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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 18

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

District of New York.

.:. C VALENTINE, :: STEREOTYPER AND ELECTROtyper,

81, 3,and $5 Centre-street, "": Nxt Your.

GEO. W WOCI), PRINTER,

No. 2 Nutct st., N. Y.

PRE FAC E.

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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 pupi for whom the book has been prepared.

Great pains have been taken to indicate the pronui ciation of all words liable to be mispronounced, wher 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 ap. pears as a constituent member of a series, it bas beer so arranged that it may be profitably used either in con: nection with the members of its own family, by itself, or with any other series of reading-books.

SECTION I.-AF

Definiti
Table o
Cognate
Alphab
Spellini
Errors

Exercis
SECTION II.

Forma SECTION III.

Words

Accen SECTION IV.

Rules

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CONTENTS.

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EXERCISES IN READING.

I. PIECES IN PROSE.

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1. Spring..............................................D. G. Mitchell. 45

3. Birds of Spring ........................... Washington Irving. 49

5. Daniel Webster at School..

........ Banvard.

6. Wish for no Man's Money.

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7. Lad and his Neighbor.

9. Peter of Cortona ....

10. Peter of Cortona-concluded..

12. Amusing Anecdote.

16. On the Waste of Life......... ........ Dr. Franklin.

17. Who was the Gentleman ? ..

18. A Modern Cincinnatus....

20. Conversation ........... ............. Sir Matthew Hale.

21. The Deformed Child.

............C. Edwards.

23. Anecdote of a Dog...........

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24. A Human Being with Nothing to Do ....

26. The Author of “Sweet Home"

27. The Old Family Bible.......

29. Ornithology..... ............................N. A. Review.

34. Archbishop Sharpe and the Robber............Percy Anecdotes. 103

35. The Fisherman of Casco Bay............. Independent Statesman. 105

37. Stuart, the Painter........

.................. 110

39. Lokman............................................ Aikin. 113

40. Lazy People............ .......... Caroline M. Kirkland. 114

42. The Sabbath in New England ............ Miss C. M. Sedgwick. 118

44. The Cynic...

...... Henry Ward Beecher. 124

46. Comparison of Watches...

..Miss Edgeworth. 126

48. The Cavern by the Sea.........

.. Quarterly Review. 130

49. The Hippopotamus..

.......... 131

50. The Hippopotamus-continued. .......

............. 134

51. The Hippopotamus-concluded.

136

52. The Rothschilds...

.............. Anon. 140

53. Opposite Examples......... .......... Horace Mann. 141

55. The Famine in Ireland.

....G:orge D. Prentice. 144

57. Anecdote of Chief-Justice Marshall ........

.......... 147

59. Dr. Franklin's Conversational Powers............. Wm. Wirt. 150

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