Lesson 21 - William's Last Ride and Mystery Mail
READ THE STORY "WILLIAM'S LAST RIDE." THEN ANSWER NUMBERS 1 through 5. READ THE STORY "MYSTERY MAIL." THEN ANSWER NUMBERS 6 through 10.
WILLIAM'S LAST RIDE
"Giddyup, Bess!" William said to his horse as he climbed into the saddle. Bess took off at a gallop toward the setting sun.
William was a rider for the Pony Express, which carried mail from St. Louis, Missouri, to California. Whenever he carried mail, William rode very fast all day and all night. When he and his horse made it to the next station, a new rider and horse took the mail and headed farther west.
Now William was taking his last ride. The telegraph had just been invented, and people didn't need pony riders to carry mail or news anymore.
William wasn't too worried about what he would do now. He knew several farmers who would like to hire him. But as he watched the sun drop before him and heard Bess whinny, he knew he would miss riding for the Pony Express.
Erik opened the mailbox and pulled out several letters. "I wonder if there's anything for me," he thought.
As he flipped through the letters, he noticed one letter that was different from the rest. The paper was very thin, and the return address was a place in Germany.
Erik went inside. He found his mother in the study. "Mom, who do we know in Germany?" he asked. He handed her the letter.
"Oh, this is from your Uncle Fritz!" she said. "You haven't met him yet. He lives in Berlin."
"Will I ever get to meet him?" Erik asked.
"It looks as though you'll meet him soon," Mom said, smiling. "He's coming to the United States this summer!"
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