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THE

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FOURTH READER:

CONTAINING

A SIMPLE, COMPREHENSIVE, AND PRACTICAL TREATISE ON
ELOCUTION; NUMEROUS AND CLASSIFIED EXERCISES
IN READING AND DECLAMATION; COPIOUS
NOTES; AND A COMPLETE SUP-

PLEMENTARY INDEX.

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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 281170

ASTOR, RENOX AND TILDEN FOUNG TIOS!

1903

COMPLETE IN TWO INDEPENDENT PARTS.

1.
THE NATIONAL READERS.

By PARKER & WATSON.
No. 1.–National Primer,

64 pp., 16mo.
No. 2.-National First Reader, 128 pp., 16mo.
No. 3.-National Second Reader, 224 pp., 16mo.
No, 4.-National Third Reader, 288 pp., 12mo.
No. 5.-National Fourth Reader, 432 pp., 12mo.
No. 6.–National Fifth Reader,

12 mo.

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600 pp.,

II.

80 pp.,

THE INDEPENDENT READERS.

By J. MADISON WATSON.
The Independent First Reader, .

16mo.
The Independent Second Reader,. 160 pp., 16mo.
The Independent Third Reader, 240 pp., 16mo.
The Independent Fourth Reader,. 264 pp., 12mo.
The Independent Fifth Reader, . 336 pp., 12mo.
The National Fifth Reader,

600 pp., 12mo.

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III.

NATIONAL SPELLING BOOKS.

By J. MADISON WATSON.
National Elementary Speller,. 160 pp., 16mo.
National Pronouncing Speller, 188 pp., 12mo.

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The Readers constitute two complete and entirely distinct series, either of which are adequate to every want of the best schools. The Spellers may accompany either Series.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by

A. S. BARNES & CO.,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District

of New York,
N. 4th.

PREFACE.

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THE opportunities presented in this volume for the practice

of all the characteristics of a good reader are many and important;and the selections themselves, made as they are from so great a number of authors whose works are well known and highly estimated, while they subserve the purpose for which they have been arranged, can not fail to inform the understand. ing, improve the taste, and cultivate the heart.

Part First embraces a simple, complete, and eminently prac tical Treatise on Elocution. The principles and rules are stated in a succinct and lucid manner, and followed by examples and exercises of sufficient number and extent to enable the student thoroughly to master each point as presented, as well as to acquire a distinct comprehension of the parts as a whole.

In Part Second, while the exercises in reading have been graded in a systematic manner, presenting the simplest pieces first in order, it will also be found that a strict classification has been preserved with regard to the nature of the subjects. Many of the pieces have never before appeared in any readingbooks; and, in most of those which are not entirely new, some new feature, or features, will be found to give freshness and peculiar adaptation.

It has been our especial aim, while introducing a great variety of the choicest literature of the English language into this work, to reject such pieces as, from the nature of their subjects, would not be understood by the pupils for whom the book has been prepared.

Great pains have been taken to indicate the pronunciation of all words liable to be mispronounced, where they occur ; and in

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