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In a “ Reader,” properly so called, it is obvious that such exercises are most appropriate as are best for the one purpose of elocutionary practice. Regard should be had to this requirement rather than to the scientific or encyclopedical character of the lessons. The author has been influenced by these views in the preparation of the present work. It will be found to represent quite a variety of styles. The greater number of the pieces have never before had a place in any similar collection ; but some will be recognized that are familiar to every cultivated taste.

It is difficult to see why, in commending to the young of our day a literary standard, we should offer them one lower than that their fathers looked up to. Indeed, our best teachers of elocution generally prefer, for drilling exercises, those they are already acquainted with ; such pieces as, from their marked power and superiority, can never become hackneyed. The book that is largely made up of these can not be justly set aside under the plea that pupils have exhausted it; for those who can give proper effect to such pieces, in the delivery, will have little more to learn in the way of elocution. Let the young have the privilege, at the impressible period of their lives, of being made familiar with the best, whether old or new, since, in the words of Webster, “ truth in taste is allied with truth in morality.”

In this volume, to aid in the understanding of every reading exercise, the most difficult words in it have been selected for spelling and defining lessons; particular care being taken to keep the teacher on the alert against faults in pronunciation. The exercises in Part I., on the vowel and consonant sounds, ought to be practiced from time to time by the class. The subject of rhetorical delivery is treated in the Special Exercises in the body of the work.

The author submits his new Fourth Reader, in the belief that in practice it will be found easy and attractive by the young ; containing a good proportion of stirring and spirited pieces, at the same time that the examples for colloquial and unimpassioned delivery are numerous and appropriate.

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LESSOX.

33. The Second War with England,

BROWS,

34. Sunrise on Mount Etna,

P. BRYDONE,

38. On Reconciliation with America, LORD CHATHAY,

39. I will Try, ·

43. Arnold, the Teacher, . .

45. The Immortality of the Soul,

MASSILLON,

46. Brevities - Exercises in Level Delivery, .

49. Rolla to the Peruvians,

R. B. SHERIDAN,

50. Oliver Goldsmith,

WASHINGTON IRVING,

öl. The Summons and the Lament,

52. Joan of Arc,

Thomas DE QUINCEY,

56. In Favor of American Independence, SAMUEL ADAMS,

- 58. Birth of a Volcanic Island,

. D. C. WRIGHT,

59. Thanksgiving for Existence,

62. Our Native Land,

Hugh S. LEGARE,

63. The Noblest Public Virtue,

HENRY CLAY, .

64. Breathe Pure Air, .

66. The American Robin,

Miss COOPER,

67. The Study of Natural History,

70. Woman in America,

DANIEL WEBSTER,

72. Christopher Columbus, .

WASHINGTON IRVING,

75. Influence of Human Example, .

76. America's Obligations to England, . Isaac BARRE,

77. Right Against Might,

79. Special Exercises in Elocution — Part II.,

82. The Champion Speller,

W. BURTON,

85. Barbarity of War,

Rev. T. CHALMERS,

87. Last Charge of Ney,

J. T. HEADLEY,

89. Cause for Indian Resentment,

WM. WIRT,

91. The Fall of Constantinople,

AUBREY DE VERE,

93. The Boy Crusaders,

96. Allen's Capture of Ticonderoga, G. BANCROFT,

97. Man's Immortality,

Wu. PROUT,

99. William the Silent,

J. L. MOTLEY,

101. Going up in a Balloon,

CHARLES DICKENS,

105. Early History of Kentucky, .

106. On Indifference to Popular Elections, G. McDUFFIE,

110. Death the Gate of Life,

ORVILLE DEWEY,

111. Brutus on the Death of Cæsar,

SHAKSPEARE,

114. Marie Antoinette,

EDMUND BURKE,

115. Dr. Arnold at Rugby,

Thomas HUGHES,

116. Hannibal to his Army,

. Livy,

118. Results of the American War,

C. J. Fox,

121. Love is Power,

ROBERT CHAMBERS,

124. Special Exercises in Elocution - Part III., .

125. Columbus Discovers the New World, . WASHINGTON IRVING,

127. My Father's Log Cabin,

. DANIEL WEBSTER,

128. Importance of Habit,

SAMUEL SMILES,

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Be true,

77. Make Way for Liberty,

78. Nothing to Wear,

79. Special Exercises from Shakspeare,

80. Catiline to his Troops,

81. Song of Hiawatha,

83. Cato's Soliloquy,

84. Marullus to the Mob,

86. The Prussian General on the Rhine,

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