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Every word, look, or thought of sympathy with heroic action helps to make heroism.
Captain D’Assas. On the 15th of October, in 1760, the French army, which was assisting Austria in the war against Prussia, was encamped near Klostercamp.
Captain d’Assas, of the Auvergne regiment, was sent out to reconnoiter, and he moved cautiously in the direction where they feared the enemy might be, until he was some distance from his regiment.
Suddenly he found himself surrounded by a number of soldiers, whose bayonets pricked his breast, and a low whisper in his ear said: “Make the slightest noise and you are a dead man.”
In a moment he understood all. The enemy was near. The soldiers were advancing silently so as to surprise the French. He had only to keep quiet and his own life would be spared, but many of his friends and countrymen would be slain.
Only a moment for prayer, not indecision, and he shouted: “Auvergne! Here are the enemy!”
By the time the cry reached the ears of his men, he was dead; but his death saved an army. The enemy retreated, knowing they could not conquer when the surprise failed.
They never fail who die in a great cause. — Byron.
THE YANKEE BOY.
JOHN PIERPONT (1785 – 1866), of Connecticut, published in 1816 “Airs of Palestine,” and in 1840 “ Airs of Palestine and Other Poems.”
The Yankee boy, before he's sent to school,
His pocket-knife to the young whittler brings
• To these succeed
Or, if his father lives upon the shore,
Thus, by his genius and his jack-knife driven,
And when the thing is made, whether it be
Write three new words which you found in your reading lessons, beginning with the poem, “Indian Mother's Lullaby.”
Write answers to the following questions, and use in your answers the words in italics: . What do the Indians mean by the word Manitou?
What is meant by a lullaby?
Who were Jacob and Alexander mentioned in the poem by George W. Bungay?
Why does the Yankee boy like a knife ?
“The best reward of a kindly deed
Is the knowledge of having done it.”
JAPANESE STORY OF THE FAITHFUL CAT.
A. B. MITFORD
About sixty years ago, in the summer-time, a man went to pay a visit at a certain house at Osaka, and, in the course of conversation, said: “I have eaten some very extraordinary cakes to-day,” and on being asked what he meant he told the following story:
“I received the cakes from the relatives of a family who were celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the death of a cat that had belonged to their ancestor.
“When I asked the history of the affair, I was told that, in former days, a young girl of the family, when she was about sixteen years old, used always to be followed about by a cat that was reared in the house, so much so that the two were never separated for an instant.
“When her father perceived this, he was very angry, thinking the cat, forgetting the kindness that had been showered upon him for years by the family, had fallen in love with the young woman, and intended casting a spell upon her.
“The father decided he would kill the beast. As he was planning this in secret, the cat overheard him, and that night went to his pillow, and, assuming a human voice, said to the man:
“You suspect me of being in love with your daughter; and although you might be justified in so thinking, your suspicions are groundless. The fact is, there is a very