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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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the money directly.' Lancaster observed,
'Please thy Majesty, that will be setting
thy nobles a good example.' The Royal
party appeared to smile at this observation;
but the Queen observed to his Majesty,
'How cruel it is that enemies should be
found who endeavour to hinder his progress
in so good a work,' To which the King
rephed, 'Ghartotte, a good man seeks his
reward in the world to come.'
32. GENEROSITY OF NAPOLEON
TO AN ENGLISH PRISONER.
In the year 1805, an English sailor who
was a prisoner at "Verdun made his escape,
and arrived in safety near Boulogne, where
he concealed himself in the woods, and
employed himself in constructing a little
bark with the branches of some trees: unit-
ing them with his shirt, which he tore in
pieces for that purpose. Finding he had
not sufficient hnen to complete his boat,
he went to a neighbouring village and
stole a sheet with which he finished his
little bark. All he then wanted was the
appearance of some English vessel in the
offing: he therefore climbed every day up
a lofty tree, and sat watching with impa-
tience; when at last he espied an English
sail. Hoping to reach it, he set oif, carry-
ing his httle boat upon his shoulders. He
reached the sea side, but while in the act
of embarking, he was seized by the cus-
tom-house officers, conveyed to prison, ac-
cused of being a spy, and was to be tried
as such at the next assizes.
Two days after, Bonaparte arrived at
Boulogne, and the boat being shown to
him as a curiosity, he desired to see the
sailor. When he was brought before him,
Bonaparte said, 'Well, my fine fellow, you
were making a desperate attempt to see
your native country, as you say; I suppose
you have a mistress there? — No, your
majesty, but I have an aged and infirm
mother whom I supported out of my pay,
and who must be now in the greatest dis-
tress. — And would you have put to sea
in this crazy little vessel? — Yes, your
majesty, had they not prevented me; for
I would run any risk to go and assist my
poor mother, who has now only God to
protect her.'
Napoleon, turning to a naval officer, who
accompanied him, said: ,Give this man a
suit of clothes and send him, with a flag
of truce, to one of the Enghsh cruisers
in the Channel; give him also five pieces
of gold for his mother; she must be a
good mother, and ought not to be deprived
of so good a son.' The boat is still to
be seen at Boulogne.
33. FRANKLIN'S TOAST.
Long after Washington's victories over
the French and Enghsh had made his
name familiar to all Europe, Dr. Franklin
chanced to dine with the French and En-
glish ambassadors, when as nearly as I can
recollect the words, the following toasts
were drunk. By the British ambassador,
'England, the S u n, whose bright beams
enhghten and fructify the remotest corners
of the earth!' The French ambassador,
glowing with national pride, but too polite
to dispute the previous toast, drank, 'France,
— the Moon, whose mild, steady and
cheering rays are the delight of all na-
tions: consoling them in darkness, and mak-
ing their dreariness beautiful!' Dr. Frank-
lin then arose, and, with his usual digni-
fied simplicity, said, 'George Washington
— the Josuah who commanded the
Sun and the Moon to stand still,
and they obeyed him.'
3i. SEEKING A PLACE.
One morning, scarcely a fortnight after
General Jackson's arrival at the White
House, a shabby-genteel looking man pre-
sented himself at his parlour, and, after the
usual salutation and shaking of hands, ex-
pressed his joy at seeing the venerable old
gentleman at last hold the situation of chief
magistrate of the country, to which his
bravery, his talents, and his unimpeachable
rectitude fully entitled him. 'We have had
a hard time of it,' said he, 'in our little
place; but our exertions were unremitting;
I myself went round to stimulate my neigh-
bours, and at last the victory was ours. We
beat them by a majority of ten votes; and I
now behold the result of that glorious tri-
umph!' The General thanked him in terms
of studied politeness, assuring him that he
woidd resign his office in an instant if he
did not think his election gave satisfaction to
a vast majority of the people; and, at last,
regretted his admirer's zeal for the public
weal should have been so severely taxed on
his account, 'Oh, no matter for that, sir/
said he; 'I did it with pleasure — I did it
for myself and for my country (the General
bowed); 'and I now come to congratulate
you on your success' (the General bowed
again). 'I thought, sir, that as you are