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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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bited in black, with little things by their
side, and some with infants in their arms,
mostly wearing some humble mark of mourn-
ing. As the hearse moved on, the women,
with tears in their eyes, would tell one an-
other whose body was then on its way to
its last home, and each would have some
little story to recite of good done and cha-
rity bestowed by the ill-fated man, while
all would sigh to think what would become
of the wretched widows and little orphans
who, as the bier stopped at the cottage,
might be seen, with streaming eyes and de-
jected heads, to issue forth and follow the
funeral carriage slowly and sadly to the
grave.
'For ten long, melancholy days,' said Mr.
Rorlase, mournfully, 'were the shutters of
f\ie houses closed in the miners' villages,
and for ten days did the bell of the neigh-
bouring chapel continually toll — for the
iinding of the bodies lasted all that time:
and by this one terrible accident there were
no less than ninety-two pitmen hurled into
eternity, while as many as forty widows and
one hundred and six orphan children were
deprived of their protectors and ordinary
means of subsistence.'
Mr. Borlase, on finishing his melancholy
story, turned to Humphry, and saw the tears
trickling from his cheeks.
There was a silence among all present,
as if the awe of the calamity was still press-
ing on their hearts. «
Presently the impulsive boy started to his
feet and cried, Til put an end to this
shocking misery, please God I will, some
day.*
The quick eye of young Humphry saw a
smile play faintly on the doctor's lip, and
he added, 'I know, sir, you have reason to
doubt my power to do as I say, and, per-
haps, it may take me years of hard study
to gain the knowledge to enable me to
compass my end; but though it cost me a
lifetime I will master it at last. I have
sufficient faith in the goodness of the Crea-
tor, to believe that these terrible afllictions
come upon us only through our ignorance,
and that if we but study His will, as ex-
pressed in the laws of the universe in which
He has placed us. He has given us the fa-
culty to avert misery, and to turn the cur-
rent of Nature to our own welfare rather
than injury.'
Mrs. Foxell (Mr. Borlase's sister), who
was presiding at the tea-table, and v^^ho had
already learnt to esteem Humphry highly
for the generous qualities of his nature,
was moved almost to tears with the bene-
Tolent impulses of the boy; for she was
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naturally of a kindly disposition, and the
melancholy details of the accident had so
affected her, that when she heard the youth
vow he would one day put an end to such
calamities, the transport of joy she felt was
too much for her woman's heart, and though
she would have cheered him on, there was
an hysteric spasm in her throat that pre-
vented her utterance for a time.
Presently the lady said, 'Do not be dis-
couraged by what my brother may say to
you, Humphry. He has lived too long in
the world to be as hopeful as you are, and
he is so accustomed to scenes of anguish
that suffering is, with him, almost an every-
day occurrence. But you and I, boy, are,
thank Heaven, unused to such sights, so
that the mere recital of them stirs us to
the depths of our natures. Besides, it is
only a woman who can fully comprehend
the distress wrought by such a catastrophe
as my brother has recounted to us; for the
real suffering in all such cases falls hghter
on those who are even destroyed by it than
it does upon those who are left behind. It
is not so much the dead husbands I grieve
for, as the living widows; the lost fathers
felt but a momentary pang, but the father-
less children have years of misery to pass
through: and it is because my sex teaches
me to understand these things deeper than
yours, that I, for the sake of the poor Hv-
ing victims — the wives and babes, beg-
gared in heart as well as in means — would
not have a word said that would take away
one spark of hope from your noble pui-
pose. Though the prospect of success may
appear barren to some minds, nevertheless
if you, Humphry, can, in the ardour of your
sympathy, imagine such an object to be
barely possible of attainment, I say to you.
Go on; and God speed you in your good
work. You wish such a result to be pos-
sible, and therefore believe it to be so, and
believing it, perhaps you may find it to be
as you fancy; whereas if you had no faith
in it you would never work at it, and con-
sequently could never accomplish it. Think,
too, if you should one day gain your end,
what honour would await you — how many
thousand poor creatures would hail you as
their preserver — what evils you would be
the means of preventing — ay, and even
what wealth you might reap from such a
discovery, for you could secure it to your-
self, and so derive a large income from the
profits of it.'
'No, my good madam,' replied Humphry,
half indignant at the idea of enriching him-
self by such means, 'I would never think of
such a thing. My sole object would be t<)
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