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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In 1789, he was proclaimed president of
the United States, amidst the universal ac-
clamations of welcome and joy, by his
fellow-citizens. He continued in this high
office till 1796, when he retired from public
life. He died on the 14th Dec, 1799; and
his remains were deposited, with national
honours, near that new city, which bears
his name, tlie noblest monument of his
country's gratitude, and among the greatest
monuments of its glory.
In the year 1779, at which period the
war with America was conducted with great
spirit on both sides, a division of the Eng-
lish army was encamped on the banks of
the river, and in a position in which sur-
prise by an enemy was almost impossible.
War in America resembled hunting for prey,
rather than a regular campaign. The Ame-
rican ranks v/ere interspersed with Indians,
who were used to sally out of their impe-
netrable forests, impenetrable at least to
European troops, and with their arrows and
tomahawks suddenly attack and destroy
numbers of the British soldiers, and, hav-
ing sacrificed their victims, they would re-
treat again so swiftly into their woody re-
cesses, that no cavalry could ever overtake
them, and whither it was dangerous to fol-
low them.
A regiment of foot was at this time sta-
tioned upon the confines of a boundless sa-
vannah; the sentinels, whose posts pene-
trated into the woods, were supphed from
its ranks, and the service of this regiment
was thus more hazardous than that of any
other; its loss was likewise great. The sen-
tinels were perpetually surprised upon their
posts by the Indians, and were borne off
their stations without communicating any
alarm, or being heard of after.
Not a trace was left of the manner in
which they had been conveyed away, ex-
cept that, upon one or two occasions, a
few drops of blood had appeared upon the
leaves which covered the ground.
One morning, the sentinels having been
stationed as usual over night, the guard
went at sun-rise to relieve a post which ex-
tended a considerable distance into the
wood. The sentinel was gone! The sur-
prise was great; but the circumstance had
occurred before. They left another man
and departed.
The sentinels were replaced every four
hours, and, at the appointed time, the guard
again marched to relieve the post. To their
inexpressible astonishment the man was
gone! They were compelled to leave an-
other man, and returned to the guard-
house. The superstition of the soldiers was
awakened, and terror ran through the re-
giment. The colonel being apprised of the
occurrence, signified his intention to accom-
pany the guard when they relieved the sen-
tinel they had left. At the appointed time,
they all marched together; and again, to
their unutterable wonder,' they found the
post vacant, and the man gone!
Under these circumstances, the colonel
hesitated whether he should station a whole
company on the spot, or whether he should
again submit the post to a single sentinel.
Three brave men were now lost to the re-
giment, and the poor fellow, whose turn it
was to take the station, though a man in
other respects of incomparable resolution,
trembled from head to foot.
1 must do my duty,' said he, 'I know
that; but I should like to lose my life with
more credit.'
will leave no man,' said the colonel,
'against his will.'
A man immediately stepped forward from
the ranks, and desired to take the post.
Every mouth commended his resolution.
will not be taken alive,' said he, 'and you
shall hear of me on the least alarm. At
all events, I will fire my piece if I hear
the least noise. If a bird chatters, or a
leaf falls, you shall hear my musket. You
may be alarmed when nothing is the mat-
ter; but you must take the chance as the
condition of the discovery.'
An hour had elapsed, and every ear was
upon the I'ack for the discharge of the mus-
ket, when, upon a sudden, the report was
heard. The guard immediately marched,
accompanied, as before, by the colonel, and
some of the most experienced officers of
the regiment. As they approached the post,
they saw the man advancing towards them,
dragging another man on the ground by
the hair of his head. When they came up
with him, it appeared to be an Indian whom
he had shot. An extdaiiation was immedi-
ately required.
'I told your honour,' said the man, 'that
I should fire if I heard the least noise. I
had not been long on my post when I heard
a rustling at some short distance; I looked,
and saw an American hog crawling along
the ground, and seemingly looking for nuts
under the trees and amongst the leaves. It
struck me, however, as somewhat singular
to see this animal making, by a circuitous
passage, for a thick coppice immediately be-