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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tains a fine collection of paintings, consist-
ing of naval portraits and seafights.
The management of the Hospital is in
the hands of a governor, lieutenant-gover-
nor, two chaplains, and numerous other of-
ficers. The pensioners, of whom there are
at the present time nearly 3000, receive
their maintenance, clothing, and lodging,
besides a weekly allowance for pocket
money. Originally the hospital was open
solely to seamen of the royal navy; but it
has been enacted that the seamen of the
merchant service shall contribute equally
with those of the royal navy, and that
such of the former as may be wounded in
the defence of property belonging to her
majesty's subjects, or otherwise disabled
while capturing vessels from an enemy,
shall also be admitted to the benefits of
the institution. The money received from
visitors and from other sources is appro-
priated to the support of a school, where-
in upwards of 4-000 boys have been edu-
cated from the foundation of the establish-
ment to the present time,
On a fine day the old pensioners may
be seen standing about in groups, or tak-
ing a solitary walk in the courts of the
hospital, or intent upon some book of de-
votion, or of inspiriting adventures. In
the beautiful adjoining park they appear
to find much delight in rambling; and
many of them establish themselves on some
green knoll, provided with a telescope,
the wonders of which they exhibit to stran-
gers, and point out, with all the talka-
tiveness of age, the remarkable objects
which may be seen on every side. The
appearance of the veterans, — some with-
out a leg or arm, others hobbling from
the infirmities of wounds or of years, and
all clothed in old-fashioned blue coats and
breeches, with cocked hats, — would oddly
contrast with the splendour of the build-
ing which they inhabit, did not the recol-
lection that these men were among the
noblest defenders of their country, give a
dignity to the objects which everywhere
present themselves, and make the crutch
of the veteran not a discordant association
with the grandeur of the fabric in which
he finds his final port, after the storms of
a life of enterprise and danger.
The habitations of the pensioners are
divided into wards, each bearing a name,
which has been, or might be, appropriated
to a ship. These wards consist of large
and airy rooms, on either side of which
there are little cabins, in which each man
has his bed. Every cabin has some con-
venience or ornament, the exclusive pos-
session of its tenant; and these little ap-
pendages lead one to speculate upon the
character of the man to whom they belong.
In one may be seen a ballad and a ludi-
crous print; in another a Christmas carol
and a Bible.
The pensioners mess in common. They
assemble for their Sabbath devotions in
the chapel of the hospital, a modern build-
ing, perhaps the most splendid and most
tasteful in its decorations of any place of
worship in the kingdom. (Ch. Knight.)
'There was a man about 40 years old,
Dick Harness by name. He had received
a wound in the hip, from a grape shot;
and his leg having, in consequence, con-
tracted, it occasioned him to hmp very
much; but he was as strong and hearty, in
all other respects, as a man could be. He
was a very merry fellow, full of jokes; and
if any one told a story which was at all
verging on the marvellous, he was sure to
tell another which would be still more in-
credible. He played the fiddle, and sang
to his own accompaniments, which were
very droll, as he extracted strange noises
from his instrument. Sometimes his bow
would be on the wrong side of the bridge,
sometimes down at the keys; besides which
he produced sounds by thumping the fiddle,
as well as by touching its strings, as a
guitar: indeed, he could imitate, in a cer-
tain way, almost every instrument, and most
of the noises made by animals. He had
one fault — for which he used to be occa-
sionally punished — which was, he was
too fond of the bottle; but he was a great
favourite, and therefore screened by the
men, and overlooked by the officers as
much as possible. The punishment for a
pensioner getting drunk was, at that time,
being made to wear a yellow, instead of a
blue coat, which made a man look very
conspicuous. One day Harness had the
yellow coat on, when a party of ladies and
gentlemen came to see the Hospital. Per-
ceiving that he was dressed so differently
from the other pensioners, one of the la-
dies' curiosity was excited; and at last she
called him to her, and said; —
'Pray, my good man, why do you wear a
yellow coat, when the other pensioners have
blue ones?',
'Bless your handsome face, ma'am!' re-
plied Dick, 'don't you really know?
'No indeed!' replied she.
'Well, then, ma'am, perhaps you may