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COMPARISON OF WATCHES.
she received him with a frown; such as would have made even Mars' himself recoil, if Mars could have beheld such a frown upon the brow of his Venus.3
2. “Dinner has been kept waiting for you this hour, iny dear." “I am very sorry for it; but why did you wait, my dear? I am really very sorry I am so late, but” (looking at his watch) “it is only half-past six by me."
3. “It is seven by me.” They presented their watches to each other; he in an apologetical, she in a reproachful, attitude.
4. “I rather think you are too fast, my dear,” said the gentleman. “I am very sure you are too slow, my dear," said the lady.
5. “My watch never loses a minute in the four-and-twenty hours," said he. “Nor mine a second," said she.
6. “I have reason to believe I am right, my love," said the husband, mildly. “Reason !” exclaimed the wife, astonished. “What reason can you possibly have to believe you are right, when I tell you I am morally certain you are wrong, my love ?"
7. “My only reason for doubting it is, that I set my watch by the sun to-day.” “The sun must be wrong, then,” cried the lady, hastily—“You need not laugh; for I know what I am saying; the variation, the declination,” must be allowed for, in computing it with the clock. Now you know perfectly well what I mean, though you will not explain it for me, because you are conscious I am in the right.”
8. “Well, my dear, if you are conscious of it, that is sufficient. We will not dispute any more about such a trifle.
Are they bringing up dinner ?” “If they know that you are come in; but I am sure I can not tell whether they do or not.—Pray, my dear Mrs. Nettleby," cried the lady, turning to a female friend, and still holding her watch in hand, “what o'clock is it by you ! There is nobody in the world hates disputing about trifles so
Mårs, the god of war.-— Re coil', turn back.-_* Vé' nus, the goddess of love, gracefulness, beauty, and mirth.-* A pol o ģēt' ic, by way of excuse. At' ti túde, posture ; position of the body.–Vå ri d' tion, here means unequal motion.-- Déc li nà' tion, the position of the sun at noon, north or south of the equator. —Com påt' ing, calculating.
much as I do; but I own I do love to convince people that I am in the right."
9. Mrs. Nettleby's watch had stopped. How provoking! Vexed at having no immediate means of convincing people that she was in the right, our hěroine' consoled herself by proceeding to criminate her husband, not in this particular instance, where he pleaded guilty, but upon the general charge of being always late for dinner, which he strenuously denied.
10. There is something in the species of reproach which ad vances thus triumphantly from particulars to generals, peculiarly offensive to every reasonable and susceptible mind; and there is something in the general charge of being always late for dinner, which the punctuality of man's nature can not easily endure, especially if he be hungry. We should humbly advise our female friends to forbear exposing a husband's patience to this trial, or, at least, to temper it with much fondness, else mischief will infalliblys ensue.
47. TRUE FREEDOM, AND How to GAIN IT.
For LIBERTY to fight;
To struggle for the right.
The mind our battle-plain;
And so we shall again.
They stain her brightest cause :
Inscribes her civil laws.
Hér' o ine, a female hero, or principal character spoken of.—*Crim'in åte, accuse. --Strên' u ous ly, boldly; firmly.--Spécies, kind; sort; class. - In fal' li bly, without fail.— Flåunt' ing, spreading out; gau dy ; showy.- Sprung of force, gained by force.
She writes them on the people's heart
In language clear and plain ;
And so they shall again.
Of freedom's cause sublime ;-
We keep the march of Time.
Our victories to obtain ;
And so we shall again.
To show a front to wrong;
More durable and strong.
Have never striven in vain ;
And so they shall again.
The ignorant may sneer,
To see their triumph near.
No blood of brethren stain ;
None (nůn). — Sullime', high ; lofty ; excellent.--* Fra têr' ni ty, brotherhood. — * Plke, a pole with a sharp iron head. --Bar ri cảde'. a strong fortification made in haste, of earth, stone, trees, wagons, or any thing that will stop the progress of an enemy.-Cit'a del, a fortress or castle, in a city or near it.—7 Důr' a ble. 'asting.
48. THE CAVERN BY THE SEA. WHERE is a cavern in the island of Hoonga, one of the Tonga
islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, which can be entered only by diving into the sea, and has no other light than what is reflected from the bottom of the water. A young chief discovered it accidentally while diving after a turtle, and the use which he made of his discovery will probably be sung in more than one Europē'an language, so beautifully is it adapted' for a tale in verse.
2. There was a tyrannical governor at Văvaoo, against whom one of the chiefs formed a plan of insurrection ;- it was betrayed, and the chief, with all his family and kin,' was ordered to be destroyed. He had a beautiful daughter, betróthed' to a chief of high rank, and she also was included in the sentence. The youth who had found the cavern, and kept the secret to himself, loved this damsel. He told her of the dānger to which she and all of her family were exposed, and persuaded her to place her safety in his hands. 3. With her consent, he placed her in his canoe,
and described the place of her proposed retreat, as he skillfully plied the oar in the direction of the cavern. Like the rest of her countrywomen, the maid was an expert swimmer. Having reached the spot, they dived into the water, and entered the cavern, a large and commodious apartment, about fifty feet in length, and nearly the same in height, beautifully ornamented with sparry' incrustations.
4. Here he brought her the choicest food, the finest clothing, mats for her bed, and sandal-wood oil to perfume' herself; here
? A dåpt' ed, fitted.-- In sur réc' tion, rebellion; an attempt to overthrow a government.-— * Kin, relations. — Be tr8thed', engaged to be married — Spår' ry, made of spar, a substance frequently found in caverns, and formed by water mixed with lime and other substances, which, trickling very slowly from above, presents the appearance of Icicles hanging from the roof; and sometimes, dropping also on the floor, seem like inverted icicles, or icicles upside down. These are what are called sparry incrustations. When the incrustation hangs from the ceiling, with the sharp point downward, it is called a stalactite ; when it rises from the floor, with the point upward, it is called a stalagmite. — *Sån' dal-wood, a wood with a very strong and sweet perfume, which grows in the East Indies.
THE HIPP POTAMUS.
he visited her as often as was consistent with prudence; and here, as may be imagined, this Tonga Leän'der' wooed and won the maid, whom, to make the interest complete, he had lòng loved in secret, when he had no hope. Meantime he prepared, with all his dependents, male and female, to emigrate in secret to the Fiji islands.
5. The intention was so well concealed, that they embarked in safety, and his people asked him, at the point of their departure, if he would not take with him a Tonga wife; and accordingly, to their great astonishment, haring steered close to a rock, he desired them to wait while he went into the sea to fetch her, jumped overboard, and, just as they were beginning to be seriously alarmed at his long disappearance, he rose with his mistress from the water. This story is not deficient in that which all such stories should have to be perfectly delightful,-a fortunate conclusion. The party remained at the Fijis till the oppressor died, and then returned to Văvaoo, where they enjoyed a long and happy life. This is related as an authentic tradition.
49. THE HIPPOPOTAMUS. THE British consul at Cairo' had frequently intimated to his
Highness, the Pasha' of Egypt, that a live hippopotamus would be regarded as a věry în'teresting and valuable present in England. Now, there were sundry difficulties of a serious nature involved in this business. In the first place, the favorite resort of the hippopotami is a thousand or fifteen hundred miles distant from Cairo; in the second place, the hippopotamus being
'Le ån' der, a youth of Abydos, who swam nightly across the Hellespont, to visit his mistrese, Hero. He was at last drowned one stormy night, as he was making his accustomed visit. The Hellespont is what is now called the Dardanelles, a narrow strait between Europe and Asiatic Turkey.-- *Cồn' sul, an officer appointed by a government to protect its citizens in a foreign country. -* Cairo (ki' ro), the capital city of Egypt.-In' ti måt ed, suggested ; told in a modest or del'cate way.
Pa shå', the governor.-- Hip po p8t'a mus, literally means a riverhorse, but it will be seen from the following description that the animal has no point of resemblance to a horse.-. ' Sủn' dry, various.