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And he before his cottage door
Was sitting in the sun,
Roll something large and round,
In playing there, had found;
Who stood ? expectant by;
And with a natural sigh,
There's many hereabout,
The ploughshare turns them out;
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,
And many a tender mother then,
And new-born infant, died.
After the field was won,
Lay rotting in the sun;
And our good Prince Eugene”.
Said little Wilhelmine.-
Who such a fight did win,”—
Quoth little Peterkin.-
“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.
16 It was
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?”