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This work is upon a new plan: it aims to draw the attention of pupils to the proper estimate of their own powers, and to show them how they can best improve themselves. It is designed for schools, colleges, and general readers. Keeping in view conventional usage, nature and common sense, the author has endeavored to strip elocution, as a study, of its repulsive, artificial character, and to make it plain, easy, and attractive. Its principles are embodied and illustrated in a course of reading lessons : and to render these more impressive and pleasing, they are occasionally varied by examinations, conversations, and dialogues. And to guard against conceit and affectation, he has labored to impress upon the student that all right expression must necessarily spring from right thoughts and feelings.—He has introduced what he calls the rising and falling curves, which, it is presumed, will be esteemed a valuable improvement: but in the use of these and other notations, he has purposely avoided all didactic rules. The lessons containing selected pieces are intended for exercises both in reading and speaking; and are equally adapted for botlı sexes. They are interspersed with many amusing anecdotes, with a view to training the pupil to a more colloquial
The marks over the following vowels are designed to show the different inflections made in reading ; and the others to show the slight pauses not indicated by punctuation :
é Rising Slide. See page 20 to 23.
Was John' there?-NO.
Ah, it was Jâmes / that did it! I never thought it could be yoŭ !
XXXVIII. The True To-day. Death's Final Conquest. Essay on
Man. Incentives to Trust. Death of John Quincy
ter. Amusing Anecdote,-Ik kan niet verstaan. The
Ship of State. To a Waterfowl,
XLI. The American Flag. Death of Jeremiah Mason. Against
Repudiation. Our Country's Honor Our Own. The
True Source of Reform,
XLII. Enterprise of American Colonists. From Lord Chatham's
Speech. The Village Preacher. The Deserted Village, 286
XLIII. Speech of Caius Marius. Marco Bozzaris. Burial of Sir
XLIV. In the Trial of Williams for publishing Paine's Age of Rea-
The Stranger and his Friend. Extracts from
Hayne's Speech. Extracts from Webster's Reply to
Hayne. Love of Country,
XLV. Rights of the Plebeians. Salathiel to Titus. Hamlet's
Instruction to the Players. Marmion Taking Leave of
Douglas. Death of Marmion,
XLVI. Extracts from Webster's Speech on Laying the Corner
Stone of the New Wing of the Capitol, July 4, 1851.
Cardinal Wolsey. Marullus to the Roman Populace.
XLVII. Opposition to Misgovernment. Summer Morning in the
Country. Sun-Setting. The American Forest-Girl.
Toby Tosspot. Andrew Jones,
XLVIII. Webster's Speech at a Meeting in Faneuil Hall, 1852.
Extract from President Pierce's Inaugural, 1853, 336
XLIX. From Cicero's Oration against Verres. Reply to the Duke
of Grafton. The Old Man's Funeral. Robert of Lin-
coln. Adam and Eve's Affection-Satan's Flattery, 355