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LONDON:
BLACKIE & SON, 49 & 50 OLD BAILEY, E.C.
GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, AND DUBLIN.

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PREFACE.

THE special features in these Readers are: (1) They are progressive,
comprehensive, and are written in language suitable to the minds of
children; (2) They are carefully graduated and systematically ar-
ranged.

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It is confidently hoped, that the subjects selected will be found
such as will foster in the youthful mind a love of reading and a high
moral tone of feeling and conduct. Kindness to animals is inculcated
in a variety of illustrative instances, so as to strike the mind and
impress the memory of the pupil.

CONTENTS.

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The Happiness of Animal Life, 5

The River,

Antony Canova,

10

The Great Storm of 1703, 13
The English Boy, -

18
Grace Darling,

21
Japan,

24
Japanese Tea-houses,

28
The Wanderer,

31
The Harvest of the Sea, 32
The Early Life of Dr. Kitto, 37
The Mother who has a Child

at Sea,
The Jaguar's Cave,

47
A Blind Boy's Song,

57
Spring Flowers,

57
Summer Flowers, -

61
The Daisy,

65

Autumn Flowers,

67

Winter Flowers,

70
Flowers, the Stars of Earth, 73

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Stanley's Search for Living-

stone,

231

Cardinal Wolsey to Cromwell, 237

Economy.-Part I., · 239

Economy.-Part II., - 242

To the Ivy,

- 245

Anecdote of Sir Matthew Hale, 248

Sir Matthew Hale's Practical

Precepts,

- 253

West Indian Scenery, 255

Winter at Tornea, and Nor-

thern Lights,

- 263

The Aurora Borealis, . 266

Abyssinian War,

· 267

The Parting of Hector and

Andromachē,

· 276

Josiah Wedgwood,

- 279

An Egg Harvest,

- 282

Nature,

- 286

The Gulf-Stream, -

- 287

Hymn on the Seasons, - 291

The Yo Semite Valley in

California,

• 296

Cruelty to Animals, - 301

Cheshire Salt-mines, - 302

FIFTH READER.

THE HAPPINESS OF ANIMAL LIFE.

1. This world is a happy world after all. The air, the earth, the water teem with delighted existence. In a spring noon or a summer evening, on whichever side I turn my eyes, myriads of happy beings crowd upon my view. The insect youth are on the wing. Swarms of new-born flies are trying their pinions in the air. Their sportive motions, their wanton mazes, their gratuitous activity, their continual change of place, testify their joy, and the exultation they feel in their lately discovered faculties.

2. A bee, amongst the flowers in spring, is one of the most cheerful objects that can be looked upon. Its life appears to be all enjoyment; so busy and so pleased; yet it is only a specimen of insect life with which we are better acquainted than that of others. The whole winged insect tribe, it is probable, are equally intent upon their proper employments.

3. But the atmosphere is not the only scene of enjoyment for the insect race. Plants are covered with aphides, greedily sucking their juices, and constantly, as it would seem, in the act of sucking. It cannot be doubted that this is a state of gratification. What else should fix them

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