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THE INDIAN STUDENT.

BY PHILIP FRENEAU.

From Susquehanna’s farthest springs,
Where savage tribes pursue their game,
(His blanket tied with yellow strings,)
A shepherd of the forest came.

Not long before, a wandering priest
Expressed his wish, with visage sad-
“Ah, why (he cried) in Satan's waste,
Ah, why detain so fine a lad?

“In white-man’s land there stands a town
Where learning may be purchased low-
Exchange his blanket for a gown,
And let the lad to college go.”-

From long debate the council rose,
And, viewing Shalum's tricks with joy,
To Cambridge Hall, o'er wastes of snows,
They sent the copper-coloured boy,

One generous chief a bow supplied,
This gave a shaft, and that a skin ;
The feathers, in vermillion dyed,
Himself did from a turkey win :

Thus dressed so gay, he took his way
O'er barren hills, alone, alone !

His guide a star, he wandered far,
His pillow every night a stone.

At last he came, with foot so lame,
Where learned men talk heathen Greek,
And Hebrew lore is gabbled o’er
To please the Muses,—twice a week.

Awhile he writ, awhile he read,
Awhile he conned their grammar rules
(An Indian savage so well bred
Great credit promised to the schools.)

Some thought he would in law excel,
Some said in physic he would shine;
And one that knew him, passing well,
Beheld, in him, a sound Divine.

· But those of more discerning eye

Even then could other prospects show,
And saw him lay his Virgil by
To wander with his dearer bow.

The tedious hours of study spent,
The heavy-moulded lecture done,
He to the woods a hunting went,
Through lonely wastes he walked, he run.

No mystic wonders fired his mind;
He sought to gain no learned degree,
But only sense enough to find
The squirrel in the hollow tree.

The shady bank, the purling stream,
The woody wild his heart possessed,
The dewy lawn, his morning dream
In fancy's gayest colours dressed.

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SPECIMEN OF A COLLEGIATE EXAMINATION.

BY FRANCIS HOPKINSON.

METAPHYSICS.

PROF. What is a salt-box?
STU. It is a box made to contain salt.
PROF. How is it divided ?
Stu. Into a salt-box, and a box of salt.
PROF. Very well !-show the distinction.

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?
Stu. Yes: by a partition.
Prof. What is the use of this partition?
Stu. To separate the coarse salt from the fine.
PROF. How ?-think a little.
Stu. To separate the fine salt from the coarse.

PROF. To be sure :-it is to separate the fine from the coarse : but are not salt-boxes yet otherwise distinguished ?

Stu. Yes : into possible, probable, and positive.
PROF. Define these several kinds of salt-boxes.

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 ?

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