New National Fourth Reader eBook

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  “For men may come, and men may go,
    But I go on forever.”

Read the last two lines, and state whether the inflected words are also emphatic words.

Find a similar example of inflection and emphasis upon the same words in the last stanza of Lesson XXXVI.

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Language Lesson.—­Let pupils explain the meaning of the following expressions.

    Join the brimming river.

    Netted sunbeam.

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de terred’, kept from.

en’ter prise, an undertaking.

im’ple ments, articles used in a trade.

sur vey’ing, measuring land.

in’di cated, showed; pointed out.

re clin’ing, partly lying down.

re lease’, let go.

con clu’sion, final decision.

suc ces’sion, following one after another.

hur’ri cane, a high wind.

an’ec dote, incident; story.

com pact’, closely put together.

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It was a calm, sunny day in the year 1750; the scene, a piece of forest land in the north of Virginia, near a noble stream of water.

Implements of surveying were lying about, and several men reclining under the trees, indicated by their dress and appearance, that they were engaged in laying out the wild lands of the country.

These persons had just finished their dinner.  Apart from the group walked a young man of a tall and compact frame, who moved with the firm and steady tread of one accustomed to constant exercise in the open air.

His face wore a look of decision and manliness not usually found in one so young, for he was but little over eighteen years of age.

Suddenly there was a shriek, then another, and then several more in rapid succession.  The voice was that of a woman, and seemed to proceed from the other side of a small piece of wooded land.

At the first scream, the youth turned his head in the direction of the sound; but when it was repeated, he pushed aside the undergrowth and soon dashed into an open space on the banks of the stream, where stood a small log-cabin.

As the young man broke from the undergrowth, he saw his companions crowded together on the banks of the river, while in their midst stood a woman, from whom proceeded the shrieks he had heard.  She was held by two of the men, but was struggling to free herself.

The instant the woman saw the young man, she exclaimed, “O sir, you will do something for me!  Make them release me.  My boy—­my poor boy is drowning, and they will not let me go!”

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