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Ringing the bells till they rocked the steeple;
Go,” cried the mayor, “and get long poles ! Poke out the nests and block-up the holes ;
Consult with carpenters and builders, And leave in our town not even a trace Of the rats !”—when suddenly up the face Of the piper perked in the market place, With a, "First, if you please, my thousand guilders.” “A thousand guilders !” the mayor looked blue; So did the corporation too. Το
pay this sum to a wandering fellow With a gipsy coat of red and yellow.
Beside," quoth the mayor with a knowing wink,
,” cried the mayor, “d'ye think I'll brook
Once more he stept into the street,
And to his lips again
Laid his long pipe of smooth straight cane; And ere he blew three notes (such sweet
Soft notes as yet musician cunning
Out came the children running-
cheeks and flaxen curls,
When lo, as they reached the mountain's side,
last, The door in the mountain side shut fast. Did I
all ? no ! one was lame, And could not dance the whole of the way; And in after
mayor sent north, south, east, and west To offer the piper by word of mouth,
Wherever it was man's lot to find him, Silver and gold to his heart's content,
If he'd only return the way
And bring the children behind him.
So, Willy, let you and me be wipers
CLASS OR HOME WORK.
Learn the spellings, and write out the first two sentences in your own words.
PERILS IN THE ARCTIC SEAS.
consideration manouvre stubborn necessary
perseverance astonishment experience mechanism
“ There was no time for thinking; action, and not consideration, was necessary. The ice was closing around us, and the squadron still several miles in advance; regain it we must. Through or over this neck the Intrepid must go. Sawing was useless-a mere waste of time; there was no alternative but to give it the 'stem.' Go a-head, full speed,' was the word of command ; 'stem on’ she goes; the concussion is terrific; the vessel trembles from head to taffrail. The stubborn element bends and cracks, but
does not break. 'Stop her! Turn astern!' let us try it again. 'Go a-head with all speed you can give her!' The greater portion of the crew is upon the ice to assist in clearing away. She comes, she comes with additional force. Stand clear—the ice breakshurrah! A piece thirty feet square is adrift, other heavy masses spout from underneath the main floes, making a wonderful clearance, grapnels over the bow, hook on the pieces, take a turn on board, turn astern, stop her, unhook the grapnels : this manæuvre was repeated over and over again with a similar success until the noble craft seemed no longer a piece of mechanism, but a thing of life: some ferocious beast bounding on, and crushing the barrier that opposed it. To the spectator the scene was novel and interesting; the men-o'-war's men hurrah'd and laughed at the sport, while hoary-headed experience—those veterans who had grown grey in Arctic servicestood gaping with astonishment at the 'ice-destroyer smashing a floe six feet thick as if it had been a sheet of glass. She now makes a desperate and final effort; the barrier is broken, she is through, she is free, and the silent shores of Melville Bay echo the astounding cheers of a hundred seamen as she dashes with lightning speed towards her consort Assistance. For three days was the Intrepid adrift from her squadron; but during that period she performed feats unparalleled in the annals of Arctic navigation. No human perseverance, no degree of physical energy, no known mechanical power, save the strong arm of steam,' could have enabled us to regain our position.”—From the Admiralty Records of the late Arctic Expedition.