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Job, 111

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The Studious Boy,

5 Passage of the Rubicon, Knowles, 83

A Boy's Speech,

6 A Roman to his Soldiers, Marmontel, 85

Forget your Injuries,

8 The Foot-Ball Orators, .


The Seasons, Mrs. Barbauld, 10 The True Life, . F. D. Huntington, 97

American Boys to Gen. Howe, . . 13 Supposed Speech of Adams, Webster, 99

The Idle Young Man,

17 The Man of Integrity, Blair, 105

Return of Refugees, . Patrick Henry, 20 Spartacus to the Gladiators,


Rolla's Speech,

Sheridan, 23 The War-Horse,

Duties to our Country, Webster, 27 | Folly of Pride, Sidney Smith, 113
True Honor of a Country, Channing, 30 On Employing Indians, Chatham, 113
War Inevitable,l. Patrick Henry, 33 Education,

H. Vail, 119
Washington to his Soldiers, :34 Speech of a Choctaw Chief,

America Unconquerable, Chatham, 36 David's Lament,

Bible, 130

Reply to Grafton,

Thurlow, 40 Speech of Red Jacket,

Our Duties as Americans, . Webster, 53 Reply to Corry,

Grattan, 139
Appeal to Arms, Patrick Henry, 56 Have a Purpose,

Lytton, 142
Uprighteous Measures, Chatham, 58 Our Churches and School-Houses, .
Speech of Min-ne-vah,
62 What is Property ?

Against Civil Discord,
Clay, 64 The Thunder-Shower,

Liberty and Union, . Webster, 66 Speech of a Pocomtuck Indian, ,
Speech of Logan,

Great Results from Small Causes, . . 154
Pleasures that do not Fail,
76 Common Bounties,

Brutus on Cæsar's Death, Shakspeare, 79 The Step-Ladder,

Perils of the Sea,

80 The Statue of Warren,

Everett, 157

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As thy Day, thy Strength, Allyn, 41 | The Union,

Longfellow, 75



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The Bird to the Sportsman,

76 Thanksgiving Hymn,

Not to Myself Alone,

77 Horatius,

Macaulay, 121

The Way to be Happy,

79 Life Compared to a River,


The Miser and the Mouse, Cowper, 81 The Lion and the Goats,

Love of Country,

Scott, 81 A Prayer,

Thomson, 123

The Call of Samuel, Cawood, 82 New Year's Address to Children,


Hemans, 84 Domestic Harmony, Mrs. H. More, 123

The Seasons,

86 The Best Wish,

Bayly, 129

The Fir-Tree: a Fable,

87 Lucy's Lamb, .

The Life of a Bird,

88 Song of the Mountain Boy,


A Character,

J. G. Grant, 91 The Three Homes,



T. Randolph, 92 Virtue and Error,


Rienzi to the Romans, Mitford, 92 Our Favorite Place,


Appeal of Children,

Howitt, 93 Work and Play,.

The Soldier's Dream, Campbell, 94 True Friendship,

Good Advice, Horace Smith, 95 Charming Little Valley,

The Reformed Lap-Dog,

96 Speak not Harshly,

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Coquetry and Sincerity,

98 There's. Work Enough to Do,

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Rise Early,

. 100 The Life-Boat,


The Boasting Traveler,

101 The Moonlight March,

Heber, 141

The Chameleon,

. 102 The Esquimaux Kayak,

A Hymn of Liberty, Dublin Nation, 102 A Mother's Gift,

Kennedy, 147

The Hidden Treasure,

103 Corn-Fields,

Howitt, 148

The Skater's Song,

104 Early Rising, .

Thomson, 150

The Words of Hope,

106 The Bobolink and the Sportsman, . . 151

The Butterfly's Ball, Roscoe, 108 The Wolf and the Kid : a Fable,

The Child's First Grief, Hemans, 112 Saul, before his Last Battle, . Byron, 155

Delay Not,

114 Execution of Andrew Hofer,

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The Spider and the Fly, . Howitt, 115 The Help of the Humble,


The Use of Flowers, . Howitt, 117 | The Prussian General on the Rhine, . 159

The Alarm,

Whittier, 118 The Better Land,

Hemans, 159

A Winter Sermon,


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How to Tell Bad News,
38 Quarrel of the Authors,

The Fractious Man,

42 Hector and Andromache,
Roderick Dhu and Fitz-James, Scott, 44 Not an Uncommon Complaint,
Alexander and the Robber, Aikin, 45 The Frenchman's Lesson in English, 145

· Pope, 107

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See him at his book. He has a piece to declaim at school. Do you want to know what he is doing? He is looking out in the dictionary every doubtful word in his piece. He does not mean to make a blunder, if he can help it.

There are some common words, about the pronunciation of which he is almost sure, but not quite. He looks out the word hearth, for he heard a boy, the other day, pronounce it as if it rhymed with earth. But he finds that ea in hearth ought to have the sound it has in heart.

He looks out the words heard, evil, even, and heaven. What common words! But he has heard them mispronounced. He finds that the ea in heard has the sound of e in her ; that the i in evil, and the e in the last syllables in heaven and even, are not sounded.

After he has learnt how to pronounce all the words in his piece, he will declaim it aloud by himself, till he can repeat it all without looking on the book. If there is any sentence which he does not understand in his piece, he will ask his mother or his teacher to explain it.

The studious boy can play as well as study. He does not pore over his book too long. He will go and play at ball, or take a walk with his sister, as soon as he has finished his lesson in pronunciation. The studious boy will be a good speaker, for he sets about his task in earnest, and takes the right means. If you would succeed in any thing, be in earnest. .


Boys, I have mounted this stump to speak my mind about shooting birds for sport. I know four or five fellows who go about with bows and arrows, and pistols, and shoot at robins, blackbirds, bobolinks, and sparrows, without caring for them when they are killed, but doing it merely to show that they can take good aim. Now, I'm a small boy, but I don't care who hears me when I say that the practice is mean and cruel.

Any farmer will tell you that the birds do more good than harm. They destroy insects and vermin. A woodpecker will clear a tree of worms that would have lodged beneath the bark and sapped the life of the trunk. A robin, while he puts his bill into your best cherries, will do you service in keeping off rose-bugs and other enemies. I say nothing about the cheering songs and pleasant warbling of the birds. The boy who does not love to hear them has no music in his soul. But just think of the folly and cruelty of shooting them;

the folly, in killing the friends of your trees; the cruelty, in killing them wantonly, and at seasons when they have young ones to take care of !

Heaven has given us power over the poor dumb animals. We may kill them for food, -- making them suffer as little as possible. But to kill any one for mere sport is a hateful practice. I love to see animals enjoying life. Especially I love to see and hear the birds. Never will I knowingly play with the boy who kills them for his amusement merely. Never will I blend my pleasure or my pride “ with sorrow of the meanest thing that feels."


Study to articulate your words distinctly, and pronounce them aright. In the preceding piece do not slur the t in insects ; give the th in beneath its vocal sound, as in breathe ; give the o in nothing the sound of short u, as in hut; give the ing its full sound, as in king; give the ow in fellow, arrow, sorrow, &c., the sound of long 0; do not say feller, &c.



What if a drop of rain should plead,

“ So small a drop as I
Can ne'er refresh the thirsty mead:

I'll tarry in the sky!”

What if the shining beam of noon

Should in its fountain stay,
Because its feeble light alone

Can not create a day!

Does not each rain-drop help to form

The cool, refreshing shower ?
And every ray of light to warm

And beautify the flower ?

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