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ECLECTIC EDUCATIONAL SERIES,

McGuffey's Eclectic Speller.
McGuffey's Eclectic Readers.

vey' Language Course.
Ray's New Arithmetics.
Eclectic Geographies.
Eclectic Penmanship.
Venable's U. S. History.
Thalheimer's Historical Series.

Etc., Etc.

Descriptive Circulars and Price List on

application to the Publishers.

"The
UNIVERSITY

COPYRIGHT,

1879,
BY VAN ANTWERP, BRAGG & Co.

ECLECTIC PRESS
VAN ANTWERP, BRAGG & co,

CINCINNATI

PREFACE.

The plan of the revision of MCGUFFEY's FIFTH READER is the same as that pursued in the other books of the REVISED SERIES. The book has been considerably enlarged, but the new pieces have been added or substituted only after the most careful consideration, and where the advantages to be derived were assured.

It has been the object to obtain as wide a range of leading authors as possible, to present the best specimens of style, to insure interest in the subjects, to impart valuable information, and to exert à decided and healthful moral influence. Thus the essential characteristics of MCGUFFEY'S READERS have been carefully kept intact.

The preliminary exercises have been retained, and are amply sufficient for drill in articulation, inflection, etc. The additional exercises on these subjects, formerly inserted between the lessons, have been omitted to make room for other valuable features of the REVISED SERIES.

A full understanding of the text is necessary in order to read it properly. As all the books of reference required for this purpose are not within the reach of the majority of pupils, full explanatory notes have been given, which, it is believed, will add greatly not only to the interest of the reading lessons, but also to their usefulness from an instructive point of view.

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