1926-04-01, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: JAMES WATT. (1 April 1926) New South Wales. Department of Education.

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  • 846 words
  • article
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  • Journals
  • Magazines
Published
  • xna, The Dept., 1926-04-01
Language
  • English

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Title
  • JAMES WATT. (1 April 1926)
Appears In
  • The school magazine of literature for our boys and girls, v.11, no.3 Part 1 Class 3, 1926-04-01
Author
  • New South Wales. Department of Education.
Published
  • xna, The Dept., 1926-04-01
Physical Description
  • 846 words
  • article
  • photo
  • Journals
  • Magazines
Part Of
  • The school magazine of literature for our boys and girls
  • Vol. 11 No. 3 Part 1 Class 3 (April 1, 1926)
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Summary
  • JAMES WATT. 1. Puff, puff, puff! Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble ! Puff, puff, puff ! 2. Does your kettle sing? Our kettle often sings. Sometimes, in the afternoon, it sings merrily,— il Get the gold-rimmed teacups out, The sugar and the cream. You’d better hurry, hurry, hurry ! Don’t you see the steam? ” 3. Sometimes I am reading a book or talking to a friend and do not listen to the kettle. Then, the first thing I know, that kettle is singing, • 41 Although the water’s ready now, You give no thought to me. You’d better get the teapot down And make a cup of tea — Tea, tea, tea, tea, tea!” And it keeps singing, “ Tea, tea, tea ’ till up I get and make a cup. 4. But here I am telling you all about my kettle. I must stop at once and tell you about another kettle with a real story. 5. This kettle with a story was a Scotch kettle. It was in the house of a man named Watt, who lived a long time ago in Scotland. It was a black iron kettle, and looked just like any other kettle. If it had not been for Mr, Watt’s little son James, the kettle would never have had a story. 6. One morning the kettle was hanging over the open fire. Jamie was sitting with a book by the fire. As the flames danced up, the kettle began to sing,— 11 1 think it must be cozy, lad, To sit on a settee, And read a book, but now I think You’d better look at me— At me, me, me, me, me!” 7. Jamie put down his book and looked at the kettle. He watched the steam floating up the big chimney. The steam kept floating. The kettle kept singing. The water went bubble, bubble. At last the lid went tippity-tip. 4 4 How strong the steam is when it can lift the lid ! ” thought Jamie. And the kettle sang— -44 Yes, indeed, deed, deed, deed, deed!” Then the steam gave the lid such a tip that it almost went flying from the kettle. And the kettle sang, as loud as it could sing— -44 Follow the lead, lead, lead, lead, lead!” Jamie did follow the lead, as you shall see. 8. He was not a strong, hearty boy. He could not romp and play as other boys could, and he was ill and away from school so much of the time that the other boys wondered if he learned anything at all. They did not know that Jamie Watt was one of the busiest boys in Scotland. 9. Every day Jamie studied with his father and mother. He liked to learn new things, and he liked to find out things for himself. He did this even when he was playing. He would often take his toys to pieces to find out how they were made, and then put them together again. 10. When Jamie’s father saw how much he liked to make things, he gave him a set of tools and a place in his workshop, among his own workmen. Here Jamie worked day after day. He worked so well that one of the workmen said one day, “ Jamie has a fortune in his fingerends/​’ ends/​’ What do you think he meant by that? 11. By and by, when Jamie grew to be a man, he worked very hard. He never forgot the song of the kettle, and the strong little workman that pushed up the lid. 12. About this time another man had found out how strong steam is. This man had made a little engine that he thought could be worked by steam. It was not the kind of engine that pulls a train. It was an engine on wheels. Watt showing his mother and father how strong steam is. (From a picture by Marcus Stone .) 13. After this engine was started it worked only a few minutes and then stopped. Something was the matter, but no one could tell just what the trouble was. Then James Watt took the engine to his workshop. 14. Watt tried a long time before he found what the trouble was. Then, at last, he made an engine of his own that did work. 15. After that he made many other kinds of steam engines. One of these was a fire engine. One was an engine for pumping water out of mines. Some were used for making cloth. 16. When Watt was quite an old man, someone one else showed how steam could be used to run a boat. Just after he died, Stephenson showed how a steam-engine could pull a train. 17. And now, all around the world, mills are whirring, whirring; steamboats go chug, chug; and long trains run, choo choo. What is making them go ? It is that same little fellow that pushed up the kettle lid. How Jamie had made him work ! 18. Now, wasn’t there a fortune for all the world in Jamie’s finger-ends ? .—THE RIVERSIDE READER (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York) —Adapted.
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