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3. I stole noiselessly up behind her, and she did not hear The window was full of artificial flowers, of the cheapest sort, but of very gay colors. Here and there a knot of ribbon or a bit of lace had been tastefully added, and the whole effect was really remarkable gay and pretty. Tap, tap, tap, went the small hand against the window-pane, and with every tap the unconscious little creature murmured, in a half-whispering, half-singing voice: "I choose that color." "I choose. that color." "I choose that color."
4. I stood motionless. I could not see her face, but there was in her whole attitude and tone the heartiest content and delight. I moved a little to the right, hoping to see her face without her seeing me, but the slight movement caught her ear, and in a second she had sprung aside and turned toward The spell was broken. She was no longer the queen of an air-castle decking herself in all the rainbow-hues which pleased her eye. She was a poor beggar child, out in the rain, and a little frightened at the approach of a stranger. She did not move away, however, but stood eyeing me irresolutely, with that pathetic mixture of interrogation and defiance in her face which is so often seen in the prematurelydeveloped faces of poverty-stricken children.
5. "Aren't the colors pretty?" I said. She brightened instantly. "Yes, ma'am, I'd like a gown of that blue color." "But you will take cold standing in the wet," said I. Won't you come under my umbrella?" She looked down at her wet dress suddenly, as if it had not occurred to her before that it was raining. Then she drew first one little foot and then the other out of the muddy puddle in which she had been standing, and moving a little closer to the window, said, "I'm not going home just yet, ma'am. I'd like to stay here a while."
6. So I left her. But after I had gone a few blocks the impulse seized me to return by a cross street and see if she were still there. Tears sprang to my eyes as I first caught sight of the upright little figure, standing in the same spot, still pointing with the rhythmic finger to the blues and reds and yellows, and half chanting under her breath as before:
"I choose that color." "I choose that color." "I choose that color."
7. I went quietly on my way, without disturbing her again. But I said in my heart, "Little messenger, interpreter, teacher, I will remember you all my life!" Why should days be ever dark, life ever be colorless? There is always sun; there are always blue and scarlet and yellow and purple. We cannot reach them, perhaps, but we can see them; if it is only "through a glass” and “darkly," still we can see them. We can "choose our colors.
8. It rains, perhaps, and we are standing in the cold. Never mind. If we look earnestly enough at the brightness which is on the other side the glass, we shall forget the wet and not feel the cold. And now and then a passer-by who has rolled himself up in furs to keep out the cold, but shivers nevertheless, who has money in his purse to buy many colors, if he likes, but, nevertheless, goes grumbling because some colors are too dear for him,—such a passer-by, chancing to hear our voice, and see the atmosphere of our content, may learn a wondrous secret-that pennilessness is not poverty and ownership is not possession; that to be without is not always to lack, and to reach is not to attain; that sunlight is for all eyes that look up, and color for those who "choose."
SELECT ETYMOLOGIES.-Article: L. artic'ulus, dimin. of ar'tus, a joint, a distinct part; h., articulate, etc. . . . Atmosphere: Gr. atmos, vapor, and sphai'ra, sphere. Conscience: L. con and sci'o, I know; h., omni-science, pre-science, science, sciolist (a pretender to knowledge), etc. . . . Continual: L. con and ten'eo, ten'tum, to hold: v. TENURE. . . Interrogation: L. inter and rog'o, roga'tum, to ask. . . . Irregular : L. in-, not, and reg'ula, a rule, fr. reg'o, rec'tum, to keep straight; rex, re'gis, a king, reg'num, a reign; h., cor-rect, di-rect, e-rect, rectify, rector, regal, regent, regimen, regiment, region, regulate, right, rule, etc. . . . Milliner: fr. Milaner, an inhabitant of Milan in Italy. . . Pavement: L. pav'io, I beat. Rhythmic: Gr. rhūth'mikŏs; fr. rhuth'mos, measured motion; the agreement of measure and time in prose and poetry, also in dancing. . . Umbrella: L. um'bra, a shade; h., umbrage (shade, wh. the feeling of being overshadowed).. Worsted: fr. Worstead, a village near Norwich,
VI.-ON LEAVING AMERICA FOR ENGLAND.
WITH triumph this morning, O Boston, I hail
Farewell to the few I have left with regret:
Farewell to the few; though we never may meet
But, Douglas! while thus I recall to my mind
Oh think, then, how gladly I follow thee now,
And the tears of a mother turn bliss into pain;
SELECT ETYMOLOGIES.-Elect : L. elec'tus; fr. e'ligo, elec'tum, to pick out; fr. e, out, and leg'o, lec'tum, to gather, to read, to choose; h., col-lect, colleague, college, di-ligent (fr. di-ligo, I love, I distinguish by choosing from others, h., lovingly assiduous), e-legant (lit., chosen from), e-ligible, intel-lect (fr. inter, between), intel-ligence, intel-ligible, lecture, legend, legible, legion, lesson, neg-lect (neg=nec, not), neg-ligence, pre-di-lection (a previous liking), re-collect, se-lect (fr. se, aside, and lego), etc., v. ALLEGE. . . . Empire: L. impĕr'ium; fr. im'pe-ro, impera'tum, to command; fr. im in and păr'o, I prepare, I order; h., emperor, imperial, imperious, etc. Humble: L. hu'milis; fr. hu'mus, the ground; h., ex-hume (to unbury), humility, in-hume (to bury), etc. . . . Patience: L. pătien'tia; fr. pat'ior, pas'sus, to suffer; h., com-passion, com-patible, dis-passionate, im-passive, im-patient, in-com-patible, passion, passive, etc. . . . Planet: Gr. pla-nē'tēs; fr. planas'thai, to wander. . . . Recur: L. recur'ro; fr. re, again, back, cur'ro, cur'sum, to run. . . . Relic: L. reliq'ui-æ, pl., fr. relin'quo, relictum, to leave behind; fr. re and lin'quo, I leave; h., de-linquent, de-relict (forsaken), relic, relict, re-linquish, etc. . . . Vanish: L. va-nes'co; fr. va'nus, that contains nothing; h., e-vanescent, vain, vanity, vaunt, etc.
VII.-CORRUPTIONS OF LANGUAGE.
Pronounce Enone, e-nō'ne; Crimea, kri-me'a.
1. So many persons, without anything deserving the name of education, have become writers by profession, that written language may almost be said to be principally wielded by persons ignorant of the proper use of the instrument, and who are spoiling it more and more for those who understand it. Vulgarisms which creep in, nobody knows how, are daily depriving the English language of valuable modes of expressing thought. To take a present instance: the verb transpire formerly conveyed very expressively its correct meaning, namely, to become known through unnoticed channels-to exhale, as it were, into publicity through invisible pores, like a vapor or gas disengaging itself. But of late a practice has commenced of employing this word, for the sake of finery, as a mere synonym of to happen: "the events which have transpired in the Crimea," meaning the incidents of the war.
2. This vile specimen of bad English is already seen in the dispatches of noblemen and viceroys; and the time is apparently not far distant when nobody will understand the word if used in its proper sense. It is a great error to think that these corruptions of language do no harm. Those who are struggling with the difficulty (and who know by experience how great it already is) of expressing one's self clearly with precision, find their resources continually narrowed by illiterate writers, who seize and twist from its purpose some form of speech which once served to convey briefly and compactly an unambiguous meaning.
3. It would hardly be believed how often a writer is compelled to a circumlocution by the single vulgarism, introduced during the last few years, of using the word alone as an adverb; only not being fine enough for the rhetoric of ambitious ignorance. A man will say: "To which I am not alone bound by honor, but also by law," unaware that what he has unintentionally said is that he is not alone bound, some other person being bound with him. Formerly, if any one said, “I am