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PREFACE.

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This New FRANKLIN FIFTH READER is the result of a painstaking endeavor to furnish a choice selection of pieces for school reading. No piece has been taken without careful scrutiny, and consideration of its fitness in matter, expression, and elocutionary merit. The compiler has constantly asked the questions : Is this selection of interest to the children who will use the book? Is the subject-matter within the range of their experience or sympathy ? Has it sufficient excellence of thought or sentiment, and of style, to be read again and again with profit and satisfaction ?

It will be seen by a glance at the List of Authors, that a large number of the best writers, both American and English, are represented in this book. From these have been culled

many of the choice gems which enrich the treasures of the English tongue.

None of these selections appears in the Franklin Fifth Reader. Many of them are here presented in a readingbook for the first time. The others, it is thought, are of such enduring merit, that nothing could be found worthily to fill their place and leave no cause of regret for their omission.

How much explanation should be made a part of the reading exercise has been a subject of considerable thought. It has not seemed best wholly to supersede the teacher by presenting everything in a finished shape to the pupil, leaving him almost nothing for research and exercise.

The plan adopted has been to give a few definitions of the more unusual words, and such explonations of proper names as pupils

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