Слике страница
PDF
ePub

6. He went through the village and told everybody he met; and one by one they crept up and peeped through the window at the unfortunate prisoner, each one saying his witty or smart thing at Will's expense. Poor Will! It was rather hard. His every muscle ached like the toothache before his brother came home. With difficulty Harry coaxed the dog away, but not till Will had confessed to the beating. Max did not offer to touch Will again; but he never forgave him, and he met all his advances with a growl.

OLIVE THORNE.

XXXII.-WONDERS OF THE SEA.

1. “Who can tell of all the wondrous things that live in the sea? In the Indian Ocean, many feet below the surface of the water, grow woods quite as luxuriant as any jungles or thickets we read of in South America. Some of the trees grow forty or fifty feet high. The roots resemble coral; and from the slender stem grows a cluster of very long leaves.

2. “Other trees grow almost as high, and end in one single huge leaf that is about the size of our forest trees. Bushes - green, yellow and red — are dotted here and there; and a velvety carpet of diminutive plants covers the ground.

3. “Flowers, in all the tints of the rainbow, ornament the rocks; and large leaves of the iris, of dazzling pink and red, float among them; and sea-anemones, as large and brilliant as cactus-flowers, form beds in the moss. Blue, red, purple and green little fish dart here and there; and between the bushes glides, like a serpent, the long, silvery ribbon-fish.

4. “Thus beautiful it is in the day; but when night

comes on,

and
you suppose
all creatures gone

to bed, the landscape grows more lovely still. Little crabs and medusæ light up the sea ; the sea-pen quivers with green phosphoric light; what was brown and red in the day is changed into bright green, yellow and red; and, amongst all these glittering jewels, the moon-fish floats like a silvery crescent."

XXXIII. A WINTER NIGHT.

1. Backward, forward, as in play,

Whirled the snow-flakes all the day,
Drifting on the wintry air,
Here and there and everywhere.

2. At eve the children, happy four,

Closed the shutters, locked the door,
And began, as you may guess,-
Rosalie her doll to dress;
Little Jim, his father's pet,
His soldiers all in order set;
While Bessie looked with silent frown
On Harry pacing up and down.

3. Away all day had Harry been;

Now what could Bessie's frowning mean?
But half a sentence soon to me
Unraveled all the mystery.

4. Said Harry, smiling with delight,

“Bessie, you'll see this very night
A rabbit to my trap will come
Come and be caught; and here at home

The prize I'll bring, and you shall see,
And won't you then be proud of me?"
A tear I saw in Bessie's eye
Glisten as she made reply:

[ocr errors]

5. “O, Harry, brother, kind and good !

I see a picture in a wood:
A cold and dark and gloomy dell,
But there a little household dwell.
A tiny brother, a tinier sister,
For mother cry; an hour they've missed her,
Forgot the cold and hunger pain;
One cry, 'O, mother, come again!'
Is all I hear, and then I see
Another picture; painfully
I con it o'er and o'er again -
That mother dies a death of pain.
Wild wails the wind, fast falls the snow,
The night grows colder; could I go,
I'd go this very hour and try
To give that creature liberty.”

6. Now sobbing, Rosy murmurs out,

“O, go!” and Jimmy wheels about
His soldiers from the battle-field,
And Grant-like cries, “I will not yield
Till Harry lets the captive go
Back where those babies love her so ! "
Stout Harry, listening to all,
Standing with back against the wall,
Tried to be firm, but tried in vain,
Then said, “I'll let her go again !”
And Bessie, Rose and little Jim
With kisses almost smothered him.

LOUISE V. BOYD.

XXXIV.—THE CARRYING TRADE.

ranean.

1. Come, Lottie and Lula and Lina and Mary; all bring your maps. I want to teach you what is meant by the carrying trade, and how merchants do business with foreign countries.

2. Lottie shall have the bark Rosette, and sail from Boston to Calcutta ; Lula, the steamer North Star, from New York to Liverpool; Mary shall take the Sea-Gull, from Philadelphia to San Francisco; and Nina shall be owner of the Racer and make voyages up the Mediter

Are you all ready for the game! 3. Lottie, you may begin. You must find out what Boston has to send to Calcutta. Do not take indigo, or saltpetre, or gunny-bags, or ginger; for even should Boston have these articles to spare, Calcutta has a greater abundance of them. You must carry to Calcutta something that she needs but does not possess — something that will sell there at a sufficient profit to pay for carrying

4. “Ice?” suggests Lottie. “Yes, that is just the thing, because Calcutta has a hot climate and can not produce her own ice; so, Lottie, load the Rosette with great blocks of ice, pack them well, and start at once, for your voyage is long.”

5. And now we will go with Lula to the pier, where her great steamer lies, and see what she intends to carry to Liverpool. Bales of cotton, barrels of flour, of beef, and of petroleum. All very good; for New York has all these things to sell, and Liverpool has them to buy. So good-by to her. In a few weeks we will see what she brings back.

6. Come, Mary, what has Philadelphia for San Francisco ? O, what a load the Sea-Gull must take of

a

machinery, steam-engines, tobacco and oil; and such a quantity of other things, that she will need to make many voyages before she can take them all.

7. We will load her at this busy wharf, where the coal-vessels are passing in and out for New York and Boston, and where the steamers are loading for Europe, and the little coasters are crowding in one after another. And away goes the Sea-Gull for a voyage round the “Horn," where she will meet her namesakes, and perhaps some stormy winds besides.

8. Meantime Nina's Racer has been stored full of cotton cloths and hardware, and has raced out of Boston harbor so swiftly that fair winds will take her to Gibraltar in three weeks.

9. But as yet you have carried only one way. To complete the game, we must wait for Lottie to bring the Rosette safely home with saltpetre and indigo and hides and ginger and seersuckers and gunny-cloth.

10. And the North Star must steam her way across the Atlantic, and return with salt and hardware and anchors and steel, and with woolens and linen cloths. Mary must beat her way round Cape Horn, and home again with wool and gold and silver. And the swift Racer must bring the figs and prunes and raising, and the oranges and lemons, and she must make a quick trip home, too, for they will spoil if they are too long on the way.

11. And so children may play at the carrying trade, and so their fathers and uncles may work at it in earnest; and so also hundreds of little workers are busy all the world over in another carrying trade which keeps you and me alive from day to day; and yet we scarcely think at all how it is going on, or stop to thank the hands that

feed us.

12. England and Italy are kingdoms, Germany is an

« ПретходнаНастави »