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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
We'll begin with a box. and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese.
Yet the plural of mouse should never be meese;
You may find a lone mouse, or a whole nest of
But the plural of house is houses, not hice;
If the plural of man is always called men.
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
The cow in the plural may be cows or kine.
But a cow if repeated is never called kine,
And the plural of vow is vows, not vine;
And if I speak of a foot and you show me your
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called
n me singular s mis ana me piurai is tnese.
Should the plural of kiss be nicknamed keese?
Then one may be that and three would be those.
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose.
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren.
But though we say mother we never say methren;
The masculine pronouns are he. his and him.
But imagine the feminine she. sliis and shim.
So the English. I think, you all will agree.
Is the most wonderful language you ever did see.
HOW AN ANCIENT CITY WAS TAKEN?A
After traveling for forty years in the wil
derness on their way from Egypt, the children
of Israel came to the river Jordan. On
the other side of Jordan lay Canaan, the splendid
country which God had promised they
should have to settle and live in. But, also,
on the other side was the city of Jericho.
It stood directly in the way, large and formidable.
surrounded by thick, high walls and
inhabited by a warlike people.
Moses, the great leader, was dead, and the
Israelites had chosen Joshua to take his place.
Now Joshua knew that his people were not
trained for war. In Eervot thev had been
masons and shepherds, but they never had
been soldiers. And the men of Jericho were
fighters. Joshua, therefore, might have been
afraid of defeat had he not remembered that
God had delivered many enemies into the hands
of His people. Also that He had bidden Joshua
to be strong and of good courage, and told him
what he should do to take the big city;
The first thing Joshua did was to send two
men across the river Jordan to take a good
look at the country.
So the spies went into the land of Canaan,
into the very eity of Jericho, and into an inn,
or tavern, kept by a woman named Rahab.
But someone recognized the strangers, and
went and told the king of Jericho that two
men of the children of Israel had come to
the eity to spy out the land.
They must have told him that the men had
gone to Rahab's house, for the king sent for
her and demanded them of her.
"Bring out the men. the strangers, that are
in your nouse, sain tnc message, lor tney
have come to spy."
Now, the houses in that country were built
with flat roofs; and Rahab had a quantity of
flax spread out on her roof to dry. So, instead
of delivering the strangers to the king's
messengers she took them up on her flat roof
and hid them under the flax. And the king's
messengers could not find them.
When it was dark, and the city gate closed
for the night, Rahab went up on tbe roof and
talked to the two strangers hidden there. She
told them she knew that God had given the
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land of Canaan to the children of Israel, for
everyone had heard how He had dried up the
waters of the Ked Sea for them to pass over
on dry land from Egypt. Therefore, the people
of Jericho were afraid, she said, of the
Israelites, for they realized that their God was
Then she begged the spies to promise her
solemnly that they would see that neither she
nor any member of her family should be put
to death when the children of Israel came and
The spies very readily gave the promise,
provided, they told her, that she kept all information
about their business to herself.
Rahab's house was built so close to the broad
city wall that it was actually on it. and one of
her windows opened over the wall. Through
this window, when darkness fell, she let the
spies down to the ground outside the city by
a scarlet rope.
Before the men left they told Rahab to
fasten a piece of scarlet rope, or cord, in her
window, so that when Jericho was taken the
Israelites would see it and know by that sign
xnai uanai> ana an wno were in lier house
were to be saved from death. Then they de
parted into the mountains and remained there
in hiding three days.
After these three days the spies returned to
Joshua and told him all that had happened to
them. Immediately Joshua called the children
of Israel together and encamped them on the
banks of the Jordan. There they remained for
three days. Then Joshua said to them:
"Make yourselves ready; for to-morrow the
Lord will do wonders among you. For when
tlie priests who carry the ark shall stef) into
Jordan the waters shall divide, and ye shall
all walk through Jordan on dry ground."
And so it came to pass. As soon as the feet
of the priests who carried the ark touched
the river, behold! the waters parted, standing
like a wall on either side. The priests stood
in the middle of the Jordan, bearing the ark
of God, until all the children of Israel?an immense
number of them?had passed over into
Canaan. Then they followed, and the waters
came together again.
The Israelites then made their camp in the
plains of Jericho, in full view of the city, at a
place called Gilgal.
After this wonderful passing over of Jordan
you may be sure the people of Jericho
were in greater fear than ever of the Israelites.
They shut up all the gates in their high, thick
walls and allowed no one to go in or out. But
God had given their city to His own people.
And Joshua took Jericho just in the manner
mat the Liord had commanded him to do.
Going out of his camp, close to the walls
of Jericho what should Joshua see but a man
opposite to him, holding a drawn sword in his
hand. Joshua went to him.
"Art thou for us or for our enemies?" he
"Nay," answered the man, "but as captain
of the Lord's army am I come."
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and that he would certainly give victory to
his army. And Joshua fell down before him
and worshipped hiin.
One day the people who were on the watch
in the shut-up city saw the Israelites come out
of their camp: First mnrched all the strong
men of Israel, those who were the fighters?a
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large number of them. Close behind these warriors
came seven priests carrying trumpets
made of rams' horns. And immediately followill..
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ark. This long procession marched all around
the city of Jericho, the priests blowing upon
the horns. Then they all returned to camp.
Every day for six days the children of Israel
did this. Kahah must have watched them
eagerly from her window.
On the seventh day the "army of the Lord"
rose very early?before it was light?and the
procession marched around the city. Not one
time only on this day did they go around it,
hut seven times. And when they had gone
around the seventh time, a wonderful thing
happened. For while the priests were blowing
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pie, as God had commanded him:
"Shout! For tlic Lord has given you the
city!" And as that mighty shout went up from
all those throats, down fell the high, thick walls
of Jericho, and the children of Israel marched
The red cord fluttered at Rah ah's window,
so the two men who had been spies, went into
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iicx nuusc ami uruugni ner out, ana ail lier
family who wore with her. But all the other
inhabitants of tlie city suffered death because
of their sins.
Now, some of the boys and girls who read
this Bible story and who know about the great
King David of Israel, may be interested to
hear that Kahab learned to worship the true
God?our God; that she married Salma, a
prince of Israel; and that she was King David's
great-grandmother. ? Barbara Yechton, in
TWICE UP GREYBEARD.
By Nannie C. Campbell.
Not Inner ilorn 1 nliltlliorl o mnnntoin naav
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Montreat, N. C., called Greybeard, which is
5.600 feet high. We started at half past ten,
with our sweaters tied around us, and our
climbing sticks in our hands. On the way up,
we talked of wild flowers and saw many we
had never seen before. We stopped several
times for water, and a good many times to
catch our breath. The sun shone brightly and '
we all wished we had left our sweaters at
home, but when we got to the top, we put
them on to keen from eateliinc enld The view
was wonderful. As we stood looking, we could
see for miles, in one direction, down the valley;
in the other direction we could see mountain
after mountain, as if they were piled upon
each other. We had forgotten all about dinner
until some one began to open the boxes
we had taken. At first we could find no shady
place to eat in, but after while we decided to
get under the bushes, and we all enjoyed the
dinner and shade verv much. After dinner
we ate huckleberries right off the bushes. The
huckleberries were very plentiful and large.
Then for two hours, we sat in any cool place
we could find, and enjoyed the view.
Everyone was sorry when the time came to
start down the mountain. Coming down we
did not stop so often for water or to catch
our breath as we did going up. All the way
we wondered how we ever got to the top, because
the way was so steep and rough. Just
as we left the trail and came into the road, a
kind gentleman picked us up in his automobile
and brought lis the rest of the way home.
About a week later I climbed this same
We started about an hour sooner than the
time before. This time we went much faster
and stopped less. The sun was under a cloud
the whole time, but it was just as hot as if
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