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THE

FOURTH READER:

FOR THE

USE OF SCHOOLS.

WITH

AN INTRODUCTORY TREATISE ON READING AND THE TRAINING

OF THE VOCAL ORGANS.

By G. S. HILLARD.

With Original Ilustrations.

PHILADELPHIA.
ELDREDGE AND BROTHER.

1873.

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Entered, aceording to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by

GEORGE 8. IIILLARD,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetbe

ELECTROTYPED AT THE
BOSTON STEREOTYPE FORNDBY.

PREFACE.

The present reading book contains the most approved selections from the Fourth Class Reader, originally published by the compiler in 1857, together with large additions from other sources. It is intended for the use of the lower classes in our grammar schools, and generally for classes composed of children varying from rine to twelve years of age. The present work is printed in larger and better type than its predecessor, and it contains some new features, which the method of instruction adopted in many schools renders desirable. To each piece is prefixed a list of words, to serve as an exercise in spelling; in which also the approved pronunciation of each word is carefully indicated. All the words which seem to require explanation are defined at the end of <ach selection. A few pictorial illustrations have been introduced, the experience of teachers having shown that the judicious ase of these is of service with young pupils. They are from the designs of Mr. John N. Hyde.

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The Introduction will, it is believed, be found of prac tical value to the teacher. It contains a great variety of words and sentences for training the voice and forming a distinct articulation. Such directions as are deemed necessary appear as explanatory of these selections, rather than as arbitrary rules on a subject which, from its nature, is hardly capable of being reduced to rule.

In the preparation of the Spelling and Defining Lessons, and of the Introductory matter, the compiler has received valuable aid from the practical experience of L. J. Campbell, A M., and Geo. N. Jackson, A. M.

The compiler has only to add, that the lessons have been carefully selected and prepared, and that he has been aided by the judgment and taste of teachers, who have had the original Fourth Class Reader in use since its first appearance. The favor with which that work has been received he hopes may be extended to this.

G. S. KI-I \RD

Boston, May, 1863.

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