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was, that he found the distemper to be incurable; but after much study, he thought he had discovered a method to di. vert the evil he could not subdue. For this purpose, he caused a small building, about twelve feet square, to be erected in his garden, and furnished with some ordinary chairs and tables, and a few prints of the cheapest sort.
10. His hope was, that when the white-washing frenzy seized the females of his family, they might repair to this apartment, and scrub, and scour, and smear to their hearts' content; and so spend the violence of the disease in this out-post, whilst he enjoyed himself in quiet at head-quarters. But the experiment did not answer his expectation. It was impossible it should, since a principal part of the gratification consists in the lady's having an uncontrolled right to torment her husband, at least once in every year; to turn him out of doors, and take the reins of government into her own hands.
11. There is a much better contrivance than this of the philosopher's: which is, to cover the walls of the house with paper. This is generally done. And though it does not abolish, it at least shortens the period of female dominion. This paper is decorated with various fancies, and made so ornamental that the women have admitted the fashion without perceiving the design.
12. There is also another alleviation of the husband's distress. He generally has the sole use of a small room or closet for his books and papers, the key of which he is allowed to keep. This is considered as a privileged place, even in the white-washing season, and stands like the land of Goshen amidst the plagues of Egypt. But then he must be extremely cautious, and ever upon his guard; for should he inadvertently go abroad, and leave the key in his door, the house-maid, who is always on the watch for such an opportunity, immediately enters in triumph with buckets, brooms, and brushes——takes possession of the premises, and forthwith puts all his books and papers to rights, to his utter confusion, and sometimes serious detriment. I can give you an instance.
13. A gentleman was sued at law, by the executors of a mechanic, on a charge found against him on the deceased'e books to the amount of £30. The defendant was strongly impressed with the belief that he had discharged the debt and taken a receipt; but as the transaction was of long standing, he knew not where to find the receipt. The suit went on in course, and the time approached when judgment should be obtained against him. He then sat down seriously to examine a large bundle of old papers, which he had untied and displayed on a table for the purpose.
In the midst of his search he was suddenly called away on business of importance. He forgot to lock the door of his
14. The house-maid, who had been long looking for such an opportunity, immediately entered with the usual implements, and with great alacrity fell to cleaning the room and putting things to rights. One of the first objects that struck her eye was the confused situation of the papers on the table. These, without delay, she huddled together like so many dirty knives and forks; but in the action a small piece of paper fell unnoticed on the floor, which unfortunately · happened to be the very receipt in question.
15. As it had no very respectable appearance, it was soon after swept out with the common dirt of the room, ried in a dust-pan to the yard. The tradesman had neglected to enter the credit in his books. The defendant could find nothing to obviate the charge, and so judgment went against him for debt and costs. A fortnight after the whole was settled, and the money paid, one of the children found the receipt amongst the dirt in the yard.
QUESTIONS.—Who was King Lear” mentioned in the second paragraph ? Who wrote the poetry there quoted ? What does the word “continents mean in the quoted lines? The word “rive"? Explain the whole passage quoted. Under what circumstances are the words repre. sented as having been uttered ? What is the general character of this piece? How then should it be read ?
CXXVII. —SHERIDAN'S RIDE.
THOMAS BUCHANAN READ.
2. And wider still those billows of war
3. But there is a road from Winchester town,
Hill rose and fell; but his heart was gay,
4. Still sprung from those swift hoofs, thundering south, The dust, like the smoke from the cannon's mouth, Or the trail of a comet, sweeping faster and faster, Foreboding to traitors the doom of disaster; The heart of the steed and the heart of the master Were beating like prisoners assaulting their walls, Impatient to be where the battle-field calls; Every nerve of the charger was strained to full play, With Sheridan only ten miles away.
5. Under his spurning feet, the road,
6. The first that the general saw were the groups Of stragglers, and then the retreating troops ; What was done — what to do- a glance told him both; And striking his spurs, with a terrible oath, He dashed down the line 'mid a storm of huzzahs; And the wave of retreat checked its course there, because The sight of the master compelled it to pause. With foam and with dust the black charger was gray; By the flash of his eye, and his red nostril's play, He seemed to the whole great army to say,
“I have brought you Sheridan all the way From Winchester down to save the day!”
7. Hurrah, hurrah, for Sheridan! Hurrah, hurrah, for horse and man ! And when their statues are placed on high, Under the dome of the Union sky,– The American soldier's Temple of Fame, There, with the glorious general's name, Be it said, in letters bold and bright,
" Here is the steed that saved the day, By carrying Sheridan into the fight,
From Winchester-twenty miles away f**