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BEING A COLLECTION OF HUMOROUS PIECES,
CHIEFLY FROM THE FRENCH, TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH
FOR THIS WORK, AND PROGRESSIVELY
ARRANGED, WITH NOTES.
For the Use of Schools and Pribate Students.
CHARLES HENRI SCHNEIDER, M.C.P., F.E.I.S.
SENIOR FRENCH MASTER IN THE EDINBURGH HIGH SCHOOL, THE MERCHANT
COMPANY'S EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR YOUNG LADIES,
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND.
LONDON : SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & co.
JAMES DONALDSON, Esq., M.A., LL.D.,
RECTOR OF THE ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL OF EDINBURGH,
(THE LAST OF MY EDUCATIONAL COURSE)
AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESPECT FOR HIS EMINENCE AS A
TEACHER AND A SCHOLAR,
BUT ESPECIALLY AS A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE FOR
HIS UNFAILING COURTESY AND KINDNESS
TO HIS MOST OBLIGED SERVANT,
EDINBURGH, September 1875.
It is a very well known fact that French has become an indispensable part of a liberal education. It is now taught in all the principal Colleges and Schools of Great Britain.
Considering, therefore, the importance of his task, it is the duty of the teacher to adopt a method, in teaching this branch of education, which will enable the pupil to make rapid progress, and at the same time to acquire a thorough knowledge of the language.
My object has been to produce a book which shall keep alive the learner's interest by the variety of its contents, and at the same time initiate him into the peculiarities and niceties of the French language by a series of pieces, which have been carefully selected, from a moral as well as a literary point of view. Special attention has been bestowed on