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THE HOWE READERS

A FIFTH READER

BY

WILL D. HOWE

PROFESSOR OF ENG LISIL IN INDIANA UNIVERSITY

MYRON T. PRITCHARD

MASTER, EVERETT SCHOOL, BOSTON

AND

ELIZABETH V. BROWN

DIRECTOR OF PRIMARY INSTRUCTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

1910

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PREFACE

This series of reading books has been prepared in accordance with a definite and unified plan. Each volume has its own place in the series and has led naturally to the succeeding book. The Fifth Reader comprises selections taken from the best writing available for the young, in the belief that the boy or girl who is prepared to use the book should be assisted to exercise a surer judgment in the selection of his reading and to appreciate in some measure the characteristics of style.

In preparing the Fifth Reader the editors have continually kept in mind the interest of boys and girls and have carefully surveyed the best literature with a view to the selection of material which is entertaining and inspiring. The list of authors contains the names of those who have had the largest part in writing the great books of the world. Every selection has its special interest and purpose,—now the appeal to one's self-respect, now the love of nature, of country, of home, the theme of brotherhood, the

supreme worth of the common everyday virtues. Following the usual custom, the authors have abridged the selections when, for pedagogical reasons, it has seemed desirable to do so.

As the best literature makes a distinct moral appeal to the reader, it is evident that the subtle influence of such selections as this book contains will help boys and girls to live more happily and helpfully.

The notes give a few facts concerning the various authors and furnish suggestions for additional reading.

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