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sive and refined. Opportunity is also given for the exercise of the most difficult as well as the simplest forms of gesture and action.

The constant practice of the examples given in the Elocutionary Introduction will be of great value in helping pupils to a mastery of the elements of expression therein presented. The popular fallacy of ignoring the past and attempting to supply the student with the best selections from the literature of the day merely, has been carefully guarded against. The purpose has been rather to draw from the vast storehouse of accumulated eloquence and wisdom some of the gems which have so long received the approval of the best minds as to give full assurance that there is within them that which will continue to delight and instruct readers of the present and the future.

The writer would here acknowledge bis indebtedness to Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., and to Messrs. Harper and Brothers for permission to make selections from the copyright editions of their publications ; also to the indulgence of his publishers, Messrs. Lee and Shepard, and particularly to the living authors whose works are herein represented, for their kind assistance and helpful suggestions.

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