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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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11.
My dear Charley.
Aunt is used up; her nerves are complete-
ly shattered, so she says, with the squeez-
ing of yesterday. Her best dress is regu-
larly done for, and she did not come down
to breakfast this morning; but Tom, and I,
and Carry did, and uncle made us laugh so,
you can't think. 'A!' said he, 'you saw a
great number of curious things at the Ex-
hibition; but there were a great many more
curious that were not there, and which
would have been but for the stupidity of
the Commissioners, who said they had
neither time nor space to connect them
with.'
"We all wondered what the things could
be, and so uncle gave us a list of some of
the things which'had been offered for the
Exhibition and had not been received. One
offered a great live giant, eight feet high,
thirty stone in weight, and very handsome,
to stand as a porter at the gates. But, as
he was not a manufactured article, he was
rejected. Another gentleman ollered a (ly-
ing-machine, to be exhibited in motion in
the nave. A clergyman asked permission
to send models of tremendously destructive
shells. He had much better have spent his
time in preaching truth, and goodness, and
peace to his Hock, I should think. A law-
yer made a proposition to send a pair of
spring-heel boots, and offered to vault with
them from the ground floor to the galleries.
One — and he must have been a madman,
I should think — sent a machine which, he
said, was capable of converting moonbeams
into pearls, by fixing them in dew-drops.
Another sent a box of artificial, flexible,
gutta-percha noses, adapted to all com-
plexions and every species of face, with a
plan by which ugly noses might be remov-
ed and handsome ones put in their places.
There were a great many other absurd
things offered, which uncle told us of, which
I can't now remember, but which I may
perhaps think of when 1 come back; one,
I know, was a shaving and haii^-cutting
machine, and another a tooth-drawing ma-
chine, by which any one might draw his
own teeth without pain; but you must wait
till 1 come back to hear about them.
We started off yesterday about nine
0 clock, and got to the «^outh door this
time, at which we entered, as you see it in
the picture. The two domes are larger
than the dome of St. Paul's, but they do
not look very big, owing to their not be-
ing high enough in the air. You know 1
am rather fond of the sea service, and if
1 were not an Englishman (boy, I mean),
I ought to feel fond of ships and shipping,
and all that kind of things. Uncle says
steam was a great blow to sailing-vessels,
and now the Armstrong guns are a great
blow to steam and all other vessels, for
they can blow them out of the water, or
down to Davy Jones' locker. Well, there
were models of plated vessels, armour ships,
with plates of mail five or six inches thick,
and padded inside with wood and iron to
a great thickness to resist the Armstrongs,
but it seems as if all labour was in vain,
for at a late trial of one of these guns, its
shot went through everything just as if it
had been so much brown paper — at least
so uncle said. So what is the use of guns,
and iron plates, and contrivances for kill-
ing and saving men when fighting? I don't
see any good in it; so I turned to a beauti-
fully finished model of a life-boat of the
National Life-boat Institution; close by her
were gold and silver medals, and a large
wreck chart of the British Islands for 1861,
which shows, by hundreds of red spots, the
places where some stout ship has gone to
pieces, and where in most cases lie the
bleaching bones of some of her crew and
passengers, for whom widows' and orphans'
tears have not ceased to flow.
I passed by the armour and accoutre-
ments — large ones and small ones, sword
and bayonet, blunderbuss and rifle, revolver
and pistol department, and hoped that the
time would come when the Mion should lie
down with the lamb, and swords and spears
would be beaten into ploughshares and
pruninghooks;' but just as I said this to
myself I stumbled upon a 100 pound Arm-
strong gun in the nave, and a lot more
close by it, which made me shudder; so I
got away again, and we made rapid strides
from the region of warfare, and at last
found ourselves a long way back in the
world's history, being high up in the stream
of antiquity, in the times of slings, bows
and arrows, of a period more than a hun-
dred years before Moses. In one of the
cases in the Egyptian Court is exhibited a
number of caies of Egyptian jewellery, of
extraordinary rarity, almost all forming part
of the funeral ornaments of Queen Ash-
liotch, the mother of Amosis, the first king
of the eighteenth dynasty. Her majesty
lived nearly 2000 years before Christ. I
was astonished at the finish of the work-
manship, which uncle pointed out to me,
and at the freshness of the colour of the
precious stones with which they were in
laid. In the front of the cases is a poig-
nard, the blade of which is elaborately
chased, with figures representing the fight