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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, historical, and other allusions, are also given in the notes.

The improvements made in the revision of this work are many and important. The two general divisions of Elocution, Orthoëpy and Expression, are recognized, and all the subdivisions under each introduced, thus involving the addition of a thorough, though simple, orthoëpical and orthographical Analysis of Words and of Phonetic Exercises, as well as the introduction of new sections on Slur and Monotone, and many new and apt examples for illustration. In order to afford pupils opportunities to exercise their judgment, taste, and discrimination, in determining the use and application of these examples, several of them are left unmarked under each section.

The collection of Reading Lessons has been greatly improved by judicious omissions, and by the introduction of a number of the most interesting and deservedly popular recent productions, both in

prose
and verse.

The classification of the Lessons is more systematic and thorough than that ever before attempted in any corresponding work. The pieces are divided into formal sections in each of which only one leading subject is treated, or one important element of Elocution rendered prominent. It is confidently believed that all practical Aids are furnished by the orthoëpical notation, the index to words defined and words pronounced, the copious notes, and, for temporary purposes, the index to editions.

NEW YORK, March, 1866.

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EMPHASIS.

Definitions

Rules in Emphasis..

Exercises in Emphasis.

SLUR...

Exercises in Slur.

INFLECTIONS...

Definitions.

Rules in Inflections..

Exercises in Inflections.

MODULATION.

Pitch

Force

Quality

Rate.

MONOTONE..

Exercises in Monotone.

PERSONATION.

Exercise in Personation.

PAUSES..

Definitions.

Rules for Pauses.

Suspensive Quantity..

Exercises in Pauses.

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26. The Rothschilds..

105

SECTION VII..

107

27. Conversation.

.Sir Matthew Hale. 107

28. Dr. Franklin's Conversational Powers.. William Wirt. 110

29. Anecdote of Chief Justice Marshall.

112

SECTION VIII.

114

30. Children.

.R. H. Dana. 114

32. The Deformed Child-Part First.

.C. Edwards. 118

33. The Deformed Child-Part Second.

120

34. The Author of "Sweet Home'

121

SECTION IX.

123

35. Anecdote of a Dog.

123

37. The Hippopotamus–Part First.

126

38. The Hippopotamus—Part Second.

129

39. The Hippopotamus-Part Third.

131

SECTION X.

135

40. Ornithology

135

SECTION XI..

142

47. The Cavern by the Sea.

144

SECTION XII...

148

50. Opposite Examples.

.H. Mann. 148

52. A Picture of Human Life.

Dr. Johnson. 152

53. On the Waste of Life.

.Dr. Franklin. 156

SECTION XIII...

158

54. Rural Life in Sweeden...... .Henry Wadsworth Longfelloro. 158

55. The Sabbath in New England.. .Miss C. M. Sedgwick. 161

SECTION XIV..

168

57. Lad and his Neighbor..

168

59. A Challenge to America.

.Punch. 170

61. War..

. Robert Hall. 174

62. Battle Fields, or Vultures' Shambles ..Dr. Johnson, 176

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SECTION XV..

181

64. The Old Family Bible.

181

SECTION XVI.....

191

70. Lazy People.

. Caroline M. Kirkland. 191

72. Behind Time..

Freeman Hunt. 195

74. Proper Distribution of Time.

.Hugh Blair. 198

SECTION XVII..

200

75. The Cynic.

H. W. Beecher. 200

76. Judge Not-Part First..

202

77. Judge Not_Part Second.

205

78. The Story of Parnell's Hermit.

208

SECTION XVIII....

212

80. The Fisherman of Casco Bay-Part First.

212

81. The Fisherman of Casco Bay-Part Secoud.

214

82. An Interview with a Malay.. .... Thomas De Quincey. 217

83. Terrific Scene at the Natural Bridge-Part First...Burritt. 219

84. Terrific Scene at the Natural Bridge-Part Second..

85. Escape from a Panther-Part First....J. Fenimore Cooper. 224

86. Escape from a Panther—Part Second..

226

SECTION XIX,

229

90. The Wifc-Part First.

Washington Irring. 232

91. The Wife-Part Second.

237

SECTION XX...

241

93. Windows.

.Henry Ward Beecher. 241

94. The Morning.

. Daniel Webster. 242

95. Morning...

Edward Everett. 244

96. The Sense of Beauty.

W. E. Channing. 246

97. Flowers...

.Henry Ward Beecher. 247

SECTION XXII...

258

104. Memory and Hope-Part First.....James Kirke Paulding. 259

105. Memory and Hope-Part Second....,

261

SECTION XXIII.

264

107. Mount Vernon in 1759..

Washington Irving. 264

110. American Experiment of Self-Government. .E. Everett. 268

SECTION XXIV.

271

114. The Headstone-Part First.

John Wilson. 273

115. The Headstone-Part Second.

275

SECTION XXV...

279

117. The Famine in Ireland.

..George D. Prentiss. 279

SECTION XXVI..

284

122. The True Dignity of Labor.

William Howitt. 285,

SECTION XXVII...

290

124. Agriculture-Part First.

Edward Everett. 290

125. Agriculture—Part Second.

294

SECTION XXVIII....

299

127. The Golden Age of New York-Part First. W. Irving. 299

128. The Golden Age of New York-Part Second.

301

129. The Burdens of Mankind-Part First.....Joseph Addison. 303

130. The Burdens of Mankind-Part Second.

306

131. Exercise of the Fan...

.Joseph Addison. 309

132. Anon....

311

133. Confessions of a Bashful Man-Part First.

314

134.. Confessions of a Bashful Man-Part Second..

316

SECTION XXIX..

318

136. Feelings Excited by a Long Voyage-Part First.

. Irving. 320

137. Feelings Excited by a Long Voyage-Part Second.. 322

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II. PIECES IN VERSE.

SECTION I....

59

2. The Awakening Year.

Thomas Buchanan Read. 62

4. The Notes of the Birds.

.Isaac McLellan, Jr. 67

SECTION II...

70

6. The Boy.

.N. P. Willis. 72

9. The Two Boys.

.L. Elizabeth Maclean. 77

10. We were Boys together..

. George P. Morris. 78

SECTION III...

79

11. Nick Van Stann.

.John G. Saxe. 79

13. The Last Leaf.

.Oliver Wendell Holmes. 84

SECTION IV....

85

17. Clear the Way..

.Charles Mackay. 89
SECTION V..

90
20. A Parental Ode to my Infant Son.

Thomas Hood. 94

SECTION VIII..

114

31. Scenes of Childhood.

116

SECTION IX.

123

36. The Glove and the Lions.

.Leigh Hunt. 125

SECTION X...

135

41. The Stormy Petrel.

.Park Benjamin. 138
42. The Falcon...

.B. W. Procter. 139
43. To the Skylark.

.James Hogg. 140
44. To a Waterfowl.

William Cullen Bryant. 141

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