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R. I. FULTON, A.M., AND T. C. TRUEBLOOD, A.M.
ASSOCIATE AUTHORS OF “PRACTICAL ELOCUTION,"

;" “ COLLEGE Critic's
TABLET,” AND CHART OF VOCAL EXPRESSION”; AND

COMPILERS OF “ CHOICE READINGS."

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588512 PUBLISHERS NOTE.

The lower books of this series were constructed with a distinct purpose of producing natural, pleasant, fluent readers. To this end the selections were literary and attractive rather than directly instructive, healthful and inspiring rather than conspicuously didactic. That they were successful in these respects is beyond question. Perhaps no set of readers has ever been so pleasing to pupils. Testimony on this point has been almost universal where several sets of readers have been employed at the same time.

In this book — the Fifth of the series — the aim is to build upon this foundation, working for variety in taste, enlargement of powers, and quickness of comprehension.

The work may be compared to that of the gymnasium, mental expansion and vigor taking the place of physical.

As becomes a classic series, the selections are from standard writers. Certain plain, though not always easily defined, requirements must be met in a school reader. One extract after another is tested, and its fitness being proved, it becomes a recognized force in school education. The list is winnowed for each new series of books and a few new selections made. It is hoped that the present choice may be acceptable even though, as is inevitable, individual favorites have by reason of limited space been omitted. Many excellent extracts, from too great familiarity, must for a time be laid aside. The use to be made of the book will be largely a question of locality. In sections of country where supplementary reading is not provided, and where easy access to libraries cannot be had, the pupil will con his reader as his one fountain of supply, retaining through life distinct remembrances of it as his introduction to the world of letters. In cities, the reading book is rather the gauge by which to measure the quality of the flood of literature which waits to be appropriated. In each of these offices the work of the school reader is a great one. Its importance can hardly be estimated. Obligation is gratefully acknowledged to authors and publishers for material, and to teachers and superintendents for suggestions relative to the composition of the volume. TYPOGRAPHY BY J. S. CUSHING & Co.

PRESSWORK BY GINN & Co. BOSTON, U.S.A.

Boston, U.S.A.

PAGE

AN AUTUMN SPECTACLE.

Helen Hunt Jackson. 87

How SLEEP THE BRAVE !.

William Collins. 91

THE BLUE AND THE GRAY.

92

C. C. Everett. 94

TRUE WISDOM.

The Bible - Job. 96

BOB CRATCHIt's CHRISTMAS DINNER.

. Charles Dickens. 98

THE KEEPING OF THE BRIDGE.

T. B. Macaulay. 104

THE CAPTIVE MAID..

..Book of Kings Bible. 109

How to STUDY NATURAL HISTORY.

. Anon. 111

THE BATTLE OF THE Ants.

Henry D. Thoreau. 116

THE FIRST NIGHT AT SEA..

.R. H. Dana. 119

LOCHINVAR..

Sir Walter Scott. 123

THE SLEEPY HOLLOW SCHOOLMASTER. Washington Irving. 125

A FEATHERED BANDIT..

..John Burroughs. 129

EXILE OF THE ACADIANS.

Henry W. Longfellow. 131

COAL...

Charles Kingsley. 143

THE RUNAWAY CANNON..

Victor Hugo. 146

FIDELITY.

William Wordsworth. 154

THREE SUNDAYS IN A WEEK.

.Edgar Allan Poe. 156

THE FIORDS OF NORWAY...

Harriet Martineau. 161

MRS. CAUDLE ASKING FOR MONEY.

.Douglass Jerrold. 166

OLIVER CROMWELL.

Nathaniel Hawthorne. 169

AN INCIDENT OF THE FRENCH CAMP. .Robert Browning. 178

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER.

Francis Scott Key. 179

ORIGIN OF THE FLAG...

..Alexander H. Stephens. 181

CHARITY OR LOVE..

St. Paul - Rev. Ver. 182

CHARACTER (SELECTIONS).

183

THE VISION OF MIRZA..

·Joseph Addison. 185

LESSONS IN FLOWERS.

Emerson, Bryant. 191

AMERICAN COLONISTS.

D. H. Montgomery. 193

ABRAM AND ZIMRI..

. Anon. 200

THE STAR IN THE EAST..

. Lew Wallace. 203

THE ARCHERY CONTEST.

Sir Walter Scott. 207

THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS..

0. W. Holmes. 213

PASSENGER PIGEONS.

.J. J. Audubon. 214

.S. T. Coleridge. 216

MARCO BOZZARIS...

Fitz-Greene Halleck. 218

THE COYOTE OF THE DESERT.

.S. L. Clemens. 221

PIZARRO'S HEROISM....

W. H. Prescott. 223

LIFE IN THE NEW SETTLEMENTS.

.M. J. Spaulding. 227

PAUL REVERE's RIDE....

H. W. Longfellow. 229

AN IRRITABLE Moon..

Mrs. H. B. Stowe. 234

POWERS OF THE HAND..

..John Wilson. 237

THE AMBUSCADE....

. Sir Walter Scott. 240

BOOKS AS COMPANIONS..

...John Ruskin. 244

Tom Brown's LAST VISIT TO RUGBY... . Thomas Hughes. 249

THE PILGRIMS.

.John Boyle O'Reilly. 257

IN SIBERIA..

Raphael Pumpelly. 258

LINES FROM THE COTTER'S SATURDAY Night.... Robert Burns. 261

AIR MOTHERS....

.Charles Kingsley. 263

THE WONDERS OF THE HEAVENS..

. Edward Everett. 266

CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON.

..George Bancroft. 271

THE RESULTS OF WORK..

Josiah G. Holland. 276

GENIUS AND SENSE...

.Dr. John Brown. 279

THE AMERICAN FLAG...

.Joseph Rodman Drake. 281

THE SOUTHERN SOLDIER.

.... Henry Grady. 284

Two KINDS OF PHILOSOPHY.

Robert Southey. 286

SUPPOSED SPEECH OF JOHN ADAMS.

Daniel Webster. 289

CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY WARRIOR.. William Wordsworth. 293

WEBSTER DEFENDING HIS Alma Mater.. Chauncey A. Goodrich. 296

SONNETS.

..Paul H. Hayne. 300

MY UNCLE TOBY...

..Laurence Sterne. 301

AN EVENING REVERY

William Cullen Bryant. 307

THE TRIAL OF WARREN Hastings.

.T. B. Macaulay. 310

APOSTROPHE TO THE OCEAN..

.Lord Byron. 315

IMPEACHMENT OF HASTINGS FINISHED. Edmund Burke. 317

ALBERT The Good....

. Alfred Tennyson. 321

WISDOM (SELECTIONS)

323

WEALTH...

.Ralph Waldo Emerson. 324

ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD... Thomas Gray. 326

THE STIRRUP CUP.......

...Sidney Lanier. 332

PERSEVERANCE (SELECTIONS)

332

THE FUNERAL OF JULIUS CÆSAR. William Shakespeare. 334

THE NINETEENTH PSALM.

341

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