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ту foot was as restless as was that of Noah's dove. I felt as if I had done a wrong, I did not exactly know what; but there was an indescribable sensation of guilt resting on me all the forenoon. It seemed as if dinner time never would come; and as for going home one minute before dinner, I would as soon have had my ears taken off. So I went fretting and moping around town till dinner hour came.
6. Home I went, feeling very much as a criminal must when the jury is out, having in their hands his destiny life or death. I could not make up my mind exactly how she would meet me, but some kind of a storm I expected. Well, will you believe it? She never greeted me with a sweeter smile; never had a better dinner for me than on that day : but there stood the churn, just where I left it!
7. Not a word was said ; I somehow felt guilty, and every mouthful of that dinner seemed as if it would choke me.
She did not seem to notice it, but went on just as if nothing unusual had happened. Before dinner was over I had again resolved, and shoving back my chair I marched to the churn, and went at it just in the old way. Splash, drip, rattle, splash: I kept it up
As if in spite, the butter never was so long coming. I supposed that the cream, standing so long, had become warm; and so I redoubled my efforts. I
. 8. Obstinate matter! the afternoon wore away while I was churning. I paused at last, from real exhaustion, when she spoke for the first time: “Come, my dear, you have rattled that buttermilk quite long enough, if it is only for fun you are doing it !” I knew how it was in a flash. She brought the butter in the forenoon, and left the churn standing, with the buttermilk in, for me to exercise with. I never set up for myself in household matters after that.
VIII.-HOW TO READ.
1. President Porter, of Yale College, lays down principles with regard to reading, worthy of attention.
2. Among other points he suggests that: Reading should be followed in an earnest and reflecting spirit. If we are careful in the selection of books, we must be equally careful as to the way in which we read them.
3. If a man has little time to read, he has no right to allow these golden hours of his life to be wasted, or worse than wasted.
4. If he reads a great deal, he has no right to allow influences, which are silently but most powerfully affecting his whole character, to be what the chance or mood of the hour decides them - to bring disease on health, life or death, to that which makes him a man.
5. Read with attention. This is the golden rule, and is more important than all the rest. The great objection to omnivorous and indiscriminate reading is, that it jades and wearies the power of attention.
6. Edmund Burke and Abraham Lincoln always so read a book as to make it their own, a possession for life. Passive reading is to be carefully guarded against, as a habit that will destroy all good in reading.
7. Read with interest. Find out what will interest yo!, ask yourself in what particulars your ignorance most disturbs or annoys you. With what class of
. thoughts, facts, principles or emotions, would it please you best to be conversant.
8. “Read what will satisfy your wants and appease your desires, and you will comply with the first condition to reading with interest and profit," is a direction that must be received with caution, for you should see that your wishes and desires are correct before you attempt to satisfy them.
IX.-WASHINGTON ASKS PARDON.
1. In 1755, Washington, then a young man, twenty two years of age, was stationed with his regiment at Alexandria. At this time an election for public officers took place, and the contest between the candidates became close and exciting.
2. A dispute took place between Mr. Payne and Washington, in which the latter (an occurrence very uncommon with him) became warm, and said something which gave Mr. Payne so much offense that he knocked Washington down.
3. Instead of flying into a passion, and sending Payne a challenge to fight a duel, as was expected, Washington, upon mature reflection, finding he had been the aggressor, resolved to ask pardon of Mr. Payne on the
4. Accordingly he met Mr. Payne the next day, and extended his hand in a friendly manner. “Mr. Payne,"
, said he, “ to err is nature; to rectify error is glory. I find I was wrong yesterday, but I wish to be right to-day. You had some satisfaction yesterday, and if you think that was sufficient, here is my hand, let us be friends." It is hardly necessary to state that ever afterwards they
1. The frost looked forth one still clear night,
And whispered, “Now I shall be out of sight;
In silence I'll take my way;
I will not go on like that blustering train,
But I'll be as busy as they.”
2. Then he flew to the mountain and powdered its
crest; He lit on the trees, and their boughs he dressed In diamond beads; and over the breast
Of the quivering lake he spread
Where a rock could rear its head.
3. He went to the windows of those who slept,
And over each pane like a fairy crept:
By the light of the moon were seen
All pictured in silver sheen.
4. But he did one thing that was hardly fair :
He peeped in the cupboard, and finding there
“Now, just to set them a-thinking,
HANNAH FLAGG GOULD,
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
XI.-SIR ISAAC NEWTON.
1. Newton was born in 1642. He discovered the principle of gravitation by which all bodies attract one another in proportion to their size and solidity. This power makes things fall to the ground, and, in like manner,
makes the earth itself move round the sun. 2. The earth is prevented from falling into the sun by a force originally given to it, which tends to drive it off in a straight line; but the two forces acting together compel it to move in a circular direction. This is the Newtonian system, which is now universally received.
3. It was thought so remarkable that such discoveries, respecting bodies so far removed from us as the sun and stars, and apparently so much beyond our comprehension, should be made by mortal inan, that those who lived in Newton's time were almost disposed to believe that there was something miraculous in it.
4. This is expressed in the lines inscribed on Newton's monument: “Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night;
God said, “Let Newton be, and all was light.” He died in 1727, aged eighty-four years.
5. There are several interesting anecdotes of Newton. The first relates to his great discovery of gravitation. Being in the country, and sitting at his door one day, overlooking his garden, he saw an apple fall to the ground.
6. The thought occurred to him, “Why does the apple fall ?” It is no answer to say, “Its weight makes it fall;" for then the question would only take a different form, and be, “Why do heavy bodies fall ?” He could find no answer satisfactory to his own mind but this: “ The earth attracts them.”