Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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circumstances, and possessing but a small
share of general information.
*HoW do you do, Mr. AllenV said the
merchant to the mechanic, about this time,
as the latter entered the counting-room of
tiie former. The contrast in their appear-
ance was very great. The merchant was
well-oiessed, and had a cheerful look; wliile
the other was poorly clad, and seemed
troubled and dejected.
can't say that I do very well, Mr.
AVheeler," the mechanic replied, in a tone
of despondency. 'Work is very dull, and
wages low; and with so large a family as
1 have, it is tough enou^4i getting along,
under the best circumstanccs.'
am really sorry to hear you say so,
Mr. Allen,' replied the merchant, in a kind
tone. '"How much can you earn now?'
'If I had steady work, I could make
nearly two pounds a week. lint our busi-
ness is very bad: the substitution of steam-
engines on railroads, for horses on turn-
pikes, has broken in seriously upon the
iiarness-making business. The consequence
is, that I do not average live and twenty
sliillings the year round.'
^Is it possible that railroads have wrought
such a change in your business?'
'Yes, in the harness-making branch of
it; especially in large cities like this, where
the heavy waggon trade is almost entirely
broken up.'
'Did you say that twenty-five shillings a
week were ali that you could average?'
'Yes, sir,'
'How large is your family?'
'I have five cliildren, sir.'
'Five ciiildron ! And only five and twenty
shillings a week?'
'That is all, sir. ]>ut this sum will not
support them.'
'You ought to try to got into some other
'But I don't know any other.'
The merchant mused for awliile, and then
said, 'Perhaps I can aid you in getting into
something better. lam president of a newly-
projected railroad, and we are about putting
on the line a company of engineers, for the
purpose of surveying and locating the route.
You studied sin-veying and engineering at
school, at the same time that I did, and I
suppose have still a correct knowledge of
both; if so. I will use my inlluence to have
you appointed surveyor. The engineer is
already chosen; and. at my desire, he will
give you all requisite instruction until you
revive your early knowledge of these matters.
The salary is fifteen pounds a month.'
A shadow still darker than that which
before rested there, fell upon the face of
the meclianic.
■^Alas, sir!' he said, 'I have not the slight-
est knowledge of surveying. It is true, I
studied it, or rather, pretended to study it,
at school — but it made no permanent im-
pression upon my mind. I saw no use in
it then; and am now as ignorant of sur-
veying as if I had never taken a lesson on
the subject."
•I am very sorry, Mr. Allen,' replied the
merchant, in real concern. 'If you were a
good accountant, 1 might, perhaps, get you
into a store. What is your capacity in this
'i ought to have been a good accountant^
sir, for I studied mathematics long enough;
but I took little interest in figures: and
now, although I was for many months,
while at school, pretending to study book-
keeping, I am utterly incapable of taking
charge of a set of books.'
'Such being the case, Mr. Allen, I really
do not know what I can do for you. But
stay! — I am about sending out an assorted
cargo to Buenos Ayres, and tlionce round
to Cailao, and I want a man to go as super-
cargo, who can speak the Spanish language.
The captain will direct in the sales. I
remember that we stud ed Spanish together.
Would you be willing to leave your family
and go? The wages will be sixteen pounds
a mont!).'
'I have forgotten all my Span-sh, sir. I
did not see the use of it while at school;
and, therefore, it made no impression on
my mind."
The merchant, really concerned for the
poor mechanic, again thought of someway
to serve him. At length he said,'
'I can think of but one thing that you
can do, Mr. Allen, and that will not be
much better than your present employment.
It is a service for which ordinary labourers
are employed — that of chain-carrying to
the surveyor on the proposed railroad ex-
'What are the wages, sir?'
'Twenty-five shillings a week.'
'And board?'
'I will accept it, sir, thankfully,' said the
man. 'It will be much better than my
present employment.'
'Then make yourself ready at once, for
the company will start in a week.'
'I will be ready, sir,' replied the poor
man, and he withdrew.
In a week the company of engineers
started, and Mr. Allen with them, as chain-
carrier, when, had he, as a boy, taken the