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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
of anecdotes. Many of the Swiss, on account of the poverty of their country, are induced to seek military service in foreign lands. Yet. in their voluntary exile, so strong is their affection for their native hills, that whole regiments have been said to be on the point of desertion, in consequence of the vivid recollections excited by one of their national songs.
A French writer informs us that a native of one of the Asiatic isles, amid the splendors of Paris, beholding a banana tree in the Garden of Plants, bathed it with tears, and seemed for a moment to be transported to his own land. The Ethiopian imagines that God made his sands and deserts, while angels only were em­ployed in forming the rest of the world. The Maltese, insulated on a rock, distinguish their island by the appellation of ': The Flower of the World." The Javanese have such an af­fection for the place of their nativity, that no advantages can induce them, particularly the agricultural tribes, to quit the tombs of their fathers. The Norwegians, proud of their bar­ren summits, inscribe upon their rix dollars, "Spirit, loyalty, valor, and whatever is honor­able, let the world learn among the rocks of Norway." The Esquimaux are no less attached to their frigid zone, esteeming the luxuries of
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