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the view of those on shore. However, on he went until he reached the little island of ice on which the child stood, and firmly grasped her by the hand.
11. But meanwhile he had floated so far down the river that those on shore saw his movements only with the aid of spy-glasses. With these he could be seen sometimes leading the child, sometimes carrying her, sometimes halting, and then running; and so he continued until his comrades entirely lost sight of him.
12. Still on went the soldier and the child, until toward evening they were discovered by some Canadians, who at great risk humanely pushed off in a canoe to their assistance, and thus rescued them from their perilous situation.
13. The Canadians took them to their home, and in due time they returned them to St. Helen's. The child was happily restored to her parents, and the brave sergeant quietly returned to his barrack.
14. In a certain Cornish mine, two miners, deep down in the shaft, were engaged in putting in a shot for blasting. They had completed their work, and were about to give the signal for being hoisted up.
15. But it chanced, while they were still
below, that one of them thought the match too long. Taking a couple of stones, he succeeded in cutting it to the required length; but, horrible to relate, he kindled it at the same time!
16. Shouting vehemently to the man at the windlass, they sprang to the basket; but the windlassman could not move it with both the men in it. Here was a terrible moment for poor Miner Jack and Miner Will! Instant, horrible death, hangs over them.
17. Will generously resigns himself. "Go aloft, Jack. Sit down-away! In one minute I shall be in heaven." Jack bounds aloft-the explosion instantly follows, bruising his face as he looks over; but he is soon safe above ground.
18. Descending immediately afterwards, his friends find poor Will buried under rocks, which had arched themselves over him, but little injured. He had done a noble deed. Well done, brave Will! Let us try and be brave too.
1. Friend after friend departs:
That finds not here an end:
2. Beyond the flight of time,
Nor life's affections transient fire,
3. There is a world above,
Where parting is unknown;
Formed for the good alone;
MOSES AT THE FAIR.
1. As we were now to hold up our heads a little higher in the world, my wife thought that it would be proper to sell the colt, which was grown old, at a neighbouring fair, and buy us a horse that would carry us single, or double upon an occasion, and make a pretty appearance at church or upon a visit. This at first I opposed stoutly; but it was stoutly defended. However, as I weakened, my antagonist gained strength, till at last it was resolved to part with him.
2. As the fair happened on the following day, I had intentions of going myself; but my wife persuaded me that I had got a cold,
and nothing could prevail upon her to permit me from home. No, my dear," said she; "our son Moses is a discreet boy, and can buy