Aunt Martha's Corner Cupboard, Or Stories about Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Rice, &c

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T. Nelson and Sons, 1895 - Aunts - 144 pages
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Page 72 - Peregrine laughed within himself as he caught the words " public house," " cigar smoking," and " write to your mother." There was a pretty looking effeminate boy sitting before the fire, with his elbows on his knees and his chin upon his fists, fmding out shapes in the coals, and beside him was a great huge fellow with whiskers, who might have been father of the little boy, but who was nothing but an embryo cadet. Then there were two brothers, both going up, and wondering whether they would pass...
Page 61 - And it finds its way into the stems of plants, and makes their juices sweet and delicious. There is a tall, reed-like plant, with a yellow stem. It is called the sugarcane, because there is so much sugar in it. In some places, people are always chewing it. They cut it with their knives to make the juice come out, and go on cutting and chewing all day long. The sugar-cane grows in very hot countries, where black people live and monkeys run about on the trees.
Page 63 - People did not all at once find out how helpful he was, and that he could turn mills, and push carriages, and do all kinds of things. But they were very glad when they did know it ; and when he began to help them to make the sugar. For weights, and rollers, and heavy wheels are nothing to him. A sugar-plantation is a very pretty sight. The tall yellow canes rustle in the wind ; and at the top is a tuft of flowers, that looks like a silvery plume. And here and there black people are busy at work,...
Page 101 - ... women, and children, who live always in the mine. Some of the children have lived there all their lives, and have never seen the daylight. Most of the horses, when once taken down, do not come up again. There are numbers of caverns, little and big, some of which are made into stables; and the horses are kept there. The roofs of the caverns are supported on pillars of salt, and roads branch from them in all directions. They reach so far, and wind about so much, that a man may easily get lost....
Page 144 - And so the two boys, who had before been so idle and ignorant, grew up industrious and learned men. They were, besides, able to be kind and good to others ; for that is the real use of learning, — as we hope our little readers will one day find out for themselves, even if they have not an Aunt Martha, and a Corner Cupboard.
Page 99 - ... not at his journey's end ; for he has to get out of his hammock, and go along a pathway that descends lower and lower, till it reaches the mine. The pathway is sometimes cut into steps, like a great wide staircase, and glitters with the light of the torches that the miners carry in their hands. And the road leads through a great chamber or room where a thousand people might dine. When the traveller reaches the mine he finds himself in a country under ground, such as perhaps he had no idea of...
Page 96 - ... the bowl until it becomes quite troublesome ; and then the mistress gives it a box on the ears with the wooden spoon, to teach it better manners. There is a desert in Africa where the ground under foot is not sand but salt. It is called the "Salt Desert;" and the salt sparkles in the sun with such a crystal whiteness that people who travel upon it are almost blinded. Because salt is so useful and so necessary, it is found in great abundance. The great wide sea could not keep sweet and fresh without...
Page 60 - Christmas pudding would be nothing without it ; and the plum-cake, and the tarts, and the custards, and all the nice things that little boys are so fond of, would have no sweet taste in them if it were not for the sugar. But its range is much wider than this. It is found in the ripe peach on the wall, and in the juicy nectarine. The bee knows the taste of it right well, and finds it hidden deep in the bell of the flower. It lurks in the grape, and the orange, and fruits too many for me to name.
Page 32 - ... though care was taken to prevent them from touching each other. Another box, just like it, and full of cups, was set over it, so that the bottom of one box made a lid for the other. All the boxes, piled up in this way, were put into an oven, called "the potter's kiln.

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