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the work in a short period it was obviated. The boat was again put in motion. She continued to move on. All were still incredulous. None seemed willing to trust the evidence of their own senses.
11. We left the fair city of New York; we passed through the romantic and ever-varying scenery of the highlands; we descried the clustering houses of Albany; we reached its shore; and then, even then, when all seemed achieved, I was the victim of disappointment. Imagination superseded the influence of fact. It was then doubted if it could be done again, or if done, it was doubted if it could be made of any great value.
LIX.—THE TWO TRAVELERS AND THE
1. Two travelers, in time of yore,
Passed near the sea one day,
A stranded oyster lay.
And all his muscles strained,
And so the prize obtained.
“I saw it first, I'd swear.”
“I smelt it lying there."
And yield the taste to me."
Whose should the oyster be.
5. But ’mid their strife at length they spied
A stranger drawing near,
As of a judge severe.
And stated each his claim,
And then the judgment came.
And opened it with care,
To read his purpose there.
Ere they had seen it well
And handed each a shell.
9. “This judgment doth the court award,"
He said with accent gay,
Then wished the pair good day.
By litigation a dispute
Grows oft from bad to worse:
You gain an empty purse.
LX.—THE FAITHFUL INDIAN.
1. In the town of Ulster, in the State of Pennsylvania, once lived a man by the name of Le Fever. He owned a farm near the Blue Mountains, a place at that time much infested with wild animals.
2. He had a family of eleven children, and one morning he was greatly alarmed at missing the youngest, who was about four years of age. The distressed family searched for him in the river and in the fields, but to no purpose. Greatly terrified, they called their friends and neighbors to aid them in the search.
3. They entered the woods, which they examined with great care. A thousand times they called the child's name, but no answer came back save the echoes of the wilds. Almost in despair they assembled at the foot of the mountains.
4. After a brief rest and consultation they formed into several bands and renewed the search. The parents, as night approached, were in great distress, well knowing that wild cats and other savage animals abounded in the vicinity.
5. Often came into their minds the horrid idea of a wolf, or of some other dreaded animal, devouring their darling boy. “Derick, my poor little Derick! where art thou ?” frequently exclaimed the mother, in tones of the deepest distress,— but all of no avail. The search, though long continued, proved unsuccessful.
6. Fortunately a friendly Indian, laden with furs, called at the house of Mr. Le Fever, intending to rest, as he usually did when passing that way. He was surprised to find no one at home but an old negro woman who was too feeble to aid in hunting for the child.
7. On learning of the cause of their absence he said, “Sound the horn, and if possible call thy master home. I will find his child." The horn was sounded, and soon the father came home. The Indian called for the stockings and shoes that little Derick had last worn.
8. He caused his dog, which he brought with him, to smell them. He then led him into a field about twenty rods from the house and conducted him in a circle
round the house, bidding him smell the ground as they proceeded. He had not gone far when the dog began to bark. Following the scent he ran into the woods and soon barked again.
9. The sound brought some feeble ray of hope to the parents, and the party followed the dog with all speed, but soon lost sight of him. In about half an hour he was again heard to bark, and soon after he returned to his master. The appearance of the dog was visibly changed, and indicated that his search had not been in vain.
10. “I am sure he has found the child !” exclaimed the Indian, “but whether dead or alive I can not tell.” He then followed his dog, which led him to the foot of a large tree, where the child lay in a very feeble state, and nearly dead. Taking him tenderly in his arms he carried him to the disconsolate parents.
11. Happily, the father and mother were in some measure prepared to receive their child. Their joy was so great that for a time they could utter no words of gratitude to their benefactor. Words can not describe the scene.
After they had bathed the face of their child with tears they threw themselves upon the neck of the Indian and wept for joy.
12. Nor did they forget the faithful dog. They caressed him with great delight as the restorer of their lost child, after which they provided, liberally, refreshments for all concerned in the search. When all had partaken they returned with glad and thankful hearts to their several homes.
How often do we sigh for opportunities of doing good, whilst we neglect the openings of Providence in little things, which would frequently lead to the accomplishment of most important usefulness.
1. There are five kinds of bears : the brown bear of Europe, the white or polar bear, the American or black bear, the grizzly bear also of America, and the Asiatic bear.
2. The brown bear of Europe is large and fierce, and, when hungry or angry, will attack people. This kind differs from the others in the shape of his head; and in the autumn he goes into a cave and sleeps until spring, when he comes out very
thin. 3. The polar bear is white, except his claws and the tip of his nose, which are black. His home is in the icy regions around the shores of the Arctic Sea. His hairy feet and strong claws enable him to run quickly over the fields of ice, and he has been seen to climb the smooth, glassy peaks of the icebergs.
4. This animal is as large as a cow, and very strong. He lives upon seals and fishes, and seems quite at home in the water. Soine years ago a party of travelers in the northern regions knew a bear to swim from one place to another a distance of thirty miles.
5. The flesh is eaten by the inhabitants, and is considered very good. His thick, woolly skin is used for clothing and bedding, and sometimes we see it here as door mats and sleigh robes. The Laplanders call him “the old man in the fur cloak."
6. Some years since a polar bear was on exhibition in New York city. It was early in the spring, and to us uncomfortably cold, but the poor bear seemed to suffer with the heat. There was a tank of water near him, in which he bathed frequently, and when a block of ice was placed in his cage he seemed delighted, began to lick it, and at last rolled over and over upon it.