New National Fourth Reader eBook

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We rode carefully through the woods, and when we came out on the other side, our hearts were made glad by the sight of the white tents of United States soldiers.  Colonel Sibley was encamped at Lac Qui Parle, and we were safe at last.

Chitto disappeared from this post in the same sudden manner as before; but I am happy to say that I have seen her several times since.  Mother and I were afraid her people would punish her for the part she took in helping us, but they did not.

Probably the friendship which Little Crow showed toward our family, may have had something to do with the gentle treatment which the Indians showed her.

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Language Lesson.—­Supply the words omitted from the following sentences.

    “Must go!  Indian soon be here!”

    “Indian be here in minute!”

Let pupils make out an analysis for the subject—­

    “Our Second Visit from Chitto,”

and use it in giving that part of the story in their own words.

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e mit’, send forth.

con’trast, difference in form or appearance.

molt’en, melted.

con’ic al, having the shape of a cone.

vol’umes, quantities; masses.

char’ac ter, kind; formation.

del’uge, flood; drown.

com pre hen’sion, the power of the mind to understand.

ap pall’ing, terrifying.

grand’eur, majesty; vastness of size.

lu’rid, gloomy; dismal.

tre men’dous, terrific; awful.

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In various parts of the earth, there are mountains that send out from their highest peaks, smoke, ashes, and fire.

Mountains of this class are called volcanoes, and they present a striking contrast to other mountains, on account of their conical form and the character of the rocks of which they are composed.

All volcanoes have at their summits what are called craters.  These are large, hollow, circular openings, from which the smoke and fire escape.

Nearly all volcanoes emit smoke constantly.  This smoke proceeds from fires that are burning far down in the depths of the earth.

Sometimes these fires burst forth from the crater of the volcano with tremendous force.  The smoke becomes thick and black, and lurid flames shoot up to a height of hundreds of feet, making a scene of amazing grandeur.


With the flames there are thrown out stones, ashes, and streams of melted rock, called lava.  This lava flows down the sides of the mountain, and, being red-hot, destroys every thing with which it comes in contact.  At such times, a volcano is said to be in eruption.

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