The Ontario Readers

Ontario Ministry of Education

The Ontario Readers

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Title: The Ontario Readers Third Book
Author: Ontario Ministry of Education
Release Date: June 12, 2006 [EBook #18561]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1

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The price of this book to the purchaser is not the total cost. During the present period of abnormal and fluctuating trade conditions, an additional sum, which may vary from time to time, is paid to the Publisher by the Department of Education.

Entered, according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year 1909, in the office of the Minister of Agriculture by the Minister of Education for Ontario.


THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION is indebted to Rudyard Kipling, Henry Newbolt, Beckles Willson, E. B. Osborn, F. T. Bullen, Flora Annie Steel; Charles G. D. Roberts, W. Wilfred Campbell, Ethelwyn Wetherald, Jean Blewett, Robert Reid, "Ralph Connor," John Waugh, S. T. Wood; Henry Van Dyke, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Richard Watson Gilder for special permission to reproduce, in this Reader, selections from their writings.
He is indebted to Lord Tennyson for special permission to reproduce the poems from the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson; to Lloyd Osbourne for permission to reproduce the selection from the works of Robert Louis Stevenson; and to J. F. Edgar for permission to reproduce one of Sir James D. Edgar's poems.
He is also indebted to Macmillan & Co., Limited, for special permission, to reproduce selections from the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling, and Flora Annie Steel; to Smith, Elder & Co., for the extract from F. T. Bullen's "The Cruise of the Cachalot"; to Elkin Mathews for Henry Newbolt's poem from "The Island Race"; to Sampson Low, Marston & Company for the extract from R. D. Blackmore's "Lorna Doone"; to Thomas Nelson & Sons for the extract from W. F. Collier's "History of the British Empire"; to Chatto and Windus for the extract from E. B. Osborn's "Greater Canada"; to Houghton Mifflin Company for "The Chase" from Charles Dudley Warner's "A-Hunting of the Deer," "Mary Elizabeth" by Mrs. Phelps Ward, and the poems by Celia Thaxter and by Richard Watson Gilder; to The Century Company for Jacob A. Riis' "The Story of a Fire" from "The Century Magazine"; to The Copp Clark Co., Limited, for the selections from Charles G. D. Roberts' works; to The Westminster Co., Limited, for the extract from "Ralph Connor's" "The Man from Glengarry."
The Minister is grateful to these authors and publishers and to others, not mentioned here, through whose courtesy he has been able to include in this Reader so many copyright selections.
Toronto, May, 1909.

To-day Thomas Carlyle 1
Fortune and the Beggar Ivan Kirloff 2
The Lark and the Rook Unknown 4
The Pickwick Club on the Ice Charles Dickens 6
Tubal Cain Charles Mackay 11
Professor Frog's Lecture M. A. L. Lane 14
A Song for April Charles G. D. Roberts 25
How the Crickets Brought Good Fortune P. J. Stahl 26
The Battle of Blenheim Robert Southey 31
The Ride for Life "Ralph Connor" 34
Iagoo, the Boaster Henry W. Longfellow 39
The Story of a Fire Jacob A. Riis 40
The Quest Eudora S. Bumstead 43
The Jackal and the Partridge Flora Annie Steel 44
Hide and Seek Henry Van Dyke 50
The Burning of the "Goliath" Dean Stanley 52
Hearts of Oak David Garrick 55
A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea Allan Cunningham 56
The Talents Bible 57
A Farewell Charles Kingsley 59
An Apple Orchard in the Spring William Martin 60
The Bluejay "Mark Twain" 61
A Canadian Camping Song Sir James David Edgar 65
The Argonauts John Waugh 66
The Minstrel-Boy Thomas Moore 71
Mary Elizabeth Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward 72
The Frost Hannah Flagg Gould 83
Corn-fields Mary Howitt 84
South-West Wind, Esq. John Ruskin 86
The Meeting of the Waters Thomas Moore 97
Love Bible 98
The Robin's Song Unknown 99
Work or Play "Mark Twain" 100
Burial of Sir John Moore Charles Wolfe 106
The Whistle Benjamin Franklin 108
A Canadian Boat Song Thomas Moore 109
The Little Hero of Haarlem Sharpe's London Magazine 110
Father William "Lewis Carroll" 115
David and Goliath Bible 117
Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred, Lord Tennyson 123
Maggie Tulliver George Eliot 125
The Corn Song John G. Whittier 134
Sports in Norman England William Fitzstephen 136
A Song of Canada Robert Reid 140
A Mad Tea Party "Lewis Carroll" 142
The Slave's Dream Henry W. Longfellow 149
The Chase Charles Dudley Warner 152
The Inchcape Rock Robert Southey
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