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7. "Yes, any thing, — all kinds of books and papers, and the Bible, and every thing. You see that first one, that's A. You see how it is made,— two lines go right up to a point, and then a straight Now say, what is it?"-"A."-"Yes-; and now the next one,—that's B. There's a straight line down and two curves on the front. What's that?"-" B."
8. "Now you must remember those two. I shan't tell you any more this morning, and I shall make you do just as Miss Agnes used to make me. She made me take a newspaper,—see, here's a piece,— and prick the letters on it with a pin.
9. "Now you take this piece of paper and prick every A and every B that you can find on it, and to-morrow I'll show you some more." Just then the bell sounded from the school-house, and Amelia and Susan went to their duties, but not with half so glad a heart as Tidy set herself to hers.
10. Thus Tidy began to learn to read. She had very many difficulties to struggle against; but she persevered, and was at last successful. As the years passed by, and she was enabled, by Him who watches over the lowly, to understand what she read, the hymns she loved and the word of God were made the means of leading her to Jesus Christ.
THE PARTING AT SPRINGFIELD.
N the eleventh of February, 1861, Mr. Lincoln
his in Illinois, to go to
The train which was to bear him away started at an early hour in the morning; but more than a thousand people had collected at the station to bid adieu to their friend and neighbor. After shaking hands with his more intimate friends, he addressed the crowd as follows:
2. "My friends, no one not in my position can appreciate the sadness I feel at this parting. To this people I owe all that I am. Here I have lived more than a quarter of a century; here my children were born, and here one of them lies buried.
3. "I know not how soon I shall see you all again. A duty devolves upon me which is, perhaps, greater than that which has devolved upon any other man since the days of Washington. He would never have succeeded except for the aid of divine Providence, upon which he at all times relied.
4. "I feel that I can not succeed without the same divine aid which sustained him, and on the same almighty Being I place my reliance for support. I hope you, my friends, will all pray that I may receive that divine assistance without which I can not succeed,
but with which success is certain. I bid you affectionate farewell."
5. "We will pray for you," shouted the people, while tears rolled down their cheeks; and their friend and neighbor went on his way, never to return, till his coffin was borne back to them amid the tears of a mourning nation.
address, to speak to. position, place. adieu, farewell.
appreciate, to know fully. century, a hundred years. devolve, to come upon. reliance, trust.
hur-ri-cane in-hab-i-tant pes-ti-lence
SIA is a vast country, containing a great many cities and a multitude of inhabitants. It lies on the opposite side of the earth from us, and you may go to it by crossing the Pacific Ocean on the west, or crossing the Atlantic and Europe on the east.
2. In the southern portion of Asia the climate is as in our Southern States. These parts are chiefly inhabited by the Chinese, Hindoos, Persians, Arabians, and Turks. In many places the country is fertile; and in the valleys beautiful flowers, spicy shrubs, and fragrant trees are found.
3. Wild birds of the most brilliant colors are often seen in the forests. Peacocks, pheasants, and our
domestic fowls are natives of these sunny regions. Oranges grow wild in some parts, and many of our most splendid garden-flowers are to be found growing on the hills and in the valleys of Southern Asia.
4. In the center of Asia there are some mountains whose tops are covered with everlasting snow. These are the loftiest peaks in the world, and are nearly six miles in hight. To the north of these is a cold region, where there are vast plains, with scattered tribes of Tartars roaming over them for the scanty pasturage they afford for their camels and horses.
5. In these gloomy tracts there are few towns or cities. The inhabitants are for the most part wanderers, who build no houses, but dwell in tents, and live upon the milk and flesh of their flocks. They also hunt the wild deer, antelopes, and other animals that are found in these regions.
6. The native animals of Asia are many of them very remarkable. The elephant is found in the thickets, the rhinoceros along the banks of rivers, the lion in the plains, the royal tiger in the forests, monkeys and apes of many kinds abound in the hot parts, and serpents thirty feet in length are sometimes met with.
-7. In the southern portions of Asia hurricanes are common; and these sometimes are so violent as to overturn the houses, rend the forests in pieces, and scatter ruin and desolation over the land. The country is often parched with drought, and destructive famine follows. Sometimes millions of locusts come borne upon the wind and devour every green thing, so that nothing is left for man or beast. Pestilence
often visits the people, and sweeps away thousands upon thousands.
8. Such is Asia, a land of wonders both in its geography and history. It is the largest of the four quarters of the globe, it contains the loftiest mountains, it affords the greatest variety of animal and vegetable productions, and the seasons here display at once their most beautiful and their most fearful works.
9. Asia, too, is the most populous quarter of the globe; it contained the first human inhabitants, and from this quarter all the rest of the globe has been peopled. Here, too, the most remarkable events took place that belong to the history of man. Here the most wonderful personages were born that have ever trod this earth; and here, too, the mighty miracles of Jehovah were wrought.
THE COLORED STANDARD-BEARER.
HE soldier who carried the colors of the Fiftyfourth Mass. having been disabled, William H. Carney, a sergeant of Company G, caught them up, rushed forward, and was the first man to plant the
stars and stripes" on Fort Wagner.
2. The ranks were full as they ascended the wall,