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BOTH IN PROSE AND POETRY, VARIOUS IN STYLE, AND CAREFULLY ADAPTED
BY CHARLES W. SANDERS, A.M.,
AUTHOR OF "A SERIES OF SCHOOL READERS, "YOUNG LADIES' READER,'
IVISON, BLAKEMAN, TAYLOR & CO.,
SANDERS' NEW SERIES OF READERS.
NEWLY ILLUSTRATED AND ENLARGED.
SANDERS' PRIMARY SPELLER...................
SANDERS' PICTORIAL PRIMER. Bound (Green Covers)..
Primary Schools in Concert. 8 Nos. on 4 Cards...........
SANDERS' UNION SPELLER..
SANDERS' UNION PRIMER...
SANDERS' UNION READER, NUMBER ONE.......
SANDERS' UNION SERIES OF READERS.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by
Lathe Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.
044X 172 PREFACE.
THIS FOURTH READER is designed to pass the pupil from the comparatively easy ground occupied by the THIRD to the more difficult course embraced in THE UNION FIFTH READER, which is next higher in the series. It is, therefore, carefully graded to this intermediate position.
In one sense, however, it is the most important in the set; since the great mass of pupils, in our common schools, are drawn away from scholastic pursuits long before the proper time for entering upon any course of reading more advanced than that which is here presented. This consideration has had its full weight in the preparation of the following pages.
Every exercise will be found to bear the impress of that special adaptation to the purposes of teaching, without which no book of this kind can fully perform the office which it assumes. The labor expended in this direction, though all unseen by the casuai observer, has been neither light nor brief. It can be duly appreciated by none but the experienced teacher.
All words in the exercises, requiring explanation, have been arranged, as regular lessons in spelling and definition. In these definitions, however, it must be kept in mind, that no attempt. has been made to give all the meanings of which a word is sus ceptible, but that only which it bears in the particular place in the exercise where it is found. There is a special educational advantage in thus leading the mind of the pupil definitely to fix upon the precise import of a word, in some particular use or application of it.
All proper names, occurring in the text, and at all likely to embarrass the learner, have been explained in brief, comprehensive notes. These notes involve many matters, Geographical, Bio