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THE END OF A LAWSUIT.
2 “ Yes, we shall see,” responded the other, determinedly:
“ we shall see if we can't make you eat your own words. 8 But I wish first to tell you where you missed it. When you
dunned me, Bunker, for the pay for a cheese, and I said I 4 never had one of you, you went off a little too quick: you
called me a liar, before giving me a chance to say another word; and then, I thought I would let you take your own
course, till you took that name back. If you had held on a 5 minute without breaking out so upon me, I would have told
you all how it was, and you would have got your pay on the spot; but- " 6 “Pay !” fiercely interrupted Bunker. “Then you admit 7 you had the cheese, do you ?” 8 “No, sir, I admit no such thing," quickly rejoined the for
mer; “for I still say, I never had a cheese of you in the 9 world. But I did have a small grindstone of you at the
time, and at just the price you have charged for your sup10 posed cheeseV; and here is your money for it, sir. Now,
Bunker, what do you say to that ?" 11 “Grindstone,-cheese,—cheese,--grindstone'!” exclaimed
the now evidently nonplused and doubtful Bunker, taking a few rapid turns about the room, and occasionally stopping at
the table to scrutinize anew his hieroglyphical charge'. “I 12 must think this matter over again. Grindstone,-cheese,
cheese,-grindstone,-Ah! I have it'! but may I be forgiven 13 for what I have done! It was a grindstone, but I forgot
to make a hole in the middle for a crank.” 14 Upon this curious development, as will be readily im
agined, the opposing parties were not long in effecting an
amicable and satisfactory adjustment. And, in a short time, 15 the company broke up and departed : all obviously as much
gratified as amused at this singular but happy result of the lawsuit. DEFINITIONS, &c.-Define rejoined, eyeing, opponent, mingled, defiance, responded, determinedly, eat your own words, (retract: take back,) missed, dunned, cheese, chance, breaking out upon, (railing at,) spot, fiercely, in.
anew, hieroglyphical, hole, crank, development, effecting, amicable, satisfactory, adjustment, obviously.
THE WHIGS OF S. CAROLINA.EVIL SPEAKING.
SECT. XVII.—THE WHIGS OF SOUTH CAROLINA. 1 NEVER was there exhibited in the history of the world, higher examples of noble daring, dreadful suffering, and heroic endurance, than by the Whigs of Carolina during the Revolution. The whole state, from the mountain to the sea, was overrun by an overwhelming force of the enemy : the 2 fruits of industry perished on the spot where they were produced, or were consumed by the foe: the “plains of Carolina” drank up the most precious blood of her citizens : black and smoking ruins marked the places which had been the habitations of her children! Driven from their homes
into the gloomy and almost impenetrable swamps, even there 3 the spirit of liberty survived"; and South Carolina, sustained
by the example of her Sumters and her Marions, proved by her conduct, that though her soil might be overrun, the
spirit of her people was invincible. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define exhibited, daring, suffering, dreadful, (80 painful as to inspire in those who saw it dread,) heroic, endurance, Whigs, state, (condition ? or a given territory ?) overrun, force, (army.?) industry, perished, spot, produced, consumed, (eaten ?) foe, drank up, (absorbed, black, ruins, driven, impenetrable, swamps, survived, sustained, in. vincible.
. SECT. XVIII.- EVIL SPEAKING. 1 THOSE persons who speak evil of others, have sometimes
reason to repent very bitterly of their conduct: especially 2 those persons who thus speak among strangers. The follow
ing is a striking case of this. . .3 At an assembly, a gentleman entered into conversation with 4 a young nobleman near him. Being a stranger, he made
several inquiries concerning the company, which were answer5 ed with great politeness. At length he said, “Who is that 6 fat sow at the other end of the room ?” “That, sir," re
plied the young nobleman, “ that fat sow is the Countess of D- ; and I have the honor to be one of her little pigs.”
DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define strangers, striking, assembly, (is of people anderstood after this word ?) politeness, Countess.
THE HERMIT AND THE VISION.
SECT. XIX.-A HAPPY REPLY. 1 A VERY greai lawyer was the son of very poor parents ; in
fact he was the son of a barber; but he had too much good 2 sense, to feel any false shame on that account. We have heard it related of him, that when, in an early period of his professional career, a brother lawyer, with whom he happened to have a quarrel, had the bad taste to twit him on his origin, his manly and severe answer was, “ Yes, sir, I am the son of a barber: if you had been the son of a barber, you would have been a barber yourself.” DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define professional, career, bad taste, twit, origin, manly, severe, son.
SECT. XX.-AN ODD WAY OF ACCOUNTING FOR LENGTH OF
ROPE. 1 An Irishman, who served on board a man-of-war in the
capacity of waiter, was selected by one of the officers to haul in a tow-line of considerable length, which was towing over 2 the side. After drawing in forty or fifty fathoms, which had
put his patience severely to the proof, as well as every muscle of his arms, he muttered to himself, “ Sure it is as long as 3 to-day and to-morrow' - It is a good week's work for any 4 five in the ship" !-Bad luck to the arm or leg, it will 5 leave me at last'!-What! 6 More of it yet! 5 Och, mur8 der! the sea is mighty deep to be sure' !"—After continuing
in a similar strain, and conceiving there was little probability .. of the completion of his labor, he suddenly stopprd short,
and, addressing the officer, exclaimed, “ Bad manners to me, sir, if I do not think somebody has cut off the end of it' !" DEFINITIONS, &c.—Man-of-war-a ship of war. Can you tell why a ship is so called ? Define capacity, selected, haul, tow-line, considerable, fathoms, proof, muscle, muttered, strain, (what other meaning has this word ?) conceiving, probability, completion.
SECT. XXI.—THE HERMIT AND THE VISION. 1 It is told of a religious recluse, who, in the early ages of
Christianity betook himself to a cave in Upper Egypt, which had been a depository for mummies, that he prayed there,
morning, noon and night: eating only of the dates which some neighboring trees afforded, and drinking the water of
the Nile. 2 After this duty one day, he fell asleep, and the vision of
an angel appeared to him in a dream, commanding him to arise, and cut down a neighboring palm-tree, and make a rope of its fibres; and after it was done, the angel would ap3 pear to him again. The hermit awoke and instantly applied
himself to obey the vision. 4 He travelled about, from place to place, many days before
he could procure an axe; and during this journey, he felt . 5 happier than he had been for many years. His prayers
were now short and fewV; but what they wanted in length
and number, they out-measured in fervency. 6 Having returned with his axe, he cut down the tree, and
with much labor, and diligence during several days, prepared the fibres to make the rope, and after a continuance of daily
occupation for some weeks, completed the command. 7 The vision that night appeared to the hermit, as promised,
and thus addressed him: “You are now no longer weary of 8 life, but happy. Know then, that man was made for labor;
and prayer also is his duty: the one as well as the other, 9 is essential to his well-being. Arise in the morning, take the
cord, and with it, gird up thy loins, and go forth into the world; and let it be a memorial to thee of what God expects from man, if he would be blessed with happiness on earth.” DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define recluse, betook, depository, mummies, dates. Where is Upper Egypt? what is the Nile? Define vision, dream, arise, palm-tree, rope, fibres, hermit, awoke, instantly, applied himself, travelled, axe, fervency, continuance, occupation, some. Command-i. e. the thing commanded, promised. Define weary, happy, well-being, cord, memorial, expects, e.rth.
SECT. XXII.-HONESTY. DR. Adam CLARK was placed in early life with a Mr. 1 Bennet, a linen merchant of Colraine, in the north of Ireland.
Mr. Bennet and himself were one day engaged in prepar2 ing the linen for the great market in Dublin : measuring
how many yards there were in each piece ; Adam laying 3 hold of one end, and Mr. Bennet of the other They found
that one piece wanted a couple of inches to make a com
plete yard at the end. 4 “Come, Adam,” says Mr. B., “ lay hold of the piece and
pull against me, and we shall soon make it come up to 5 the yard." Alas! he little knew whom he had to dea) 6 with. Adam dropped the linen on the ground, and stood
and looked like one confounded. 7 “What is the matter ?” said Mr. B. 8 “Sir," said he, “I cannot do it: I think it is a wrong thing.”
“Nonsense,” said Mr. B.: “it is done every day: it 9 will not make the linen a bit the worse'; the process it has 10 passed through has made it shrink a little. Come: take
hold.” 11 “No,” says he': “no”.”
Mr. B. being a very placid man, they entered into a dispute about this piece of linen, until at last, he was obliged 12 to give it up: it was a lost case: Adam would not consent
to meddle with it: he thought it was not fair : his conscience was against it; thus early showing that scrupulous honesty for which he was remarkable during life.
DEFINITIONS, &c.- Early life—there is one little word understood before early, and two between it and life : what are they? Where and what is Ireland ? Define linen, market. In what part of Ireland is Dublin? Define measuring, yards, couple, complete, pull, deal, confounded, nonsense, shrink, placid, lost, meddle, fair, conscience, scrupulous honesty. This is being very honest indeed! How many grains make a scruple ; how many scruples an ounce! It will not cheat a man oven out of a scruple! Dear scholar, is your honesty scrupulous ?
SECT. XXIII.-ABSENCE OF MIND.
A VERY absent-minded minister, finding his sight beginning 1 to fail, bought a pair of spectacles ; and on the first day of using them, he preached for a brother minister; when he was observed to have them at the top of his forehead 2 during the whole sermon. “So you have taken, at last, to
spectacles, doctor,” said a friend after the service. “ Yes,” 3 he replied ; “I found I could not do without them; and I wonder now I never used them before to-day.”