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Point out similar places in the second paragraph.

Name four emphatic words occurring in the last sentence of the lesson.

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Language Lesson.  Syllabify, accent, and mark sounds of letters in the following words:  dispose, gunpowder, complaint, henceforth.

Give reasons for the capital letters and marks of punctuation used in the last paragraph of the lesson.

Tell the story in your own words, using the points given in the following

Analysis.—­1.  Trading with the Indians. 2.  The use of fire-arms among the Indians. 3.  The trader’s trick. 4.  Visit of the trader’s partner. 5.  What the Indians did. 6.  The return of the partner. 7.  What he said to the trader.

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floss’y, made of silk.

mag’ic, unnatural power.

war’bling, singing.

mope, become stupid or dull.

boun’ty, what is given freely.

lan’guish, become weak; wither.

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  Over my shaded doorway
    Two little brown-winged birds
  Have chosen to fashion their dwelling,
    And utter their loving words;
  All day they are going and coming
    On errands frequent and fleet,
  And warbling over and over,
    “Sweetest, sweet, sweet, O sweet!”

  Their necks are changeful and shining,
    Their eyes like living gems;
  And all day long they are busy
    Gathering straws and stems,
  Lint and feathers and grasses,
    And half forgetting to eat,
  Yet never failing to warble,
    “Sweetest, sweet, sweet, O sweet!”

  I scatter crumbs on the doorstep,
    And fling them some flossy threads;
  They fearlessly gather my bounty,
    And turn up their grateful heads. 
  And chatter and dance and flutter,
    And scrape with their tiny feet,
  Telling me over and over,
    “Sweetest, sweet, sweet, O sweet!”

  What if the sky is clouded? 
    What if the rain comes down? 
  They are all dressed to meet it,
    In water-proof suits of brown. 
  They never mope nor languish,
    Nor murmur at storm or heat;
  But say, whatever the weather,
    “Sweetest, sweet, sweet, O sweet!”

  Always merry and busy,
    Dear little brown-winged birds! 
  Teach me the happy magic
    Hidden in those soft words,
  Which always, in shine or shadow,
    So lovingly you repeat,
  Over and over and over,
    “Sweetest, sweet, sweet, O sweet!”

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Language Lesson.—­Let pupils express, in their own language, the words given below in dark type.

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