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laying her spinning-wheel on its back, the horizontal spindle standing vertically, while he made the wheel revolve, and drew a roving of cotton from the spindle into an attenuated thread. Then he took her in his arms and returned her and the baby to bed, and kissed her affectionately, and once more took the baby out, and made it cry with his hard beard. “Our fortune is made when that is made,” he said, speaking of his drawings on the floor.

14. “What will you call it ?" asked his wife. “Call it ? What an we call it after thysen, Jenny? They called thee Spinning Jenny afore I had thee, because thou beat every lass in Stanehill Moor at the wheel. What if we call it Spinning Jenny?'”

15. It was all a mystery to Robert Peel. He went home with his bilberry leaves, and went to bed, wondering if Hargreaves was out of his mind, or if he too were inventing something, or about to make experiments in some new process of working

Spell and use in sentences : ex traôr' di nar y chap'man

in dig' nant in'spir ā tion

bar'o net

at ten'u at ed hu mil'i at ed

in'ci dent

hor'i zon tal as sur'ance

spa' cious

ver' ti cal ly

Topical Review.

Who was James Hargreaves ? Relate the story reciting what led to a valuable invention. Why was it called the Spinning Jenny ?



O reader, hast thou ever stood to see
The holly tree ?
The eye that contemplates it, well perceives
Its glossy leaves
Ordered by an intelligence so wise
As might confound the atheists' sophistries.


Below a circling fence its leaves are seen,
Wrinkled and keen.
No grazing cattle through their prickly round
Can reach to wound;
But as they grow where nothing is to fear,
Smooth and unarmed the pointless leaves appear.


I love to view these things with curious eyes,
And moralize;
And in this wisdom of the holly tree
Can emblems see
Wherewith, perchance, to make a pleasant rhyme,
One which may profit in the aftertime.


Thus, though abroad, perchance I might appear
Harsh and austere;
To those who on my leisure would intrude,
Reserved and rude;
Gentle at home amid my friends I'd be
Like the high leaves upon the holly tree.


And, as when all the summer trees are seen,
So bright and green,
The holly leaves a sober hue display
Less bright than they ;
But when the bare and wintry woods we see,
What then so cheerful as the holly tree ?


So serious should my youth appear among
The thoughtless throng ;
So would I seem, among

the young


More grave than they ;
That in my age as cheerful I might be
As the green winter of the holly tree.


Spell and define : Contemplates, perceives, intelligence, confound, sophistries, wrinkled, prickly, moralize, austere.


Then on! then on! where duty leads,

My course be onward still;
O’er broad Hindoostan’s sultry meads,
O’er bleak Almorah's hill.

Bishop REGINALD HEBER (1792–1822).


1. Insects are animals whose bodies consist of rings movable upon one another, the hard parts being outside. The body consists of the head, the thorax and the abdomen.

2. The head is furnished with a mouth, eyes, and two feelers which serve as organs of hearing. The mouth is either a chewing or a sucking organ; the eyes are fixed in their sockets and consist of many single eyes united together. Some winged insects have eyelets on the crown of their heads.

3. The legs are six in number and are attached to the under side of the thorax, one pair to each of its three rings. Each leg consists of a hip-joint, a thigh, a shank, and a foot consisting of five pieces with claws at the end. These pieces are called tarsi.

4. Insects generally have four wings: flies and mosquitos have only two wings. Bees, wasps and ants have membranous wings: butterflies and moths have scaly wings. The upper pair of wings of beetles are horny and are called elytra; the under pair are membranous. Bugs and harvest flies have their wings crossed; grass

hoppers have long straight wings. The membranous wings of the dragon fly are net-veined.

5. The piercer is a jointed tube capable of being thrust out of the end of the body and is used to deposit eggs in holes. Sometimes the piercer consists of a scabbard containing a borer used to make holes in which eggs are to be placed.

6. The sting consists of a sheath covering a sharp instrument connected with a sac of poi

The dragon fly has no jaws and its abdomen is destitute of sting and piercer.


7. Insects are hatched from eggs which are laid where the young will find a plentiful supply of food. In passing from the egg to the adult state, most insects undergo great changes of form and habits.

8. There are three distinctly marked stages in the life of an insect. When it is hatched, it is wingless, passes most of its time in eating and grows rapidly. The body is worm-like and consists of fourteen segments. In its infantile state it is called a larve. All caterpillars are butterflies or moths in a larve state.

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