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PREFACE

PUPILS presented for the Fifth Standard are to be examined by the Inspector in the highest reading-book used in the school. In the great majority of schools that book will be Standard V. Where, however, a sixth class is formed, the fifth class will be examined in the sixth book. To meet this awkward arrangement, the Sixth and Fifth Standards of this series are made of about the same difficulty. Again, those reading the Sixth Book, and presented for the Sixth Standard, may be examined either in the book they have been reading, or in a newspaper. We have, accordingly, admitted into this volume extracts similar to those which may be found in the best journals. This may be safely said, that, if the Sixth Book be thoroughly mastered, the pupils need not fear the newspaper-test. The pieces in this, as in the preceding books of the Narrative Series,' are fresh and

Scarcely any–if any–will be found in other school reading-books.

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PREFACE

PUPILS presented for the Fifth Standard are to be examined by the Inspector in the highest reading-book used in the school.' In the great majority of schools that book will be Standard V. Where, however, a sixth class is formed, the fifth class will be examined in the sixth book. To meet this awkward arrangement, the Sixth and Fifth Standards of this series are made of about the same difficulty. Again, those reading the Sixth Book, and presented for the Sixth Standard, may be examined either in the book they have been reading, or in a newspaper. We have, accordingly, admitted into this volume extracts similar to those which may be found in the best journals. This may be safely said, that, if the Sixth Book be thoroughly mastered, the pupils need not fear the newspaper-test. The pieces in this, as in the preceding books of the Narrative Series,' are fresh and

Scarcely any--if any--will be found in other school reading-books.

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