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saying, that you have one gentleman at least, in your colony.
Mr. B. Ha, ha, ha! A fine gentleman truly. Sir, when we desire the honour of your company we will send for you.
THE CHILD ON THE OCEAN.
Rocked on the restless sea!
Can God remember me?
Upon the broad, blue deep;
Has he gone away to sleep?
Walk proudly through the night-
To mar her queenly light.
As leaps our vessel on-
When stars and moon are gone!
Mid scenes so vast and bold; - My child, your thoughts can o'er them spring ;
Your mind they cannot hold.”
THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.
In days of yore, when time was young,
So said, so done, and safely, sure;
Puss, though I own thy quicker parts,
THE MISERIES OF WAR.
WHY AN APPLE FALLS. PAPA, said Lucy, I have been reading to-day that Sir Isaac Newton was led to make some of his great discoveries by seeing an apple fall from a tree. What was there extraordinary* in that ?
Papa. There was nothing extraordinary ; but it happened to catch his attention and set him a thinking.
Lucy. And what did he think about?
P. He thought by what means the apple was brought to the ground.
L. Why, I could have told him that–because the stalk gave way, and there was nothing to keep it up.
P. And what then?
L. I don't know—that is an odd question. Because there was nothing to keep it up.
P. Suppose there was not-does it follow that it must come to the ground ?
L. Yes, surely!
L. No-I think not-but the apple falls because it is forced to fall.
P. Right! Some force out of itself acts upon it; otherwise it would remain for ever where it was, notwithstanding it were loosened from the tree. L. Would it?
P. Undoubtedly!—for there are only two ways in which it could be moved ; by its own power of motion, or the power of somewhat else moving it. Now, the first you acknowledge it has not; the cause of its motion must therefore be the second. And what that is, was the subject of the philosopher's inquiry.
L. But every thing falls to the ground as well as an apple, when there is nothing to keep it up.
P. True—there must therefore be an universal cause of this tendency to fall.
L. And what is it?
P. Why, if things out of the earth cannot move themselves to it, there can be no other cause of their coming together, than that the earth pulls them.
L. But the earth is no more animate than they are ; so how can it pull ?
P. Well objected! This will bring us to the point. Sir Isaac Newton, after deep meditation, discovered that there was a law in nature, called attraction, by virtue of which every particle of matter, that is, every thing of which the world is composed, draws towards it every other particle of matter, with a force proportioned to its size and distance.
Lay two marbles on the table. They have a tendency to come together, and if there were nothing else in the world, they would come together; but they are also attracted by the table, by the ground, and by everything besides in the room; and these different attractions pull against each other.
Now, the globe of the earth is a prodigious mass: of matter, to which nothing near it can bear any comparison. It draws, therefore, with mighty force every thing within its reach, which is the cause of their falling; and this is called the gravitation of bodies, or what gives them weight.