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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down in torrents, and they were wet to the
skin; as they landed, they were met by
Malachi and John.
'It 's all over, and all is safe!' exclaimed
Malachi. 'It was touch and go, that 's
certain; but all 's safe, except the cow-
house. You all had better go home as fast
as you can, and get to bed.'
'Is all quite safe, do you think, Malachi?'
said Mr. Campbell.
Yes, Sir, no fear now; the fire hasn't
passed the stream, and even if it had, this
rain would put it out, for we only have
the beginning of it; but it was a near thing,
that 's certain.'
The party walked back to the house,
and as soon as they had entered, Mr. Camp-
bell kneeled down and thanked Heaven for
their miraculous preservation. All joined
heartily in the prayer, and, after they had
waited up a few minutes, by which time
they were satisfied that the llames were
fast extinguishing and they had nothing
more to fear, they took oif their wet clothes,
and retired to bed.
The next morning they rose early, for
all were anxious to ascertain the mischief
which had been occasioned by the fire.
The cow-house, on the opposite side of
the stream, was the only part of the pre-
mises which had severely suflered; the
walls were standing, but the roof was burnt.
On the side of the stream where the house
.stood, the rails and many portions of the
buildings were actually charred, and, had
it not been for the providential change of
the wind and the falling of the rain, must
in a few minutes have been destroyed.
The prairie was covered with cinders and
the grass was burnt and withered. The
forest on the other side of the stream to
a great extent was burnt down; some of
the largest trees still remained, throwing
out their blackened arms, now leafless and
branchless, to the sky, but they were never
to throw forth a branch or leaf again. It
was a melancholy and desolate picture, and
rendered still more so by the heavy rain
which still continued to pour down without
As they were surveying the scene, Ma-
lachi and Martin came to them.
'The stock is all right, Sir,' said Mar-
tin; 'I counted them, and there is not one
missing. There 's no harm done except
to the cow-house; on the contrary, the fire
has proved a good friend to us.'
'How so, Martin?' asked Mr. Campbell.
'Because it has cleared many acres of
ground, and saved us much labour. All on
the other side of the stream is now cleared
away, and next spring we will have our
corn between the stumps; and in autiunn,
after we have gathered in the harvest, we
will cut down and burn the trees which
are now standing. It has done a deal of
good to the prairie also, we shall have fine
herbage there next spring.'
'We have to thank Heaven for its mercy,'
said Mr. Campbell; 'at one time yesterday
evening, I thought we were about to be
rendered destitute indeed, but it has pleased
God that it should be otherwise.'
'Yes, Sir,' observed Malachi; 'what threat-
ened your ruin has turned out to your
advantage. Next year you will see every
thing green and fresh as before; and, as
Martin says, you have to thank the fire for
clearing away more land for you than a
whole regiment of soldiers could have done
in two or three years.'
'But we must work hard and get in the
com next spring, for otherwise the brush-
wood will grow up so fast, as to become
a forest again in a few years.'
'I never thought of inquiring/ said Mary,
'how it was that the forest could have
taken fire.'
'Why, Miss,' replied Malachi, *in tho
autumn, when every thing is as dry as
tinder, nothing is more easy. The Indians
light their fire, and do not take the trou-
ble to put it out, and that is generally the
cause of it; but then it requires wind to
help it.'
The danger that they had escaped made
a serious impression on the whole party,
and the following day, being Sunday, Mr.
Campbell did not forget to offer up a prayer
of thankfulness for their preservation.
(C. Marryat.)
This place appears to have been first
seized upon and converted into a military
station by the Moors when they invaded
Spain in the beginning of the eighth cen-
tury. From their leader, Tarif, it was in
consequence called Gibel-Tarif, or the
Mountain of Tarif, of which Arabic name
Gibraltar is a corruption. Soon after esta-
blishing themselves here, the Moors erect-
ed a lofty and extensive castle on the
north-west side of the mountain, the ruins
of which still remain. Gibraltar continued
in the possession of the Moors for between
seven and eight centuries, with the excep-
tion of about thirty years, during which it
was held by the Christians, having been
taken soon after the commencement of the
fourteenth century by Ferdinand, king of