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The First Dixie Reader;
Designed to Follow the Dixie Primer:

Electronic Edition.

Marinda Branson Moore, 1829-1864

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Title Page


first Dixie Reader; DESIGNED TO FOLLOW



Page verso


Page 3


        This little volume is intended to follow the Dixie Primer: also to accompany a Speller, which will be brought out as early as circumstances will permit. At no distant period we hope to complete the series of Readers.

        The author hopes the book will recommend itself to Educators in the Southern Confederacy

Page 5


        This little work is intended as a stepping-stone from the Primer to the large Speller. The first principles of spelling and reading, are here continued, before the child is far enough advanced to understand properly the sounds of letters, and the rules of pronunciation. Children frequently destroy a spelling book or two before they are ready for such a book.

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  • Cat
  • bat
  • fat
  • mat
  • pat
  • rat
  • bet
  • get
  • fet
  • met
  • pet
  • set
  • bit
  • dit
  • fit
  • lit
  • pit
  • sit
  • cot
  • dot
  • got
  • lot
  • pot
  • sot
  • cut
  • gut
  • mut
  • put
  • nut
  • sut


        1. See! here is a new book! Can you read it?

        2. I cannot read well; but I can spell.

        3. If you love to spell you will soon read.

        4. Be sure you spell each word right. Some boys and girls do not take pains to spell well.

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  • Ban
  • can
  • fan
  • man
  • pan
  • tan
  • ben
  • den
  • fen
  • hen
  • men
  • pen
  • bin
  • din
  • fin
  • kin
  • pin
  • tin
  • bun
  • dun
  • fun
  • gun
  • pun
  • tun


        1. Bob has a new slate. Can he write on it?

        2. No, but he will soon learn. His pa gave it to him. It is a nice slate.

        3. Does he write with a pen?

        4. No, he writes with a bit of slate. See him make A B C D.

        5. He will soon write his name. When he learns to write well, he can have a pen.

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  • Cab
  • gab
  • jab
  • nab
  • tab
  • rab
  • deb
  • feb
  • neb
  • peb
  • reb
  • web
  • bib
  • fib
  • jib
  • nib
  • rib
  • sib
  • bob
  • cob
  • hob
  • job
  • lob
  • mob
  • dub
  • cub
  • hub
  • lub
  • rub
  • tub


        1. Who made you, child?

        2. God made me of dust.

        3. For what did he make you?

        4. To be good, and to do good.

        5. Who loves good boys and girls?

        6. Pa, and ma, and all good men.

        7. Who else loves them?

        8. God loves them.

        9. Can you be good of yourself?

        10. No, I must ask God to help me.

        11. Will God hear a child pray?

        12. He says he will.

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  • Ball
  • Call
  • fall
  • gall
  • hall
  • pall
  • bell
  • dell
  • fell
  • hell
  • sell
  • tell
  • bill
  • gill
  • fill
  • hill
  • pill
  • mill
  • doll
  • coll
  • joll
  • moll
  • poll
  • toll
  • dull
  • cull
  • gull
  • hull
  • mull
  • null


        1. God made the sun to give us light and heat.

        2. It is far from us, and this makes it look so small.

        3. It is quite large, and so hot we could not live near it.

        4. The earth moves round the sun once in a year.

        5. The heat of the sun makes the grass and corn and fruits grow.

        6. God is good to make us such a sun to give us light and heat. We should love him for his care.

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  • Art
  • dart
  • hart
  • mart
  • part
  • tart
  • end
  • bend
  • lend
  • mend
  • send
  • tend
  • bone
  • cone
  • hone
  • lone
  • pone
  • tone
  • dine
  • fine
  • mine
  • pine
  • tine
  • vine


        1. Mark has a new hat. It is a straw hat.

        2. Who made it?

        3. Jane made it of wheat straw.

        4. It is a nice hat. I wish she would make me one like it.

        5. She will make you one, if you ask her to do so. She plaits well.

        6. She is a good girl to make us hats. She can spin too. She has spun me a new coat.

        7. I love to see girls work. Jane will grow up to be good and all will love her.

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  • Ask
  • bask
  • cask
  • mask
  • task
  • best
  • jest
  • lest
  • pest
  • test
  • irk
  • dirk
  • kirk
  • mirk
  • quirk
  • bunk
  • hunk
  • junk
  • punk
  • sunk


        1. The frog hops. He cannot run like you can. He sleeps in the day and hops at night.

        2. Some boys kill frogs; but this is bad. They do us no harm and we must let them hop at night.

        3. The frog lives on worms and flies. He pokes his tongue out, and the flies stick to it.

        4. God made his tongue with glue on it, so he could thus get his food. God is good, even to the frogs.

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  • Bale
  • cale
  • dale
  • gale
  • pale
  • bale
  • bile
  • file
  • mile
  • pile
  • tile
  • wile
  • bole
  • dole
  • cole
  • hole
  • mole
  • pole
  • use
  • cuse
  • fuse
  • muse
  • ruse
  • tuse


        1. The owl has a large head. He has large eyes too, so he can see in the dark.

        2. He sleeps all day in a tall tree, and at night he flies out to get a hen, or a duck, or a goose.

        3. He is bad to get our hens. If pa can see him he will kill him with his gun.

        4. It is not bad to kill the owl for he does us harm. His wing will make a good fan.

        5. The owl cries "who, who, who," at night.

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  • And
  • band
  • land
  • mand
  • rand
  • sand
  • end
  • bend
  • lend
  • mend
  • send
  • tend
  • bind
  • find
  • hind
  • kind
  • mind
  • wind
  • old
  • cold
  • fold
  • gold
  • mold
  • sold


        1. James had a small colt. His pa gave it to him, and he was fond of it.

        2. But it was wild and his ma told him he must not go near it, lest it might kick him.

        3. But one day James got a rope and put round the colt's neck, and then got on his back to ride.

        4. The colt did not like this, so be ran off at full speed, and James fell off and got hurt.

        5. Then he thought he would mind his ma next time.

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  • Back
  • hack
  • jack
  • lack
  • nack
  • pock
  • beck
  • deck
  • check
  • peck
  • reck
  • wreck
  • dick
  • chick
  • kick
  • lick
  • pick
  • sick
  • dock
  • hock
  • lock
  • mock
  • pock
  • sock


        1. Do you see the bright full moon? Last week it was a half moon, and now it is full.

        2. The moon has a dark side and a light side, and when she turns all of her bright side to us, we have a full moon.

        3. When her dark side is to us we call it new moon.

        4. She has no light of her own. When the sun shines on one side it makes it light, and as the moon keeps moving, she turns some-times one side, and then the other.

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  • Bark
  • dark
  • hark
  • lark
  • mark
  • park
  • berk
  • derk
  • jerk
  • merk
  • perk
  • yerk
  • cork
  • dork
  • fork
  • pork
  • work
  • york
  • duck
  • buck
  • luck
  • muck
  • puck
  • tuck


        1. See how the pig eats! He does not know when to stop.

        2. He eats and eats till he looks as if his sides must burst. But still he eats.

        3. Now some boys and girls are much like this pig. They do not know when to stop till they get sick.

        4. If I were a boy or a girl, I would not eat like a pig. I would eat like a lamb, and then skip and play, and be so happy.

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  • Barn
  • darn
  • earn
  • tarn
  • varn
  • yarn
  • bern
  • cern
  • fern
  • kern
  • tern
  • vern
  • born
  • corn
  • born
  • morn
  • torn
  • worn
  • burn
  • furn
  • churn
  • hurn
  • spurn
  • turn


        1. This is a large black bird. It says caw, caw, when it flies.

        2. It wears a nice black dress, but it is a bad bird.

        3. When it sees the men plant corn, it goes and hunts in the row, and gets the grains.

        4. The men some-times make holes in a few grains of corn, and tie long horse hairs in them. These are put in the rows.

        5. When the crow eats these the hair still stays in his throat, and is the cause of his death.

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  • Arm
  • charm
  • farm
  • harm
  • marm
  • warm
  • end
  • bend
  • fend
  • lend
  • pend
  • vend
  • dine
  • fine
  • kine
  • line
  • mine
  • pine
  • cake
  • hake
  • jake
  • pake
  • wake
  • yake


        1. Come Grace, it is time to get up. Night is the time to sleep. When day comes you must rise and wash your face.

        2. God made the day for us to work, and do good. If we do not im-prove it, He will not love us.

        3. The birds are all up. One sings a song, one brings a stick for her nest, and one goes to get a worm to eat.

        4. First pray, then wash, then brush your hair. Now for a kiss!

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  • Deep
  • keep
  • peep
  • sleep
  • steep
  • weep
  • deed
  • feed
  • heed
  • meed
  • speed
  • seed
  • beer
  • deer
  • cheer
  • jeer
  • leer
  • peer
  • beet
  • feet
  • meet
  • greet
  • street
  • weet


        1. Do you know why we have two ears? It is that we may hear more, and speak less.

        2. If we hear a bad thing we must not tell it again.

        3. Some bad boys hear bad words, and learn to say them.

        4. Girls too, hear things that are not nice, but they must not say them a-gain.

        5. God does not love boys and girls who say bad words. Christ did not say a word that was bad or ugly, in all his life.

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  • All
  • ball
  • call
  • hall
  • fall
  • Pall
  • ell
  • bell
  • cell
  • fell
  • hell
  • mell
  • ill
  • bill
  • dill
  • hill
  • mill
  • pill
  • doll
  • coll
  • holl
  • goll
  • loll
  • moll
  • dull
  • cull
  • gull
  • hull
  • mull


        1. You all know what a calf is. All it cares for is to go with the cow, and get her milk.

        2. You can-not learn a calf to spell. When a boy will not learn to spell and read; and cares only for good things to eat, and fine clothes to wear, we call him a calf.

        3. Such boys will not make wise men. No one cares to have calf pay him a vis-it.

        4. God has giv-en boys minds to learn; and He ex-pects them to do it.

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  • Loud
  • proud
  • shroud
  • ounce
  • bounce
  • trounce
  • bound
  • found
  • hound
  • mound
  • pound
  • round
  • burn
  • churn
  • spurn
  • turn
  • fume
  • plume


        1. We have a new babe at our house. It is a sweet babe. We call him Tom my.

        2. Bob is his nurse. Bob loves Tom-my. He says he may ride in his wag-on.

        3. Tom-my will soon learn to love Bob, and then what fun they will have!

        4. God gave Tom-my to us. How glad I am to have such a sweet broth-er! He will soon be old e-nough to play with me.

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  • Chair
  • fair
  • hair
  • lair
  • pair
  • stair
  • bain
  • dain
  • fain
  • main
  • pain
  • vain
  • bean
  • dean
  • lean
  • mean
  • pean
  • wean
  • car
  • dear
  • fear
  • hear
  • near
  • tear


        1. Here comes old aunt Ann. She is quite old. See how she leans on her stick.

        2. When she was young she did good work, but now she can not work much. But she is not like a poor white wo-man.

        3. Aunt Ann knows that her young Miss, as she calls her, will take care of her as long as she lives.

        4. Ma-ny poor white folks would be glad to live in her house and eat what Miss Kate sends out for her din-ner.

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  • Bang
  • dang
  • fang
  • hang
  • pang
  • rang
  • ding
  • cling
  • fling
  • ring
  • sing
  • wing
  • dong
  • gong
  • long
  • prong
  • song
  • wrong
  • bung
  • clung
  • hung
  • lung
  • rung
  • sung


        1. Ma, where do the rain drops come from?

        2. They drop from the clouds, my child.

        3. But how do they get up there?

        4. Do you know what fog is?

        5. It is fine drops of rain.

        6. When wa-ter is in such fine drops, it is light and ri-ses up. When they get high up, where the air is cool, they come to-geth-e r, and make large drops. These are heav-y, and fall down a-gain.

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  • Bare
  • dare
  • fare
  • hare
  • pare
  • tare
  • cere
  • here
  • fere
  • mere
  • vere
  • were
  • ire
  • dire
  • hire
  • fire
  • mire
  • sire
  • ore
  • bore
  • core
  • fore
  • more
  • dore


        1. John has a new cap. His ma made it for him.

        2. It is a nice cap, and I hope he will take good care of it.

        3. Some boys have no ma to make them caps. How glad John should be!

        4. Poor Jim Jones has no ma, and his clothes are in rags.

        5. His ma died when he was a babe, and the old cook does not know how to fix up boys. Poor Jim Jones!

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  • Daw
  • caw
  • haw
  • jaw
  • paw
  • saw
  • dew
  • few
  • hew
  • mew
  • pew
  • sew
  • bow
  • cow
  • how
  • mow
  • plow
  • vow
  • dog
  • cat
  • fox
  • calf
  • colt
  • dolt


        1. Do you see old Mr. Smith? How sad he looks! His hat is torn and his clothes in rags.

        2. When be was a boy his pa gave him drams to drink, and be soon got to love it.

        3. When be came to be a man, he was a sot and got drunk, and beat his nice wife.

        4. Poor wo-man! She soon got sick and died, and left two small babes.

        5. Now the poor old man and his boys stay there, and drink and fight. Is it not sad?

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  • Bass
  • cass
  • glass
  • mass
  • pass
  • rass
  • bees
  • cess
  • less
  • mess
  • guess
  • tress
  • boss
  • dross
  • gloss
  • loss
  • moss
  • ross
  • buss
  • fuss
  • guss
  • muss
  • russ
  • truss


        1. How I love to look at the stars! Who can count them?

        2. God can count them, for he made them all. They are a great way off.

        3. Wise men look through a large glass, and tell us that these small stars are as large as our sun.

        4. How great God is! He holds them all by his might, and makes them run their rounds. And yet this great God counts all our hairs.

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  • Free
  • tree
  • spree
  • flee
  • glee
  • boo
  • coo
  • loo
  • moo
  • too
  • bush
  • Cush
  • push
  • rush
  • brush
  • eye
  • bye
  • lye
  • rye
  • sye


        1. How the Ka-ty Did does sing! How large is she?

        2. She is large as a ver-y small bird. Do you know how she sings?

        3. No; please tell me, ma-ma.

        4. She has a small saw on each wing, and rubs them to-geth-er.

        5. How strange! Can I see her sing ?

        6. No, she sings at night.

        7. She is quite pret-ty and wears a green dress.

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  • Com-pel
  • dis-pel
  • ex-pel
  • re-pel
  • pro rel
  • co-pel
  • dis-til
  • ex-til
  • un-til
  • ful-fil
  • un-fill
  • re-fill
  • ja-pan
  • tre-pan
  • tro-jan
  • rat-an
  • di van
  • co-man


        1. Mat-ty was a cross girl. No one could please her.

        2. She would com-plain at her mam-ma, and pa-pa, and her nurse.

        3. Her ma's friends did not like to go to her house, for Mat-ty was so cross she made them feel bad-ly.

        4. When she grew up her face was wry, and her eyes red. The young men did not admire her, for they said she would make a cross wife.

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  • Bri-ar
  • fri-ar
  • li-ar
  • pry-or
  • may-or
  • pray-er
  • sa-go
  • bu-bo
  • ty-ro
  • ha-lo
  • ne-gro
  • un-to
  • ci-der
  • ri-der
  • sni-der
  • ud-der
  • rud-der
  • shud-der


        1. Sweet Spring has come again! See how the snow melts and runs a-way.

        2. The sun is now high-er up, and shines near-er straight down. This makes the ground warm.

        3. As the sun gets high-er the weath-er gets warm-er.

        4. It is so nice to see the pret-ty flow ers of Spring! Do you not hear the bird's sing? See how bu-sy they are ma-king their nests.

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  • Dap per
  • clap-per
  • flap-per
  • lap-per
  • tap-per
  • sap-per
  • sel-ler
  • wel-ler
  • shel-ler
  • spel-ler
  • tel-ler
  • dwel-ler
  • bet-ter
  • let-ter
  • fet-ter
  • get-ter
  • set-ter
  • tet-ter


        1. A-da is a good girl. She love her pa-pa, and mam-ma, and does what they bid her.

        2. She is just four years old, but she can be-have well. She loves her book.

        3. The la-dies love to have her vis-it them, for she gives them so lit-tle trouble.

        4. When three years old, she would go to her mam-ma, and say, "'Ell me, mam-ma;" then she would put her head down in her lap, and say her lit-tle pray-ers.

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        5. Af-ter this she would kiss all, and get in her lit-tle bed, and go to sleep.

        6. A-da's pa-pa and mam-ma are glad to see their lit-tle girl learn-ing to be good. They hope she will grow up to be a good woman.

        7. God loves good lit-tle girls. But he is angry with the wick-ed ev-e-ry day.

        8. All good people love good girls, too; but no one loves bad chil-dren.

        9. Then good girls are hap-py; but bad ones are not. If I were a lit-tle girl I would be the ve-ry best one I knew how to be.

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  • Bain
  • dain
  • fain
  • gain
  • lain
  • pain
  • bean
  • dean
  • jean
  • lean
  • mean
  • wean
  • loan
  • moan
  • groan
  • roan
  • moon
  • spoon
  • dume
  • fume
  • gume
  • lume
  • hume
  • tume


        1. The sheep is fine for food and for wool. Of the wool we make hats, socks, coats, &c.

        2. The beat broad-cloth is made of the sheep's coat. Some fops when dress-ed up, forget that they owe their best suit toa poor sheep.

        3. The flesh of the sheep is call-ed lamb, or mut-ton. This is very fine for the table.

        4. Boys and girls love to look at the young lambs, and see them skip and play.

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        5. I must tell you of an old sheep and her two lambs.

        6. An old ewe had a black and a white lamb. Strange to tell, she loved the black one the best, though she was white her-self.

        7. So she drove the white one a-way, and would not nurse it. Then lit-tle Ma-ry beg-ged it of her pa-pa, and took it in the yard and fed it.

        8. She called it Kate, and when Kate saw her with her gourd of milk, she would run to meet her and bleat till she got the milk.

        9. So you see Ma-ry was bet-ter to the lamb than its moth-er was. A few boys and girls, have bad moth-ers, like the ewe. How glad you should be if you have a good moth-er!

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  • Ca-ble
  • fa-ble
  • ga-ble
  • ra-ble
  • sta-ble
  • ta-ble
  • fid-dle
  • mid-dle
  • pid-dle
  • gig-gle
  • pig-gle
  • wrig-gle
  • nod-dle
  • tod-dle
  • scut-tle
  • tut-tle
  • tur-tle
  • myr-tle


        1. Old Ball was a large, no-ble horse, and was so do-cile, that his mas-ter and all his fam-ily was very fond of him.

        2. He would car-ry the chil-dren on his back, or draw the bug-gy, or pull the wag-on.

        3. He was so large that when the children

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rode him, they look-ed like frogs, and they often kept as much noise.

        4. At last one day while Old Ball was helping Jim to draw his har-row, Jim got con-tra-ry; and the youth who held the line could not make him turn a-round at the end of the row.

        5. So while they were step-ping a-bout, the har-row turned o-ver, and Ball fell down on the teeth.

        6. In three-days he died of his wound. When the chil-dren saw Old Ball dead, they cried as if their hearts would break.

        7. I have seen some boys who put me in mind of Old Ball and Jim. A head-strong boy will push a good one in-to danger, white he may e-scape un-hurt.

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        8. But a good boy will al-ways stop the mo-ment he is told; and thus save him-self and friends much trouble.


  • A-base
  • de-base
  • in-case
  • mis-place
  • e-rase
  • em-brace
  • dis-claim
  • pro-claim
  • re-claim
  • de-claim
  • ex-claim
  • en-chain
  • com-mand
  • de-mand
  • re-mand
  • fore-hand
  • by-hand
  • off-hand


        1. The eye of God is up-on us all the day long. If you think a bad thought he knows it. If you do a bad thing he sees you. You can-not de-ceive him.

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        2. Some boys and girls seem to think if no per-son sees them do a bad thing, they are safe.

        3. But God knows all, and will judge us for all we do. How sad ma-ny will be, to have their deeds all made known in the last day.

        4. The Bi-bl e tells us that such per-sons will call-up-on the rocks, and hills to hide them. O that will be an awful time to the wick-ed!

        5. But good people do not fear to meet God in judg-ment. They live so they feel He is their friend; and they dread not to meet him.

        6. Dear chil-dren, if you wish to be hap- py in this life and have no fear of death; you must be good.

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        7. The way to be good is to nev-er do a thing which you would not like for your pa-rents to know.

        8. When I see chil-dren hid-ing things from their pa-pa and mam-ma, I feel ver-y sad; for I know they are in the road to ruin. Don't do it, chil- dren!


  • Ban-quet
  • gus-set
  • rus-set
  • pos set
  • vel-vet
  • pal-let
  • bra-ver
  • cra-ver
  • do-ver
  • tro-ver
  • clo-ver
  • ro-ver
  • quiv-er
  • riv-er
  • shiv-er
  • sil-ver
  • un-der
  • blun-der


        1. Un-cle Ned was a good old dar-key and lov-ed his mas-ter well.

        2. They liv-ed near the Yan-kee lines, and when the Yan-kee ar-my come, old Ned

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and his wife and chil-dren, went a-way with them.

        3. They told Ned that he should be free, and live like white folks; but he soon found they had not told him the truth. He did not fare so well as he did at home wtth his masster.

        4. So one dark night he slip-ped away, and kept go-ing till he got back to his kind mas-ter.

        5. The mas-ter did not. know what to think of see-ing old Ned alone, so he said "Ned, how come you to leave Nan-ny and the chil-dren?"

        6. Ned re-plied, ["]Ah, mas-sa, dem Yan-kee no be good to poor nig-ger, can't stay wid nm. Ned lib wid you all his life."

        7. Then Ned and his mas-ter were both

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glad; he went to work; but he pray-ed ev-ery day for God to send Nan-ny and the ba-bies back. I hope they have come back ere this.

        8. Ned says "he wants eb -ry nig-ger to stay at home and mind his work, and let dem Yan-kees do der own work."


  • Prim-mer
  • sim-mer
  • trim-mer
  • glim-mer
  • swim-mer
  • stem-mer
  • ev-er
  • clev-er
  • nev-er
  • riv-er
  • quiv-er
  • cov-er
  • char-nel
  • dar-nel
  • chis-el
  • hov-el
  • nov-el
  • mar-vel


        1. This is the part of our bod-y which con-tains the air we breathe.

        2. They con-sist of two parts or lobes.

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When we draw breath, or in-hale, these fill up with air, and cause the chest to swell out.

        3. They have two sets of cells, one for blood, and one for the air. These lie close to each oth-er, and when the blood, and air come near to-gether; the blood turns a bright red col-or, and be-comes pure.

        4. Then as it pass-es all round through the bod-y it be-comes dark again. Thus, when the lungs get sick the whole bod-y be-comes, lean and sick.

        5. Now you see how im-por-tant it is for us to take care of our lungs. No one can have good health, when this part is weak.

        6. Ev-e-ry child should learn to sit up straight, to walk e-rect. and to nev-er let the shoul-ders stoop.

        7. Thou-sands have died from it. When the lungs can not take in e-nough, the blood

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be-comes bad, the face grows pale, and beau-ty is gone. O be-ware, girls!

        8. A-gain, chil-dren should nev-er sit with damp feet. This of-ten brings on dis-ease. While walk-ing it will not hurt much; but when you sit down you must take off your shoes and dry them.


  • A-way
  • be-tray
  • al-way
  • es-say
  • un-say
  • be-wray
  • be-fit
  • re-fit
  • un-fit
  • cow-fit
  • out-fit
  • sand-pit
  • ad-mit
  • re-mit
  • per-mit
  • trans-mit
  • com-mit
  • sub-mit


        1. Do you know Fan-nie Finch? She is no-ted for be-ing a great talk-er. No mat-er who talks, Fan-nie's tongue still runs.

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        2. If she comes with her mam-ma to vis-it you, she talks on un-til her mam-ma sends her out to play. But still she chat-ters on, and you find no time to speak at all.

        3. Now it would not be quite so bad if Fan- nie was a wise lit-tle girl. She loves to talk too well, she does not take time to read her book.

        4. So she knows noth-ing to talk about, save her dolls, her can-dy, her fine dress-es, her pret-ty curls, &c.

        5. Peo-ple soon be-come tired of hear-ing such prat-tle, and wish Fan-nie would go home. They say she is a vain lit-tle girl, and ver-y sil-ly.

        6. They al-so think she is not po-lite, be-cause she does not be qui-et, while her mam-ma and the oth-er la-dies talk. Lit-tle folks should be seen and not heard.

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        7. I hope none of you will act like Fan-nie. While young is the time to learn; and think when you are ol-der, you will have some-thing to talk a-bout.


  • Bor-row
  • mor-row
  • sor-row
  • el-bow
  • fel-low
  • mel-low
  • minn-ow
  • win now
  • wid-ow
  • meadow
  • fal-low
  • mallow
  • tal-low
  • wal-low
  • bar-row
  • far-row
  • mar-row
  • spar-row


        1. Well Ma ry! you wish to learn to spin, now I am read y. Hand me the cards, and put the band up on the wheel.

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        2. Here are some rolls, now try to spin one. Turn stead y, and draw slow ly, now twist, and run it up on the spin dle.

        3. But the wheel turns hard ly. It wants oil. Now see how much bet ter it runs. A wheel with out oil, is like a child with out good na ture.

        4. So when you see chil dren harsh, and un pleasant, you will re member how bad ly the wheel did, un til you put the oil up on it; and then you will try to get all to use the oil of good na ture.

        5. Now my child, you have done well.-- You may try a gain to mor row. I love to have you learn how to spin.

        6. As soon as you are old enough you shall learn how to weave. Then you can

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weave your self nice dress es, and your pa pa a suit of clothes. How proud he will be to wear a suit which your lit tle hands have spun and wove.

        7. I love to see girls use ful, and then spin ning, and weav ing are so health y.-- You seldom hear of a girl dy ing of con-sump tion, who has been used to such work Then it does not pre vent girls from pass ing through the world.


  • Ca-ress
  • du-ress
  • e-gress
  • in-gress
  • pro-gress
  • dis-tress
  • a-mass
  • re-pass
  • un-pass
  • sur-pass
  • com-pass
  • im-pass
  • mo-rass
  • cui-rass
  • en-gross
  • a-miss
  • re-miss
  • ad-miss

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        1. The face is the in-dex to the heart of man. As you look on the face of a clock, and tell the time of day; so you may look on the hu-man face and read the heart.

        2. If you no-tice the faces of small ba bies they look near ly a-like. Some eyes are black, some blue, and some ha-zel; while the no-ses of some are larg-er than oth-ers.

        3. But when chil-dren be-gin to grow, and some to have bad tem-pers, you per-ceive a great dif-fer-ence.

        4. The child who has a bad tem-per, and cries, and pouts, and quar-rels, is al-most sure to have red eyes, thick ug-ly lips and of-ten a red nose.

        5. Oth-er chil-dren are too proud to cry, and sulk; but they smile a bit-ter smile, and ut-ter a few bi-ting words; while their eyes look like those of an an-gry snake.

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        6. These tem-pers, too, tell upon the face. The lips will fit tight to-gether, while you can al-most see the sparks of mal-ice dart from un-der the eye-lids. Such fa-ces are not call-ed hand-some--people fear them.

        7. So you see the way to have a pret-ty face, is to feel pret-ty, and al-ways try to do right. An hon-est face, is the pret-tiest face yet. All can have this.


  • House
  • louse
  • grouse
  • mouse
  • souse
  • trouse
  • loud
  • cloud
  • croud
  • proud
  • shroud
  • crowd
  • bout
  • lout
  • flout
  • spout
  • trout
  • rout

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        1. Do you see the cane mill? It is made of i ron. It looks ver y strong.

        2. Now Mr. Hicks is go ing to make sy-rup. See him poke the long canes be tween the roll ers and; see how the rich juice runs down!

        3. This is put in the large ket tles on the furn ace, and boil ed until it is fit for use.--The scum is fed to the hogs, and makes them grow fast. See! it takes one hand all the time to skim it well.

        4. The sy rup is good food for girls and boys. It is cheap er than ba con, or but ter and is much more whole some. Then most chil dren are very fond of it.

        5. Chil dren who live most ly on sy rup,

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are not so sub ject to croup; and it is said that per sons us ing much of it are not apt to have fe vers.

        6. Then three cheers for the cane mill! It is a fine time for boys and girls, and the ser vants too enjoy it finely.

        7. See them with their pots boil ing over the last skim ming. Some of them will have four or five gal lons by the time the sea son closes. Well done for the dar kies. Ma ny poor white peo ple would be glad of what they leave for the hogs.


  • A corn
  • a down
  • green horn
  • for sworn
  • ink horn
  • in form
  • re form
  • per form
  • trans form
  • mis form'
  • de form
  • con form
  • re turn
  • sun burn
  • con cern
  • dis cern
  • cis tern
  • lan tern

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        1. This is God's day; in it, he has said, "Ye shall do no work, nor think your own thoughts."

        2. Now if it is wrong to work, and e ven to think of com mon things, on the Sab bath; it is wrong to play.

        3. But some chil dren think it is a ga la day, when Sunday comes; so they got on their clean clothes, and run off for fun.

        4. All day long they play and whoop; and nev er once think of what God has said.

        5. If their fath er had sev en fine mel ons, and were to give them six, and save one for him self; do you think they would touch it? I think not.

        6. Well God has giv en us six days, and kept one for himself. In the six days we

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may do what we choose, if we do not break God's com mands.

        7. But sad to say, some children, and grown people too, are so wick ed, as to take God's day a way from him. But I do not think they take time to think how bad it is.

        8. I hope, dear readers, you will re mem-ber to keep the Sab bath ho ly. At tend church if you can; and if you have no Church nor Sunday school to go to, read your Bible and pray God to make you hap py.


  • Co coon
  • dra goon
  • la goon
  • ra coon
  • mon soon
  • Mush room
  • bride groom
  • tran soon
  • a gloom
  • heir loom
  • boon
  • coon
  • moon
  • loom
  • soon

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        1. Lu la was a good lit tle girl, and loved her pa pa and mam ma dear ly.

        2. She of ten thought her pa rents might die, and this made her ver y sad. But she soon learn-ed to pray, and she thought God would not be an gry, if she ask ed Him to let her pa rents live to raise all their chil dren.

        3. So Lu la grew up still pray ing that God would grant her de sire.

        4. At length Lu la's moth er was ta ken sick, and ma ny thought she would die. But Lu la nursed her du ring her ill ness, and nev er gave her up.

        5. She was quite ill for ma ny weeks, but still Lu Is pray ed on, and toil ed on. At length she be gan to im prove, and to Lu la's great joy, she got well. Lu la was now in her teens, and took all the cares of the fam i ly on her self.

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        6. Thus she bad ma ny du ties, but she did not for get to go a way alone, a bout sun set eve ry eve ning, and thank God for his mer cy.

        7. I am hap py to tell you, that Lu la's pa rents lived to raise all their chil dren, and see them good and use ful.


  • Ap per tain
  • en ter tain
  • as cer tain
  • su per vene
  • in ter vene
  • un fore seen
  • de com pose
  • re com pose
  • in ter pose
  • im po lite
  • dis u nite
  • re u nite


        1. Have you a grand ma? If so, how old is she?

        2. Yes, I have a grand ma. She is a bout fif ty years old. All her teeth are gone and she has to eat soft food.

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        3. Do you not love to sit by her, and eat her crust? She is glad to have some one to eat crust, for when she sees it lie by, she fears some one will think it a large heap.

        4. My grand ma tells pret ty sto ries. How I love to hear her talk of things which took place when she was a girl!

        5. But of all the sto ries, I love most to hear her talk of Jesus. She talks so sweet ly of heav-en and how Jesus loved lit tle chil dren?

        6. Do you think all grand mas are good and gentle like ours? I have seen some wick ed wo-men who I do not think were good grand mas.

        7. Quite like ly, for a bad wo man can not be a good grand ma, be cause she does not know how God is good to give us such grand mas.


  • Lo tion
  • mo tion
  • po tion
  • no tion
  • por tion
  • to tion
  • na tion
  • ra tion
  • sta tion
  • ac tion
  • fac tion
  • frac tion
  • lec tion
  • dic tion
  • fic tion
  • unc tion
  • func tion
  • junc tion

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        1. See that sad mother! Her lit tle babe is dead. It is not strange she looks sad.

        2. It died of croup. It was well two days a go, and could play as you do; but now see its pale white face.

        3. Take its lit tle white hand in yours and feel how cold it is. You ask what made the ba by die. I will tell you.

        4. God saw it would be best to take it to heav-en now. Per haps he looked away in the fu-ture, and saw that the child would not be good if it grew to be a man.

        5. O may be the fath er and moth er for got to love God, and he took their ba by to make them want to go to heaven too.

        6. Now a man takes the lit tle cof fin, and all the peo ple march si lent ly to the grave yard.

        7. There in a deep hole, call ed a grave, they put down the dead bod y, and cov er it up. Now the pa rents can see it no more.

        8. Its lit tle bod y must turn to dust, but its soul has gone to meet its Sa vior.

        9. When Je sus was on the earth, he took lit-tle chil dren in his arms and bless ed them and

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said "Suffer lit tle chil dren to come un to me' and for bid them not."


  • Sep tem ber
  • no vem ber
  • de cem ber
  • en cum ber
  • re mem ber
  • dis mem ber
  • in hab it
  • co hab it
  • pro hib it
  • dis cred it
  • de crep it
  • in her it


        1. There was a man who had a good watch dog. His name was Doctor.

        2. When a ny thing was put out to sun, he lay by it, and not a cat or chick en durst touch it.

        3. When the war came on and the to ries be gan to prowl a bout of nights, Doc tor would not al low them to come near his master's house.

        4. This con duct of his made them ver y

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an gry at him, so they shot at him sev er al times, and came near kill ing him.

        5. One night they sent him howl ing back un der the house, and the fam i ly thought he must die.

        6. With tears in their eyes the daugh ters spoke of his loss, for both their broth ers were gone to the ar my, and the dog and their aged fath er, were their only pro tec-tion.

        7. They said "if Doc tor dies, we will trust in God." But the dog got well, and still lives to guard his mas ter's house, and to be ca ressed by all the fam i ly.


  • Mis sive
  • cap tive
  • fes tive
  • cos tive
  • res tive
  • mo tive
  • some thing
  • stock ing
  • mid dling
  • sprink ling
  • twink ling
  • sap ling
  • dar ling
  • star ling
  • ster ling
  • gos ling
  • fat ling
  • bant ling

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        1. Fred Har per went to our school, and was known by the name of sel fish Fred.

        2. When at school he al ways wanted the seat next the fire, if the day was cold, or next the window if the heat was op press ive.

        3. No mat ter who else suff ered, Fred would have his place; and in play he was the same way[.] When he was at home, and the chil dren had fr uit or an y nice thing, he would grab.

        4. So you see Fred soon got the name of "sel fish Fred." Well, when he be came a man he still took care of self.

        5. When at tea table, he would help him self large ly of the best dish, and leave man y bits up-on his plate.

        6. Peo ple soon found out that lie was not fair deal er, and they would have noth ing to do with him.

        7. He mar ried a good wife, but he was so mean and sel fish that she was not hap py. He must have his wants sup plied, no mat ter how tired his wife was. She soon died of neglect; but Fred yet lives.

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        God is in heaven; and can hear

        A feeble prayer like mine?

        Yes, little child, thou needest not fear,

        He listens now to thine.

        God is in heaven; and can he see

        When I am doing wrong?

        Yes, child, he can--he looks at thee

        All day, and all night long.

        God in heaven and would he know

        If I should tell a lie?

        Yes, if thou saids't it e'er so low,

        He'd hear it in the sky.

        God is in heaven; and can I go

        To thank him for his care?

        Not yet--but love him here below,

        And thou shalt praise him there.

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        1. Now, dear chil-dren, we have gone thro' another book. I hope you have tried to learn it well.

        2. I have tried to teach you some-thing use-ful, as well as how to spell and read.--Is is ver-y im-por-tant to learn to im-prove what we read.

        3. Some peo-ple read a great deal, and yet you would nev er find it out un less they told you. They do not read with care, and then they do not prac tice what they read.

        4. But you see oth-ers who have gone to school but little, and have not had as much time for read-ing as some oth ers; still they are much wiser. They read with care.

        5. This much for these lit-tle boys, and girls who have kind friends to send them to school.-- But what shall we say to those poor lit-tle chil-dren whose pa-rents are too poor to help them get an ed u ca-tion? Poor chil-dren!

        6. You must look to the Lord to raise you up friends. I have known poor chil-dren pray to God to pelp them get an ed-u-ca-tion.

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        7. And soon some kind per-son would take them and send them to school. In the Sec-ond Rea-der I must tell y of sev-er-al boys and girls who thus pray-ed, and who made use ful men and wo men.

        8. I hope now if any of you lack any thing, you will know where to go to find it. And by all means, you must ask God to give you a new heart.

        Adieu, at present.

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                         "I'm not too young for God to see,
                         He knows my name and nature too;
                         And all day long, he looks at me,
                         And sees my actions through and thro.'

                         He listens to the words I say,
                         And knows the thoughts I have within,
                         And whether I am at work or play
                         He's sure to know it if I sin.

                         O, how could children tell a lie,
                         Or cheat in play, or steal or fight,
                         If they remembered God was nigh,
                         And had them always in his sight.

                         Then when I want to do amiss,
                         However pleasant it may be,
                         I'll always strive to think of this--
                         I'm not too young for God to see."