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his courage or presence of mind. As soon as he had gained the edge of the cliff, he knelt down, and with his sword divided the fastenings by which the bridge was attached to the rock.
He expected that an effectual barrier would thus be put to the further progress of our pursuers, but he was mistaken; for he had scarcely accomplished his task, when the tigress, without a moment's pause, rushed towards the chasm, and attempted to bound over it. It was a fearful sight to see the mighty animal suspended for a moment in the air above the abyss; but the scene passed like a flash of lightning. Her strength was not equal to the distance: she fell into the gulf, and before she reached the bottom, she was torn into a thousand pieces by the jagged points of the rocks. Her fate did not in the least dismay her companion; he followed her with an immense spring, and reached the opposite side, but only with his fore claws; and thus he clung to the edge of the precipice endeavouring to gain a footing. The Indians again uttered a wild shriek, as if all hope had been lost.
But Wharton, who was nearest the edge of the rock, advanced courageously towards the tiger, and struck his sword into the animal's breast. Enraged beyond all measure, the wild beast collected all his strength, and, with a violent effort, fixing one of his hind legs upon the edge of the cliff, he seized Wharton by the thigh. That heroic man still preserved his fortitude; he grasped the trunk of a tree with his left hand to steady and support himself, while, with his right, he wrenched and violently turned the sword, that was still in the breast of the tiger. All this was the work of an instant. The Indians, Frank, and myself, hastened to his assistance; but Lincoln who was already at his side, had seized Wharton's gun, which lay near upon the ground, and struck so powerful a blow with the butt end upon the head of the tiger, that the animal stunned and overpowered, let go his hold, and fell back into the abyss.-Edinburgh Literary Journal.
1. What know you of Quito, and of 7 What interrupted him before he had Chimborazo? finished his sentence?
2. Where found they shelter from the
3. What sort of place was the cave?. 4. What took place in the cave while the Indians were away?
5. Describe the animals that Lincoln and the huntsman found.
6. What exclamatio:: did Wharton make on seeing them?
8. Where did the Indians hide? 9. How was the tiger prevented from entering the cave?
10. On seeing the tiger through the open space what did Wharton order?
11. Why did Frank's gun and Lincoln's pistols miss fire?
12. What did Wharton now say and do? 13. What did Frank do with the cord?
14. How did the animal act on seeing the cubs ?
15. Describe the appearance of nature after the storm.
16. What was the fabled Cerberus? 17. Describe the tiger as he lay beside his whelps.
18. What new danger caused the Indians to shriek?
19. What sort of howl did the tigress give on seeing the dead cubs ?
20. How did she now act? 21. Finding it impossible to enter the cave, what did the animals do?
22. When the beasts were gone, what did our travellers do?
23. Along what did their way lead?
26. Who got over in safety first?
on was on the middle of the bridge?
28. When Wharton reached the other side, how did he attempt to arrest the wild beasts?
29. What did the tigress do the moment she came to the edge of the chasm? 30. How did she succeed in the attempt? 31. Did her fate deter the tiger? 32. Did he make the opposite side? 33. What did Wharton now do? 34. When the tiger caught him by the thigh, what did Wharton do?
35. How was the monster finally got rid of?
36. Did not these men make a narrow escape for their lives?
37. Towards whom should they have felt grateful?
38. In whose hand is our life, and whose are all our ways?
39. Where then should we look in all our difficulties?
In the year 1754, a dreadful war broke out in Canada,1 between the French and the English. The Indians took part with the French, and made excursions as far as Pennsylvania,2 where they plundered and burned all the houses they came to, and murdered the people. In 1755, they reached the dwelling of a poor family from Wirtemberg while the wife and one of the sons were gone to a mill, four miles distant, to get some corn ground. The husband, the eldest son, and two little girls, named Barbara and Regina, were at home.
1 Canada, the northern part of N. America, was colonized by the French in 1608, and continued in their possession till 1759, when it was conquered by the British. 2 Pennsylvania, one of the United states, and, next to New York, the most important,-granted to W. Penn, by James II, in 1681.
3 Wirtemberg, a kingdom in S. W. of Germany,-its capital city is called Stuttgard.
The father and his son were instantly killed by the savages, but they carried the two little girls away into captivity, with a great many other children, who were taken in the same manner. They were led many miles through woods and thorny bushes, that nobody might follow them. In this condition they were brought to the habitations of the Indians, who divided among themselves all the children whom they had taken captive.
Barbara was at this time ten years old, and Regina nine. It was never known what became of Barbara; but Regina, with a little girl of two years old, whom she had never seen before, were given to an old widow, who was to them very cruel. In this melancholy state of slavery these children remained nine long years, till Regina, reached the age of nineteen, and her little companion was eleven years old. While captives their hearts seemed to have been drawn towards what was good. Regina continually repeated the verses from the Bible, and the hymns which she had learned when at home, and she taught them to the little girl. They often used to cheer each other with one hymn, from the hymnbook used at Halle,' in Germany :
"Alone, yet not alone am I,
Though in this solitude so drear."
They constantly hoped that the Lord Jesus would, some time, bring them back to their Christian friends.
In 1764, the hope of these children was realized. The merciful providence of God brought the English Colonel Bouquet to the place where they were in captivity. He conquered the Indians, and forced them to ask for peace. The first condition he made was, that they should restore all the prisoners they had taken. Thus the two poor girls were released. More than 400 captives were brought to Colonel Bouquet. It was an affecting sight to see so many young people wretched and distressed. The colonel and his soldiers gave them food and clothes, brought them to the town of Carlisle, and published in the Pennsylvania newspapers, that all parents who had lost their children might come to this place, and in case of their finding them, they should be restored. Poor Regina's sorrowing mother came, among many
1 Hal-le, the principal town in Merseburg, Prussian Saxony, famous for its school of divinity, and for its mines of wait, which yield 5000 tons annually, whence its name, (Lat. sal.; Gr. hals)-salt.
other bereaved parents, to Carlisle; but alas! her child had become a stranger to her; Regina had acquired the appearance and manner, as well as the language of the natives. The poor mother went up and down amongst the young persons assembled, but by no efforts could she discover her daughters. She wept in bitter grief and disappointment. Colonel Bouquet said, "Do you recollect nothing by which your children might be discovered?" She answered that
she recollected nothing but a hymn, which she used to sing with them, and which was as follows :—
Scarcely had the
The colonel desired her to sing this hymn. mother sung two lines of it, when Regina rushed from the crowd, began to sing it also, and threw herself into her mother's arms. They both wept for joy, and the colonel restored the daughter to her mother. But there were no parents or friends in search of the other little girl; it is supposed they were all murdered; and now the child clung to Regina, and would not let her go; and Regina's mother, though very poor, took her home with her. Regina repeatedly asked after "the book in which God speaks to us." But her mother did not possess a Bible; she had lost everything when the natives burnt her house.
1. What know you of Canada, of Pennsylvania, of Wirtemberg?
2. On whose side were the Indians in this war?
3. To what nation did the poor family belong?
4. What are those called who leave their native country for a distant land? 5. Which of the family were at home when the Indians fell upon them?
6. Where were the mother and the other son?
7. Whom did the Indians murder? 8. What did they do with Barbara and Regina?
9. State the ages of the poor captive girls?
10. What became of poor Barbara? 11. Who was given along with Regina to the Indian widow?
12. Was she kind to them?
13. How long did they remain in slavery?
14. What words and what hope cheered them in captivity?
15. Who. in God's merciful providence conquered the Indians?
16. How many captives were brought to Colonel Bouquet?
17. Who came to the town of Carlisle seeking her children?
18. Like one of whom had Regina become?
19. Could her mother know her by sight? 20. What did the Colonel say to the weeping mother?
21. Repeat the hymn she used to sing with the children.
22. Describe the affecting scene that followed the singing of the hymn?
23. What became of her captive companion?
24. After what book did Regina often ask?
25. Had her mother a bible?
26. Is it not our duty to send God's word to those who possess it not?
VIII. THE OLD PHILOSOPHER AND THE YOUNG LADY.
"ALAS!" exclaimed a silver-headed sage, "how narrow is the utmost extent of human knowledge! I have spent my life in acquiring knowledge, but how little do I know! The farther I attempt to penetrate the secrets of nature, the more I am bewildered and benighted. Beyond a certain limit all is but conjecture: so that the advantage of the learned over the ignorant consists greatly in having ascertained how little is to be known.
It is true that I can measure the sun, and compute the distances of the planets; I can calculate their periodical movements, and even ascertain the laws by which they perform their sublime revolutions; but with regard to their construction to the beings which inhabit them, their condition and circumstances, what do I know more than the clown? -Delighting to examine the economy of nature in our own world, I have analyzed the elements, and given names to their component parts. And yet, should I not be as much at a loss to explain the burning of fire, or to account for the liquid quality of water, as the vulgar, who use and enjoy them without thought or examination?-I remark, that all bodies, unsupported fall to the ground, and I am taught to