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And he before his cottage door

Was sitting in the sun,
And by him sported on the green
His little grandchild Wilhelmine.
She saw her brother Peterkin

Roll something large and round,
That he beside the rivulet,

In playing there, had found;
He came to ask what he had found,
That was so large, and smooth, and round.
Old Kaspar took it from the boy,

Who stood ? expectant by;
And then the old man shook his head,

And with a natural sigh,
'Tis some poor fellow's skull,” said he,
“Who fell in the great victory.
“I find them in the garden, for

There's many hereabout,
And often, when I go to plough,

The ploughshare turns them out;
For many thousand men,” said he,
“ Were slain in the great victory.”
“Now tell us what 'twas all about,”

Young Peterkin he cries, And little Wilhelmine looks up

With wonder-waiting eyes ; “ Now tell us all about the war, And what they kill'd each other for." “ It was the English," Kaspar cried,

“That put the French to rout; But what they kill'd each other for

I could not well make out. But everybody said," : quoth he, “That 'twas a famous victory,

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And many a tender mother then,

And new-born infant, died.
But things like that, you know, must be
At every famous victory.
“They say it was a shocking sight, ,

After the field was won,
For many thousand bodies here

Lay rotting in the sun;
But things like that, you know, must be
After a famous victory.
“Great praise the Duke of Marlbro' won,

And our good Prince Eugene”.
Why, 'twas a very wicked thing !

Said little Wilhelmine.-
“Nay-nay-my little girl," quoth he,

famous victory.
“And everybody praised the Duke

Who such a fight did win,”—
“But what good came of it at last ? "

Quoth little Peterkin.-
“Why, that I cannot tell,” said he,

“But 'twas a famous victory." Blenheim, the name of a village on the river Danube. Here the Duke of Marlborough, a famous English general, and Prince Eugene gained a splendid victory over the French and Bavarians, who were defeated with the loss of 35,000 men, including killed, wounded, and prisoners. The French general, Tallard, was among the latter. The battle was fought in 1704, during the reign of Queen Anne. In the same year Sir George Rooke took Gibraltar, which has remained in the hands of the English ever since.

expectant, waiting to hear what the old man would say. s quoth, said. close by yonder little stream.

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Med-i-ter-ra'-ne-an sal/-a-man-ders con-trac’-tion re-pul'-sive in-de-pen'-dent-ly mem'-bra-nous a-maze'-ment de-signed' par-tic-u-lar-ly as-ton'-ish-ing cham-e'-le-on de-crep’-it “Is there such a thing as a chameleon, Cousin Tim ?” said little Ella Randolph, who had been reading some wonderfnl stories about that curious creature. “I say there is, but Rufus says there is not.”

“Of course there is not !” put in the wise Rufus, _" an animal that can live on air, and change its colour when it pleases,-any more than there are 1 salamanders that can live in the fire.”

“I've seen salamanders, and I've seen chameleons,” remarked cousin Tim dryly, settling himself comfortably in his easy-chair. “But,” he added, , immediately, as Ella clapped her hands, and her brother's bright blue eyes opened with amazement,

you mustn't believe all the stories you read about them.”

“What kind of a thing is the chameleon ?” asked Rufus.

“It's a kind of lizard,--and a very curious kind indeed. Its body, which is about six inches long, is covered with horny little grains or scales. Its tail is long and a taper, and it holds on to twigs and branches by coiling about them,-like the tails, of some monkeys."

" But can it live on air?
“ Į rather think not, Rufus, But it has the

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