« PreviousContinue »
stalwart fellows; leading part; events that followed; neighboring settlement; excited anticipation.
TO THE TEACHER:
Exercise 2 should be a snappy oral exercise, after the pupils have had an opportunity to study the matter.
In discussing the word anticipation (ante = before + capio = take), call the attention of the pupils to the similarity of meaning in the two prefixes, ante and fore.
Conspire (con = together + spiro = breathe) is to plot closely and secretly (as if breathing together). This word also will bear further discussion.
“Should you like to take a swim to-day, Ben?” asked Uncle Jack, as they were going in to breakfast.
“That would be fine,” replied Ben. “Shall I tell the girls?”
“Yes,” said Uncle Jack. “Tell Belle to put all our bathing suits into the small valise, as that will be the easiest
them.” The children were all excitement at breakfast.
“Oh, Mother,” exclaimed Belle, when Mother and Father came to the table, “we are going swimming with Uncle Jack! Isn't that fine?”
“Yes, daughter, I am glad that you are going off for a good time. Father and I will go to the organ recital, while you are away.
Where are you going to take the children, Jack?” asked Mother.
“Out to Orr's Island,” was the reply.
“I remember that name," said Father, “in connection with a book I read some years ago: 'The Pearl of Orr's Island'.'
“Yes,” replied Uncle Jack, “the book was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a very interesting book it is. You must read it, children, after you return home.'
“We shall be glad to do so," was Belle's reply, as they rose from the table to get ready for their trip.
An hour or so afterward, they were on the steamer and on their way to Orr's Island.
“What water are we on, Uncle Jack?” asked May.
“This is Casco Bay, May. It is, as you see, a very large sheet of water, and there are a great many islands in it,
three hundred sixty-five to be exact. It is easy to remember that number, isn't it?" was Uncle Jack's reply.
“Yes," said Belle, “for it is the same as the number of days in a year.”
“Oh, look at those!” cried May. “What are they?” pointing to a number of small-sized animals which could be seen disporting themselves in the water and upon the rocks.
“Those are seals,” replied Uncle Jack. “They are protected in these waters, though they play sad havoc with the mackerel when those fish come into the Bay.”
“Is that the kind of seal whose skins are made into ladies' coats?” asked Belle.
“No,” replied Uncle Jack, “these are not the fur seal.”
Shortly after this they reached Orr's Island. After a good swim and some time on the beach the return to Portland was made.
“Now,” said Uncle Jack, when they had made their landing, “let us take the trolley, and run out to Cape Elizabeth.”
So off they went in the trolley.
swift movement of the car and the refreshing salt breeze.
“Uncle Jack," said Ben, breaking the silence, “ever since you told us the story, I have been thinking about those men at Machias. Did the men in the other Colonies feel as those men did?”
“Well, Ben,” replied Uncle Jack, “I think the feeling of discontent was pretty general. In the first place, all Colonies tend to become independent nations, just as boys in time become men. Then there were the mistaken and obnoxious laws which had been passed by the English Parliament in restraint of labor. Just think, Ben," Uncle Jack continued, “there were no fewer than twenty-nine of these laws, restricting Colonial industry! Some of the more objectionable contained such provisions as the following:*
“They forbade the use of waterfalls, the erecting of machinery, of looms and spindles, and the working of wood and iron; they set the king's arrow upon trees that rotted in the forest; they shut out markets for boards and fish, and seized sugar and molasses and the vessels in which these articles were carried; and they defined the limitless ocean as but *From Sabine's “Loyalists in the American Revolution.”