazy? What is the opposite of comical? Of laughing? Of acephalous? Lazy? Idle? Begging?
The Idle School Boy.-JUVENILE MISCELLANY.
1. I will tell you about the laziest boy you ever heard of. He was indolent about every thing. When he played, the boys said he played as if the master told him to. And when he went to school, he went creeping along, like a snail, with a satchel on his back. The boy had sense enough; but he never learned any thing-he was too lazy to learn any thing.
2. When he spelled a word, he drawled out one syllable after another, as if he were afraid the syllables would quarrel, if he did not keep them a great ways apart. Once, when he was saying a lesson in geogra