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COPIOUS NOTES, GIVING THE PRONUNCIATION AND DEFINITIONS OF WORDS,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PERSONS WHOSE NAMES OOCUR IN THE
READING LESSONS, AND THE EXPLANATION OF CLASSICAL

AND HISTORICAL ALLUSIONS.

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NEW YCRK:
BARNES & BURR, PUBLISHERS, 51. & 353 JOHN ST.,

CHICAGO: GEORGE SHERWOOD, 118 LASE ST.
CINCINNATI: RICKEY & CARR')) L.'
ST. LOUIS: KEITH & WOODS.

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The Most Uniform and Progressive Series.
The Most Carefully Arranged Series.
The Most Firmly and Durably Bound Series.
The Most Successful Series.

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Parker and Watson's National School Primer...18mo, 64 pages.

National Elementary Speller ..18mo, half bd., 160
National Pronouncing Speller. 12mo,

188
National First Reader.. .18mo,

118 National Second Reader.

224 National Third Reader..

288 National Fourth Reader.

muslin, 408 National Fifth Reader..

600

.12mo,

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No other READERS yet offered to the public have met with such general favor, or been attended with such general and uniform increase in circulation.

Since the completion of the ENTIRE SERIES, they have been recommended in nearly all the Normal Schools - State and County, throughout the Middle and Western States, and at this date they have attained a circulation second to but two other series in the United States-these two having been twenty years longer before the public. NEW.YORK, January, 1863

BARNES & BURR.

Entered, according“to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

**:: BARNES & Co., In the Clerkis office or the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of Now York.

PRE FACE

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 of their subjects, would not be understcod by the pupils 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 explapations 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 80 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.

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