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66 In white-man's land there stands a town
From long debate the council rose,
One generous chief a bow supplied,
Thus dressed so gay, he took his way
His guide a star, he wandered far,
At last he came, with foot so lame,
The tedious hours of study spent,
No mystic wonders fired his mind;
The shady bank, the purling stream,
“And why (he cried) did I forsake
“ A little could my wants supply-
“ Let seraphs gain the bright abode,
“ These dreadful secrets of the sky
“ Let planets still their course pursue,
6 Where Nature's ancient forests grow,
He spoke, and to the western springs,
SPECIMEN OF A COLLEGIATE EXAMINATION.
BY FRANCIS HOPKINSON.
PROF. What is a salt-box?
Stu. A salt-box may be where there is no salt; but salt is absolutely necessary to the existence of a box of salt.
PROF. Are not salt-boxes otherwise divided?
Prof. To be sure :-it is to separate the fine from the coarse : but are not salt-boxes yet otherwise distinguished ?
Sru. Yes : into possible, probable, and positive.
Stu. A possible salt-box is a salt-box yet unsold in the hands of the joiner.
PROF. Why so ?
Stu. Because it hath never yet become a salt-box in fact, having never had any salt in it; and it may possibly be applied to some other use.
PROF. Very true :—for a salt-box which never had, hath not now, and perhaps never may have, any salt in it, can only be termed a possible salt-box. What is a probable salt-box?
Stu. It is a salt-box in the hand of one going to a shop to buy salt, and who hath six-pence in his pocket to pay the grocer: and a positive salt-box is one which hath actually and bona fide got salt in it.
PROF. Very good:—but is there no instance of a positive salt-box which hath no salt in it?
Stu. I know of none,
PROF. Yes: there is one mentioned by some authors: it is where a box hath by long use been so impregnated with salt, that although all the salt hath been long since emptied out, it may yet be called a salt-box, with the same propriety that we say a salt herring, salt beef, &c. And in this sense any box that may have accidentally, or otherwise, been long steeped in brine, may be termed positively a salt-box, although never designed for the purpose of keeping salt. But tell me, what other division of salt-boxes do you recollect?
Stu. They are further divided into substantive and pendant : a substantive salt-box is that which stands by itself on the table or dresser; and a pendant is that which hangs upon a nail against the wall.
PROF. What is the idea of a salt-box ?
Stu. It is that image which the mind conceives of a salt-box, when no salt-box is present.
PROF. What is the abstract idea of a salt-box?
Stu. It is the idea of a salt-box, abstracted from the idea of a box, or of salt, or of a salt-box, or of a box of salt.
Prof. Very right:—and by these means you acquire a most perfect knowledge of a salt-box : but tell me, is the idea of a salt-box a salt idea ?