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LESSON XXI.

REMARK.—While each pupil reads, let the rest observe, and then mention which syllables are pronounced incorrectly, and which omitted, or indistinctly sounded.

ARTICULATE distinctly.-—Shi-ning, not shi-nin: al-most, not almoce: mem-o-ries, not mem'ries: heal-ing, not heal-in: old-est, not ole-es: rev-er-ent-ly, not rev’rent-ly: with-er-ing, not with’rin: se-lected, not s’lect-ed: fu-ner-al, not fu-n'ral: per-ma-nent, not per-m'nent : in-ter-est-ed, not in-ť rest-ed.

2. E-ma'-cia-ted, a. thin, reduced in fiesh. 10. In-di-ca'-tions, n. tokens, signs, Sway, n. power, influence,

Tran'-sient, a. of short duration. 3. Se-clu'-ded, a, retired, lonely. 11. Chast'-en-ed, (pro, chair'nd) a. af4. Mod'-u-la-ted, p. varied, adapted to flicted for correction. the expression of feeling.

Do-min'-ion, n. controlling influence.

THE INTEMPERATE HUSBAND.CONTINUED. 1. SHE arose from her supplication, and bent calmly over her dead. The thin, placid features wore a smile, as when he had spoken of Jesus. She + composed the shining locks around the pure forehead, and gazed long on what was to her so beautiful. Tears had vanished from her eyes, and in their stead was an expression almost sublime, as one who had given an angel back to God.

2. The father entered + carelessly. She pointed to the pallid, +immovable brow, “See, he suffers no longer.” He drew near, and looked on the dead with surprise and sadness. A few natural tears forced their

way,

and fell on the face of the first-born, who was once his pride. The memories of that moment were bitter. He spoke tenderly to the emaciated mother; and she, who a short time before was raised above the sway of grief, wept like an infant, as those few + affectionate tones touched the sealed fountains of other years.

3. Neighbors and friends visited them, desirous to console their sorrow, and attended them when they committed the body to the earth. There was a shady and secluded spot, which they had *consecrated by the burial of their few dead. Thither that whole little colony were gathered, and, seated on the fresh grass, listened to the holy, healing words of the +inspired volume.

4. It was read by the oldest man in the colony, who had himself often mourned. As he bent reverently over the sacred page, there was that on his brow, which seemed to say, “This has been my comfort in my affliction.” Silver hairs thinly covered his temples, and his low voice was modulated by feeling, as he read of the + frailty of man, withering like the flower of the grass, before it groweth up; and of His majesty, in whose sight a thousand years are as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."

5. He selected from the words of that compassionate One, who gathereth the lambs with his arm, and carrieth them in his bosom,” who, pointing out as an example the humility of little children, said, " Except ye become as one of these, ye can not enter the kingdom of heaven, and who calleth all the weary and heavy laden to come unto him, that he may give them rest.

6. The scene called forth + sympathy, even from manly bosoms. The mother, worn with watching and weariness, bowed her head down to the clay that concealed her child. And it was observed with gratitude by that friendly group, that the husband supported her in his arms, and mingled his tears with hers.

7. He returned from the funeral in much mental distress. His sins were brought to remembrance, and reflection was misery. For many nights, sleep was disturbed by visions of his neglected boy. Sometimes he imagined that he heard him coughing from his low bed, and felt + constrained to go to him, in a strange disposition of kindness, but his limbs were unable to obey the dictates of his will.

8. Conscience haunted him with terrors, and many prayers from pious hearts arose, that he might now be led to repentance. The venerable man who had read the Bible at the burial of his boy, counseled and entreated him, with the earnestness of a father, to yield to the warning voice, and to “break off his sins by frighteousness, and his iniquities by turning unto the Lord.”

9. There was a change in his habits and conversation, and his friends trusted it would be #permanent. She, who, above all others, was interested in the result, spared no exertion to win him back to the

way of truth, and soothe his heart into peace with itself, and obedience to his Maker.

10. Yet was she doomed to witness the full force of grief, and of remorse for intemperance, only to see them utterly toverthrown at last. The reviving virtue, with whose indications she had *solaced herself, and even given thanks that her beloved son had not died in vain, was transient as the morning dew. · 11. Habits of industry, which had begun to spring up, proved themselves to be without root. The dead, and his cruelty to the

dead, were alike forgotten. + Disaffection to the chastened being, who against hope still hoped for his salvation, resumed its dominion.

12. The friends who had +alternately reproved and encouraged him, were convinced their efforts had been of no avail. Intemperance,“ like the strong man armed,” took possession of a soul that lifted no cry to God, and girded on no weapon to resist the destroyer.

MRS. SIGOURNEY.

QUESTIONS.-What effect was produced upon the father by the death of his child ? What were his friends disposed to hope for? How did intemperance take possession of him ? Why was he unsuccessful, do you suppose, in his resistance to intemperate habits ?

Explain the inflections proper in the first three paragraphs.

ARTICULATION. Bricks, dried, crack'd, crinkl’d, crayon, grand. The bricks were thoroughly dried. Crack'd, crinkld crayon. They drank of the purling brook. Grand crags arose towering on every side.

LESSON XXII.

PRONOUNCE correctly.--Rep-tiles (pro. rep-tils), not rep-tiles : poison, not pi-son: un-fort-u-nate, not un-fort-er-nit: an-i-mals, not an-zmuls : de-struc-tion, not dis-truc-tion : symp-toms, not symp-tims : in-san-i-ty, not in-san-er-ty.

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1. Rep'-tiles (pro. rep'-tils), n. animals, 3. In-fest'-ed, v. troubled, annoyed.

that creep, as worms, snakes, &c. 4. Ob-structs', v. hinders, stops.

Re-coil', v. start back, shrink from. 5. Rank'-le, v. to rage, to become violent. 2. Coil-ed, p. gathered into a circular Spell, n. a charm. form,

7, Still, n, a vessel used in distilling or Coy'-a, n. a kind of serpent.

making liquors.

THE VENOMOUS WORM.

Outvenoms all the worms of Nile." 1. Who has not heard of the rattlesnake or + copperhead ? An unexpected sight of either of these reptiles will make even the lords of creation recoil; but there is a species of worm, found in various parts of this state, which conveys a poison of a nature so deadly, that, compared with it, even the + venom of the rattlesnake is harmless. To guard our readers against this foe of human kind, is the object of this lesson.

2. This worm varies much in size. It is frequently an inch in +diameter, but, as it is rarely seen, except when coiled, its length can hardly be +conjectured. It is of a dull lead color, and generally lives near a spring or small stream of water, and bites the unfortunate people, who are in the habit of going there to drink. The brute creation it never molests. They avoid it with the same +instinct that teaches the animals of Peru to shun the deadly coya.

3. Several of these reptiles have long infested our settlements, to the misery and destruction of many of our fellow citizens. I have, therefore, had frequent opportunities of being the melancholy spectator of the effects produced by the subtile poison which this worm +infuses.

4. The + symptoms of its bite are terrible. The eyes of the patient become red and fiery, his tongue swells to an immoderate size, and obstructs his + utterance; and + delirium of the most horrid character, quickly follows. Sometimes, in his madness, he attempts the destruction of his nearest friends.

5. If the sufferer has a family, his weeping wife and helpless infants are not unfrequently the objects of his frantic fury. In a word, he +exhibits, to the life, all the detestable passions that rankle in the bosom of a savage; and, such is the spell in which his senses are locked, that, no sooner has the unhappy patient recovered from the + paroxysm of insanity, occasioned by the bite, than he seeks out the destroyer, for the sole purpose of being bitten again.

6. I have seen a good old father, his locks as white as snow, his step slow and trembling, beg in vain of his only son to quit the +lurking place of the worm. My heart bled when he turned away; for I knew the fond hope, that his son would be the staff of his + declining years,” had supported him through many a

sorrow.

7. Youths of America, would you know the name of this reptile? It is called the Worm of the Still.

JOHN RUSSELL.

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QUESTIONS. - What is manufactured at the “still” here spoken of ? Why is intemperance worse than the bite of the most venomous serpent ? What is the coya ? What part of a still is called the "worm?” Why is it so called? In the last paragraph parse “ youths." See Analyt. Grammar, Rule 5. LESSON XXIII. REMAR K.-It will be a good exercise for the pupil to stand at a distance from the teacher, and then try to read so loud and distinctly, that the teacher may hear with perfect ease each syllable that is pronounced.

PRONOUNCE correctly. - Trough, (pro. trauf,) not troth : per-petu-i-ty, not per-pe-tew-i-ty: pat-tern, not pat-tun : of-fi-cers, not of-fi-suz: lan-tern, not lan-tun: i-ron, pro. i-urn: thirst-y, not thus-ty.

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manner.

1. A-slope', adv. obliquely, in a slanting Hol-lands, n. a kind of gin.

[ported by the public. Ja-mai'-ca, n. a kind of rum. 2. Pau’-per, n. a poor person, one sup- 6. Po-ta-tions, n. draughts. Pro-mul'-ga-ting, p. publishing.

Ru'-bi-cund, a. inclined to redness. 3. Mu-nic-i-pal'-i-ty, n. a division of 10. Tit-il-la-tion, n. the state of being country or of a city.

tickled, 4. Gob'-let, n, a kind of drinking vessel. 14. Mo-nop'-o-lize,v, to obtain the whole,

Cogn'-iac, n. (pro. Kone'-yak) the Con-sum-ma-tion, no completion, best kind of brandy.

perfection of a work.

THE TOWN PUMP.

(Scene. The corner of two principal streets.-The Town Pump talking through its nose.)

1. Noon, by the north clock'! Noon, by the east'! High noon, too, by those hot sunbeams which fall, scarcely aslope', upon my head, and almost make the water bubble and smoke in the trough under

my nose'. Truly', we public characters have a tough time of it! And among all the town officers, chosen at the yearly meeting, where is he that sustains, for a single year, the burden of such + manifold duties as are imposed, in perpetuity, upon the Town Pump.

2. The title of town treasurer is rightfully mine, as guardian of the best treasure the town has. The + overseers of the poor ought to make me their chairman, since I provide bountifully for the pauper, without expense to him that pays taxes. I am at the head of the fire department, and one of the physicians of the board of health. As a keeper of the peace, all water-drinkers confess me equal to the constable. I perform some of the duties of the town clerk, by promulgating public notices, when they are pasted on my front.

3. To speak within bounds, I am chief person of the municipality, and exhibit, moreover, an admirable pattern to my brother

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