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PREFACE.

The special features of this Reader are

1. The language and subject of each lesson are thoroughly adapted to the capacities of the children in Standard V.

2. At the head of each lesson necessary words are explained, such explanation being applicable to their exact use in the lesson.

3. Each paragraph is numbered.

4. Questions on the subject-matter of each lesson are given as models for young teachers. These questions are framed so as not to admit a single "yes or “no” for an answer.

5. The poetry has been carefully selected from standard authors, and the pieces are well adapted for the "English" of the Mundella Code.

6. In the book will be found lessons which indicate those high moral duties, so essential to the well-being of a people, such as reverence for parents, honesty, truthfulness, kindness to animals, and the cultivation of habits of thrift. The great question of temperance has also an important place.

7. The lessons on “ familiar animals, plants, and substances used in ordinary life, are adapted to cultivate habits of exact observation, statement, and reasoning” (Code 1883).

8. The numerous illustrations of the subject matter will attract the eye, excite the intellect, and greatly encourage in the scholars a love of reading.

9. Short notes are added when necessary, to explain different phrases and allusions.

10. Very careful attention has been given to paper and binding.

The best thanks of the Editor are given to Messrs. Longmans and Co. for permission to use portions of “Horatius," and "Towns and Watering Places in England Two Hundred Years Ago;" to Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton for permission to use extracts from "Log Cabin to White House," and for extracts from "Bovet's Egypt, Palestine, &c. ;” and to Justin M'Carthy, Esq., M.P., for extracts from "History of Our Own Times."

CONTENTS.

The Italics indicate Poetical Pieces.

25

28

Pursued by Wolves

30

The Battle of the Baltic...... 36

The Capture of Quebec...... 40

Waterloo...

48

Progress in the Early Part

of Victoria's Reign-

Part I... 51

Part II.. 54

Our Own Fireside ......... 57

Slavery in Ancient Times... 59

Slavery in Modern Times... 62

Elegy Written in a Country

Churchyard

68

Early English Seamen-

Part I... 75

Part II.. 79

Sir Humphry Davy......... 83

The Worst Form of Slavery 87

The Village Preacher.... 91

Page

A Happy Family-Part I... 92

Part II.. 95

My Mind to Me a Kingdom

Is

100

The Great Exhibition 102

A Remarkable Parallel...... 106

The Tournament- Part I... 110

Part II.. 115

Horatius-Part I.

122

Part II............ 124

The Death of Nelson 127

On a Contented Mind 133

Our Principal Towns Two

Hundred Years Ago ...... 134

The Thrush's Nest

140

English Watering Places

Two Hundred Years Ago 140

A Gentleman's Dining Hall

in the Twelfth Century... 143

Conisborough Castle, York-

shire

147

Auburn

150

James Watt and the Steam

Engine

151

The Day of Rest...

157

The Fire of London, 1666... 159

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