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bring the conversation, ultimately, to Tippoo Saib and Seringapatam. I am told that the general was a perfect champion at drawing-rooms, parades, and watering-places, during the late war, and was looked to with hope and confidence by many an old lady, when labouring under the terror of Bonaparte's invasion.
He is thoroughly loyal, and attends punctually on levees when in town. He has treasured up many remarkable sayings of the late king, particularly one which the king made to him on a field-day, complimenting him on the excellence of his horse. He extols the whole royal family, but especially the present king, whom he pronounces the most perfect gentleman and best whist-player in Europe.
At table his royalty waxes very fervent with his second bottle, and the song of “God save the King” puts him into a perfect ecstasy. He is amazingly well contented with the present state of things, and apt to get a little impatient at any talk about national ruin and agricultural distress. He says he has travelled about the country as much as any man, and has met with nothing but prosperity; and to confess the truth, a great part of his time is spent in visiting from one country-seat to another, and riding about the parks of his friends. They talk of public distress,” said the general this day to me at dinner, as he smacked a glass of rich burgundy, and cast his eyes about the ample board ; “they talk of public distress, but where do we find it, sir? I see none. I see no reason any one has to complain. Take my word for it, sir, this talk about public distress is all humbug!"
X.- A KISS FOR A BLOW.
..capěre. Re-sent’ment, n... ... ... sentire.
Prisma-ry, ad.......... primus. | Recept, n..
I once lived in Boston, says Mr. Wright, and was one of the city School Committee.
One day I visited one of the primary schools. There were about fifty children in it, between four and eight years old.
Children,” said I, “ have any of you a question to ask to
· Please tell us,” said a little boy, "what is meant by overcoming evil with good ?
“I am glad," said I, “ you have asked that question ; for I love to talk to you about peace, and show you how to settle all difficulties without fighting."
I went on, and tried to show them what the precept meant, and how to apply it, and carry it out. I was trying to think of something to make it plain to the children, when the following incident occured. A boy about seven, and his sister about five years old, sat
As I was talking, George doubled up his fist, and struck his sister on her head, as unkind and cruel brothers often do. She was angry in a moment, and raised her hand to strike him back. The teacher saw her, and said, “Mary, you had better kiss your brother." Mary dropped her hand, and looked up at the teacher as if she did not fully understand her. She had never been taught to return good for evil. She thought if her brother struck her, she of course, must strike him back. She had always been taught to act on this savage maxim, as most children are. Her teacher looked very kindly at her, and at George, and said again,
My dear Mary, you had better kiss your brother. See how angry and unhappy he looks!” Mary looked at her brother. He looked very sullen and wretched. Soon her resentment was gone, and love for her brother returned to her heart. She threw both her arms about his neck, and kissed him ! The poor boy was wholly unprepared for such a kind return for his blow. He could not endure the generous affection of his sister. It broke his heart, and he burst out crying. The gentle sister took the corner of her apron and wiped away his tears, and sought to comfort him, by saying, with most endearing sweetness and generous affection, “Don't cry, George ; you did not hurt me much.' But he only cried the harder. No wonder. It was enough to make any body cry.
XI.-PARK AND THE NEGRESS. Mungo Park, the African traveller, was born near Selkirk, Scotland, September 10 1771. In 1790 lie repaired to London, and was introduced to Sir Joseph Banks, who recommended him to the members of the African Association, as a fit person to undertake a journey to the interior of Africa. He undertook his first voyage in 1795. After innumerable hardships and privations, and an absence of more than two years and a half, he arrived in England in December, 1797. In January, 1806, he undertook a second expedition marked with as many painful and disastrous circumstances as the former, and which terminated his life. By the following November, he had reached the banks of the Niger. His last letter was dated the 19th of that month, when he was committed, in a nearly defeviceless state, to the river, to the Moors, and to the immensity and perils of an unknown region, where he perished at the end of the same year.
Pro-cured', v.............cura. Pre-par’ing, V........ ...parare.
Re-sume', v.... ..suměre. In'ci-dent, n..............caděre. Ex-tem'po-re, adv.......tempus. De-sired', V...............
...desiderare. Re-mained', v........ ..manēre.
When the celebrated Mungo Park was in Africa, he was directed by one of the native kings to a village to pass the night. He went, but as the order was not accompanied with any provision for his reception, he found every door shut. Turning his horse loose to graze, he was preparing, as a security from wild beasts, to climb a tree, and sleep among the branches, when a beautiful and affecting incident occured, which gives a most pleasing view of the negro female character. An old woman, returning from the labours of the field, cast on him a look of compassion, and desired him to follow her. She led him to an apartment in her hut, procured a fine fish, which she broiled for his supper, and spread a mat for him to sleep upon. She then desired her maidens, who had been gazing in fixed astonishment on the white man, to resume their tasks, which they continued to ply through a great part of the night.
They cheered their labours with a song, which must have been composed extempore, as Mr. Park, with deep emotion, discovered that he himself was the subject of it. It said, in a strain of affecting simplicity "The winds roared,
:- :and the rain fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk, no wife to grind his corn.” Chorus. pity the white man, no mother has be,” &c. Our traveller was much affected, and next morning could not depart, without requesting his landlady's acceptance of the only gift he had left, two out of the four brass buttons that still remained on his waistcoat.
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XII.-ANECDOTES OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. SIB Isaac Newton was born at Woolsthorpe, a hamlet in the parish of Colsterworth in Lincolnshire, about six miles south of Grantham, on the 25th of Dec. o.s. 1642, exactly one year after Galileo died, and was baptized at Colsterworth on the 1st of Jan. 1643. Died 20th March 1727. LATIN.
Ab-hor'rence, N.......... horrēre. Rec'og-nized, v..........noscěre. Per-se-cu'tion, n..........sequi. Sen'ti-ment, n............ sentire. Hab'its, n....... ..habēre. Ro-vert'ing, v... .........
..vertěre. In'ter-course, n ..........currěre. In-spired', adj.. ...spirare. Req'ui-site, adj: ..quaerěre. Ardent, adj ... ardêre. Im-pa'tient, adj.. ...păti.
The modesty of Sir Isaac Newton, in reference to his great discoveries was very great, but was not founded on any in. difference to the fame which they conferred, or upon any erroneous judgment of their importance to science. The whole of his life proves, that he knew his place as a philosopher, and was determined to assert and vindicate his rights. His modesty arose from the depth and extent of his knowledge, which showed him what a small portion of nature he had been able to examine, and how much remained to be explored in the same field in which he had himself laboured. In the magnitude of the comparison he recognized his own littleness; and a short time before his death he uttered this memorable sentiment: “I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." What a lesson to the vanity and presumption of philosophers, -to those especially who have never even found the smoothier pebble or the prettier shell! What a preparation for the latest inquiries, and the last views of the decaying spirit, for those inspired doctrines which alone can throw a light over the dark ocean of undiscovered truth !
In the religious and moral character of Sir Isaac Newton, there is much to admire and to imitate. While he exhibited in his life and writings an ardent regard for the general interests of religion, he was at the same time a firm believer in Revelation. He was too deeply versed in the Scriptures, and too much imbued with their spirit, to judge harshly of other men who took different views of them from himself. He cherished the great principles of religious toleration, and never scrupled to express his abhorrence of persecution, even in iis mildest form." Immorality and impiety ho never per. mitted to pass unreproved ; and when Dr. Halley ventured to say any thing disrespectful to religion, he invariably checked him, and said, " I have studied these things, you have not.”
The habits of deep meditation which Sir Isaac Newton had acquired, though they did not show themselves in his intercourse with society, exercised their full influence over his mind when in the midst of his own family. Absorbed in thought he would often sit down on his bedside after he rose, and reinain there for hours without dressing himself, occupied with some interesting investigation which had fixed his attention. Owing to the same absence of mind, he neglected to take the requisite quantity of nourishment, and it was therefore often necessary to remind him of his meals.
The following anecdote of Sir Isaac's absence has been published. His intimate friend Dr. Stukely, who had been deputy to Dr. Halley as secretary to the Royal Society, was one day shown into Sir Isaac's dining-room, where his dinner had been for some time served up. Dr. Stukely waited for a considerable time, and getting impatient, he removed the cover from a chicken, which he ate, replacing the bones under the cover.
In a short time Sir Isaac entered the room, and after the usual compliments sat down to his dinner, but on taking off the cover, and seeing nothing but bones, he remarked, “How absent we philosophers are I really thought that I had not dined.” Brewster's Life of Newton.
XIII.-THE DISABLED SOLDIER.
..sentire. Ac-ci-dent’al-ly, adv....caděre.
- poněre. At'ti-tude, n......... ...aptare. Con-sent'ed, V...... .sentire. Regʻi ment, n...... ..regěre. Ad-mi ra'tion, n.... ..mirari. Re-solved', V......... ..solvěre. Ha-bit'u-al, adj.. ...habēre. In-dict'ed, v..........
..dicěre. De-spise', v....... ...specăre. Ses'sions, n....... ..sedēre. Trans-port'ed, v... ......portare.
Poach'er, n. Ex-pired', v....... ..spirare.
Dis-charged', v. Cam-paigns', 11 ........... ..campus.
Boat'swain, n. Doctor, .... ..docēre.
Sea'soned, v. Pro-mo'tion, n............movēre.
Quay, . Obʼsti-nate, adj..........stare.
No observation is more common, and, at the same time, more true, than that one half of the world are ignorant how the other half lives.” The misfortunes of the great are held up to engage our attention, are enlarged upon in tones of declamation ; and the world is called upon to gaze at the noble sufferers. The great under the pressure of calamity, are conscious of several others sympathizing with their distress ; and have, at once, the comfort of admiration and pity.
There is nothing magnanimous in bearing misfortunes with fortitude when the whole world is looking on: men in such circumstances will act bravely even from motives of vanity.