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Dioscuri, thou guardian deity
A FINISHED EDUCATION.
Lucy, her sister, aged thirteen. Clara. Oh, Lucy, I'm so glad my education at last is finished ! Now I can take a long, long rest. And ) really need it after working so hard. Lucy, the high school studies are dreadfully difficult! However, you'l find out yourself before long.
But I must finish this letter at once. By the way, Lucy, shall I write until with one l or with two ?
Lucy. Until has only one l..
Clara. So it has, of course! Only think, Lucy, I've studied Latin and German and French, and can read some in each of the books we had. Latin is awfully hard. They throw the words together pell-mell and you have to pick them out in the right order, and if you change a single letter at the end, it is all wrong. Instead of plain English pen, they say penna, pennæ, pennum, pennibus, pennos, and so on, with all sorts of queer endings. And you never can know which to put. Sometimes it is one, sometimes the other, and whichever you select is sure to be the wrong one. I'm glad I'm through with it.
German isn't much better. In English we can say the table, the pencil, the anything. But the Germans, just to bother us I suppose, say der, die, or das, and you couldn't for your life tell which is right. They say "Baum" for "tree,” and it is either der Baum, or die Baum, or das Baum ; but I don't see that it makes much difference, for the meaning's just the same. And the plural instead of being simply " Baums," like our English "trees,” is either Baume or Bame, Baüumer or Baümer, I'm sure I don't know which.
French is much nicer. Mademoiselle talks to us in French, and even if we don't understand all she says, we have only to say, “Oui, mademoiselle," and she is satisfied. And then, French is so fashionable. But I haven't quite finished my letter. (Writes.)
Dear Friend : Yesterday, Brother Frank went to the exposition with Lucy and i - Is that right, Lucy? Grammar always puzzled me. Shall I say "with Lucy and I” or “with Lucy and me!”
Lucy. With Lucy and me. They must both be objective case after with.
Clara. You're right of course. Just think, Lucy, of studying algebra and geometry and trigonometry, all about z's and y's and quadratics and such things, and to prove that the circle is square; no, not exactly that, but something about squaring the circle; and about trapezoids and pyramids and parallelopipeds—think of it! And then in trigonometry about cosines and tangents, and how to measure a steeple without seeing it, and other things of the sort. It is dreadful!
Lucy, dear, do help me get these sums to balance. I can't get my accounts straight and you're so much better at figures than I. (A pause, during which Lrcy balances the accounts.)
Then, Lucy, we studied astronomy and learned about Jupiter and Arcturus and the asteroids and azimuths and declensions (or I believe they cail them “declinations” in astronomy) and ever so many things, I can
hardly think of their names. And do you know, Lucy, that all the stars go round the sun; I mean, some of them du and some of them go round the earth, and the moon is always full, even when it looks as though a piece were out. I tell you, it is wonderful !
By the way, Lucy, here I read in the paper about Antwerp. The name sounds so familiar. But where in the world is Antwerp? It is so long since I studied geography, I declare I've forgotten!
Lucy. Antwerp is a large city in Belgium.
Clara. Sure enough! But we were talking about the high school studies. That isn't nearly all we learned. We studied zoology and botany and geology and physics and chemistry and mental philosophy and political economy and elocution.
But I'll tell you about those some other time. I promised mamma I'd read to that poor blind lady this afternoon and I must be goingunless-unless, Lucy, you will go in my stead. You know you can read so much better than I, and I'm sure Mrs. Rollins would rather listen to you. (Lucy assents.) Thank you, Lucy, I knew you wouldn't refuse. But wait a moment, I wish you'd write my name on these visiting cards before you go.
I want to make some calls this afternoon and your writing looks so much better than mine. (Lucy writes.) Thank you! You're a dear, good sister! And when you get to high school, I'll help you all I can ; see if I don't.
- Journal of Education.
Growing on a vine,
A-watching it all the time.
Were a-ripening in the sun,
That pickaninny hooked it,
And toting it away,
Within one single day.
He finished it with vim-
Just up and finished him.
AFTER DEATH IN ARABIA.—Edwin ARNOLD. The following beautiful poem was one of the earlier compositions of the nov well-known author of The Light of Asia," and " The Light of the World."
He who died at Azan sends
This to comfort all his friends :
The shell is broken-it lies there;
He that died at Azan gave