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would build his camp-fires on the mountains, and after a week's absence, return loaded with the trophies of the chase.

7. But see! The tall pine totters to and fro—the trembling tree is breaking from the stump-a deafening crash and the ancient forest monarch plunges on the rocks below.

8. Hutson had dropped his axe and run a short distance to get clear of the falling limbs, when he saw a large animal a little way off bounding towards him, which he at first supposed to be a deer ; but in a moment more, to his dismay, he saw it to be a large panther, and knew from its actions that it was hungry as a hyena, for it made directly at him, with its hair all projecting forward; its glaring eyes and fearful jaws extended, revealing a row of teeth that makes one shudder to think of. What was to be done? Sam did not want that monster to make a breakfast of him. Retreat was in vain. What would you have done ?

9. With the nerve of a Jackson, Sam met his antagonist in the unequal contest.

10. He seized the beast by the skin of the neck with his left hand, and plied him heavily in the ribs with his right. Round and round they

went in the struggle for life and death--life to the victor, but death to the vanquished. At length the panther made a spring to escape.

11. “Oh ho! You're wh-wh-whipped, are you ?” he stammered, and he plied him with renewed vigor. Mr. Panther had never been in such a scrape before-neither had Sam--for the skin of his neck was drawn so tight that he only got his breath with a whiz, and every stroke in the side was answered by a grunt of pain from the panther, and a grunt of exertion from Sam. The animal sunk on his side, and Sam shouted, “Carroll!” The boy sprang to him with the butcher-knife, which was plunged into the heart of the beast. Sam was badly scratched, yet he was glad he had gotten off so well, and never complained of the loss of his shirt.

Spell and use in sentences : com'pe tence

ob'sta cles

hy ē'na in ūred'

spur

an tag'o nist lab

у
rinth'ine
in cis'ions

vanquished de files'

tro'phies

ex er'tion

Topical Review. What is a panther ? What is one of its habits ? Who is the hero of this story ? Describe the journey up the mountain. What was its object ? Describe Hutson. Relate his fight with the panther.

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The king of the gods walked forth one day-
It is thus the ancient fables say-
Not yet had mortals learned to raise
A temple to the monarch's praise,
Nor through a form of earth or sea
Had dared approach his majesty;
And Jupiter pondered-of all he had made,
What most his mightiness displayed ?

II.

The oak thre out his branches wide,
And thus he spoke in his strength and pride:
“A simple acorn to earth was flung,
And thence has the boast of Tellus sprung,
Whose summit looks down on Olympia’s height,
Whose roots have pierced to Erebus' night,
With Neptune who copes for the rule of the sea-
Meet emblem I, great Jove, of thee !”

III.

An eagle stayed in his course to the sun,
And thus his royal accents run:
“The king of the air to the king of heaven,
Only supremacy hath given.
No dust of the earth has stained his breast,
His aerie is poised on the mountain crest,
Where he views thy dart with a dauntless eye,
And scoffs at the whirlwind hurrying by.
No emblem meet, great Jove of thee,
But the mountain eagle, proud and free!”

IV.

The rose and the lily their arms entwined,
And thus their mutual wish combined:
“My cheek is as bright as the sunset's glow;"
“My heart is as pure as the mountain snow ;''

“And sweet as radiant,”-sweet as fair"-
“Naught with us can earth compare;
Then grant us, mighty Jove to be,
The types of purity, grace and thee!”

V.

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"Oh, mighty Jove!" so gold began,
"Come share with me the homage of man;
I rule the lord, I rule the slave,
From the baptismal font to the humblest grave.
The king of the air, of the earth and the sea,
And pureness and beauty must yield to me!”

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"And thou?". The silent marble heard,
And answered in calm, unboastful word:
"Where life is not given, death is no sin;
What thou hast made me I have been !”

VII.

A temple to Jove might mortals rear,
So the oracle answered prayer.
Chaplets of oak to the fane were brought,
And the lily and rose in his vesture were wrought;
The eagle stood with outstretched wing,
Low at the feet of the mighty king :
And burnished gold was the royal throne-
But the god looked forth from the silent stone.

an'cient fa'ble pon'dered

Spell and use in sentences :

su prěm'a cy
en twined'
chăp'lets

däunt'less
or'a cle
āé rie

Definitions.
TELLUS — Mother Earth.

EREBUS

-the place of nether darkness. OLYMPIA — the home of the gods. JOVE — a name for Jupiter.

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A diphthong is two vowels united in one syllable. They are glides made while the organs are passing from one position to another. If both vowels are prominent, as in oy and ow, they are called proper diphthongs, but if one element is more prominent than the other, as in i and ū, they are called improper diphthongs. Long ā and long 7 are also improper diphthongs.

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REMARK.—Blend the elements together and the result will be a compound vowel. Remember, this elemental i is a brief ē, like the i’s in the unaccented syllables of divinity. Long ū is frequently represented by eu or ew as in feud, Europe, few, new. The ē should have its long sound blended with 0. This will train the tongue to utter the first element of long ū distinctly.

Pronounce the following words: New, stew, Lucy, lieutenant, neuter, duty, duly, human, duel.

REMARK.-It is only when long ū is preceded by l, n, or d, that it is likely to be mispronounced. After v, b, p, or k, there is no tendency to mispronounce it; as view, beauty, pure, cube. As the consonants j, ch, sh, and zh are made by blending d, t, s, or z with y, the sound does not follow these, nor does it occur after r or y.

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