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REMARK. - The Tailor-bird is a native of the East Indies. It is about five inches long, and is celebrated for the ingenious way that it sews two leaves together, and thus makes a pouch, in the bottom of which a nest is built. The Chickadee, or Titmouse, is a small bird, and is seen at all seasons of the year, even in the severest weather.
VI. LOVE OF COUNTRY,
Breathes there a man, with soul so dead,
“This is my own, my native land !"
From wandering in a foreign strand?
O Caledonia! stern and wild,
Still, as I view each well-known scene,
and what hath been,
By Yarrow's streams still let me stray,
Sir WALTER Scott (1771-1834.)
CALEDONIA — the ancient name of Scotland.
YARROW - — a river of Scotland, along whose banks are many places celebrated in Scottish poetry.
ETTRICK - a noted forest in Scotland, where Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg, and the celebrated traveler, Mungo Park, once lived.
TEVIOT a river of Scotland.
Spell and Define:
Minstrel, bard, pelf, wretch, concentered, strand, shaggy, sires, forfeit, scene, extremity.
Topical Review, From what poem is this selection extracted ? In what measure is it written? (See Complete Course in Language and Grammar, page 296). Who utters this language ? What is meant by Teviot stone ? Is the poet expressing his own sentiments ?
The vowels ē, ā and ä are made in the mouth and are called palatal vowels. The three round vowels ô, 7, 00, are modified by the lips, and are called labial vowels.
REMARKS.-1. Utter ä full and clear. Keep the mouth open and round the lips: the ä will become Ô, a. This broad a is simply a rounded ä, and occurs after w. Drill upon ä and a until the latter is uttered with facility, because it is a new vowel and needs special drill.
2. Round the lips, close the mouth slightly and utter 00. This is a close, round vowel, and requires drill that it may be uttered distinctly.
3. Drop the lower jaw from the position for oo, and utter a sound while the jaw is closing to the 00-position, Long õ is the result.
It is a glide.
7 Drill upon these vowels by saying slowly and forcibly 00, 7 and ô.
REMARK.-In unaccented syllables, these vowels are slightly articulated, but are uttered in the same way, thus: re ceive', cha ot’ic, pa pa', august, lo'co fo'co, er'u dite.
A FIGHT WITH A PANTHER.
1. The panther is the American tiger, and is also called puma or cougar. This animal is found from Canada to Patagonia and is larger than the largest dogs. It was the terror of our fore-fathers, for it would lay stretched out upon a limb, ready to spring upon
whether man or beast.
2. More than half a century ago, a worthy and industrious farmer settled in Newton County, Arkansas, and with his strong arm and bold heart acquired a competence. The name of this farmer was Samuel Hutson.
3. He had a son whose name was Carroll, who was inured to all the hardships his father had undergone. One morning they ascended the northern slope of Judah, whose broad shadow darkens the dense forest, and, although it was about ten o'clock, the labyrinthine vines were
yet dripping with dew in its dark defiles. The piles of rugged rocks torn loose from the cliffs above by the force of gravitation or the trembling of the earth in ages past, were obstacles unworthy of note to Sam and his son.
4. They wended their way around a bluff of gray limestone, the face of which was swept by the branches of the towering sycamore and the hardy white oak, until they came to an open spur, where Hutson showed his son the location of a bee-tree, the honey of which was the object of their toilsome journey. Carroll deposited the pails and pans at a little distance, while his father's axe had already begun to make deep incisions in the noble pine.
5. Hutson was neither very large nor very stout; yet, if you had looked somewhat attentively into his swarthy face, you would have perceived that he was a man for all emergencies. Ten years previously he had settled at his homestead
poor, very poor, but by energy and industry he had placed his family in independent circumstances, and forty years ago he was the wealthiest man in Newton County.
6. Wealthy as he was, however, he loved his early sports, and at each returning Autumn