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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
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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liind my post. I, therefore, kept my eye
more constantly fixed upon it, and as it
was now within a few yards of the coppice,
hesitated whethei' I should not fire. My
comrades, thought T, will laugh at me for
alarming them by shooting a pig \ I had
almost resolved to let it alone, when, just
as it approached the thicket, I thought I
observed it give an unusual spring. I no
longer hesitated; I took my aim, discharg-
ed my piece; and the animal was instantly
stretched before me with a groan, which [
conceived to be that of a human creature.
I went up to it, and judge my astonish-
ment, when I found that I had killed an
Indian! He had enveloped himself with
the skin of one of these wild hogs so art-
fully and completely; his hands and feet
were so entirely concealed in it, and his
gait and appearance were so exactly cor-
respondent to that of the animal's that the
disguise could not be penetrated at a dis-
tance; he was armed with a dagger and to-
mahawk' The cause of the disappearance
of the other sentinels was now apparent.
The Indians, sheltered in this disguise, se-
creted themselves in the coppice, watched
the moment when they could throw it off,
burst upon the sentinels without previous
alarm, and, too quick to give them an op-
portunity to discharge their pieces, either
stabbed or scalped them, and, bearing their
bodies away, concealed them in the leaves.
The Americans gave them rewards for every
scalp of an enemy which they brought.
85. THE PRAIRIES OF THE WEST
The attraction of the prairie consists in
its extent, its carpet of verdure and flowers,
its undulating surface, its groves, and the
fringe of timber by which it is surrounded.
Of all these, the latter is the most expres-
sive feature; it is that which gives character
to the landscape, which imparts the shape
and marks the boundary of the plain. If
the prairie be small, its greatest beauty
consists in the vicinity of the surrounding
margin of woodland, which resembles the
shore of a lake, indented with deep vistas
like bays and inlets, and throwing out long
points hke capes and headland; while oc-
casionally these points approach so close
on either hand, that the traveller passes
through a narrow avenue or strait, where
the shadows of the woodland fall upon his
path, and then again emerges into another
prairie.
Where the plain is large, the forest out-
line is seen in the far perspective, like the
dim shore when beheld at a distance from
the ocean. The eye sometimes roams over
the green meadow without discovering a
tree, a shrub, or any object in the immense
expanse, but the wilderness of grass and
flowers; while at another time the prospect
is enlivened by the groves, which are seen
interspersed like islands, or the solitary
tree, which stands alone in the blooming
desert.
If it be in the spring of the year, and
the young grass has just covered the ground
with a carpet of delicate green, and espe-
cially if the sun is rising from behind a
distant swell of the plain, and glittering
upon the dew-drops, no scene cah be more
lovely to the eye. The deer is seen graz-
ing quietly upon the plain; the bee is on
the wing; the wolf, with his tail drooped,
is sneaking away to his covert with the
felon tread of one who is conscious that
he has disturbed the peace of nature; and
the grouse, feeding in flocks or in pairs,
like the domestic fowl, cover the whole
suxTace.
When the eye roves off from the green
plain to the groves, or points of timber,
these also are found to be at this season
robed in the most attractive hues. The
rich undergrowth is in full bloom. The
red-bud, the dog-wood, the crab-apple, the
wild-plum, the cherry, the wild-rose, are
abundant in all the rich lands; and the
grape-vine, though its blossom is unseen,
fills the air with fragrance. The variety
of the wild fruit and flowering shrubs is
so great, and such the profusion of the
blossoms with which they are bowed down,
that the eye is regaled almost to satiety.
The gaiety of the prairie, its embeUish-
ments, and the absence of the gloom and
savage wildness of the forest, all contribute
to dispel the feeling of lonesomeness which
usually creeps over the mind of the soli-
tary traveller in the wilderness. Though
he may not see a house, nor a human
being, and is conscious that he is far from
the habitations of men, he can scarcely
divest himself of the idea that he is tra-
velhng through scenes embellished by the
hand of art. The flowers, so fragile, so
delicate, and so ornamental, seem to have
been tastefully disposed to adorn the scene;
the groves and clumps of trees appear to
have been scattered over the lawn to
beautify the landscape; and it is not easy
to avoid that illusion of the fancy which
persuades the beholder that such scenery
has been created to gratify the refined
taste of civilized man.
Europeans are often reminded of the