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HETV AND POPULAR READINGS, RECITATIONS,
TABLEAUX, ETC., ETC.
J. W. SHOEMAKER, A. M.,
LATE PRESIDENT OF THE
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, by
J. W. SHOEMAKER & Co., In the Office of tbe Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C.
THE unprecedented number of advance orders for the
ANNUAL, and the many inquiries concerning ito
issue, table of contents, etc., give us assurance that we are supplying a popular want in its publication, and that the ANNUAL is becoming a welcome visitor to many
schools and households.
Of the vast wealth of our literature, a very small portion
finds a permanent place in the average family, and a still
smaller portion is placed within ready reach of the student.
It has been the object of the editor in this series of selece
tions to give a worthy representation of our best English
and American authors in the choice of selections, and extracts, such as may, in the main, be a model of style to students, and at the same time afford popular reading for the social circle and public entertainment. We leave it to
the student of letters, upon a candid examination of the