Sample Pages from American Cardinal Readers: Book Five

CONTENTS

I. FLAG 0' MY LAND (T. A. Daly)................. 1
2. THE SPRINGFIELD Fox (Ernest Thompson Seton )................. 2
3. WORK (Angela Morgan).................... 10
4. OUR NUNS (Rev. J. E. Moffatt, S.J., adapted from Rene Bazin)............... 13
5. THE PROUD KING (Horace E. Scudder)................... 18
6. MOTHER'S WAY (Rev.Abram J.Ryan) ..............27
7. A BLESSING FOR THE BLESSED (Laurence Alma Tadema) ................29
8. THE CHILDHOOD OF ST. JOAN OF ARC (C. M. Antony)................ 31
9. FIGHTING FOREST FIRES (Overton W. Price).............. 40
10. THE AIR-MAIL MAN (Chelsea Curtis Fraser)................. 53
11. WE ARE COME TO WORSHIP HIM (Frances Chesterton)..................64
12. CHRISTMAS AT HOLLY HILL (Thomas Nelson Page).................. 65
13. THE EPIPHANY (Emily Hickey).............. 98
14. OUR STEAM RAILROADS (T. V. Van Metre).................. 99
15. THE DEWS (Rev. John Banister Tabb)........... 105
16. A BENEFACTOR OF MEN (Adapted from the Original of Rene Bazin)............ 107
17. FOR THE HONOR OF THE CITY (Winifred E. Howe) .............114
18. MACARIUS, THE MONK (John Boyle O'Reilly)............... 129
19. OUR LORD AND OUR LADY (Hilaire Belloc) .............132
20. THE HEART OF A PRIEST (Rev. Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.) ...............134
O 21. THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN (Robert Browning)................. 139
22. THE TAX-GATHERER (Rev. John Banister Tabb)............. 150
23. THE DAY IS DONE (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).................. 150
24. THE ALTAR Boy (Rev. Leonard Feeney, S.J.)................. 155
25. THE YOUTH OF THE HOLY PRIEST OF ARS (Kathleen O'Meara) ...........156
26. AMERICA (Henry Van Dyke) ..................167
27. THE STORY OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON (Nathaniel Hawthorne)............... 168
28. OLD PIPES AND THE DRYAD (Frank R. Stockton)................. 177
29. A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR (Charles Dickens).................. 204
30. SHEEP AND LAMBS (Katherine Tynan Hinkson)............... 210
31. A CHILD'S THOUGHT OF GOD (Elizabeth Barrett Browning).............. 211
32. ALADDIN (James Russell Lowell)................ 213
33. WHERE LIES THE LAND? (Arthur Hugh Clough) ...................214
34. THE SHEPHERDESS AND THE CHIMNEY-SWEEPER (Hans Christian Andersen) .............216
35. DON LOOKS AHEAD (David Carroll)......... 225
36. WHILE APRIL RAIN WENT BY (Shaemas O'Sheel)................ 244
37. THE COMING OF SPRING (Nora Perry) .............245
38. ST. MARTIN OF TOURS (Sister Mary Margaret, S.N.D.) .................247
39. THE MIRACULOUS PITCHER (Nathaniel Hawthorne) .................250
40. THE CIRCUS DAY PARADE (James Whitcomb Riley)................. 279
41. EVERY-GIRL'S FRIENDS (Virginia Olcott).................... 282
42. WHEN MARY WENT WALKING (Denis A. McCarthy) ....................294
43. THE PASSION OF OUR LORD (Adapted from "New Testament Stories" by Rev. C. C. Martindale, S.J.) 296 44. ST. BRIGID, PATRONESS OF IRELAND (Margaret M. Kennedy).............. 313
45. THE WIND IN A FROLIC (William Howitt)......323
46. A SALUTE TO THE FLAG.................. 326
47. THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER (Francis Scott Key).................. 327
St. Martin of Tours by Sister Mary Margaret, S.N.D.
(from the American Cardinal Readers, Book Five, pgs. 247-249)

When, but a little boy, the son of pagan parents, Martin built himself a hut on the top of a hill, and often went there to pray to the "God of the Christians." Our Lord rewarded him by letting him find Christian teachers who taught him the Catholic faith. He became the bishop of Tours and as a saint is honored as one of the apostles of France.

When Martin was a young man, he was sent to France with his regiment, for his pagan father had forced him to become a soldier in the Roman army. He believed in Christ, and tried to live a good life for His sake, so that even his pagan fellow-soldiers noticed how different he was from themselves; but he had not yet received Baptism, and was still but a catechumen. One cold winter's day, as his troop of cavalry came rattling down one of the old streets of Amiens, a poor old beggar, crouching by the roadside, the icy wind fluttering his rags about, held out his hands and cried for alms. Martin's heart was touched as usual, but having no money left to give, he took off his military cloak, cut it in half with his sword, and wrapped the warm folds about the shivering old man. The other soldiers laughed, but Martin rode on, happy to have been able to serve Christ's poor.

That night he received a wonderful grace in a dream. He saw Our Lord in heaven, surrounded with the angels. Upon Our Lord's shoulders was Martin's half cloak! "Martin," He said, "dost thou know this mantle?" Then turning to the angels, He added, "Martin, still only a catechumen, hath clothed me with this garment."

When St. Martin awoke he was very happy to think Our Lord had taken the kindness as done to Himself; but he also felt there was a gentle reproof in His words, for not yet having received Baptism. It was very difficult during his time of military service, but nevertheless he went to the priests and asked to be baptized.

Shortly after the left the army. He was so happy in his faith that he even succeeded in converting his mother.

Study Suggestions:

Questions on the Text.
In this short story is told an incident in the life of St. Martin of Tours. Read it silently.
1. How did Martin happen to be a soldier in the Roman army?
2. In a brief paragraph relate the incident of Martin's meeting with the poor old beggar.
3. How did God reward Martin for his charity?
4. Whom did he succeed in converting later in his life?
5. Locate Tours on a map of France.

Words to Study. Catechumen; reproof.

Excerpted from American Cardinal Readers: Book Five
1929, Neumann Press, Used with permission.