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explain the text, but to further the child's interest in the author and the selection. At the end of each book will be found suggestions to teachers. These have been made unusually concrete and full in the desire to throw increased light on the teaching of this, the most important subject in the school curriculum. It is hoped that a measure of success has attended the undertaking, and that teachers and pupils to whom the books may come will take new joy in their work.

It is a pleasure to thank Miss Nebraska Cropsey, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Indianapolis, for suggestions concerning the teaching of reading covering a period of twenty years ; Miss Adelaide Baylor, Superintendent of Schools at Wabash, who has carefully read the text and made valuable criticisms, and the many teachers who have tested the books in their classes.

G. A.

Acknowledgment is made for permission to use selections from the writings of William Morris, to Longmans, Green and Company; of Leo. Tolstoy, to Lothrop, Lee and Shepard; of Meredith Nicholson, to the Macmillan Company; of Maurice Maeterlinck, to Dodd, Mead & Company; of Abraham Lincoln, to the Century Company; of Joaquin Miller, from the 1909 edition, to the Whitaker & Ray Company; of Walt Whitman, to Mr. Horace Traubel; of Robert Louis Stevenson, James M. Barrie and Henry van Dyke, to Charles Scribner's Sons; of Lew Wallace, to Harper & Brothers ; of Rudyard Kipling, to the author ; of Helen Hunt Jackson, to Little, Brown & Company; for the poems, March and To a Waterfowl from Bryant's Complete Poetical Works, to D. Appleton & Company; also for an illustration from Sweetser's Boys and Girls from George Eliot, to Duffield & Company, and for an illustration from Don Quixote, to John Lane Company.

The selections from the writings of James Russell Lowell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Townsend Trowbridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Burroughs, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Edward Rowland Sill and Eva March Tappan are used by special arrangement with Houghton, Mifflin & Company.

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TOM AND MAGGIE . . . . . . . . George Eliot , . . . . . .

DAYBREAK . ........... Percy Bysshe Shelley . ...

Moses GOES TO THE FAIR ..... Oliver Goldsmith .....
THE BUGLE SONG ........ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ...
MY ARRIVAL IN PHILADELPHIA . . . . Benjamin Franklin .. ..
To A WATERFOWL . . . . . . . . William Cullen Bryant . ,
THE CRUISE OF THE DOLPHIN .... Thomas Bailey Aldrich ...

LEAD, KINDLY Light ....... John Henry Newman ....

AFTON WATERS ..... .., Robert Burns .....

MANNERS ........ ... Ralph Waldo Emerson . .

Sir Walter Scott ..... ..............,

To SIR WALTER SCOTT . . . . . . . Alfred, Lord Tennyson ...

THE ARCHERY CONTEST ..... Sir Walter Scott ......

EVANGELINE AND HER FATHER ... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
THE SACRIFICE OF MARCUS CURTIUS. . Titus Livius Livy .....
ABOU BEN ADHEM :::..... Leigh Hunt .......
THE SHIPWRECK . ........ Charles Dickens .....
AN INDIAN-SUMMER REVERIE . . . . James Russell Lowell ...
The SIMPLE OLD MAN .... ... Eva March Tappan ...

MY NATIVE LAND .....

. Sir Walter Scott ....

THE DEATH OF SOCRATES, .. : . Plato. ........

THE REVENGE . . . . . . . . . . Alfred, Lord Tennyson ...

John Halifax. ......... Dinah Mulock Craik , ...

DowN TO SLEEP ......... Helen Hunt Jackson . ...

THE HIGHEST ARISTOCRACY . .... John Ruskin .......

CONCORD HYMN . . . . . . . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson ...

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CRANFORD ........... Mrs. Gaskell .......

AUTUMN ............ Edmund Spenser . . . . .

THE BELLS . . . . . . . . . . . Edgar Allan Poe . . . . .

HANDY ANDY GOES TO THE POST-OFFICE Samuel Lover....i

THE ISLES OF GREECE . ...... Lord Byron ........

A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF EUROPE. ... John Ruskin . ......

THE CAPTAIN OF PLYMOUTH .... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A LETTER ........... Jane Carlyle . ......

MARMION AND DOUGLAS ...... Sir Walter Scott .....

WORK . ............ Thomas Carlyle ..

ON THE Nativity ........ John Milton ....

THE CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON .. Thomas Jefferson . . . . .

TO THE DANDELION . . . . . . . . James Russell Lowell...

THE DEACON'S MASTERPIECE. ... Oliver Wendell Holmes...

Who OwnS THE MOUNTAINS ? . ... Henry van Dyke .....

OUR RURAL DIVINITY ....... John Burroughs ....

RECESSIONAL .......... Rudyard Kipling ....

Don QuixoTE AND THE WINDMILLS, . Miguel de Cervantes. ...

HERVE RIEL .......... Robert Browning .....

MR. PICKWICK DRIVES. .. ... Charles Dickens .....

LETTER TO MRs. Bixby . . . . . Abraham Lincoln .....

Ring Out, Wild BELLS ...... Alfred, Lord Tennyson ...

A STORY OF CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL , Mary Tucker Magill . ...

THE FOUNDATIONS OF A WONDERFUL City Maurice Maeterlinck ....

Sigurd and GREYFELL. ...... William Morris .....

How Much Land A Man NEEDS . . . Leo Tolstoy ....,

O CAPTAIN! My CAPTAIN ..... Walt Whitman, .....

INDIANA AND HER PEOPLE ..... Meredith Nicholson ....

THE Gothic CHURCH ....Ralph Waldo Emerson ...

THE SNOW-STORM . . . . . . . John Townsend Trowbridge ..

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, .... Abraham Lincoln .....

To AUTUMN .......... John Keats .......

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Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries in a thousand years have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age.

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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