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tions, -- a species of inquisition to which new comers were gens erally subjected.
4. Without proffering a word in reply, Akmed proceeded directly to the object he had in view, and, approaching one of the ushers, placed in his hands a letter, addressed to the Presi. dent of the augusts institution, and containing these words : “ Akmed humbly solicits the vacant place.” The usher delivered the letter at once ; but Akmed and his application had arrived too late. The place was already filled.
5. By a system of intrigue and management, which even academies sometimes find irresistible, the favorite candidate of a certain rich man had been elected. The members of the Silent Academy wore much chagrined when they learned what they nad lost in consequence. The new member was a glib and garrulous pretender, whose verbose jargon was as unprofitable as it was wearisome; whereas Akmed, the scourge of all babblers, never gave utterance to a word which was not sententious and suggestive.
6. How should they communicate to the author of “The Art of Brevity” the unpleasant intelligence of the failure of his application? They were at a loss for the best mode of proceed. ing, when the President hit upon täis expedient : he filled a goblet with water, but so full that a single drop more would have caused it to overflow. Then he made a sign that the candidate should be introduced.
7. Akmed entered the hall, where the academicians were all assembled. With slow and measured steps, and that genuine modesty of demeanor which ever accompanies true merit, he advanced. At his approach, the President politely rose, and, without uttering a word, pointed out to him, with a gesture of regret, the fatal token of his exclusion.
8. Smiling at the emblem, the significance of which he at once comprehended, the young Egyptian was not in the least disconcerted. Persuaded that the admission of a supernumerary member would be productive of no harm to the academy, and would violate no essential law, he picked up a rose-leaf which he saw lying at his feet, and placed it on the surface of the water so gently that it floated without causing the slightest drop to overfow.
9. At this ingenious and readily intelligible response, a general clapping of hands spoke the applauding admiration of the assembled members of the academy. By unanimous consent they suspended their rules so as to make an exception in tavot of Akmed's admission. They handed him their registry of names, and he inscribed his own nane at the end.
10. It now only remained for him to pronounce, according to custom, an address of thanks; but he was resolved to act consistently with that principle of the academy which enjoined the utmost parsimony of words. On the margin of the column" where he had written his name, he traced the number 100, representing his brethren of the academy and the number to which they had been limited. Then placing a cipher before the figure 1 (thus, 0100), he wrote underneath : “ Their number has been neither diminished nor increased.”
11. Delighted at the laconica ingenuity and becoming modesty of Akmed, the President shook him affectionately by the hand; and then, substituting the figure 1 for the cipher which preceded the number 100 (thus, 1100), he appended these words : “ Their number has been increased ten-fold.”
ORIGINAL PARAPHRASEEI FROM THE FRENCE
II. — MISCHIEFS OF FALSE PRIDE. 1. MR. JAMES BURFORD, a Bristol merchant, becoming bank. rupt through unforeseen misfortunes, retired into Wales while his affairs were in the way of being arranged, and there lived for some time on the small income arising from his wife's fortune, practising the greatest economy, and hopeful that as soon as he could obtain a dischargell from his creditors he would be taken into partnership by Sir James Amberry, a London merchant. Mr. Burford had a daughter, named Amelia, who was sixteen years of age, and who, having been brought up indulgently by her grandmother, could not bear to think that her father and other relations were now poor people.
2. Travelling in a stage-coach to her father's cottage, in company with three gentlemen, Amelia spoke of herself as one who still lived in affluence; talked of her maid, her little carriage, and the fine house in which her father dwelt. It chanced that two of the gentlemen were creditors of her father, and had all along suspected him of retaining much of his former means, so that they had hitherto refused to sign his discharge. Hearing his daughter talk thus, they were confirmed in their suspicions ; but, to make sure, they inquired if her father was Mr. Burford, the bankrupt merchant, and if he really lived in the fine style she spoke of.
3. She would now have denied what she formerly said, if she could have done it without confessing herself to be a boasting and lying girl : not having the candor to make this confession, she repeated all she had said, and thus so completely convince, the two gentlemen of her father's dishonesty, that they not only refused to accede to his discharge, but toid what they had heard to Sir James Amberry, who, in consequence, wrote to Mr. Burford, declining to take him into partnership, and stating that he had preferred another, whom he believed to be an honester man.
4. Thus had this conceited girl blighted all her father's prospects by her vanity and falsehood. Mr. Burford, though unwell, immediately proceeded to London, to clear his character; and. being unable to afford a seat in the coach, he was obliged to walk. The fatigue increased his illness, and he was laid up at an inn on the wayside in a raging fever. Meanwhile, Sir Jaines Amberry and his lady, travelling to Wales, put up at the same inn for a night, and learning that a poor traveller was lying very ill there, they charitably went to see him.
5. Sir James was surprised to find that it was the unfortunate Burford, and still more to hear the sick man raving about the mischiefs which his daughter had brought upon him by her talk in the stage-coach. In short, an explanation was thus brought about. Sir James Amberry, convinced of his innocence, 4 spared no expense to secure his recovery; and Mr. Burford was soon restored quite well to his family. But the opportunity for berin. ning business again as a merchant had been lost through his wicked daughter, and he afterwards was obliged to content him. self with a less lucrative employment. We may thus see what dangers lurk around us when we venture on the least departure fron truth.
III. — ANOTHER DAY.
1. ()! TIMELY happy, timely wise,
Hearts that with rising morn arise, -
2. New23 every morning is the love
Our wakening and uprising prove;
3 New mercies, each returning day,
Hover around us while703 we pray;
4. If, in our daily course, our mind
Be set to hallow4 all we find,
5. Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be,
As more of heaven in each we see ;
6. The trivial round, the common task,
Shall furnish all we ought to ask,-
IV. — THE PRISONER AND THE RATS. 1. In Paris there was once a large fortress called the Base tile, which was used as a prison. The king, when offended with any one, caused him to be taken to the Bastile, and confined there. In this way many prisoners were kept in confinement for several years, and sometimes till the end of their lives. They were loaded with heavy chains; they were never allowed to go into the open air; and they were not permitted to see any of their relations.
2. There was once in the Bastile a prisoner named La Tude.* He was put in when twenty-three years of age, and kept there and in other prisons for thirty-five years, so that he was quite an old man when he got free. This poor man was confined for many years in a little room where he had no company. Ile saw no one but the jailer who brought him his food. This was the greatest of all his afflictions, for there are few things more necessary to happiness than the society of our fellow-creatures.
3. In La Tude's room there was no light, except what came through a horizontal slit in the wall; and, as the wall was thick, this slit was very deep. One day, as he was looking through the slit, he saw a rat come to the futher end of it. Rats are creatures which human beings do not in general like to have ncar them ; but La Tude was so solitary that he was glad of the approach of any living thing. He threw the rat a small piece of bread, taking care not to frighten it by any violent movement.91
4. The little visitor came forward and took the bread, and
* The a as in father, tho u as in use.
then seemed to wish for more. La Tude threw another piece to a less distance, and the animal came and took that picce also. He then threw another to a still less distance, by which the rat was tempted to come still nearer to him. Thus he induced it to have some confidence in him. As long as he threw bread, the creature remained ; and when it could eat no more, it carried off to its hole the fragments which it had not devoured.
5. The next day, the rat appeared again. La Tude threw it some bread, and also a small piece of beef, which it seemed to relish very much. On the third day it came again, and was now so tame as to eat from the prisoner's hands. On the filth day it changed its residence to a small hole near the inner end of the slit, apparently wishing to be nearer to its benefactor. It came very early the next morning to get its breakfast from La Tude, and appeared no more that day.
6. On the ensuing morning it came again, but it now had a companion. This was a female rat, which peeped cautiously from the hole, apparently very much afraid of the prisoner. La Tude tried to entice the stranger towardski him, by throwing bread and meat to her ; but for a long time she refused to venture out. At length, sceing the other rat eat so heartily, she rushed forward, seized a piece, and immediately retreated.
7. In a little while she became bolder, and even disputed somo pieces with the male rat. Whenever she succeeded in taking a piece out of his teeth, he came up to La Tude, as if to make complaint, and receive consolation. When La Tude gave him a piece to make up for what he had lost, the little creature sat down close by, and ate it in an ostentatious manner, sitting on his haunches, and holding the meat in his paws like a monkey, as if he meant to defy his female friend to come and take it from him, now that he was so near one who could protect him.
8. For some days the female continued to be very shy, though the male rat ate in peace near La Tude. But at length she could bear no longer to see her companion faring so well, while she was starving. One day, just as La Tude had given the male rat his first piece, she sprang out, and seized it in her teeth. The male rat held fast; she pulled violently; a severe struggle took place; and the two creatures rolled away together towards their hole, into which the female pulled the male. La Tude was greatly diverted by this contest, and, for the moment, almost forgot his misfortunes.
9. By and by the female rat became as familiar as the other, and daily ate her dinner out of La Tude's hand. There then appeared a third, who was much less shy at first than either of the others had been. At the second visit, this third rat consti