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7. On this, the second son advanced. In the course of my travels, said he, I came to a lake in which I beheld a child struggling with death ; I plunged into it and saved his life in the presence of a number of the neighboring villagers, all of whom can attest the truth of what I assert.

8. It was well done interrupted the old man); you: have only obeyed the dictates of humanity. At length the youngeft of the three came forward.

9. I happened, said be, to meet my mortal enemy, who, having bewildered himself in the dead of night, had imper. ceptibly fallen alleep upon the brink of a frightful precipice.. 'The least motion would infallibly have plunged him head-. long into the abyss; and though his life was in my hands, yet with every neceffary precaution, I awaked him, and remo-. ved him from his danger.

Ah, my fon! exclaimed the venerable good mam with transport, while he pressed him to his heart: to thee: belongs the diamond; well halt thou deserved it..




THERE is no point on the surface of this : globe, which unites so many awful and fublime objects, as, the summit of moun: Ætna. The immense elevation from, the surface of the earth, drawn as it were to a single point,, without any neighboring mountain for the senses and imagi.. dation to rest upon, and recover from their astonishments in their way down to the world :

This point or pinnacle, raised on the brink of a bot.. tomless gulph, as old as the world, often discharging rivers of fire, and throwing out burning rocks, with a noise which thakes the whole ihand:

3. Add to this, the unbounded extent of the prospects, comprehending the greatest diversity, and the noft beautiful scenery in nature with the rising fun, advancing in the Eaft, to illuminate the wondrous scene..

The whole atmosphere by degrees. kindled up, and howed dimly aod faintly the boundless prospect-around. Both sea and land looked dark and confused, as if only:

emerging from their original chaos; and light and dark. pess feemed still undivided ; till the morning, by degrees advancing, completed the separation.

5. The stars are extinguished, and e fhades disappear. The forests, which but now seemed hack and bottomless. gulphs, from whence no ray was retiected to show their form or colors, appear a new creation rising to the light, catching life and beauty from every increasing beam.

6. The scene still enlarges, and the horizon seems to widen and expand itself on all sides ; till the fun, like the great Creator, appears in the East, and with his plastic ray completes the mighty scene.

7. All appears. enchantment; and it is with difficulty we can believe we are still on earth. The senses, unaccustomed to the fublimity of such a scene, are bewildered and confounded ; and it is not till after some time, that they are capable of separating and judging of the objects which compose it.

8. The body of the sun is feen rising from the ocean, immense tracts both of sea and land intervening; the islands of Lipari, Panari, Alicudi, Strombolo, and Volcano, with their {moking fummits, appear under your feet; and you look down on the whole of Sicily as on a map, and can trace every, river through all its windings, from its. fource to its mouth,

9. The view is absolutely boundless on every side ; nor is there any one objet, within the circle of vision, to interrupt it; so that the fight is every where lost in the immenGaty:

10. The circumference of the visible horizon on the top of Ætna cannot be less than 2000 miles. At Malta, which is nearly 200 miles distant, they perceive all the irruptions from the second region ; and that island is often discovered from about one half of the elevation of the mountain ; so that at the whole elevation, the horizon must extend to nearly double that distance,

11. But this is by much too vast for our senses, not intended to grasp so boundless a scene, I find by some of the Sicilian authors, that the African coast, as well as that of Naples, with many of its ilands, has been discovered from the top of Ætna. Of this, however, we cannot boast,

Bus though we can very well believe is,


But the most beautiful part of the scene is certainly the mountain itself, the island of Sicily, and the numerous ilands lying round it. All these, by a kind of magic in vifjon, seem as if they were brought close round the skirts of Ætna; the distances appearing reduced to nothing,

13. The present crater of the volcano is a circle of about three miles and a half in circumference. It

goes thelving down on each side, and forms a regular hollow, like a valt amphitheatre.

14. From many places of this space, iffue volumes of smoke, which, being much heavier than the circumambient air, instead of rising in it, as smoke generally does, rolls down the side of the mountain like a torrent, till, coming: to that part of the atmosphere of the fame specific gravity with itself, it shoots off horizontally, and forins a large tract: in the air, according to the direction of the wind.

15. The crater is so hot, that it is very dangerous, if not impossible to go down into it.. Besides, the froke is very incommodious; and, in many places, the surface is fo soft, that there have been instances of people's sinking down into it, and paying for their temerity with their lives..

16. Near the centre of the crater is the great mouth of the volcano.. And when we reflect on the immensity of its depth, the vaft caverns whence so many lavas have issu. ed; the force of its internal fire, sufficient to raise up those Javas to fo great a height; the boiling of the matter, the thaking of the mountain, the explosion of fáming rocks, &c. we must allow, that the most enthusiastic imagination,. in the midst of all its terrors, can hardly form an idea more: dreadful.


Boys, ON DANCING, Harry. TOM, when are you going to begin your dancing ? You will be fu cld in a fhort time as to be: alhamed to be seen taking your five positions.

Thomas. I don't know as I shall begin at all. Father says he don't care a fig whether I learn to jump any better


than I do now; and, as I am to be a tradesman, he is de termined, at present, to keep me at the reading and writing schools. Har. That must be very dull and dry for you.

And what good will all such learning do you, so long as you: make the awkward appearance you do at present? I am surprised at your father's folly. So, because you are to be a tradefman, you are pot to learn the graces! I expect to learn a trade too. But my papa fays I shall first learn the dancing trade; and then, if I never learn any other, I shall make my way through the world well enough:

Tom. I don't know which discovers the most fully, your father or mine. Old folks certainly know more than young ones ; and my father is much the oldest mans

Har. I don't believe that doctrine. There's Jack Up part knows more than his father and mother both. And he is but nineteen yet. And he says the present generation, under five and twenty years of age, knows more than fifteen generations that have gone

before usi Tom.. I don't know how that is. But -father early taught me this proverb, “ Young folks think old folks are fools; but old folks know young ones to be fo.” But to: return to schools. Pray how far have you gone


your arithmetic ?

Har. Arithmetic ! I have not begun that yet; nor Shall I till I have completed dancing. That is a nuriy study ; I know I never shall like it.

Tom. Writing I suppose you are fond pf.

Har I can't say I am, Tom. I once had a tolerable indness for it. But since I began dancing, I have held it in utter contempt. It may be well enough for a person to write a legible hand; but it is no mark of a gentleman to write clegantly.

Tom. You would have a gentleman spell well, I suppose.

Har.. I would have him ipell so well as to be understood ; and that is enough for any man.

Tom. What say you to grammar and geography ?'

Har. Don't name them, I entreat you. There is nothing I so much abhor, as to hear your learned school-boys jabbering over their nouns, their pronouns, their werbs, their parables, theirtongregatioas, their imperfections; and

confluctions. I'll tell you what, Tom, I had rather be master of one hornpipe than to understand all the grammars which have been published fince the art of printing was discovered.

Tom. I am forry, friend Harry, to hear you speak so contemptuously of the solid sciences. I hope you don't mean to neglect them entirely.) If you do, you must expect to live in poverty; and die, the scorn and derision of all wise men. Har. Never fear that, Tom. I shall take care of

myfelf, I warrant you.

You are much mistaken in your progmoitieations. Why, there's Tim Fiddlefaddle he can't even write his name ; and as for reading, he searcely knows B from a broomstick, and yet he can dance a minuet with any master of the art in Christendom. And the ladies all Jove him dearly. He is invited to their balls, routs, af. femblies, card-parties, &c. &c. and lie diverts them like

any monkey.

Tom. And does he expect it will be the fame through life? How is he to be maintained when he becomes old ? and how is he to amuse himself after he is unable to dance ; as you say he can neither read nor write?

Har. Why, in fact, I never thought of these things before. I confess there appears to be some weight in these queries. I don't know but it will be best for me to spare: a day or two in a week from my dancing, to attend to the branches you are pursuing.

Tom. You will make bật little progress in that way. My master always told me that the solid sciences ought to be secured firft ; and that dancing might come in by the bye. He says, when his scholars have once entered the dancingfchool, their heads, in general, are so full of balls, affemblies, minuets and cotillions, that he never can find much room for any thing else.

Har: I will still maintain it, notwithstanding all s, in favor of your solid sciences, as you call them, that the art of dancing is the art of all arts.

'It wili, of itself, carry a man to the very pinnacle of fame. Whereas, without it,

your writing, arithmetic, grammar, and geography, will. hot taife one above the common level of a clown.


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