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16. Three journeymen bricklayers are in chase of it. It catches upon a bank-it tears its way through. Now the three bricklayers are joined by a couple of fellows in smock-frocks, a policeman, five boys, fol. lowed by three girls, and, last of all, a woman with a child in her arms, - all running, shouting, screaming, yelling, as the grapnel-iron and rope go trailing and bobbing over the ground before them. At last the iron catches upon a hedge - grapples with its roots; the balloon is arrested, but struggles hard; three or four men seize the rope, and down we are hauled.
CII. — FROM A PROLOGUE TO A PLAY.
PRO'LOGUE (proʻlog), n., introduction Lorn, a., forsaken ; forlorn. to a discourse or play.
Prima Don'na (pre-) n., the princiPREʻLUDE or PREL'UDE, n., music in- pal female singer. troductory to a piece or concert. MILL'ION-AİRE, N.,
one worth a millBAIZE, n., a coarse woolen cloth. ion.
The satire on certain stage representations in the following lines will be found as just as it is lively and amusing.
What is a prologue! Let our Tutor teach :
Here every foundling finds its lost mamma;
When the young couple, old folks, rogues, and all,
Here suffering virtue ever finds relief,
When the poor hero flounders in despair,
0 W. HOLMES.
CIII. — THE GRAVES OF A HOUSEHOLD.
MYR'TLE, n., a fragrant shrub. SEV'ERED, pp., separated.
The ea in hearth has properly the sound it has in heart ; though in the last stanza of the following beautiful poem the author gives it the sound of ea in earth
They filled one house with glee ;
O'er each fair sleeping brow;
One 'mid the forests of the west,
By a dark stream is laid ;
Far in the cedar shade.
adjuct hid recept
Its leaves, by soft winds fanned;
The last of that bright band.
And parted thus, they rest who played
Beneath the same green tree ;
Around one parent knee,
They that with smiles lit up the hall,
And cheered with song the hearth!
CIV.– THE RESCUE OF THE LAMB.
SUCOUR, n., aid in distress.
GUARD'I-AN, n., a defender. TRI'UMPH (-umf), n., joy for success. CHAN'NEL, n., course for a stream.
Walker and Worcester pronounce leaped lépt, rhyming with kept.
I shall tell you truth. A lamb
ross the brook-its thoughtless dam.
Rain had fallen, unceasing rain ;
But, as chanced, a cottage maiden
(Ten years scarcely had she told) Seeing, plunged into the torrent,
Clasped the lamb, and kept her hold.
Whirled adown the rocky channel,
Sinking, rising, on they go,
Only in the lake below!
0! it was a frightful current,
Whose fierce wrath the girl had braved ;-
Shout in triumph — both are saved !
Saved by courage that with danger
Grew - by strength, the gift of love!
WM. WORDSWORTH. (1770— 1850.) ,
CV.- EARLY HISTORY OF KENTUCKY.
POUL'TRY n., domestic fowls.
IN’STI-GATE, v. t., to urge ; to incite. LēIS'URE, n., vacant time.
BUF'FA-LOES, n. pl., of buffalo. SKILLFUL or SKIL'FUL, A., ex-pert'. PI-O-NEER', n., one who goes before STOCK-ADE', n., a line of stakes as a to clear the way. defense or barrier.
BA-RO'NI-AL, a., relating to a baron. KNIGHT-ER'RANT-RY, n., the feats, &c., VO-LU'MI-NOUS, a., consisting of many
of an errant or roving knight volumes.
In dis-cov'er-y, cov'ered, mod'ern, &c., heed the sound of er. Do not say thust for thirst; keows for cows. The second a in ap-parlent has the sound of a in care.
1. The English have never displayed the same thirst of discovery as the Spaniards and French, either in North or South America. A love of adventure, an eager curiosity, a desire of change, or some like motive, had carried the French all over the continent, while the English colonists continued quietly mihin their own limits. The French missionaries coasted along the lakes, and descended the Mississippi, a whole century before the Virginians began to cross the Alleghany ridge, to get a glimpse of the noble inheritance, which had remained undisturbed for centuries, waiting their coming
2. It was not till the year 1767,— only eight years before the breaking out of the revolutionary war,— that John Finley, of North Carolina, descended into Kentucky for the purpose of hunting and trading. The feelings of wonder and delight experienced by this early pioneer in passing through the rich lands, which were filled with deer, buffaloes, and every kind of game, and covered with the majestic growth of centuries, soon communicated themselves to others. Like the spies, who returned from Palestine, they declared, “The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land." They compared it to parks and gardens, or a succession of farms stocked with cattle, and full of birds tame as barn-yard poultry.
3. Instigated by these descriptions, in 1769, Daniel Boone, a man much distinguished for bravery and skill, entered Kentucky. And now commenced a scene of enterprise, romantic adventure, chivalric daring, and patient endūrance, not surpassed in the history of modern times. Nothing in those voluminous tales of knightěrrantry, which occupied the leisure of pages and squires of old baronial days, or in the Waverley novels and their train of romances of the second class, which amuse modern gentlemen and ladies, - nothing in these works of imagination can exceed the reälities of early Kentucky history.
4. From 1769 till Wayne's victory on the Maumee, in 1794, a period of twenty-five years, including the whole revolutionary war, the people of Kentucky were engaged in Indian warfare, for life and home.