McGuffey Reader and Poetry

THE TIGER

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1. The tiger is a giant cat. His body is nearly covered with black stripes.

2. Unlike the lion, he runs so fast that the swiftest horse can not overtake him. He goes over the ground by making bounds or springs, one after another.

3. By night, as well as by day, the tiger watches for his prey. With a frightful roar, he will seize a man, and carry him off.

4. Have you ever thought what use whiskers are to cats? Lions have great whiskers, and so have tigers and all other animals of the cat kind.

5. Whenever you find an animal with whiskers like the cat’s, you may be sure that animal steals softly among branches and thick bushes.

6. By the slightest touch on the tiger’s whiskers, he knows when there is anything in his road.

7. A few years ago, some English officers went out to hunt. When coming home from their day’s sport, they found a little tiger kitten.

8. They took it with them and tied it, with a collar and chain, to the pole of their tent. It played about, to the delight of all who saw it.

9. One evening, just as it was growing dark, they heard a sound that frightened them greatly. It was the roar of a tiger.

10. The kitten pulled at the chain, and tried to break away. With a sharp cry, it answered the voice outside.

11. All at once, a large tigress bounded into the middle of the tent. She caught her kitten by the neck, and broke the chain which bound it.

12. Then turning to the door of the tent, she dashed away as suddenly as she had come.

THE FIRESIDE

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1. One winter night, Mrs. Lord and her two little girls sat by a bright fire in their pleasant home. The girls were sewing, and their mother was busy at her knitting.

2. At last, Katie finished her work, and, looking up, said, “Mother, I think the fire is brighter than usual. How I love to hear it crackle!”

3. “And I was about to say,” cried Mary, “that this is a better light than we had last night.”

4. “My dears,” said their mother, “it must be that you feel happier than usual to-night. Perhaps that is the reason why you think the fire better, and the light brighter.”

5. “But, mother,” said Mary, “I do not see why we are happier now than we were then; for last night cousin Jane was here, and we played ‘Puss in the corner’ and ‘Blind man’ until we all were tired.”

6. “I know! I know why!” said Katie. “It is because we have all been doing something useful to-night. We feel happy because we have been busy.”

7. “You are right, my dear,” said their mother. “I am glad you have both learned that there may be something more pleasant than play, and, at the same time, more instructive.”

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