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measuring the time, but it seemed to him hours since he began his search ; and now, quite exhausted, he was ready to throw himself down and die, when, putting his foot forward, he heard the plash of water,-he had stepped into a pool. He threw himself beside it, and, sobbing with delight, caught up handful after handful, until his thirst was quenched ; 10 brackish, sulphur-flavoured though the

nectar could not have been more delicious to those parched and famished lips.

resigned, submissive ; not disposed to murmur. 2 regretted, grieved over ; was sorry for ; repented. 3 requited, repaid ; returned as an equivalent either good for good, or evil for evil. 4 neglected opportunities, times when he could have done good actions. 5 vividly, in a vivid manner; life-like; in a strikingly clear manner. 8'involuntarily, independent of will or choice; unconsciously ; not thinking of what he did. ? intolerable, not tolerable ; not capable of being borne or endured. Sphysical, bodily. 'indication, sign; symptom; mark; token. 10 brackish, having a taste of salt. "nectar, the drink of the gods, hence a delicious beverage.





When the hours of Day are numbered,

And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul that 'slumbered,

To a holy, calm delight ;
Ere the evening lamps are lighted,

And, like : phantoins grim and tall,
Shadows from the fitful firelight

Dance upon the parlour wall;
Then the forms of the departed

Enter at the open door ;
The beloved, the true-hearted,

Come to visit me once more ;




He, the young and strong, who cherished

Noble longings for the strife, * By the road-side fell and perished,

Weary with the march of life! They, the holy ones and weakly,

& Who the cross of suffering bore, Folded their pale hands so meekly,

Spake with us on earth no more! And with them the Being Beauteous,

Who unto my youth was given, More than all things else to love me,

And is now a saint in heaven. With a slow and noiseless footstep,

Comes that messenger divine, Takes the vacant chair beside me,

Lays her gentle hand in mine. And she sits and gazes at me

With those deep and tender eyes, Like the stars, so still and saint-like,

Looking downward from the skies. Uttered not, yet comprehended,

Is the spirit's voiceless prayer,
Soft Srebukes, in blessings ended,

Breathing from her lips of air.
Oh, though oft depressed and lonely,


All my fears are laid aside,
If I but remember only
Such as these have lived and died !


I voices of the night, thoughts arising in the mind in the quiet of the nigbt. éslumbered : to slumber is to sleep, to doze. The slumbering of the better soul means that holy and good thoughts had been absent from the mind in the bustle of the day. 3 phantom, a ghost; an apparition; a spectre. The shadows cast by the


firelight made ghost-like figures on the wall. * strife, a metaphor signifying the struggle to do well in the world. By the roadside, etc. : the poet thus expresses that many noble and true-hearted people die before they become old, from the effects of overwork. The cross of suffering, etc. : pain, poverty, and other trials are often represented under the figure of a cross. 'comprehended, understood. Brebuke, reproof; chiding. The Spirit is represented as mingling blessings with gentle reproofs. Longfellow, an American poet. (See App.)




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un-a-vail'-ing pre-dic'-ted dis-as'-ter glimpse But now we must return to Rita. As Leonard had predicted, she had not gone many yards before she missed her brother, and, turning, called his name; she received, or fancied she received, a reply, and again walked some distance, chatting with those around her.

“Leonard ! Leonard ! where are you?" she called, after an interval ; but this time there was


no answer.

“I will go back and find him," said Preston ; "just wait here.” And he started back, questioning every one he met.

“Leonard Barclay ? ” said Ben Grey ; “why, he and Tom Hunt have gone with the other party ; he said he was tired of being tied to an apronstring.”

This was true. Leonard had so declared when they were leaving the dining-hall, but he had

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returned to his sister's company, not caring to defy his mother's wishes quite so far.

Oh, how careless I have been !” exclaimed Rita. “What will mamma think! I promised to keep him with me."

It was in vain they 2 assured her Leonard was quite safe with Colonel Hunt, and they should probably overtake them at the 3 river. All efforts to comfort her were unavailing ; a dim foreboding filled her mind, which she found impossible to shake off. When they reached the river, the other party had passed over; nor could they, when they had crossed, catch a glimpse of their lights beyond.

Rita became each moment more * agitated.

“I really think you are needlessly alarming yourself,” said Mrs. Talbot, kindly. “Leonard is quite old enough to take care of himself.”

“Oh, you don't know Leonard, Mrs. Talbot! I feel certain something has happened.” And Rita pushed on more anxiously than ever, her fatigue forgotten in her alarm for her brother's safety.

A depression had fallen on them all, and they hastened forward, unheeding the objects they had found so interesting in the morning. When near the mouth of the cave, they caught sight of the tapers of Colonel Hunt's party.

“Now,” said Preston, “I shall go and bring that madcap brother of yours to get the scolding he deserves ;” and he rushed ahead, leaving Rita

, with her hand pressed to her heart to still its beatings. She read the 5 confirmation of her worst fears


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in the 6 tardy return of the young officer, who soon found that Leonard was not with those in advance. And now a horrible fear suggested itself,—he must have fallen into some pit, on his way back, or they would surely have met him. “Oh, Leonard ! Leonard !” moaned Rita; “We

we must go back at once for him. Don't wait a moment!” Every heart was moved with pity for the suffering girl. To return was, of course, out of the question, as their tired limbs already refused to do more than drag along. Mrs. Barclay must be told of the sad 'disaster, and fresh guides should be despatched in search of the missing boy, as soon as possible.

" interval, space of time. assured, asserted; declared ; protested. 3 river. (See App., Mammoth Cave.) * agitated, disturbed; excited ; alarmed. 5 confirmation, that which makes certain or establishes, or makes firm. 6tardy, slow ; dilatory ; reluctant. 'disaster, calamity;" misfortune ; unfortunate event.




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mon'-o-gram res-tor'-a-tives con-tin’-u-al-ly vol-un-teered ech'-oed Who can picture the agony of the long night that followed ? Every one sympathised with Mrs. Barclay and her daughter ; many volunteered to accompany the guides into the cave, and few thought of retiring.

of retiring. Slowly the long hours dragged by to the watchers ; persons were going

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