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graphical, and Historical, which are not a little interesting in themselves, aside from the special purpose subserved by them in the present connection.
All this has been done, and more, in order to secure that kind of interest in the exercises which comes of reading what is clearly understood; and because no perfect reading is possible, where the reader himself fails to perceive the meaning of what he reads.
In the selection and adaptation of the pieces, the highest aim has been to make and to leave the best moral impression; and this, not by dull and formal teachings, but by the pleasanter, and, therefore, more powerful, means of incidental and unexpected suggestion. Admonition is then most likely to be heeded, when it comes through the channel of events and circumstances.
The direct and ostensible aim of the book, however, has been kept steadily in view; which is to furnish the best possible exercises for practice in Rhetorical reading. To this end, the greatest variety of style and sentiment has been sought. There is scarcely a tone or modulation, of which the human voice is capable, that finds not here some piece adapted precisely to its best expression. There is not an inflection, however delicate, not an emphasis, however slight, however strong, that does not here meet with something fitted well for its amplest illustration. No tenderness of pathos, no earnestness of thought, no play of wit, no burst of passion, is there, perhaps, of which the accom. plished teacher of Elocution may not find the proper style of expression in these pages, and, consequently, the best examples for the illustration of his art.
The book, thus briefly described, is, therefore, given to the public with the same confidence that has hitherto inspired the author in similar efforts, and with the hope that it may reach even a higher measure of usefulness, than that attained by any of its predecessors, in the long line of works which he has pre pared for the use of schools.
NEW YORK, April, 1863.
ELEMENTARY SOUNDS OF THE LETTERS...
SUBSTITUTES FOR THE VOWEL ELEMENTS...
SUBSTITUTES FOR THE CONSONANT ELEMENTS..
EXAMPLES TO ILLUSTRATE INDISTINCT ARTICULATION.
SECTION II.-ACCENT AND EMPHASIS..
EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY ACCENT.
EXAMPLES OF INTENSIVE EMPHASIS..
EXAMPLES OF ABSOLUTE EMPHASIS..
EXAMPLES OF ANTITHETIC EMPHASIS.
RISING AND FALLING INFLECTIONS..
RULES FOR THE USE OF INFLECTIONS...
6. THE DEAD CHILD'S FORD..
7. LAME AND LAZY.-A Fable..
8. FAITHFULNESS IN LITTLE THINGS..
9. THE AMERICAN BOY....
14. WEBSTER AND THE WOODCHUCK.
33. ROBERT BRUCE AND THE SCOTCH WOMAN
34. ROBERT BRUCE AND THE SPIDER..
39. A DESPERATE ENCOUNTER WITH A PANTHER.. Book of Adventures, 150
48. AN INGENIOUS STRATAGEM......
49. FRANCES SLOCUM, THE YOUNG CAPTIVE..
61. THE SWORD OF BUNKER HILL...
62. BIBLE LEGEND OF THE WISSAHIKON.
66. MRS. CREDULOUS AND THE FORTUNE-TELLER.
67. FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY.—An Allegory..
69. THE WORLD WOULD BE THE BETTER FOR IT.
70. SELECT PROVERBS OF SOLOMON
81. THE INDIAN BRIDE'S REVENGE.
I. WHAT REALLY BENEFITS US, 260. II. GOD'S LOVE, 261. III. LIFE-
WORK, 261. IV. HUMILITY, 261. V. BENEFITS OF ADVERSITY. 262.
VI. OUR MOUNTAIN HOMES, 262. VII. MAKE A BEGINNING, 262.
VIII. INFLUENCE, 263. IX. PLEASURE IN ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE,
264. X. WHAT IS FAME? 264. XI. CULTIVATED INTELLECT, 265.
89. LAST CRUISE OF THE MONITOR... ... Adapted. Grenville M. Weeks, 305
90. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF WOMEN......Gail Hamilton, 313
91. SCENE FROM WILLIAM TELL....
92. THE RICH MAN AND THE POOR MAN.
85. GETTING THE RIGHT START....
86. THE PRESUMPTION OF YOUTH..
95. THE TREASURES OF THE DEEP..
102. QUEEN ISABELLA'S RESOLVE...
103. DISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD..
105. Two HUNDRED YEARS AGO....
107. THE THREE FORMS OF NATURE.
108. THE WHALE AND THE WHALER...
109. RIENZI'S ADDRESS TO THE ROMANS..
.From the French of Michelet, 367
I. SWIFTNESS OF TIME, 378. II. THE SHIP OF STATE, 879.
TRUE HERO, 379. IV. HEART ESSENTIAL TO GENIUS, 379. V. EDU-
CATION, 880. VI. VANITY OF WEALTH, 380. VII. CONSOLATION OF
THE GOSPEL. 381. VIII. THE LIGHT OF HOPE, 881. IX. PAMPER-
112. WE ALL DO FADE AS A LEAF.
116. THE BRAHMIN AND THE ROGUES.... Versified by J. N. McElligott, 394
117. LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS..