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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

474914

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1909

Entered accerding to Act of Congress, in the year 18yo

BY A. S. BARNES & CO., In the Clerk's Ofice of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New York.

Å. ( TALENTINE, STEREOTYPER AND ELECTROTYPER, 81, 83, and 85 Celtre-street,

Nyw York.

GEO. W. WOCI), PRINTER,

No. 2 Putet et., N. Y.

PREFACE.

The opportunities presented in this volume for the practice of all the characteristics of a good reader are many and important, and the selections themselves, made as they are from so great a number of authors whose works are well known and highly estimated, while they subserve the purpose for which they have been arranged, can not fail to inform the understanding, improve the taste, and cultivate the heart.

In Part First, the important principles of Orthoëpy and Elocution are comprehensively and systematically arranged, and accompanied by copious and lucid exam ples, illustrating their use and application.

In Part Second, while the exercises in reading have been graded in a systematic manner, presenting the simplest pieces first in order, it will also be found that a strict classification has been preserved with regard to the nature of the subjects. Many of the pieces have never before appeared in any reading books; and, in most of those which are not entirely new, some new feature will be found to give freshness and peculiar adaptation.

It has been our especial aim, while introducing a great variety of the choicest literature of the English language into this work, to reject such pieces as, from the nature

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of their subjects, would not be understcod by the pupile for whom the book has been prepared.

Great pains have been taken to indicate the pronunciation of all words liable to be mispronounced, where they occur; and in notes, placed for convenience at the bottom of each page, will be found full explanations of difficult or uncommon words, not only by their appropriate synonyms, but, wherever necessary, by an extended paraphrase. Biographical sketches of noted persons whose names occur in the reading exercises, and explanations of classical allusions, are also given in the notes.

It remains to be stated, that, while this volume appears as a constituent member of a series, it bas been so arranged that it may be profitably used either in connection with the members of its own family, by itself, or with any other series of reading-books.

EXERCISES IN READING.

I. PIECES IN PROSE.

1. Spring

3. Birds of Spring

5. Daniel Webster at School.

6. Wish for no Man's Money.

7. Lad and his Neighbor.

9. Peter of Cortona .

10. Peter of Cortona-concluded.

12. Amusing Anecdote...

16. On the Waste of Life..

17. Who was the Gentleman ?

18. A Modern Cincinnatus..

20. Conversation ....

21. The Deformed Child.

23. Anecdote of a Dog..

24. A Human Being with Nothing to Do

26. The Author of "Sweet Home''.

27. The Old Family Bible...

29. Ornithology..

34. Archbishop Sharpe and the Robber.

35. The Fisherman of Casco Bay..

37. Stuart, the Painter..

39. Lokman....

40. Lazy People..

42. The Sabbath in New England

44. The Cynic....

46. Comparison of Watches..

48. The Cavern by the Sea..

49. The Hippopotamus. .

50. The Hippopotamus—continued.

51. The Hippopotamus-concluded.

52. The Rothschilds...

53. Opposite Examples.

55. The Famine in Ireland......

57. Anecdote of Chief Justice Marshall

69. Dr. Franklin's Conversational Powers..

Aikin. 113

Caroline M. Kirkland. 114

Miss C. M. Sedgwick. 118
.Henry Ward Beecher. 124

.Miss Edgeworth. 126

Quarterly Review. 130

131

134

136

. Anon. 140

Horace Mann. 141

G:orge D. Prentice. 144

147

Wm. Wirt. 150

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