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WILL CARLETON. Who was Paul Revere (1) ? What did he do for his country? What can you tell about Sheridan's ride (1)? By whom were poems written descriptive of their glorious deeds ? Who was Putnam (11) ? Point out the figures of speech used in the poem, as, hung on the kitchen wall looked solemnly quick to heed her call ” (2).
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1. chỉv' al rous; a. noble in
bearing and spirit. 2. phảmo ois (shăm” mg); .
species of antelope. 5. do măin'; n. territory. 5. wāstęs; n. wild, uncultivated
country. 7. ex últing; a. joyous.
7. gā' ble roof; n. a sloping
roof which forms a triangle at
each end. 7. ăl' pěn stock; n. long
staff, pointed with iron, used
in traveling among the Alps. 8. pro jeet'ing; a. extending
The Power of the Blessed Sacrament.
Part 1. 1. Maximilian I., Emperor of Germany, sometimes called the "Last Knight" for his chivalrous character, was in his youth remarkable for his high courage and love of adventure, which at times led him to feats of rash daring. Among the many lands over which he ruled, none was so dear to him as the mountainous Tyrol : partly from the simple and loving loyalty of the hardy race of shepherds and mountaineers who dwelt there, partly also because hunting among the Tyrolese Alps was one of his pleasures.
2. On Easter Monday, in the year 1493, the young Emperor, who was staying in the neighborhood of Innsbruck, rose before dawn for a day's chamois-hunting. He took with him a few courtiers and some experienced hunt
At sunrise they were already high up on the mountain pastures, which are the favorite haunts of the chamois
the valleys beneath them were still covered by a sea of white mist, while the golden rays of morning shone from an unclouded sky on the snowy peaks and ridges above them.
3. Maximilian fixed a longing gaze on the rocky summits, which stood out clear and sharp against the blue heavens. He felt the power of the fresh mountain air and the sublime scenery, and it filled him with a spirit of daring. “I wish,” said he, “ that I could gain some spot to-day where the foot of man has never trod before, and where no man would dare follow; a spot amid the homes of the chamois and eagle; where the busy hum of men would be lost to my ear, and all the crowded earth would lie beneath my feet; where even the thunder-clouds would mutter far below me, while I stood in eternal sunshine! That would be a fit spot for the throne of an emperor!"
4. The courtiers replied that his majesty had but to wish and it would be fulfilled—to such a renowned hunter and intrepid mountaineer what could be impossible? At this moment, one of the huntsmen gave notice that he had sighted some chamois; the whole party, guided by him, cautiously approached a rocky point, behind which the animals were grazing. On this point of rock stood a single chamois, its graceful head raised as if on the watch.
5. Long before they were within range, they heard it utter the peculiar piping cry by which the chamois gives notice of danger to its fellows, and then off it bounded with flying leaps toward the rocky solitude above. Maximilian, on its track, had soon distanced his attendants. To be a good chamois hunter, a firm foot and a steady head are required, for these beautiful little animals lead their pursuer into their own peculiar domain, the rocky wastes just
below the regions of perpetual snow, and there they climb and spring with wonderful agility, and if they cannot escape, it is said that they will leap over a precipice and be dashed to pieces rather than fall into the power of man.
6. Maximilian had all the qualities necessary for this adventurous chase, and was generally most successful in it. Now he reached the brink of a chasm, which the chamois had passed ; black yawned the abyss at his feet, while beyond, the rocks rose steep and forbidding, with but one little spot where a man could find footing. One moment he paused, then with a light spring gained the other side, while a shout, half of admiration, half of terror, burst from his astonished suite.
7. " That was a royal leap! Who follows ? " cried Maximilian, with an exulting laugh. Then he sped onward, intensely enjoying the excitement of the chase. For a moment he lost the chamois from view, then it appeared again, its form standing out against the sky, on one of those rocky ridges that have been compared to the backbone of a fish, but are perhaps more like the upper edge of a steep gable roof. To gain this ridge it was needful to climb an almost perpendicular precipice; but Maximilian, nothing daunted, followed on, driving small iron holdfasts into the rock in places where he could gain no footing, and holding on by the hook at the upper end of his iron-pointed alpenstock.
8. At last he seized a projecting piece of rock with his hand, hoping to swing himself up by it, but the stone did not bear his weight, it loosened and fell, and the Emperor fell with it.
Give synonyms for feats (1); dawn (2); intrepid (4); cautiously (4); grazing (4); bounded (5); agility (5); chasm (6).
Be careful to give the proper pronunciation to chivalrous; moun tainous (not mountainious); haunts; chasm; daunted.
1. erěv'içe; n. à narrow open- 17. suïte (swēt); n. the atten
ing caused by a split or crack. dants of a distinguished per2. lědge; n. a shelf of rocks.
sonage. 3. seāl'ing; v. climbing.
8. sŭs pěnse; n. uncertainty; 4. má nęū' věr; n. trick; plan. indecision. 6. eÖm pls’sionäte; a. sym- | 9. lắmăn tão tion; m. exprespathizing; kind.
sion of sorrow.
The Power of the Blessed Sacrament. Part II.
1. Breathless and stunned, it was some minutes before the Emperor recovered consciousness after the fall. When he came to himself, he found that he had received no injury, except a few bruises, and his first thought was that he was most lucky to have escaped so well. Then he began to look about him. He had fallen into a sort of crevice, or hollow in the rocks; on one side rose above him a high wall which it was impossible to scale ; on the other the rocks were hardly higher than his head, so that he had no difficulty in getting out of the hollow.
2. 66 Lucky again,” thought Maximilian; but as he emerged from the crevice and rose to his feet, he remained motionless in awe-struck consternation. He stood on a narrow ledge, hardly wide enough for two men abreast, and beneath him, sheer down to a depth of many hundred feet, sank a perpendicular wall of rock. He knew the place ; it was called St. Martin's Wall, from the neighboring chapel of St. Martin ; and the valley below it, which was now concealed from his view by white rolling vapors, was the valley of Zierlein.
3. Above him rose the “ wall,” so straight and smooth that it was utterly hopeless to think of scaling it.
The only spot within sight, where a man could find footing, was the
narrow shelf on which he stood. The ledge itself extended but a few feet on either side, and ceased abruptly. In vain Max gazed around for some means of escape. No hand's breadth was there to which to cling; no hold for foot or hand of the most expert climber-beneath, a sea of cloud ; above, a sea of air.
4. Suddenly he was startled by a whir and a rush of great wings in his face ;-it was a mountain eagle which had swooped past him, and the wind of whose flight was so strong that it had nearly thrown him off his balance. He recollected to have heard that these eagles try to drive any large prey, too heavy to be seized in their talons, to the edge of a precipice, so that, by suddenly whirling round, they may dash it over the brink; and that they had tried this maneuver more than once on hunters whom they found in critical and helpless positions.
5. Then his wish of the morning occurred to him. How literally and exactly it had been fulfilled! And how little could the Emperor exult in his lofty and airy throne ! He merely felt with a shudder his own exceeding littleness in the face of the great realities of Nature and Nature's God.
6. Beneath, in the valley of Zierlein, a shepherd was watching his flocks. As the sun rose higher and drew off the mists which clung around the foot of St. Martin's Wall, he noticed a dark speck moving on the face of the rock. He observed it narrowly. “It is a man!” he cried ; “what witchcraft has brought him there?” And he ran to tell the wonder to the inhabitants of the valley. Soon a little crowd was collected and stood gazing up at St. Martin's Wall. “God be with him!" was the compassionate exclamation of all. "He can never leave that spot alive-he must perish miserably of hunger !
7. Just then a party of horsemen galloped along the