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CATCHING A SHARK.
“Looking over the bulwarks of the schooner, I saw one of these watchful monsters winding lazily back. wards and forwards like a long meteor; sometimes rising until his nose disturbed the surface, and a gushing sonnd like a deep breath rose through the breakers; at others resting motionless on the water, as if listening to our voices and thirsting for our blood. As we were watching the motions of this monster, Bruce, a lively little negro and my cook, suggested the possibility of destroying it. This was, briefly, to heat a fire-brick in the stove, wrap it up hastily in some old greasy cloth as a sort of disguise, and then to heave it overboard. This was the work of a few minutes, and the effect was triumphant. The monster followed after the hissing prey; we saw it dart at the brick like a flash of lightning, and gorge it instanter. The shark rose to the surface almost immediately, and his uneasy motions soon betrayed the success of the manoeuvre. His agonies became terrible: the waters appeared as if disturbed by a violent squall, and the spray was driven over the taffrail where we stood, while the gleaming body of the fish repeatedly burst through the dark waves, as if writhing with fierce and terrible convulsions. Sometimes, also, we thought we heard a shrill, bellowing cry, as if indicative of anguish and rage, rising through the gurgling waters. His fury was, however, soon exhausted; in a short time the sounds broke away into distance, and the agitation of the sea subsided. The shark had given himself up to the tides, as unable to struggle against the approach of death, and they were carrying his body unresistingly to the each."
conceited chameleon leisure acquiesce lizard
extended decision stretched surveyed
referred pronounce discoursed
Oft has it been my lot to mark
eyes that hardly served at most
Two travellers of such a cast,
“Hold, there,” the other quick replies,
“I've seen it, sir, as well as you,
'tis green, sir, I assure ye."
the thing was green or blue. “Sirs," cries the umpire, “ cease your pother; "
; The creature's neither one nor t'other. I caught the animal last night, And viewed it o'er by candle-light; I marked it well—'twas black as jet: You stare—but sirs, I've got it yet, And can produce it.” “Pray, sir, do; I'll lay my life the thing is blue." “ And I'll be sworn that, when you've seen The reptile, you'll pronounce him green.” “Well, then, at once to ease your doubt,"
Replies the man, “I'll turn him out:
You all are right, and all are wrong:
find that none Prefers your eyesight to his own."
HOME AND CLASS WORK.
Learn the spellings at the top of the page; and write sentences containing these words.
THE SLAVE IN THE DISMAL SWAMP.
The hunted negro lay;
And a bloodhound's distant bay.
In bulrash and in brake,
Is spotted like the snake.
Or a human heart would dare;
Like a wild beast in his lair.
Great scars deformed his face;
rags that hid his mangled frame
All things were glad and free;
With songs of liberty !
From the morning of his birth;