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Now art thou a bachelor, stranger ?” quoth he,
For, an if thou hast a wife,
That ever thou didst in thy life.”
Ever here in Cornwall been ? For an if she has, I'll venture my
life She has drunk of the well of St. Keyne.” I have left a good woman who never was here,” The stranger soon made reply; “But that my draught should be better for that I
pray you answer me why ?” “St. Keyne," quoth the countryman,“ many a time
Drank of this crystal well,
She laid on the water a spell.”
Should drink before his wife, A happy man henceafter is he,
For he shall be master for life.”
O help the husband then !"
And drank of the water again.
He to the countryman said ; But the countryman smil'd as the stranger spake,
And sheepishly shook his head.
And left my wife in the porch;
THE WHALE. attendance incessantly decorated phalanx harpooner exhaustion Esquimaux fugitives attached invariably crescent carcases
"A woman's boat is manned by ladies, having as harpooner a chosen man of the tribe, and a shoal of small fry in the form of kayaks, or single men canoes, are in attendance. The harpooner singles out a whale and drives his weapon into its flesh. To the harpoon an inflated seal-skin is attached by means of a walrus-hide thong.
The wounded fish is then incessantly harassed by the men in the kayaks with harpoons, a number of which, when attached to a whale, baffle its efforts to escape and wear out its strength, until, in the course of a day, the whale dies from sheer exhaustion and loss of blood.
“The harpooner, after a successful day's sport, is a very great personage, and is invariably decorated with the Esquimaux order of the blue ribbon, that is, he has a blue line drawn round his face over the bridge of his nose.”
“ An immense shoal of whales was, early in the morning, chased to the mouth of the harbour of Stornoway by two fishing boats, which had met them in the offing. This circumstance was immediately seen from the shore, and a host of boats, about thirty or forty in number, set off to join the others in pursuit, and engage in combat with these giants of the deep. The chase soon became one of bustle and anxiety on the part of both men and whale.
The boats were arranged by their crews in the form of a crescent, in the fold of which the whales were collected, and where they had to encounter tremendous showers of stones, splashing of oars, frequent gashings with harpoons
whilst the din created by the shoutings of the boats' crews and the multitude on shore was in itself sufficient to stupefy and stun the bottle-nosed foe into a surrender. On more than one occasion, however, the floating phalanx was broken, and it required the greatest activity and tact before the breach could be repaired and the fugitives retained. The shore was neared by degrees, the boats advancing and retreating by turns, till at length they succeeded in driving the captive monsters on the beach opposite the town and within a few yards of it. The movements of the whales were now violent, but, except when one became unmanageable and enraged when harpooned, or his tail fixed in a noose, they were not dangerous to approach. One young sailor, however, received a stroke from the tail of one of the largest of them, which promised to be fatal. In a few hours the whales were captured, the shore was strewed with the dead carcases, whilst the sea presented a troubled and bloody appearance, giving evident proof that it was with no small effort that they were subdued and made the property of man."
HOME AND CLASS WORK.
Learn the spellings at the top of the page; and write sentences containing these words.
THE PALM TREE.
orient foliage Araby
athwart mien lustre
unconquerable whispered battling
It waved not through an Eastern sky,
But fair the exiled palm-tree grew
Strange looked it there! The willow streamed
There came an eve of festal hours-
But one, a lone one 'mid the throng,
To him, to him, its rustling spoke,
His mother's cabin-home, that lay
the shore, All through his wakening bosom swept; He clasped his country's tree and wept !
Oh, scorn him not! The strength whereby