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6. The combs were then taken out of the old and deserted hive, and put into frames and placed in a machine for extracting the honey. This machine is turned rapidly round by a handle, and the speed with which it makes the combs revolve drives all the honey out of the cells. As the honey flies out of the combs it is dashed against the inside of the vessel, and falls down to the bottom, whence it drops into the jar placed below to collect it.
7. The next thing is to tie up with tape the old combs, some emptied of their honey, and some still full, in new frames, and to place them in the new hive. In twenty-four hours, or at most forty-eight, the tape will be no longer needed, for the bees, with cement and wax, will have built the combs into the new frames, and will quickly proceed to fill them anew with honey.
8. By thus making use a second time of the old combs the time of the bees is saved, and they give to honey-making the precious days of summer, which would otherwise require to be devoted to the building up of fresh waxen cells. The whole process of driving the bees from the old to the new hive occupied less than an hour's time. London Correspondent.
FOR PREPARATION.-I. "Crystal Palace, near London "-what was this building erected for? Why called "Crystal"?
II. Honey, pub-lie-ly, ex-hib-it-ed, combs (komz), ěmp-ty, chief, wait'-ed, heav'-y, gặp, ĕdge (ěj), elimb'-ing (klim'-), ma-çhïne' (sheen'), a-gainst' (-gěnst'), çèm'-ent, quick'-ly.
III. For the following action-words write corresponding name-words of which the actions are told: Could be got (honcy), has been abandoned (method), was exhibited (mode), caused (puffs), turned, placed, drummed, waited, passed, were seen.
IV. Method, abandoned, retreat, hive, completely, disturbance, escaped, unprotected, lapse, proved, immediately, distinctly, swarming, deserted, extracting, revolve, precious, require, devoted, process, occupied.
V. "A few puffs "-of what? (tobacco-smoke.) "Fill their bags with honey" (what bags do bees have?) What is a "queen-bee"? What is gained by the process of saving the honey-comb and using it over again?
XXII. THE HUNTSMAN.
1. Alone, but with unbated zeal,
The horseman plied the scourge and steel;
And all but won that desperate game:
Nor farther might the quarry strain.
4. The hunter marked that mountain high,
But, thundering as he came prepared,
7. There, while, close couched, the thicket shed
8. Close on the hounds the hunter came,
To rouse him with the spur and rein;
I slacked upon the banks of Seine,
Sir Walter Scott.
FOR PREPARATION.-I. This is another extract from "The Lady of the Lake," continuing "The Chase" (Lesson XX.). The King of Scotland is
hunting among the Highlands of Scotland, and gets lost in the wilds; his steed dies of over-exertion. Where is the Seine River?
II. Coŭr'-age (kur'ej), häunch, rein (ran), fleet, ex-haust'-ed (egz
III. Explain what time is denoted in the following action-words, and tell how you know it by the spelling: plied, spent, drew, strained, came, won, toiled, might, take, fell, strove, costs, thought.
IV. Unbated zeal, jaded, embossed, desperate, brake, stanch, bay, quarry, wily, shunned, ken, solitary refuge, couched, thicket, baffled, amain, chiding, rugged dell, spur, remorse, slacked, steed, gallant.
V. "Plied the scourge and steel" (scourge the whip, and steel the spurs). "All but won "-express this in other words. "The hunter marked" -what meaning has marked here? Huge rampart" (the mountain is called a "" rampart," as though it “barred the way," like the wall of a fort). "Measured his antlers" (the hunters saved the antlers, or branching horns, of their game, as trophies of their success). "Whinyard" (he drew his sword and rode up to strike the deer, but the deer turned in a different direction from the "rampart," and escaped down a dark, narrow valley). "Woe worth the chase!" (worth means betide, or be to: Woe be to the chase!)
1. Solon was one of the wise men of Greece. He it was who gave that clever answer to Croesus, King of Lydia. Croesus was so rich, that even now it is common to say, "as rich as Croesus." This king showed his wealth to Solon, and then asked "if he did not think the possessor of so much gold the happiest of men." "No," replied the philosopher; "I know a happier man : an honest laborer who has just enough to live on."
2. "And who the next happiest?" said the king, ex"The next happiest," pecting himself to be named. answered Solon, "are two virtuous sons who were remarkable for their duty and kindness to their mother."— “And think you not that I am happy?" exclaimed the
disappointed monarch.-"No man can be deemed happy till his death," said the sage; meaning, I suppose, that according as his life was spent could his state be judged.
3. When Croesus afterward was taken prisoner by Cyrus, and was about to be burnt, he recollected this conversation, and cried out, "O Solon, Solon!" Cyrus inquired the meaning of this exclamation; and when the cause of it was explained, he set Croesus at liberty, and owned himself instructed by the hint of Solon. So the philosopher saved the life of one king and improved another.
4. Thespis was the first poet who performed comedies at Athens. They had no play-houses, but used to act upon an open cart, somewhat as our Merry-Andrews do now. Solon did not disapprove of these shows, but went himself to see them. When the play was over, he called Thespis, who had been acting various characters, and asked him if he was not ashamed to speak so many lies. Thespis replied, "It was all in jest."
5. Admire, I beseech you, the answer of Solon. Striking his staff on the ground violently, he cried: "If we encourage ourselves to speak falsely in jest, we shall run the chance of acquiring a habit of speaking falsely in serious matters." Had he never spoken any other words than these, he would have deserved the character of a wise man.
6. Esop, who wrote so many ingenious fables, was much caressed by King Croesus; while Solon, for his bluntness, was little noticed. Esop therefore said: "A man should not converse with kings, if he does not choose to say what is agreeable to them.”