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7. The mare was saddled, and the old man got on,
The boy on foot trudged cheerfully along,
The while, to cheer his sire, the duteous son

Beguiled the weary way with talk and song.
Arrived, at length, they found the 'Squire at home,
And quickly told him wherefore they had come.
8. The deed was writ in proper form of law,

With many a "foresaid," "therefore," and "the same,"
And made throughout without mistake or flaw,
To show that John had now a legal claim
To all his father's land-conveyed, given, sold,
Quit-claimed, et cetera,*-to have and hold.

9 Their business done, they left the lawyer's door,
Happier, perhaps, than when they entered there;
And started off as they had done before,—
The son on foot, the father on the mare.
But ere the twain a single mile had gone,
A brilliant thought occurred to Master John.

10. Alas for truth!-alas for filial duty!—
Alas that Satan in the shape of pride,

(His most bewitching form save that of beauty,) Whispered the lad-"My boy, you ought to ride!" "Get off!" exclaimed the younker-" 't is n't fair That you should always ride the Dapple Mare!"

11. The son was lusty, and the sire was old,

And so, with many an oath and many a frown,
The hapless father did as he was told;

The man got off the steed, the boy got on,
And rode away as fast as she could trot,
And left his sire to trudge it home on foot!

*And so forth.

12. That night, while seated round the kitchen fire The household sat, cheerful as if no word

Or deed, provoked the injured father's ire,

Or aught to make him sad had e'er occurred,—
Thus spoke he to his son: "We quite forgot,
I think, t' include that little turnip lot!"

13. "I'm very sure, my son, it wouldn't hurt it,"
Calmly observed the meditative sire,

"To take the deed, my lad, and just insert it;"
Here the old man inserts it-in the fire!
Then cries aloud with most triumphant air,

"Who now, my son, shall ride the Dapple Mare?"

QUESTIONS.-1. What proposition did the father make to his son? 2. What did the son promise to do? 3. How did the son treat his father after he got the deed? 4. What did the old gentleman do?


PAL' LID, pale.

HARD' I HOOD, bravery.

MAIN'-TRUCK, small cap at the top LU' RID, dismal; gloomy.

of a flagstaff or masthead.

A GHÄST', horrified.

GROUPS clusters; crowds.

HUE, color.

RIV' ET ED, firmly fixed.

FOLD' ED, embraced; clasped.

1 MA HŌN', (Ma hone,) a sea-port town on the island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean Sea.


1. OLD Ironsides at anchor lay, (sl.) In the harbor of Mahon';


A dead calm rested on the bay,-
The waves to sleep had gone,-

When little Jack, the captain's son,
With gallant hardihood,

Climbed shroud and spar,-and then upon
The main-truck rose and stood!

2. A shudder ran through every vein,-
All eyes were turned on high!
There stood the boy, with dizzy brain,
Between the sea and sky!
No hold had he above,―below,

Alone he stood in air!

At that far hight none dared to go,-
No aid could reach him there.

3. We gazed, but not a man could speak
With horror all aghast

In groups, with pallid brow and cheek,
We watched the quivering mast!
The atmosphere grew thick and hot,
And of a lurid hue,

As, riveted unto the spot,

Stood officers and crew.

4. The father came on deck. He gasped,


"O God, Thy will be done!" Then suddenly a rifle grasped, And aimed it at his son ! "Jump far out, boy, into the wave! Jump, or I fire!" he said.

"That only chance your life can save! Jump! jump, boy!" He obeyed.

* A name commonly applied to a young sailor.

5. He sank,—he rose,—he lived, he moved,—

He for the ship struck out!

On board we hailed the lad beloved
With many a manly shout.
His father drew, in silent joy,

Those wet arms round his neck,
Then folded to his heart the boy,

And fainted on the deck!

QUESTIONS.-1. What did the captain's son do, on board the Ironsides.? 2. Describe his situation. 3. What is said of the officers and crew? 4. What did the father say and do? 5. What did the boy do?

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1. In the State of New York, where the dark, foaming waters of the Black River, after roaring and surging through many pleasant fields, beautiful groves, and dense woodlands, commingle with the clear, cold waters of Lake Ontario, the wandering pedestrian or the lone fisherman may see, resting upon a gravelly flat, the remains of an old Indian canoe,

whose once beautiful proportions, now untraceable in its rottenness, bore a prominent part in the tragic event I am about to narrate.

2. Through these pleasant valleys, among the broken hills, and in the majestic forests, of yore, the wily Indian and his dusky mate, held undisputed possession; and many are the incidents, yet unwritten, of tragic and thrilling interest, that transpired around the red men's camp-fire, ere the white man disturbed their forest homes.

3. Si öus' ka, or the "Wild Flower," was the daughter of a powerful chief of the Onondagas, and the only being ever known to turn the relentless old chief from a savage purpose. Something of this influence was owing to her great beauty; but more to the gentleness of which that beauty was the emblem. Her downcast eye, her trembling lip, her quiet, submissive motion, all bespoke its language; and many were the young chieftains that sought to win her affections.

4. Among her admirers were two young chiefs of the Oneidas, with whom the Onondagas were on the most friendly terms. Si öus'ka's father, in order to cherish the friendly feeling of the two tribes, and, at the same time, strengthen his power, besought her to accept the more powerful chief, "Eagle Eye." He did not plead in vain; for she had long loved the young Oneida.

5. One bright sunny morning, in early spring, as the old chief was out hunting, the young Oneida crossed his path, upon which the old man advanced, and, laying his hand upon his shoulder, pointed to the dwelling of Si öus' ka. Not a word was spoken. The proud old man and the strong, young chief proceeded toward her wigwam, and entered together.

6. Si öus'ka was seated in one corner, engaged upon some

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