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acquired without much study. A great number of curious instruments have been invented to assist iu these operations; so that there is scarcely any matter in which so much art and science have been employed as in navigation ; and none but a very learned and civilised nation can excel in it.

Ch. But how is Tom Hardy to do? for I am pretty sure he does not understand any of these things.

Fa. He must learn them, if he means to come to any thing in his profession. He may, indeed, head a press-gang, or command a boat's crew without them; but he will never be fit to take charge of a man of war, or even a merchant ship.

Ch. However he need not learn Latin and Greek.

Fa. I cannot say, indeed, that a sailor has occasion for those languages; but a knowledge of Latin makes it much easier to acquire all modern lan

guages; and I hope you do not think them unnecessary to him.

Ch. I did not know they were of much importance.

Fa. No! Do you think that one who may probably visit most countries in Europe, and their foreign settlements, should be able to converse in no other language than his own? If the knowledge of languages is not useful to him, I know not to whom it is so. hardly do at all without knowing some; and the more, the better.

Ch. Poor Tom! then I doubt he has not chosen so well as he thinks.

Fa. I doubt so, too.

Here ended the conversation. They soon after reached home, and Charles did not forget to desire his father to show him on the globe what longitude and latitude meant.

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Charles. Papa, you grow very lazy. Last winter you used to tell us stories, and never tell us any; and we are all got round the fire quite ready to hear you. Pray, dear papa, let us

. have a very pretty one.

Father. With all my heart-What shall it be?

C. A bloody murder, papa!

F. A bloody murder! Well thenOnce upon a time, some men dressed all alike.

C. With black crapes over their faces ?

F. No; they had steel caps on :having crossed a dark heath, wound cautiously along the skirts of a deep forest.

C. They were ill looking fellows, I

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F. I cannot say so; on the contrary, they were tall personable men as most one shall see :-leaving on their right hand an old ruined tower on the hill....

C. At midnight, just as the clock struck twelve; was it not, papa ?

F. No, freally; it was on a fine balmysummer's morning;--they moved forwards, one behind another ....

C. As still as death, creeping along under the hedges ?

F. On the contrary—they walked remarkably upright; and so far from endeavouring to be hushed and still, they made a loud noise as they came along with several sorts of instruments.

C. But, papa, they would be found out immediately.

F. They did not seem to wish to conceal themselves: on the contrary, they gloried in what they were about.—They moved forwards, I say, to a large plain, where stood a neat pretty village, which they set on fire.

do ;

C. Set a village on fire, wicked wretches !

F. And while it was burning, they murdered—twenty thousand men.

C. O fie! papa! You don't intend I should believe this; I thought all along you were making up a tale, as you often but you

shall not catch me this time. What! they lay still, I suppose, and let these fellows cut their throats !

F. No, truly, they resisted as long as they could.

C. How should these men kill twenty thousand people, pray?

F. Why not? the murderers were thirty thousand.

C. O, now I have found you out! you mean a BATTLE.

F. Indeed I do. I do not know any murders half so bloody.




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