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prayers and praises. The next day they told all about the affair to their relatives and friends.

The boy who had recovered through the efficacy of the medicine, selected the prettiest spot on the premises and erected a shrine to Inari Sama, the Fox God, and offered sacrifice to the two old foxes, for whom he purchased the highest rank at the court of the Mikado.

-- Adapted from Tales of Old Japan.

Bu is a coin worth about thirty cents.

2 Inari Sama is the title under which was deified a certain mythical personage, to whom tradition attributes the honor of having first discovered and cultivated the rice plant. He is represented carrying a few ears of rice, and is symbolized by a snake guarding a bale of rice grain. The foxes wait upon him and do his bidding. As rice is the principal food product of Japan, the honors which Inari Sama receives are extraordinary; almost every house in the country contains somewhere about the grounds a shrine in his honor.

Be grudge (be grŭj') : to grudge, or to envy one the possession of something. Cá lăm'í tý: a great misfortune or cause of trouble. Ec centric (ěk sển' trik) : an odd or peculiar acting person. Mỹth'i cal: pertaining to a myth, or a story like a myth or old legend. Súb sīde': to become quiet. Tra di tion (dish'ún) : that which has been told from one generation to another and usually relating to belief and good conduct.

Lost! yesterday! somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.

Horace Mann.

OCTOBER

ANDREW MCLACHLAN. ANDREW McLACHLAN, a Canadian poet, was born in 1820. His writings and noble life were appreciated by the citizens of Toronto, who presented him with a farm in Amaranth, Ontario. Compare this poem on “October” with other poems on the same month.

See how the great old forest vies
With all the glory of the skies,

In streaks without a name;
And leagues on leagues of scarlet spires,
And temples lit with crimson fires,

And palaces of flame!
And domes on domes that gleam afar,
Through many a gold and crimson bar,

With azure overhead;
While forts, with towers on towers arise
As if they meant to scale the skies,

With banner bloody red!

Here, orange groves that seem asleep;
There, stately avenues that sweep

To where the land declines;
There, starting up in proud array,
With helmets flashing to the day,

Troop upon troop of pines!
Here, evergreens that have withdrawn,
And hang around the open lawn

With shadows creeping back;
While yonder, girdled hemlocks run

Like fiery serpents to the sun,

Upon their gleaming track!

And, in the distance far apart,
As if to shame man's proudest art,

Cathedral arches spread;
While yonder ancient elm has caught
A glory, 'yond the reach of thought,

Upon his hoary head.
But every object, far and wide —
The very air is glorified —

A perfect dream of bliss!
Earth's greatest painters never could,
Nor poet in inspired mood,

Imagine aught like this.

O what are all ambition's gains!
What matters it who rules or reigns

While I have standing here!
Gleams of unutterable things,
The work of the great King of kings!

God of the full-crowned year!
October, thou’rt a marvelous sight,
And with a rapture of delight

We hail thy gorgeous pinion;
To elevate our hearts thou’rt here,
To bind us with a tie more dear

To our beloved Dominion! Măr'věl : to be filled with wonder and surprise. Măr’věl oùs : pertaining to the wonderful that is like to a miracle.

REVIEW.

What is meant by folk-lore ?
Tell the story about the “Faithful Cat.” -
To what country does this story belong?
Name another story belonging to the same country.
How do these stories teach the lesson of gratitude ?
Where did the Grimm brothers live ?
Tell the story of the “Frog Prince.”

When the fathers and mothers tell the story of the "Frog Prince" to their children, what lessons do they wish to teach?

Who wrote the article, “Behind Time”?

Name' some dangers that may result from having a habit of being behind time.

What are some of the beautiful thoughts in the poem, A Little Brown Seed in the Furrow”?.

What caused the “strange unrest”?
How did the little brown seed send up a plant?
When did the “beautiful leaves unfold”?
Who wrote “October”?
What other poets have written about October ?

Read Andrew McLachlan's poem, “October,” and select two beautiful thoughts

Folk-lore: tales, legends, or superstitions long known and told among the people of a nation or a race.

You are known by the company you keep.

TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY.

ROBERT BURNS.

(1759-7007 the famontages of a the fields. Jaisies

ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796) was born in Clay Cottage, a mile and a half from the town of Ayr, near the famous Alloway Kirk. His father was a poor man, unable to give the boy the advantages of a good education. Many of Burns' poems were suggested to him by his work in the fields. This poem was written after he had been plowing a field in which were daisies.

Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flower,
Thou'st met me in an evil hour;
For I must crush ’mong the stoure'

Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my power,

Thou bonniegem.

Alas! it's no thy neebor sweet,
The bonnie Lark, companion meet!
Bending thee mang the dewy weet,

Wi’spreckled breast,
When upward-springing, blythe, to greet

The purpling east.

Cold blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth;
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth

Amid the storm,
Scarce reared above the parent earth

Thy tender form,

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