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CAPTURE OF TICONDEROGA.

The men were drawn up in three ranks, as the first beams of morning broke on the mountain peaks, and Ethan Allen addressed them thus: .

“Friends and fellow soldiers, we must this morning quit our pretensions to valor or possess ourselves of this fortress; and inasmuch as it is a desperate attempt, I do not urge it on contrary to your will. You who will undertake it voluntarily, poise your fire-lock.”

At the word every fire-lock was poised. “Face to the right,” commanded Allen, as he placed himself at the head of the center file, and with Arnold by his side, marched to the gate. It was shut, but the wicket was open. The sentry snapped a fusee at him. The Americans rushed into the fort, darted upon the guards, and raising the Indian war-whoop, such as had not been heard in that region since the days of Montcalm, formed on the parade in a hollow square to face each of the barracks.

One of the sentries, after wounding an officer and being slightly wounded himself, cried out for quarter, and showed the way to the apartment of the commanding officer.

“Come forth instantly or I will destroy the whole garrison,” cried Allen, as he stood at the door. At this, Delaplace, the Commander, came out half-dressed, with some of his clothes in his hand. “Deliver to me the fort instantly,” said Allen. : “By what authority ?” demanded Delaplace.

"By the authority of the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!” thundered Allen.

Delaplace began to speak again, but was interrupted by Allen, who waved his sword over the head of the British commander. Without further hesitation, Delaplace gave up the garrison and ordered his men to be paraded at once without arms.

In the gray of the morning on the roth of May, 1775, Ticonderoga was captured by Ethan Allen and his men. What cost the British nation eight million sterling, a succession of campaigns, and many lives, was won in ten minutes by a few undisciplined men, without the loss of one life or even one man wounded. Adapted.

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It is the mountain to the sea
That makes a messenger of me;
And, lest I loiter on the way
And lose what I am sent to say,
He sets his reverie to song,
And bids me sing it all day long.
Farewell! for here the stream is slow,
And I have many a mile to go.

Rev. John B. Tabb,

A CLASS CONVERSATION.

James. — We have been reading about some of the people who were connected with the early history of our country. It may be of benefit to us to learn more about the builders of our nation.

Henry. — Do you mean Ethan Allen and Benjamin Franklin ?

James. — Yes; but they are not the only men mentioned in the lessons we have had. In the brief account of the capture of Ticonderoga, the name of Arnold occurs.

Mary. — Do you mean Benedict Arnold, the traitor ? We cannot consider him as one of the builders of our nation. He tried to destroy our country and undo all the grand work that had been done by Washington and others of our heroes of the Revolution.

Florence. — Mary is right about the treason of Benedict Arnold; but at first he was brave and seemed loyal to our cause. In our history work we learned that he was among the first to enter the field in defence of the Colonies. You remember reading about the military company he organized directly after the battle of Lexington. He had formed a plan to capture Ticonderoga and Crown Point even before he heard of Ethan Allen's expedition.

Julia. — Did he go as a volunteer?

Florence. — Yes, he went as a volunteer under Ethan Allen.

Robert. — I know he fought many battles for our

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country, but I shall always remember that he became a traitor. He made us forget all his good deeds when he tried to sell his country.

Florence. — It is sad to think of his last days, for he was despised by both the Americans and the British. I do not like a traitor, but I feel more sorrow than hatred when I think of Benedict Arnold.

Lizzie. - Benjamin Franklin was no traitor. He had to work hard when he was a boy, but he became a great man. I wonder how many of the boys in our school will become noted men.

James. — We may never become noted, but we may do some good work. Of all the boys who lived near Franklin's home, in Boston, not one seems to have become famous. No doubt many of them were very good men.

Robert. — If I could paint I would make a picture of Benjamin Franklin with his rolls of bread, walking up Market Street, in Philadelphia. No wonder the little Read girl laughed at him.

Julia. — She did not laugh at him when she became acquainted with him. I am going to read more about Benjamin Franklin.

Nellie. — I like the lesson on the flag, our first lesson. I do like our flag. . James. — People of other countries think their own flags much prettier than ours. How strange it is that all do not see, as we do, that our “Red, White, and Blue” is the most beautiful in the world.

Florence. — We like the “Red, White, and Blue” be

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