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THE BEAVER'S LESSON.

The Beaver brought paper, portfolio, pens,

 And ink in unfailing supplies:

While strange creepy creatures came out of their dens,

 And watched them with wondering eyes.


So engrossed was the Butcher, he heeded them not,

 As he wrote with a pen in each hand,

And explained all the while in a popular style

 Which the Beaver could well understand.


"Taking Three as the subject to reason about—

 A convenient number to state—

We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out

 By One Thousand diminished by Eight.