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5. Here is a picture of getting in the hay. Can you describe it' ? Do you see how dark it is in the far west'? Does it look like a storm? Perhaps it is a hail-storm, with thunder and lightning. Did you ever see a hail-storm in haying-time, or in the time of harvest ?

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6. How quickly the hay is pitched on the wagon, or cart, by the strong arms of the farmer and his men'! And then away go the teams to the barn as fast as they can be driven. Just as the farmer gets his last load into the barn, perhaps a loud and near clap of thunder startles him, and down pours the rain in torrents.

7. Now it may rain-rain-rain; but the farmer cares not. Now he likes to see it rain. How

green it makes the pastures, after the long drouth'!' And the hay stubble in the meadows begins to look fresh again'! The “rain upon the roof” is now a pleasant sound to the farmer. It would not be quite so pleasant if his hay were in the field. • FRE'-QUENT-LY, often.

d HĀB'-TEN, hurry. 1 MÄR'-IN, side of the page.

e START'LE, alarm suddenly. e-THREAT'-EN, indicate; foreshow.

' Droute, dryness; want of rain. (LESSON LVI. The story of the farmer's life is here continued, from LESSON LII. The methods of cutting the grass, and of raking up the hay, are described, and illustrated. A thunder-storm in haying-time is described, and its effects shown in the hurrying of the farmer and his men 10 secure the hay. The effect of the rain upon the dry pastures, etc.]

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1. After haying, comes the harvest', or gathering in of the wheat', and the rye', the barley', the oats', and the peas', and some other crops! Here is a picture of a harvest scene.

2. The wheat-harvest is a busy, hurrying time. It is the great event of the year for the farmer in some parts of our Northern States. The farmer must have all his workmen engaged in season, for the harvest must not be delayed.

3. Do you know when the wheat must be gathered? The wheat must be cut down when the stalk or straw turns yellow. Then the kernel, or grain', which before was milky, and light', becomes hard and heavy'; and the head of the wheat, which before stood erect'," bends downward with its own weight. Then it is time to begin the harvest.

4. A man cuts the wheat with a sickle', or with a farming implement called a cradle', or it is cut by a machine called a reaper', which is drawn by horses. These different ways of cutting grain are shown in the picture at the head of the lesson.

5. After the wheat has been cut down, it is bound in sheaves or bundles, which are put up in bunches of a dozen or more, called shocks, or stooks. The bundles then remain in the field until the straw has become thoroughly dried, when they are carried to the barn.

6. Rye, and barley, and oats, are cut and gathered in a similar manner, except that the barley is often mown, like grass, and is not then bound in · bundles. Can you tell what use is made of wheat, and rye, and barley, and oats' ? a CROPs, farming produce.

TURNS, is becoming. 6 DE-LAY'ED, put off; deferred.

E-RECT', not leaning; upright. [Lesson LVII. Harvest-time is here described, and illustrated by a view of the laborers in the harvest-field. The wheat harvest. When the wheat must be gathered. The different methods of cutting the grain, as shown in the picture. How the wheat is secured. Rye, barley, oats, etc.]


1. Though but a trifle, something give

To help the poor along:
'Tis not how much', it is the will

That makes the virtue strong.
2. You have but little' ? Never say

“ 'Tis of no use to give:"
A penny, if you give to-day,

May make the dying live.
3. It is the motive, not the gold,

Upon the water cast,
That will return a hundred fold,

To cheer and bless at last.

4. Then give a trifle cheerfully

From out thy little store,
And it will all return to thee

When thou wilt need it more.
& MO'-TIVE, intention.

6 FOLD, times. (Lesson LVIII. is a plea for charity to the poor. In what the virtue of giving consists. The plea that we have but little, and that, therefore, it is of “no use to give,” answered. What is the meaning of the third verse? Where, in the Bible, may the following verse be found ? “ Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.” How will what we give return to us?]


WHO WAS THE GENTLEMAN? 1. And do you think you are a gentleman'? Why'? Is it because you carry a little dandy cane', smoke cigars', and wear your hat on one side of your

head'? Is that the way to be a gentleman’? Read the following story, and decide what it is that makes the gentleman.

2. One afternoon, last spring, there had been a sudden gust of wind, and a slight shower of rain. But the clouds soon passed away. The sun shone out brightly, and the rain-drops sparkled like diamonds upon the trees of Boston Common.

3. The Boston boys love the Common; and well they may; for where could they find a more glorious play-ground? During the shower, the boys had taken shelter under the trees: as soon as it was passed, they resumed their amusements.

4. On one of the crossings, or walks, appeared a small, plainly dressed old woman, with a cane in one hand, and a large green umbrella in the other. She was bent with age and infirmity, and walked slowly.

5. The green umbrella was open, and turned up in the most comicale manner. The wind had suddenly reversed" it, without the consent or knowl. edge of the old lady, and she now held it in one hand, like a huge flower with a long stalk.

6. “ Hurrah! hurrah !" cried one of the boys, pointing to the umbrella.

“ Mammoth cabbages for sale! Mammoth cabbages !"

7. The whole rabble of boys joined in the cry, and ran hooting after the poor old woman. She looked at them with grave wonder, and endeavored to hasten her tottering footsteps,

8. They still pursued her, and at length began pelting with pebbles the up-standing umbrella ;

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