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Day of pleasure, come at last!
THE SNOW STORM.
In the month of December, 1821, a Mr. Blake, with his wife and an infant, were passing over the Green Mountain, near the town of Arlington, Vermont, in a sleigh with one horse. The drifting snow rendered it impossible for the horse to proceed. Mr. Blake set off on foot in search of assistance, and perished in the storm, before he could reach a human dwelling. The mother, alarmed (as is supposed) at his long absence, went in quest of him with the infant in her arms. She was found, in the morning, dead, a short distance from the sleigh. The child was wrapped in her cloak, and survived the perils of the cold and the storm.
The cold winds swept the mountain's height,
And pathless was the dreary wild,
A mother wandered with her child.
And colder still the winds did blow,
And darker hours of night came on,
Her limbs were chilled, her strength was gone-:-,
She stripped her mantle from her breast,
And bared her bosom to the storm,
And smiled, to think her babe was warm.
She lay beneath a snowy veil ;
Her cheek was cold, and hard, and pale:-
Almost where you leave him you find him ;
His long shining body he stretches out well,
And leaves a bright path-way behind him.
Enough all one's patience to worry;
And turn business off in a hurry.
But still must remain a young master;
And do your own work rather faster.
DIALOGUE. Edward. Papa, will you decide which of us two is right? Charles says that we are Americans, and I think that we are English.
Father. What makes you think so, child ?
Edward. Because we speak English, and I know, . that we are not Americans, because I saw in my new picture-book that Americans look like Indians, and that they wear nothing but skins and blankets, and live in wigwams.
Charles. And I know we are not Englishmen, because we do not live in England. I know by the map that England is a great way off, and that we live in America.
Father. You are both partly right and partly wrong.
We are Americans because we were born in America. We speak English because our great-grandfathers, two hundred years ago, were English people. They came across the sea to this country, when it was covered with woods, and built houses, and made it their home. They taught their children and their children's children to speak English as well as they, and it is for this reason that we speak the English language, although we live in America.
But there were other Americans, a long time before our forefathers came here, who lived in the woods, and got their living by hunting and fishing. These Americans we call Indians. There are but few of them now left among us, but in some parts of America, they are the only inhabitants.
Edward. Did the Indians ever live in the towns where we live?
Father. Before the English people came here to live, there were no towns, but the whole country was covered with woods, and the only people were Indians.
Charles. Have all the houses been built, and the fields cleared, and the roads made, since that time?
Father. Certainly; the Indians were too indolent to build any houses, except miserable huts, and to plant fields and gardens.— They only planted a little corn in the meadows, and in the midst of the trees that had been killed by fire.
Charles. But that was a great while ago, was it · not, father?
Father. Yes, it would seem a great while to such a boy as you. But when you learn a great deal more than you know at present, and read the history of other parts of the world, and become acquainted with what was done two thousand years ago, it will
seem to you but a short time since the white people first came to America. It was twice as long ago as the oldest people can remember, but not so long ago as a great many things which you can learn from books.
Edward. How long ago was it that the Indians first came to America? · Father. That is what nobody knows, because they were too ignorant to write any books, and there is nobody old enough to remember when it was.
Charles. I should not think they could find ships enough to bring so many white people to America.
Father. You are right. When they first came, they were but a few thousand people, and they came at . different times. They have been industrious and frugal, and this has made them generally healthy and longlived, and many more have been born every year than died in the same time, so that they have increased in number very fast. You are too young to know much about these things at present, but, as you grow older, if you are good boys, and read and study a great deal, you will know all about them when you grow up. You will soon be old enough to study geography, and when you have learned that thoroughly, you will be able to read and understand history.
6 With England no land can compare,