Facts and Fancies for School-day Reading: A Sequel to "Morals of Manners"

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1873 - 216 pages
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Page 209 - I knew that I had crossed the track of a camel that had strayed from its owner because I saw no mark of any human footstep on the same route. I knew that the animal was blind in one eye because it had cropped...
Page 202 - Keep your eyes open and you will see enough of them, my boy ; you are rather young yet. I often see in the newspapers an account of some clever boy, who, self-educated, has risen to distinction. The last Common School Journal gives the story of one George Wilson, who stopped a gentleman in the street, saying, " Sir, can you tell me of a man who would like a boy to work for him and learn to read ? " " Whose boy are you ?" " I have no parents, and I have just run away from the workhouse, because they...
Page 198 - It was, as has been stated, the accident of the roof of his father's cottage coming down, while he was a child, that first turned Ferguson's attention to mechanical contrivance. Such are the chances which often develope genius, and probably even give it in part its direction and peculiar character. The late eminent engineer, JOHN RENNIE, used to trace his first notions in regard to the powers of machinery, to...
Page 68 - Mrs. Richards was a wise woman. The children attended one of our public schools. " How can you allow this ?" said a friend to her , " are they not liable to meet all sorts of children there ?"
Page 91 - Good morning, doctor," he said, rather crustily. " I am sorry you chose this morning to bring the child here." " He sees I am in the room," thought Caroline, whom he had not apparently noticed. " Oh, I have waited with pleasure," said the good-natured doctor. " Now my little friend will begin, if you please, without delay.
Page 76 - ... with a few scratches, but poor Caroline had her right arm crushed under the body of the carriage. They were near the Newburg landing when the accident happened, and she was immediately conveyed to a New York steamer. She suffered extreme anguish, but she bore it with the utmost fortitude, saying, "Oh mother, I can .endure; anything if my arm is saved.
Page 63 - HAVE a friend, the widow of a lawyer, whom I shall call Mrs. Richards. She was born and educated in one of the most affluent families in the city of New York, but, by one of those sudden reverses so common in this great commercial city as hardly to excite attention beyond the day on which they happen, her father lost his fortune. Soon after tins event, his daughter, then about five and twenty, married Mr.
Page 64 - He is at his desk, at work with head and hands, when the carpenter, the shoemaker, the carman, the bricklayer, even the hodcarrier, and all country laborers, have finished their day's task. The lawyer's business, especially in the State of New York, is encumbered with many forms, and besides the fatigue of attending to the legal questions he has to be on the watch iest he fail in some technical point, and thereby lose his client's cause.
Page 96 - Caroline to be sure and not rustic the paper. He remembered to have heard Mr. Parsons say he had been " driven half frantic by the. rustling and crackling people made with their newspapers." Caroline, too, found her place at once, without turning over the paper, and looking from column to column. This advantage and attention were to the nervous man like oil to a creaking hinge. And when he had heard enough and was dismissing Caroline, he said, very kindly, ' You have given me more enjoyment from...
Page 68 - all sorts,' as you express it, in ever" stage and walk of life. My children get excellent instruction at the public schools. There are children there whose example and friendship is a blessing to them. I try, by their home education, to fit them to resist evil and do good. They go and return together ; they never loiter in the street. Indeed, my friend, I am truly grateful that, with my smaH means, my children can have access to such excellent schools.

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