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these enterprises, the celebrated Caius Secundus Pliny availed Beloor Mountains, and reached the celebrated Lithinos Pyrgos, or himself, in his Natural History. He also knew how to dip with “ Stone Tower,” a station whose site is still a doubtful question considerable discernment into the writings of the Greeks; but among geographers. From this station to the frontier of Serica he appears not to have considered it necessary to consult the was a seven months' hard and perilous journey. The description work of Strabo. From the information he had obtained in this which Ptolemy gives of Serica corresponds more exactly to China way, he assigned to the different quarters of the world then than any other country; and his account of the manners and known the following magnitudes :-To Europe, one-third; to customs of the inhabitants identifies it still more. Moreover, Asia, one-fourth; and to Africa one-fifth of the whole.

the staple commodity of this overland trade was silk, for which Marinus of Tyre, who preceded Ptolemy, was distinguished China has been celebrated from time immemorial. Ptolemy for his geographical knowledge. He took advantage of all appears to have had a considerable knowledge of Hindostan or ancient and contemporary writers to compose a complete treatise India, both within and beyond the Ganges; a knowledge said on the subject of geography and maps; and he even prepared to be superior to that of the moderns till within the limits of new editions of his books, corrected and improved in proportion the present century. With regard to Africa, this statement as he obtained more exact information; but it is to be regretted may just be reversed. But, on the whole, his work must be that these have not reached us. At last appeared, about the considered a singular monument of industry, and a valuable middle of the second century, the famous Ptolemy, who lived at book of reference in all matters relating to the ancient geoAlexandria in Egypt, and taught astronomy there. His system graphy of the world. of astronomy and geography, which stood unimpeached for about twelve centuries, and received the name of the Ptolemaic system from its author, was not superseded till Copernicus appeared ;

LESSONS IN FRENCH.-V. and notwithstanding his errors, due more to the ignorance of SECTION I. FRENCH PRONUNCIATION (continued). mankind than to himself, his name is still revered as a geographer and astronomical observer. His work entitled the

III. NAME AND SOUND OF THE VOWELS. * Megale Syntaxis, or Great Construction,” is a monument of his 38. É, é, ACUTE.--Name, ay; sound, like the letters ay in the labour and his learning. He examined the ratio of the length English word pray. of the gromon or style of the sun-dial to its shadow at the

EXAMPLES equinoxes and the solstices; he calculated eclipses; he investi- | FRENCH. PRONUN ENGLISH. FRENCH. PRONUN. ENGLISH. gated the calculations founded on the difference of climate, and Arrivé Ar-eev-ay Arrived. Obligé O-ble-zhay Obliged. carefully consulted the reports of travellers and navigators. Elevé Ayl-vay Raised. Précéder Pray-say-day To proceed. He reduced his information and observations into a regular Eté Ay-tay

Summer. Prémédité Pray · may · Premedi.

dee-tay tated. system, and expressed the positions of places by longitude and Flagorné Flah-gorn-ay Wheedled.

For-zhay Forged. Trouvé Troo-vay

Found, latitude, after the manner of Hipparchus.

His great work Forgó

Joué Zhoo-ay Sported. Vérité Vay-ree-tay Truth. consists nearly of an elementary picture of the earth, in which

Mérite May-reet Worth. its figure and size, and the positions of places on its surface, are determined. It contains only a very short outline of the

39. È, è, GRAVE.—Name, ai; sound, like the letters ai in division of countries, with scarcely any historical notice. It is the English word stair.

EXAMPLES. supposed that a detailed account was added to this outline, but it has not reached us. His geography is contained in eight FRENCH. PRONUN, ENGLISH. FRENCH. PRONUN. ENGLISH. books, and is certainly more scientific than any previous work Chère Shair

Cheer. Madère Mad-air Madeira. on the subject. He taught how to determine the longitude by Colère Ko-lair Passionate. Manière Man-yair Manner.

Elève Ay-laiv lanar eclipses, and by this method ascertained that of many

Pupil. Mère Mair Mother,

Fièvre Feai-vr' Fever. Modèle places with tolerable accuracy.

Mo-dail Pattern. Jardinière Zhahr-deen. Gardener. Père Pair

Father. According to Ptolemy, the limits of the world were Thule on


Ratière Rat-yair Rat-trap. the north, and the Prassum Promontorium on the south, the former being, most probably, some part of Norway, and the 40. Ê, ê, CIRCUMFLEX.—Name, ai; sound, like the letters latter some unknown point_south-west of Madagascar. Its ai in the English word stair. limits on the west were the Fortunate Isles, now the Canaries ; E has a longer and broader sound than è. The mouth must and on the east, Thinæ in Sinæ or China. He rejected the be opened wider in pronouncing the former than the latter. In theory of all preceding geographers, who represented the world ordinary reading and common conversation, the difference as surrounded by an impassable ocean on all sides; and he between ê and è is hardly perceptible. Still there is a differreplaced it by an indefinite expanse of unknown land. He rejected ence; just the difference between pronouncing e like the letters the true reports of circumnavigation of Africa, and extended its ai in the English word stair with the mouth half opened, and limits southward beyond all reasonable bounds.

pronouncing the same letters in the same word with the mouth With Europe, Ptolemy was tolerably well acquainted; and well opened, and also prolonging the sound. Practice will he described Germany and Sarmatia with some degree of accu- demonstrate this. roy. He knew the Ems, the Weser, the Elbe, the Oder, and

EXAMPLES. the Vistula. He calls Jutland the Cimbric Chersonese or

FRENCH. PRONUN. ENGLISH. FRENCH. PRONUN. ENGLISH. Peninsula, and the Baltic, the Sarmatic Ocean ; but he failed

Bête Bait

A beast, Forêt For-rai Forest. in his account of this inland sea. He was better acquainted Crême Kraim Cream. Même Maim

The same. with the south of Russia in Europe, with the Tanais, the Borys Crêpe Kraip Crape.

Prêcher Prai-shay To preach. thenes, and the Euxine, or Black Sea. In his description of the Dépêche Day-paish Dispatch. Prêt Prai Ready.

Etre Aitr'

To be.

Rêve Raiv Mediterranean there are many errors; but his account is more


Extreme. Tête Tait Head. accurate with them all than that of any previous geographer. Extrême Eks-traim In regard to Asia, his knowledge was obscure and unsatisfactory,

SECTION X.-PLURALS OF PRONOUNS, ETC. though some features can be still identified with fact. Here he described the “Golden Chersonese," and the Magnus Sinus, or

1. The plural form of the pronouns le, him or it ; la, her or it, Great Bay of India. These appear to have been the Indo- is les, them, for both genders. Its place is also before the verb. Chinese countries of Ava, Pegu, and Malacca, with their adjacent Vous les avez. Les avez-vous ? You have them. Have you them ? gulfs or bays; and Thinæ, which he places at this remote Nous ne les avons pas,

We have them not. corner, is supposed to be Siam, rather than any place in China. 2. The plural of the article, preceded by the preposition de, of The Serica of Ptolemy in the north of Asia is supposed, with

or from, is des for both genders. good reason, to be China, which was reached by great trading caravans, which proceeded from Byzantium (or Constantinople),

Des livres, des plumes,

Of or from the books, of the pens. Des frères, des seurs,

Of or from the brothers, of the sisters. across Asia Minor, crossing the Euphrates at Hierapolis, and passing through Media, by way of Ecbatana to Hecatompylos, 3. The same form of the article is placed before plural nouns the capital of Parthia. Their next route was through Hyrcania, used in a partitive sense (Sect. IV. 1]. Aria, Margiana, and Bactria, whence they ascended the table-land J'ai des habits,

I have clothes. of the interior of Asia, passed over the Montes Comedorum, or Vous avez des maisons,

You have houses.

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apply also to plural nouns right or wrong? 8. I am right, I am not wrong. 9. Has the

tinman my silver candlesticks or yours? 10. He has neither Wawa no books,

your silver candlesticks nor mine. 11. What has he? 12. He You nada good pencils. has the cabinet-maker's wooden tables. 13. Has he your maho****** jertives mon, ton, son, gany chairs ? 14. No, Sir, he has my white marble tables. 15. 'n, ich, has, her; nos, our ; those, I have the cabinet-maker's. 17. Have you good pencil.

Have you these tables or those ? 16. I have neither these nor mith perdera.

cases ? 18. No, Sir, but I have good pencils. 19. Has the 3. hrothers, my sisters.

traveller iron guns? 20. Yes. Sir, he has mine, yours, and his. u hooler, ou pens,

21. Has he not your brother's ? 22. He has not my brother's. se mnowe sien. la mienne, etc. Sect. 23. Has the workman my iron hammers ? 24. Yes, Sir, he has Mari La

them. 25. Has my brother your pens or my cousin's ? 26. He Maar Fem.

has mine and yours. 27. Have you the children's clothes? 28. in mns, les tiennes, th ne. Yes, Madam, I have them. 29. Have you your sister's hat ? rs, les a tres,

30. I have my cousin's, f. 31. Is anything the matter with ear, les leurs,

your brother? 32. He is cold and hungry. 33. Have you .. lues and mine.

horses? 34. Yes, Sir, I have two horses. 35. I have two Per les unit us

horse-hair mattresses and one wool mattress.


monstentior Livet, cette have ces for



1. The adjective in French, whatever may be its place, * monster Bonn elti. n., this or that, makes agrees in gender and number with the noun which it qualifies Izemr: form, celle, merely takes the '$ 15 (1) (2)

12. Adjectives ending with e mute, i.e., not accented, retain sez le Y andesticks and those of your that termination for the feminine. Prothers.

t'a garçon aimable,

An amiable boy. sagedies sciles de nos endles nd those of our

['ne fille aimat le,

An amiable girl.

3. Adjectives not ending in e mute take e for the feminine. Reste JF B.CUPLES.

ta garçon diligent,

A diligent boy. e trere sui mes heraus: Has yow Irother ny forses?

to fille diligente,

A diligent girl.
s rofeus mies siens. He us rechter yours ner hus.
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Hus he wse » sur neighbours

4. EXCEPTIONS.-Adjectives ending in el, eil, en, et, on, as, Is hus shum nut.

ani es, double the last consonant and take e for the feminine. our boule ros lumes vulus tuis sister your pers or m 02- Jase. Fem.

Masc. Fem.
Le ma cousine ?
en s' vr these up my CO2 Essentiei, essentielle, essential.


sujette, subject. ... MOS celles le She has runther mina nor my cousin's, Vermeil, vermeille, vermillion.


bonne, good. PUN UNISINS vile a los stenges. shtet us her then

Ancien, ancienne, ancient

basse, lour. US marteaux ? Have fumurs

5. Adjectives ending in f change the f into ve; those ending da pesca maronix You are no mar. Yo lure pretty penals.

in change that letter into se for the feminine. an is myous. .TUMS mbili Jos sulants. Here you iw Asldren's Blothes

ta habit neaf,

A new coat. .. wait les wadautis. Is not the eldrek's clothes.

toe robo neuve,

A new dress. w odporu Jua dames I have the invites huis.

t'u homme heureux,

A happy man.
WMA OU MALA: Have you use ur those

l'ne femme heureuse,

A happy woman.

6. The adjectives beau, handsome ; fou, foolish ; mou, soft ; Whyunky Chancello, l, veuild.

20uveau. Mene; vieur, old; become, bel, fol, mol, nouvel, and I'usel, m., n. Lame, L, "vol

veil, before a noun masculine commencing with a vowel or an Marore, m.

murbe. mute; the last consonant of the latter form is doubled, and e ** , l. ulo, ., but Matulas, m., mult nuss. added, for the feminine. Ex.: Belle, folle, nouvelle, vieille.


Vulloure, aulj. ., bet 7. Additional rules and exceptions will be found in § 15 of
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Part II.
Woblaulava, UA toe Ouvrier, m., priboran.




Interrogatively. 1. Vali, mm* 200*shals Oui, Von Je suis,

I am.
Suis-je ?

Am I?
di Nou, Monsour, Tu es,

Thou art. Es-tu?

Art thou ? 6. L'aubergiste

He is.
Est-il ?

Is he?
Elle est, She is.

Est-elle ? Is she?
IIM I mus ohuvaux ni les

Yous sommes, We are.

Sommes-nous ?
W latar les livres 9. Thus

Are we?
Vous etes,
You are.

Etes-vous ? Are you? 10, ava un pas mes meil

Ils sout, n., They are. Sont-ils? Are they? 1, New Hou, I won muulluures plumes

Elles sont, L., They are. Sont-elles ? Are they? 13. Lo vaya vur-tu

11 haben das luuden at de Jos tuos du
Inil. 'Eurol Hebib Wale o ora 13. l'Avez-vous un garçon diligent et Have you a diligent boy and a dui-
Illus wala cu bune de une fille diligente ?

gent girl?
1o de la nota dan lululose the west 19. oui, Mua garron est diligent, mais ma My boy is diligent, but my daughter

ille est paresseuse. (R. 5.) is idle.
1. lalalala. To ob delalale lo sabes

Is this custom ancient :
Joli ka volana 21 Now les chetu costume est-elle ancienne ?

(utte coutuwe n'est pas ancienne, This custom is not ancient, it is

Wle est nouvelle (R. 6.) MSN Manalo, w w warunek w frau

Yvere plume, f., est-elle bonne ou Is your pen good or bad ?
bande handel ou le 40)Now we mauvaise ?

A suur est tnis-vire. (R. 5.) My sister is very lively.
Ivete est-elle meilleure que Is your house better than mine?


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Vauxhave with your kwalitoa ule ma seur n'est pas si My sister's house is not so good as
Man sou thuis

our webowy bufega
Ах xwe lubhaus

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2. Start from the same position, and, after each backward Beau, bel, belle, hand-Fille, f., daughter. Parasol, m., parasol. movement, bring the wand over the head and down in front to Habit, m., coat. Petit, -e, small.

the knees. Bon, m., good.

Heureux, -so, happy. Paresseux, -se, idle. 3. Hold the wand over the head as before; then bring it Content, -e, pleased. Ici, here.

Porcelaine, f., china.

down on each side alternately, by lowering one hand and raising Cravate, 1., cravat. Meilleur, -e, better.

Que, than,

the other, until the wand is in a perpendicular position. ReDame, f., lady. Neuf, -ve, neu. Vieux, vieille, old.

member still that the elbows must not be bent. Encrier, n., inkstand. Parapluie, um- Vif, vive, quick, lively. Excellent, -e, excellent. brella.

4. Now hold the wand in an upright position in front of

you, the hands near the middle, and about six inches apart; EXERCISE 19.

the arms extended forward as nearly straight as possible. 1. Cette dame est-elle contente ? 2. Non, Monsieur, cette Keeping the legs and arms stiff, move the wand from side to dame n'est pas contente. 3. Votre fille est-elle vive ? 4. Mon side as far as you can reach, the upper part of the body partly fils est très vif et ma fille est paresseuse. 5. N'a-t-elle pas tort ? turning at each movement. 6. Elle n'a pas raison. 7. Votre cousine est-elle heureuse ? 8. 5. Standing erect, with the right hand put the wand out at Oui, Madame, elle est bonne, belle, et heureuse. 9. A-t-elle des a right angle in front of you, one end resting on the floor; the amis. 10. Oui, Monsieur, elle a des parents et des amis. 11. body and the wand being both perpendicular, and the right arm A-t-elle une robe neuve et de vieux souliers ? 12. Elle a de in the horizontal position, the left hand resting on the hip. vieux souliers et une vieille robe. 13. Votre frère n'a-t-il Now, from this position, step out with the right leg as far as pas un bel habit? (R. 6.) 14. Il a un bel habit et une bonne you can reach, the foot passing behind the wand. The elbow cravate. 15. Avez-vous de bonne viande, Monsieur ? 16. J'ai must not be bent, and the wand must remain unmoved. Return de la viande excellente. 17. Cette viande-ci est-elle meilleure to the erect position, the wand still held forward, and repeat que celle-là ? 18. Celle-ci est meilleurc que celle-là. 19. Votre these movements ten times in succession. This is called ami a-t-il le bel encrier de porcelaine? 20. Son encrier est beau, “ charging," and is good exercise for the legs and the lower mais il n'est pas de porcelaine. 21. Quelqu'un a-t-il faim ? 22. part of the body. Personne n'a faim. 23. Les généraux sont-ils ici ? 24. Les 6. Go through the same movements as in the last exercise, généraux et les maréchaux sont ici. 25. J'ai vos parasols et with the exception that the wand is held forward with the left Tos parapluies, et ceux de vos enfants.

hand, the charge being made with the left leg. EXERCISE 20.

7. Stand erect and hold the wand out straight before you 1. Is your little sister pleased ? 2. Yes, Madam, she is at arm's length, in a perpendicular position, the left hand resting

on the hip. Now step out with the right foot to the wand, and pleased. 3. Is that little girl handsome ? 4. That little girl back to the other foot, five times in succession, without bending is not handsome, but she is good. 5. Have you good cloth and the knee. Take the wand in the left hand, and advance the left good silk? 6. My cloth and* silk are here. 7. Is your sister foot in the same manner. happy 8. My sister is good and happy. 9. Has that physician's sister friends? 10. No, Madam, she has no friends. 11.

8. Holding the wand as before, step backward as far as you Is your meat good ? 12. My meat is good, but my cheese is return to the erect position, and repeat the movement ten times.

can with the right foot, in this case bending the left knee; then better. 13. Has the bookseller a handsome china inkstand ? 14. He has a fine silver inkstand and a pair of leather shoes. The same afterwards with the left foot. 15. Have you my silk parasols ? 16. I have your cotton

9. Carry the right foot forward to the wand, and then backumbrellas. 17. Is your brother's coat handsome ? 18. My

ward as far as you can reach, without stopping. Do this ten brother has a handsome coat and an old silk cravat. 19. Have times in succession, and then the same with the left foot. you relations and friends ? 20. I have no relations, but I have above the other, the arms straight out, step the right foot forward

10. Holding the upper end of the wand in both hands, one friends. 21. Is that handsome lady wrong? 22. That hand to the wand and the left backward as far as possible. Now some lady is not wrong. 23. Have you handsome china ? 24. change the position of the feet at a single jump, and do this ten Our china is handsome and good. 25. It is better than yours. successive times. 26. Is not that little girl hungry? 27. That handsome little girl is neither hungry nor thirsty. 28. Wha is the matter

These examples of the Wand exercises will be sufficient. with her? 29. She has neither relations nor friends. 30. Is They may be greatly varied, and two persons, each with a wand, this gold watch good? 31. This one is good, but that one is may go through exercises similar in character to the Ring move

ments described in the previous paper. better. 32. Have you it? 33. I have it, but I have not your sister's. 34. I have neither yours nor mine, I have your mother's.

We now come to Dumb Bell exercises, which are a well-known

and very ancient means of physical culture. The best modern OUR HOLIDAY.-III.

gymnasts, however, have introduced an important change in the

practice with dumb bells. Formerly it was the custom to emGYMNASTIC EXERCISES.-II.

ploy the heaviest bells that could be used by the learner, and RETURNING to exercises which may be practised without the to put him only through a small variety of motions with them. aid of a companion, we have next to mention a class of light Now the most approved system is founded on the use of a light gymnastics known as the

dumb bell, with which the pupil is taught to perform a great

variety of active and graceful movements, calculated to advance WAND EXERCISES.

the flexibility as well as the strength of all the muscles of the These are especially beneficial in inducing flexibility of the body. Some gymnasts maintain that the dumb bell should shoulder-joint, and form a useful preparation for more arduous range only between two pounds and five pounds in weight, acmovements at a later stage of the learner's progress.

cording to the strength of the learner; but Dr. Dio Lewis, who The wand is a smooth stick, one inch in diameter and four takes the lead as a recent authority in gymnastics, and who feet long, with the ends rounded. For very young persons a has had a very long and wide experience, is of opinion that bells length of three feet is sufficient. The following are among the weighing two pounds are heavy enough for any man, provided exercises to be practised with this instrument.

he wishes to attain to something more than the strength required 1. Grasp the wand with the hands at either end, as seen in for lifting heavy weights. He recommends that, as the dumb Fig. 5; the attitude being perfectly erect, and the chest thrown bells should be of considerable size, they should be made of forward. Now, without bending the elbows, bring the wand down wood ; and wooden dumb bells only are used in his own gymbehind you as far as you can, then raise it again to the original nasium at Boston, U.S. The handle should be at least half an position above the head, and repeat these movements twenty inch longer than the width of the hand, and of such a size as times in succession.

can be easily grasped, with a slight swell in the middle.

Before describing the light dumb-bell exercises, we will, how. The article, the possessive and demonstrative adjective, are ever, say a few words as to the use of the heavier metal bells, repeated before every noun. Mon frère et ma seur, my brother and with which some of our readers may be already provided. The

object of their use is chiefly to strengthen the muscles of the




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. she bells still in these posi.

ki ss far as possible, and, when s has reached its limit, sink The body towards the ground. Pe to the perpendicular again, si then stretch back the other 23 in the same way. Repeat these movements five times.

8. Standing erect, arms down, carry them to the horizontal position in front; then above the head as seen in Fig. 8. Now down to the horizontal again, and then to the floor, as seen in the dotted lines in the figure. Repeat these movements ten times, and without bending the knees or the elbows.

Here we must leave the dumb bells; but, as in the case of the other exercises, the examples which we have now given will be sufficient to suggest numerous variations and additions to

the learner. Esother kind of exercise, which will give es zu vers than any of those to which we

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DELS CLUBS. se vood; they should be about eighteen aspering in form, from three to four inches

in diameter at the thickest end, and the other forming a convenient handle for the grasp. The weight of the clubs should be just such as will allow the learner to use them with toler. able freedom; for anything like a violent or undue strain upon the muscles is to be avoided in our gymnastic training.

We need not give a detailed list of Indian club exer. cises. Many of those performed with the dumb bells, etc., can be practised to equal Edvantage with the clubs, and the learner who has studied the rules and movements we have already given, will know how to proceed with these im. plements. It will assist him, however, to have before him the two illustrations given on this page. Fig. 7 indicates the proper position of the body from which all the exer. cises should be commenced, the clubs being used either in perpendicular or horizontal positions, or sometimes in both

simultaneously, as in the cut. sib bai o zorement which may be practised De asce freedom with the clubs, the dotted --Ning sheets Having reached the back, bring a su the elabs hanging downward; then

to that shown in the illustration, mani and arching the body as much Sexcha she club exercises, as in all others,

xes dead the knees or the elbows unless Errement contemplated renders it absa

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