Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
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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The hve oaks profusely scattered, and
often standing alone, contribute greatly to
this resemblance. These noble trees form
a very striking and interesting feature in a
Carolinian landscape, especially when at
distant intervals they cast their broad sha-
dows on the level spacious tracts of clear-
ed land, which stretch to the distant forest
without a fence, or the smallest perceptible
undulation or variety of surface. They are
not tall, but from twelve to eighteen feet
in girth, and contain a prodigious quantity
of timber. At the distance of fifteen or
eighteen feet from the ground, they divide
into three or four immense limbs, which
grow nearly in a horizontal direction, or
rather with a gentle curve, to the length
of forty or fifty paces. The wood is almost
incorruptible; and on this account as well
as from its furnishing, in its natural state,
almost every curve which is required in the
construction of a vessel, it is invaluable
for naval purposes.
We dined at a neighbouring plantation,
and after tea I had a pleasant t^te-a-t6te
ride home through the woods with my
venerable friend. We spent the evening
very agreeably, in general conversation on
American and European politics, and in
examining various works on the botany and
ornithology of America. My friend had an
excellent library comprising many recent
and valuable British publications, and a
more extensive collection of English agri-
cultural works than I ever saw in a private
library before. The house is a very hand-
some one and covers more ground than
houses on a similar scale in England, as it
is thought desirable in this climate to have
only one room deep, with a profusion of
windows which do not put one in good
humour with our window tax. From the
windows of the library and dining room
the eye wandered over extensive rice fields,
the surface of which is levelled with almost
mathematical exactness, as it is necessary
to overilow them at particular periods from
various canals which intersect them, and
which communicate with rivers whose waters
are thrown back by the flowing ofthe tide.
At six o'clock this morning I left my hos-
pitable friend, who sent me in his carriage
half way back to Charleston, to a spot
where my servant and horses met me.
What is termed the Indian summer had
commenced, during which there is a kind
of haze in the atmosphere. One morning
a little before dawn, Mary and Emma, who
happened to be up first, went out to milk
the cows, when they observed that the haze
was much thicker than usual. They had
been expecting the equinoctial gales, which
were very late this year, and Mary observ-
ed that she foresaw they were coming on,
as the sky wore every appearance of wind;
yet still there was but a light air, and
hardly perceptible at the time. In a mo-
ment after they had gone out, and were
taking up their pails. Strawberry came to
them from her own lodge, and they point-
ed to the gloom and haze in the air. She
turned round, as if to catch the wind, and
snufied for a little while; at last she said,
'Great fire in the woods.' Alfred and the
others soon joined them, and having been
rallied by Emma at their being so late,
they also observed the unusual appearance
of the sky. Martin corroborated the as-
sertion of Strawberry, that there was fire
in the woods. Malachi and John had
not returned that night from a hunting ex-
pedition, but shortly after dayligiit they
made their appearance; they had seen the
fire in the distance, and said that it was
to northward and eastward, and extended
many miles; that they had been induced
to leave the chase and come home in con-
sequence. During the remainder of the
day, there was little or no wind, but the
gloom and smell of fire increased rapidly.
At night the breeze sprang up, and soon
increased to a gale from the north-east,
the direction in which the fire had been
seen. Malachi and Martin were up several
times in the night, for they knew that if
the wind continued in that quarter without
any rain, there would be danger; still the
fire was at a great distance, but in the
morning the wind blew almost a hurricane,
and before twelve o'clock on the next day,
the smoke was borne down upon them,
and carried away in masses over the lake.
'Do you think there is any danger, Martin,
from this fire ?' said Alfred.
'Why, Sir, that depends upon circum-
stances; if the wind were to blow from
the quarter which it now does, as hard as
it does, for another twenty-four hours, we
shall have the fire right down upon us.'
'But still we have so much clear land
between the forest and us, that I should
think the house would be safe.'
' I don't know that, Sir. You have never
seen the woods a-fire for miles as I have;
if you had, you would know what it was.
We have two chances; one is that we may
have torrents of rain come down with the
gale, and the other is that the wind may