Laurie's Graduated Series of Reading Lesson Books

9780217255066: Laurie's Graduated Series of Reading Lesson Books

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1866 Excerpt: ... The same hospitality, esteemed among them as a principal virtue, is practised by private persons. "If a white man," said an Indian to me, "in travelling through our country, enters one of our cabins, we all treat him as I do you: we dry him if he is wet, we warm him if he is cold, and give him meat and drink, that he may allay his thirst and hunger; and we spread soft furs for him to rest and sleep on: we demand nothing in return. But if I go into a white man's house at Albany, and ask for victuals and drink, they say, 'Where is your money?' and if I have none, they say, 'Get out, you Indian dog.'" Franklin. THE PILGRIM AND HIS DEAD ASS. "And this," said he, putting the remains of a crust into his wallet--"and this should have been thy portion, hadst thou been alive to have shared it with me." I thought, by the accent, it had been an address to his child; but it was to his ass, and to the very ass we had seen dead in the road. The man seemed to lament it much; and he did it with true touches of nature. The mourner was sitting upon a stone bench at the door, with the ass's pannel and its bridle on one side, which he took up from time to time, then laid them down, looked at them, and shook his head. He then took his crust of bread out of his wallet again, as if to eat it; held it some time in his hand; then laid it upon the bit of his ass's bridle, looking wistfully at the little arrangement he had made--and then gave a sigh. The simplicity of his grief drew numbers about him, and as I continued sitting in the post-chaise, I could see and hear over their heads. He eaid he had come last from Spain, where he had been from the farthest borders of Franconia; and had got so fitr on his return home, when his ass died. Every one seemed desirous to know what business...

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