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The compiler of the First Class Reader, and of the Second Class Reader, solicits the attention of teachers, and of all persons interested in education, to the present work, which is intended for the use of children in the third class in our grammar schools, of ages varying from nine dr ten to twelve years. The same general principles which have guided him in the preparation of his former compilations have been followed in this, with such modifications as were required by the . more tender age of the children to whom it is addressed. The line of distinction between a second class reader and a third class reader cannot be very sharply drawn. A bright boy or girl in the third class would be quite able to understand what was level to the comprehension of an average boy or girl in the second class. To a certain extent, the selections in the present work are substantially of the same kind as those in the Second Class Reader, and the explanations made in the preface to that work are, in the main, applicable to the present compilation.

In proportion to its size, the present selection has cost the compiler more labor than either of its predecessors. Many of the prose pieces have been either written, or translated, or compiled, by him. A few lessons on moral subjects will be found towards the close, which, it is hoped, will not prove too dry to serve the purposes for which they are intended. In the poetical selections there will be found many pieces already


familiar to teachers and scholars. This has been advisedly done. Good poetry rather gains than loses by familiarity and repetition ; and no school reader can be esteemed perfect which does not contain some of those gems of English verse, the merit of which has been felt by many generations of pupils.

The introductory portion, on reading, and training of the vocal organs, has been abridged from that prefixed to the Second Class Reader.


BOSTON, April, 1857.

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37. Hiawatha's Childhood,

Longfellow. 71

38. Hiawatha's Canoe,

... Longfellow. 73

39. Confidence rewarded,

Merry's Museum. 76

40. An Indian Narrative,..

...... Rev. C. B: Boynton and T. B. Mason. 78

41. The same Subject, concluded,


42. The Cataract of Lodore,

Southey. 84

43. Fidelity,

Wordsworth. 88

44. Female Heroism,

.C. F. Hoffman. 90

45. On Presence of Mind, .... . Altered from Evening Entertainments. 92

46. A Monument to a Mother's Grave,

..J. R. Chandler. 96

47. Never give up,

Tupper. 98

48. The Death of Wyckliffe,

. Sir Walter Scott. 99

49. Redmond and Matilda,

Sir Walter Scott. 102

50. The Converted Miser,

; From the French. 104

51. The same Subject, concluded,.


52. Select Passages in Verse,.


53. The Pirate and the Zenaida Dove,

on. 112

54. The Dying Boy,


55. Truth and Falsehood,


56. Pibroch of Donald Dhu,

Sir Walter Scott. 118

57. The Cataract and the Streamlet,


58. The Murdered Traveller,

Bryant. 121

59. Insect Importance,


60. The same Subject, concluded,


61. Bernardo del Carpio, ......

Mrs. Hemans. 127

62. The Eddystone Lighthouse,.


63. The Inchcape Bell,

Southey. 133

64. Indian Jugglers,.


65. The Reaper and the Flowers,

Longfellow. 138

66. Hymn on Divine Providence,.

Addison. 139

67. The Chamois and Chamois Hunting,


68. The Chamois Hunters,


69. The same Subject, concluded,


70. Anecdote of Franklin's Boyhood,

Hawthorne. 150

71. The same Subject, concluded,


72. Nose and Eyes,

Couper. 158

73. Christmas Times,

Moore. 159

74. Tit for Tat,....

.Evening Entertainments. 161

75. The Sea Eagle,..


76. Conscientiousness in Little Things,


77. The Arab's Farewell to his Horse,

Mrs. Norton. 169

78. The Old Cottage Clock,

Charles Swain. 171

79. William Tell to his Native Mountains,

..J. S. Knowles. 172

85. Good and Bad Temper,...


81. A Hasty Temper corrected,.

Miss Sedgwick. 176

82. The same Subject, concluded,


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