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ANALYTICAL

FOURTH READER:

CONTAINING

PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR READING; A THOROUGH METHOD
OF THOUGHT-ANALYSIS; A CRITICAL PHONIC

ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH WORDS :

AND A LARGE NUMBER OF

NEW AND VALUABLE SELECTIONS IN READING.

BY

RICHARD EDWARDS, LL. I).,

PRESIDENT OF TUE ILLINOIS STATE NORMAL UNIVEKSITY.

DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF CLASSES IN COMMON SCHOOLS.

NEW YORK:
MASON BROTHERS.
CHICAGO: GEO. & C. W. SHERWOOD, BOSTON: MASON & HAMLIN.

1867.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY
APR 7 1959

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the yeas 1867,

BY GEO. & C. W. SHERWOOD, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the

Northern District of Illinois,

PREFACE.

This book has been prepared for the use of classes in grammar and intermediate schools. It is made to conform to the principles adopted in the Analytical Series. These principles, it is thought, have successfully borne the test of actual use in the recitation-room, and they are recommended to educators with renewed confidence.

One of these principles is, that the foundation of all efforts in reading should be a thorough appreciation of the thoughts and emotions expressed in what is read. Vocal expression must take its character from the meaning it is to convey.

But the necessity for vocal drill and voice-culture is fully recognized. Every book in the series aims to present some of the best examples for such drill.

The recent improvement in the character of literature for the young, has enabled the compiler to make selections for this book, unequaled, it is believed, by those of any similar book now before the public, both in their general merits as literary productions, and in their adaptedness to the purpose of teaching reading. Among the selections, however, are many old pieces of sterling merit.

Appended to many of the selections will be found suggestions and questions intended to assist in developing

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