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Exercise.

6 Speech of Cobb

7 An Indian's Reproof

8 The Palace and the Cot..

9 The Faithful Dog..

10 The Blue Bird

11 Giving a Tiger a Pinch of Snuff

12 The Reformed Crows -

13 The Traveller's Return.

14 Determined Bravery.

15 English Cottages, in Former Times

16 Summer's Eve, on an English Farm

17 The Old Oaken Bucket

18 Migration of Birds

19 Spare the Lives of Birds

20 The Mariners

21 Mariner's Hymn

22 The Cocoa-nut Tree

23 Diving for Pearls

24 The Ocean ·

25 The Northern Seas

26 The City of Peking

27 Red-bird, the Winnebagos Chief.

28 The Inquiry

29 An Iceberg

30 The Swiss Wanderer

31 Perpetual Day

32 Whaling

33 Hunting the Cougar

34 The Same Subject, concluded.

35 The Missionary.

36 The News-boy :

37 The Widow and her Son..

38 The Same Subject, concluded

39 The Plough-boy's Repose.

40 The Sailor Boy...

41 The Same Subject, concluded.

42 The Riches of the Heart.

43 Brady's Leap

44 Childhood

45 The Sea-eagle of Shetland

46 The Same Subject, concluded

47 The Lord's Prayer, versified ·

48 The Game at Cricket.

49 The Same Subject, concluded

50 The Emigrant's Remembrances.

51 The Deer-hunter..

52 The Barnstable Boy ...

53 The Song of the Stromkirl.

54 Antiquities of St. Augustine.

55 Amerigo Vespucci •

56 The Chieftain's Grave..

57 Rescue from a Desert Island.

58 The Same Subject, concluded

Exercise.

Page.

59 Wild Trees of Palestine •

..... Nevin 116

60 David's Lament on Saul and Jonathan.

C.T. Brooks. 118

61 Howard's Captivity.....

.. Mrs. Farrar 120

62 The Son of Napoleon....

.. Anon. 122

63 Overthrow of Belshazzar

...... Procter 124

64 Pelagic, or Sea Fishes..

Dr. R. Coates 125

65 Perils of Floe-fishing

..Anon 127

66 The Village Blacksmith

Longfellow 130

67 Spots on the Sun.

· Dr. Dick 131

68 Great Fire in Hamburgh, 1842 :

· Anon 134

69 An Incident of the Fire in Hamburgh

.J. R. Lowell 136

70 A Fleet in Jeopardy

• Anon 138

71 Kosiusco :

.. Anon 141

72 The Battle of Groko

Stephens 144

73 The Same Subject, concluded.

.. Id. 146

74 To a Sick Child

· Leigh Hunt 147

75 Earthquake of Hayti, in 1842

Anon. 149

76 The Burning Ship

Anon 151

77 Creating Wisdom and Power

· Watts 154

78 Lafayette

Translated from Cloquet 156

79 The Indian

....E. Everett 158

80 Migration of the Creek Indians

· Anon. 160

81 The Departed Tribes ·

I. M-Lellan, Jr. 162

82 Oscola

. Anon. 163

83 The Seminole's Reply

·G. W. Patten 165

84 The Aspect of Holland.

· Anon 166

85 Inundation in Holland, 1825

Anon 168

36 The Same Subject, concluded.

• Id. 170

87 Lines for Berkshire Jubilee

Mrs. Butler 172

88 Remains of Egyptian Temples

Cheever 173

89 The Progress of Art. .

Durfee 175

90 The Removal..

Anon. 177

91 The Pursuit of Knowledge

E. Everett 178

92 His Captors to Andre.

.J. W. Miller 179

93 Success of Columbus

• Anon. 181

94 To thc Gallic Eagle..

...B. Barton 182

95 IIumanity of William Penn

G. W. Montgomery 184

96 Funeral of the Osage Warrior

Mrs. Sigourney 185

97 Profaneness

..0. A. Skinner 187

98 The River Merrimack

W. M. Richardson 188

99 First Interview of Cortes with Montezuma W. H. Prescott 189

.00 Intemperance

W. E. Channing 192

101 Universal Freedom

· H. Ware, Jr. 194

102 The Men of the American Revolution

· C. Sprague 196

103 'Runaway' Pond

Anon. 197

103 * Faith in God

• Mungo Park 199

104 The Right of Discovery

Weems 200

105 Obstinacy

W. Irving 202

106 Scenc from Gustavus Vasa

•Brooke 204

107 Adams and Jefferson

.. Story 206

108 Evils of Riot

·E. H. Chapin 207

* Accidental Repetition.

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Esercise.

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109 Peter the Great...

.Coxe 208

110 The Pilgrim Fathers.

..J. Pierpont 210

111 Our Ideas of Time

Addison 212

112 Constantine..

... Croly 214

113 Value of Education.

H. Mann 215

114 Reception of a Governor

W. Irving 217

115 The Quaker's Son

N. Hawthorne 219

116 Good Breeding:: :

G. S. Hillard 221

117 The Same Subject, concluded.

. ld. 222

118 The Shower...

J. W. Miller 223

119 A Thunder Storm

P. Benjamin 225

120 New England

Mrs. E. T. Daniels 226

121 Home

..... A. Lewis 228

122 The Spells of Home

...Mrs. Hemans 229

123 The Mother of Jesus

..J. Abbott 230

124 Hymn of Praise

C. Wilcox 232

125 War an Unchristian Practice.

N. Worcester 234

126 How they used to Spell

W. Burton 235

127 The Same Subject, concluded.

. . Id. 237

128 The Backwoodsman

Ephraim Peabody 239

129 Life in the Country:

..H. Colman 240

130 The Warriors of the Revolution

Mrs. E. T. Daniels 242

131 A Melting Story

.G. Kendall 243

132 Our Mountain Homes.

Mrs. S. R. A. Barnes 245

133 A True Life

H. Greeley 246

134 Christ in the Tempest

Mrs. Emma C. Embury 248

135 Agriculture

.....J. A. Dix 249

136 The Patriarchal Age

J. G. Percival 251

137 Scene from William Tell..

.J. S. Knowles 252

138 The Same Subject, concluded.

...Id. 255

139 Thermopylæ.

.G. W. Doane 258

140 Water as a Beverage

-R. D. Mussey 259

141 Yankee Ships..

..J. T. Fields 260

142 Example of Dr. Bowditch

•A. Young 261

143 Sacred Melody

W. B. Tappan 262

144 Lessons in Etiquette

J. S. Knowles 263

145 The Passion for Dress •

.. Dr. Freeman 266

146 The Religion of the Sea

.N. L. Frothingham 267

147 Peace

Thomson 268

148 The Use of Knowledge..

· Elizur Wright 269

149 The Study of Astronomy:

..J. Q. Adams 271

150 Evening of October 23, 1844.

· L. Hamilton 272

151 Water is Best....

The Presbyterian 273

152 Philip of Mount Hope.

C. Sherry 275

153 The Liberal and Upright Merchant.

.E. Everett 276

154 The Dead Mariner

G. D. Prentice 277

155 Funny People:

· Miss C. E. Beecher 278

156 My Broken Fish-hook

· A. Clark 279

157 The Effect of an Incident

-J. Todd 280

158 Three Hours at St. Cloud

L. Cass 282

159 The Same Subject, continued..

. . Id. 283

160 To the Weathercock on our Steeple.

·A. G. Greene 285

161 Sunset among the Highlands of Scotland

.J. S. Stone 287

162 The Hasty Pudding

.J. Barlow 288

P R E FACE.

The following work is designed, in accordance with its title, to precedo the American Common-School Reader, —à previous publication by the authors of the present volume, and designed for the use of advanced classes.

The pieces now offered as reading lessons, being adapted to younger pupils, are selected from more familiar subjects, and embrace a larger amount of narrative and descriptive, than of didactic and oratorical composition.

Regard was paid, in compiling the Reader, to such elevation in the sentiments and style of the extracts, as the highest and concluding stage of popular education seemed to require. The preliminary Rules of Elocation, contained in that volume, were also designed for the use of classes whose maturity of mind, and whose progress in education, ren. dered it desirable that they should make the rules and principles of good reading a subject of systematic study; since it is a result so important to the community, that all young persons should leave our Common Schools not only duly prepared to read well, but competent to give thorough instruction in reading.

The principles of elocution presented in this Introduction, are such as belong to an elementary course. They are designed for practical training on the rudiments of orthoëpy, — the department of elocution which was reserved for the present volume, so as to present in the Reader and the Introduction, a brief but complete course of instruction on all the essential points of the subject. Our endeavor has been to select such principles only, as are of immediate use and practical application, without excluding any portion of systematic information which is important to thorough teaching and intelligent practice.

The authors hope that the two books now prepared, will be found to furnish, in the rules and exercises which they contain, the means of an

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