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state for wheel carriages. Parts of India are hilly, and the elephant is largely employed as a beast of burden. A male elephant, full grown, can carry about a ton weight, and travel with it fifty miles a day, and if properly used, will live for a hundred years.
7. The native princes, as well as the English people, make use of the elephant on state occasions, for which purpose a crib, called a houdah, is fastened upon him, and decked out in the most gorgeous manner, and princes and rulers ride on him in all the pomp of the east, and in the same manner as they did many thousand years ago.
LESSON 37.-LUCY GRAY.- Part 1. Chanced lantern minster powdery solitary scarcely blither wandered comrade afternoon disperse
reached OFT I had heard of Lucy Gray;
And, when I crossed the wild,
The solitary child.
She dwelt on a wild moor,
Beside a human door!
green ; But the sweet face of Lucy Gray
Will never more be seen.
" To-night will be a stormy night
You to the town must go;
Your mother through the snow.”
'Tis scarcely afternoon-
And yonder is the moon.
And snapped a fagot band ;
The lantern in her hand.
With many a wanton stroke
That rises up like smoke.
She wandered up and down :
But never reached the town.
LESSON 38.-LUCY GRAY.—Part 2. Wretched overlooked hawthorn rough shouting furlong tracked solitary neither spied
maintain whistles The wretched parents all that night,
Went shouting far and wide ;
To serve them for a guide.
That overlooked the moor;
A furlong from the door.
And, turning homeward, now they cried,
“In heaven we all shall meet !”
The print of Lucy's feet.
They tracked the footmarks small;
And by the long stone wall:
The marks were still the same;
And to the bridge they came.
And further there were none !
She is a living child ;
you may see sweet Lucy Gray
And never looks behind ;
That whistles in the wind.
LESSON 39.-THE REINDEER. Reindeer harnessed directs entirely inhabitants couple enabled portrait substitute traveller Laplanders lichen
1. TAE reindeer is a most useful animal to the inhabitants of cold countries, and is well adapted to the life it has to live. To the Laplanders the reindeer is a substitute for the horse, the cow, and the sheep.
2. Harnessed to the sledge, the reindeer bounds over the frozen lakes and rivers, or the hard snow; of its milk cheese is made, they eat its flesh for food, the skins serve for tents, bedding, and clothing.
3. It is said, that a couple of reindeer yoked to a sledge, can travel more than a hundred miles in a day, with a load of six hundred pounds. The sledge is formed something like a boat, and it has a back board for the rider to lean against.
4. The traveller is tied in the sledge like a child in his cradle. He holds the rein or halter, which is fastened to the deer's head, on his right thumb. When the driver is ready to start, he shakes the rein, and the animal springs forward with great speed.
5. He now directs his course by the rein and by his voice, he sings to him as he goes along, speaks kindly to him, and cheers him on his way. He never strikes or hurts him, for he loves the animal too much to be cruel to him.
6. The Laplanders are thus enabled to travel in winter by night and day, when the whole country, far and wide, is entirely covered by snow, and scarcely a hut or tree is to be seen, and they travel from one part of Lapland to the other in a very short space of time. In the royal palace of Sweden is the portrait of a reindeer, which is said to have travelled with letters eight hundred English miles in forty-eight hours.
7. The principal winter food of the reindeer is a species of lichen or moss, which covers large tracts of the northern regions, and which the deer scratch out with their feet. In the summer they browse upon the shrubs and plants they find on their march, and pasture on the green herbage.