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order to express the various sentiments, presented in the Reading Lessons, in the most elegant and appropriate manner.

That the pupil may clearly understand the subjects, all the classical terms, and such words and phrases as seem to require it, have been explained. Wherever allusion is made to proper names, such biographical or historical account has been given of them, in brief notes, as a thorough knowledge of the subject seemed to demand ; and, wherever there is a liability to mistake, the pronunciation of the words has also been given, and, in some cases, their analysis and definitions.

In the preparation of reading-books for the youth of our country, it is of the utmost importance to place before their minds lessons not only of literary accuracy, but also those of a high moral character. In these respects, the present work, it is believed, will be found to contain nothing at least objectionable, even to the most fastidious.

Nearly thirty years ago, the author published his first series of reading-books. Since that time, he has contributed to this department of literature TWENTY-TWO VOLUMES of lessons for reading and speaking. These books have been more extensively used in the schools of this country than any other; and several of the lower numbers have been translated into the dialects of other nations, and are now in use in the schools of foreign countries; an evidence of the appreciation in which they are held by educators abroad, and of their adaptedness to the purposes of juvenile instruction.

That the UNION FIFTH READER may serve to promote the great cause of education, create a lively interest in the reading class, improve the moral and intellectual powers of the youth of our country, and merit that favor which has been shown to the other numbers of the Union Series, has been the aim of the author in its preparation.

NEW YORK, July, 1867.

1. ACHIEVEMENTS AND DIGNITY OF LABOR.... Rev. Newman Ilall, 47

2. POWERS OF THE HAND...

..Dr. George Wilson, 50

3. THERE'S WORK ENOUGH TO DO.

. Anon., 53

4. FIELDS FOR LABOR..

Mrs. Ellen H. Gates, 55

5. WHERE THERE'S A WILL, TIIERE'S A WAY.. .J. G. Saxe, 56

6. THE OFFICES OF MEMORY..

Islay Burns, 58

7. Tue MEMORY OF JOY....

Greenwood, 62

8. THE HOUSE BY THE ROLLING RIVER.

.Linna Schenk, 66

9. THE Light AT HOME...

68

10. THE SOLDIER BIRD..

.H. H. Browndl, 69

11. THE BATTLE-FIELD..

73

12. SonG OF THE CANNON-BALL

. Anon., 76

13. THE CHILDREN OF THE BATTLE-FIELD. .James G. Clark, 78

14. THE BRAVE AT HOME.

. Anon., 80

15. THE SOLDIER'S REPRIEVE.

.N. Y. Observer, 81

16. THE LAST RIDE..

Miss Mulock, 86

17. PASSING TO THE SUPERNAL.

Sat. Eve. Post, 90

18. SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS..

91

19. EDUCATION, OUR OWN WORK

.John Todd, 94

20. SELF-CULTURE.

Channing, 97

21. THE SKATER AND THE Wolves.

Whitehead, 100

22. PURITY OF CHARACTER..

.Henry Ward Beecher, 104

23. THE TIIREE SISTERS. An Allegory.

105

24. DESERVE IT .....

. Anon., 107

25. THE BRIDAL WINE-CUP.....

110

26. DESOLATING EFFECTS OF INTEMPERANCE..

W. Irving, 114

27. EULOGY ON COLD WATER

.Paul Denton, 115

28. PROFANENESS

E. H. Chapin, 117

29. VOICES OF GOD..

.Lon. Brit. Magazine, 118

30. BETTER THAN GOLD..

. Anon., 120

31. THE ANGEL OF THE LEAVES. An Allegory. . Hannah F. Gould, 122

32. THE WORLD OF CHANCE..

.John Todd, 125

33. THE WORLD OF CHANCE (continued).

.John Todd, 128

34. No GOD......

.N. K. Richardson, 131

35. TuE PRESENCE OF GOD..

. Amelia B. Welby, 133

36. INTEGRITY.

D. S. Dickinson, 136

37. TuE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE

Ephraim Peabody, 138

38. WHEN I AM OLD....

Caroline A. Briggs, 143

39. A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW.

Thomas Hood, 145

LESSON.

40. TAKING A WHALE

.RStarbuck, 147

41. LEVIATHAN, OR THE GREAT WHALE. . From the French of Michelet, 153

42. THE GAME OF LIFE..

.J. G. Saxe, 156

43. KEEP IN STEP

. Anon., 159

44. ENCOURAGEMENTS IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE. E. Everett, 160

45. THE CAPACITY OF AN HOUR.

.John Foster, 165

46. EVENING PRAYER .....

Channing, 167

47. THE TIME FOR PRAYER.

. Anon., 169

48. ONE BY ONE.....

Adelaide A. Procter, 171

49. INVENTIVE GENIUS AND LABOR.

.Elihu Burritt, 172

50. THE RESULTS OF WORK..

.Dr. J. G. Holland, 175

51. OUR DEEDS IMPERISHABLE.

.L. H. Grindon, 178

52. THE USES OF LIFE..

Harper's Magazine, 180

53. LOFTY ASPIRATIONS.

Dem. Review, 183

54. GENERAL WASHINGTON's ESCAPE

.. Anon., 185

55. Exciting ADVENTURE WITH AN INDIAN.. Blackwood's Magazine, 190

56. CHOICE EXTRACTS : –

I. DECAY OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS.. Charles Sprague, 200

II. LAMENT OF AN INDIAN CHIEF...

200

III. EFFECTS OF OUR DEEDS..

201

IV. MAN'S MORTALITY.

S. Wastell, 201

V. SAVING FOR OLD AGE.

202

VI. BE FIRM ....

Mrs. S. C. Mayo, 203

VII. THE YOUNG VOYAGER.

.Rev. Albert Barnes, 204

VIII. VOYAGE OF LIFE....

.Henry Ware, Jun., 205

IX. THE BEAUTIES OF NATUFE.

Moodie, 205

X. CHEER UP..

206

57. EARNESTNESS

. Anon., 207

58. INCENTIVES TO CULTURE.

R. F. Trowbridge, 213

59. “AND THEN?”...

215

60. WHAT IS LIFE ?..

Charles D. Drake, 217

61. PLEASURES OF KNOWLEDGE..

. Sydney Smith, 220

62. MAN AND THE INDUSTRIAL ARTS. .Dr. George Wilson, 225

63. THE BEAUTIFUL..

.E. H. Burrington, 232

64. THE BRIGHT FLOWERS

.. Anon., 234

65. THE SUMMER Rain...

.Helen Mitchell, 235

66. A NOBLE REVENGE..

Thomas De Quincey, 236

67. STORY OF THE SIEGE OF CALAIS.

.Henry Brooke, 239

68. THE TRUE LEGION OF Honor.

. Anon., 244

69. CONSCIENCE.....

..James Linen, 246

70. MORAL AND RELIGIOUS CULTURE

Sat. Eve. Post, 249

71. DESIRE AND MEANS OF HAPPINESS.

Horace Mann, 254

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72. THE INVENTION OF PRINTING. - A Dialogue Osborne, 258

73. THE THREE VOICES..

Anon., 261

74. Action OF CLIMATE UPON MAN. .Prof. Arnold Guyot, 262

75. THE WONDERS OF CIVILIZATION

. Arnott, 264

76. THE LOVE OF TRUTH

265

77. ASPIRATIONS OF Youth..

George William Curtis, 267

78. THE GRAVE OF THE YEAR.

G. A. Gamage, 269

79. ANOTHER YEAR.

271

80. THE TELESCOPE AND THE MICROSCOPE.

. Chalmers, 273

81. IMMENSITY OF THE UNIVERSE ..

..0. M. Mitchel, 275

82. THE FIRST PREDICTER OF AN ECLIPSE. 0. M. Mitchel, 277

83. THE SONG OF LIGHT

W. P. Palmer, 281

84. CHANT AND CHORUS OF THE PLANETS. ..Anna Blackwell, 283

85. INSIGNIFICANCE OF THE EARTH ......

Chalmers, 285

86. HONOR TO THE PROJECTOR OF THE ATLANTIC CABLE. A. A. Low, 288

87. RECOVERY OF THE Lost ATLANTIC CABLE... Cyrus W. Field, 291

88. How CYRUS LAID TIIE CABLE..

.J. G. Saxe, 295

89. THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPII. Rev. George Lansing Taylor, 297

90. THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.

. Anon., 299

91. BEATITUDES

Bible, 301

92. THE PRIDE OF IGNORANCE.

S. W. Taylor, 304

93. Science AND ART..

.D. Brewster, 308

94. ADVANCE..

.D. F. M'Carthy, 311

95. The POLAR STAR

Westby Gibson, 313

96. MOUNTAINS.

..E. M. Morse, 315

97. THE ALPS..

Willis Gaylord Clark, 318

98. DESIRE TO BE REMEMBERED

319

99. THE DESIRE OF REPUTATION.

. Rev. Albert Barnes, 321

100. VANITY OF EARTHLY FAME.

. Henry Kirke White, 326

101. “ This, TOO, MUST PASS AWAY" . Mrs. E. C. Howarth, 328

102. GOD, THE TRUE OBJECT OF CONFIDENCE

Greenwood, 329

103. INSPIRATION OF LIVING GENIUS.. Mrs. E. Oakes Smith,

333

104. GENIUS AND ORIGINALITY.

Rev. Dr. G. W. Eaton, 336

105. HURRYING ON.....

338

106. THE PEOPLE'S ADVENT.

Gerald Massey, 339

107. DiscoVERY OF MANHATTAN.

...Mary L. Booth, 341

108. CHOICE EXTRACTS: -

I. PERSONAL RELIGION..

Webster, 345

II. THE BEAM OF DEVOTION.. George P. Morris, 347

III. PROGRESS

347

IV. LOVE DUE TO THE CREATOR

.G. Griffin, 348.

V. INFLUENCE OF GOLD.....

. Addison, 348

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