New National Fourth Reader eBook

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The caravan made a halt, and it was now decided to journey towards the setting sun, in hopes of finding once more the right track.

Night came on, however, and they had not found it, nor had they reached any place where they could fill their water-bottles, which were empty.

Once or twice, some one of the party fancied that he saw in the distance the top of a palm-tree; but no, it turned out to be but a little cloud upon the horizon.

They had not yet found the old track; neither had they supplied themselves with water to cool their parched lips.

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Directions for Reading.—­Always take breath before beginning to read a sentence.  If the sentence is a long one, choose such places for breathing as will not injure the sense.

When we are out of breath, we are likely either to read too fast, or stop to breathe at such places as to injure the sense.

In the first sentence of the second paragraph on page 101, we may make slight pauses to take breath after noon and after winds.[07]

Point out breathing-places in the last paragraph on page 100.[08]

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Language Lesson.—­Syllabify, accent, and mark sounds of letters in the following words:  jingling, nostrils, farewell.

Let pupils use other words to express the following: 

    A stout heart.  Towards the setting sun.

[07] See paragraph 22 beginning, “There arose one day at noon....”

[08] See paragraph 21 beginning, “Several days were thus passed....”

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pro pose’, offer; advise.

group, a number of persons or things together.

grief, great sorrow; distress.

draughts (drafts), quantities of water taken at one time.

quenched, satisfied; put out.

re’ cently, newly; lately.

flick’er ing, fluttering; keeping in motion.

greed’ily, very eagerly

pre’cious, of great price; costly.

wea’ry, very tired.

refresh’ing, cooling; reviving.

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Poor Ali suffered like the rest from terrible thirst.  He drank the last drop of water from his water-bottle, and thought of the morrow with fear.

He was so tired when night came, he was glad to lie down by the side of Meek-eye and go to sleep.  Ali slept, but before morning, was awakened by the sound of voices.

He listened, and heard the chief driver tell one of the merchants that, if they did not find water very soon, the next day a camel must be killed, in order to get the water contained in its stomach.

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