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21. THE GOLD TRAIL
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... the earth all the way to the river; but, after screening it roughly, tossed it into the air above a canvas, thus winnowing out the heavier pay dirt. [Footnote: Pay dirt: dirt that has gold enough in it ...
22. A BAD FIVE MINUTES IN THE ALPS
(Lessons/Short Stories)
...  --LESLIE STEPHEN (adapted). [Footnote: What do you imagine has preceded this selection? What things are contrasted in the account? Do you think that philosophizing helped or hindered the climber? Do ...
23. A LODGING FOR THE NIGHT
(Lessons/Short Stories)
He (Villon) [Footnote: Francois Villon: born 1431, died 1484. Stevenson characterizes him as "poet, student, and housebreaker."] went boldly to the door and knocked with an assured hand. On both previous ...
24. TOO DEAR FOR THE WHISTLE
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... are brought upon them by the false estimate they have made of the value of things, and by their giving "too much for their whistles." --BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. [Footnote: This extract was taken from a letter ...
25. THE STORY OF MUHANNAD DIN
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... as a handkerchief. "This boy," said Imam Din judicially, "is a budmash [Footnote: Budmash: a disreputable fellow.]--a big budmash. He will, without doubt, go to the jail-khana for his behaviour." Renewed ...
26. A CHILD
(Lessons/Short Stories)
In Kensington Gardens, [Footnote: Kensington Gardens: in southwest London.] that February day, it was very still. Trees, stripped of every leaf, raised their bare clean twigs towards a sky so grey and ...
27. THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP
(Lessons/Short Stories)
The next day Cherokee Sal had such rude sepulture [Footnote: Sepulture: burial.] as Roaring-Camp afforded. After her body had been committed to the hillside, there was a formal meeting of the camp to ...
28. THE ELEPHANTS THAT STRUCK
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... increased. The elephants began to sicken; two fine animals died. There was plenty of food, as the bamboo grass was the natural provender, and in the carts was a good supply of paddy; [Footnote: Paddy: ...
29. AN APPRECIATION OF LINCOLN
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... Douglass [Footnote: Frederick Douglass: a noted orator and journalist. He was born (a slave) in 1817 and died in 1895.] says he was the only man of distinction he ever met who never reminded him, by word ...
30. ADDRESS AT GETTYSBURG
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... not perish from the earth. --ABRAHAM LINCOLN. [Footnote: Does the style and sentiment expressed remind you of an older literature? Illustrate. Do Lincoln's statements about war apply to the present great ...
31. BABY SYLVESTER
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... inability to keep myself covered by the serape, [Footnote: Serape: a blanket or shawl commonly worn by the Mexicans.] for I awoke once or twice clutching it with a despairing hand as it was disappearing ...
32. THE ARCHERY CONTEST
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... to the lists. [Footnote: Lists: fields of combat.] The contending archers took their station in turn, at the bottom of the southern access, the distance between that station and the mark allowing full ...
33. AN ARAB FISHERMAN
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... was typical. He was a sombre old chap, with long, scanty white beard, a soiled burnous, [Footnote: Burnous: a cloak-like garment with a hood, worn by the Arabs.] and thin, scrawny brown legs. He sat stolidly ...
34. THE LAST CLASS
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... field, behind the sawmill, the Prussians going through their drill. [Footnote: Prussians going through their drill. The time of the story is laid at the end of the Franco-Prussian War.] All that was much ...
35. A DISSERTATION ON ROAST PIG
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... just as they do in Abyssinia to this day. This period is not obscurely hinted at by their great Confucius [Footnote: Confucius: a celebrated Chinese philosopher, born about 550 B.C.] in the second chapter ...
36. THE WHITE TRAIL
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... The ptarmigan's [Footnote: Ptarmigan: a species of grouse that is brown in summer but turns white, or nearly white, in winter.] bead eye alone betrayed him, he had no outline. The ermine's black tip was ...
37. THE PINE-TREE SHILLINGS
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... heard of. There was not money enough of any kind, in many parts of the country, to pay the salaries of the ministers; so that they sometimes had to take quintals [Footnote: Quintals: hundredweights.] of ...
38. ACROSS RUNNING WATER
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... the crying of the curlew is heard there, or the querulous wailing lapwing. It was here that one night, in a September of many storms, a woman stood staring at the sea. The screaming seamews [Footnote: ...
39. SALMON FISHING IN IRELAND
(Lessons/Short Stories)
 The pool has been cut through a peat bog, [Footnote: Peat-bog. Peat is a kind of turf that is used for fuel.] and the greater part of it is twenty feet deep. A broad fringe of water-lilies lines the banks, ...
40. THE FETISH
(Lessons/Short Stories)
... worm-eaten floors and the worm-eaten shelves, and the dark rafters festooned with cobwebs; and here she kept a Fetish [Footnote: Fetish (also spelt "fetich"): a material object, venerated by certain African ...
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