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PARKER & WATSON'S SERIES, No. 6.

THE

NATIONAL .

FIFTH READER:

CONTAINING

A COMPLETE AND PRACTICAL TREATISE ON ELOCUTION;
SELECT AND CLASSIFIED EXERCISES IN READING AND
DECLAMATION; WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES,
AND COPIOUS NOTES : ADAPTED TO THE USE

OF STUDENTS IN LITERATURE.

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A. S. BARNES & COMPANY,

NEW YORK AND CHICAGO.

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THE NATIONAL READERS.

By PARKER & WATSON. No. 1.–National Primer, . . . . . 64 pp., 16mo. lo. 2.-National First Reader, . . 128 pp., 16mo.

3.-National Second Reader, . 224 pp., 16mo. No. 4.-National Third Reader, . . 288 pp., 12mo. No. 5.-National Fourth Reader, .432 pp., 12mo. No. 6.-National Fifth Reader, .. 600 pp., 12mo.

II. THE INDEPENDENT READERS.

By J. MADISON WATSON. The Independent First Reader,. . 80 pp., 16mo. The Independent Second Reader,. 160 pp., 16mo. The Independent Third Reader, i 240 pp., 16mo. The Independent Fourth Reader,. 264 pp., 12mo. The Independent Fifth Reader, . . 336 pp., 12mo. The National Fifth Reader, . ... 600 pp., 12mo.

III.

NATIONAL SPELLING BOOKS.

By:.: MADSON:Watson. National Eleñentary Speller, : ' . . 160 pp., 16mo. National Pronouncing: Speber, . . 188 pp., 12mo.

*** The Readers constitute.tvö complete and entirely distinct series, either of which ane: adequate to every want of the best schools. The Speisers may accompany either Series.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by

A. S. BARNES & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District

of New York. N. 5th.

PREFACE.

: TN the preparation of this volume, we have ained to make it a com-.

I plete and sufficient work for advanced classes in Reading, Elocution, y and English and American Literature; to furnish, in an available form,

such an amount of biographical, historical, classical, orthoëpical, and

miscellaneous matter, as to render it highly valuable as a book of refO4 erence; and to present a collection of pieces so rich, varied, perspicuous,

and attractive, as to suit all classes of minds, all times, and all occasions. } Part First, in two chapters, embraces a simple, complete, and emi

nently practical Treatise on Elocution. The principles and rules are stated in a succinct and lucid manner, and followed by examples and exercises of sufficient number and extent to enable the student thoroughly to master each point as presented, as well as to acquire a clistinct comprehension of the parts as a whole.

In Part Second, the Selections for Reading and Declamation contain what are regarded as the choicest gems of English literature. The works of many authors, ancient and modern, have been consulted, and more than a hundred standard writers, of the English language, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been laid under contribution to enable the authors to present a collection, rich in all that can inform the understanding, improve the taste, and cultivate the heart, and which, at the same time, shall furnish every variety of style and subject to exemplify the principles of Rhetorical delivery, and form a finished reader and elocutionist. These selections have been arrarged in a regularly graded course, and strictly classified with regard io the nature of the subjects. Although we have not been studious of novelty, presenting only what we regarded as suitable, intrinsically excellent, and most truly indicating the mode and range of thought of the wziter, it will be seen that a large proportion of this collecijca is composcd of pieces to be found in no similar work.

Much care and labor have been devoted to the orthoëpical department. The pronunciation of all words liable to be mispronounced is indicated once in each paragraph, or at the bottom of the page where they occur. With respect to the words about the pronunciation of which orthoëpists differ, we have adopted the most recent and reliable authority.

Classical aud historical allusions, so common among the best writers, have in all cases been explained ; and, if the authors have not been de

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