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written is a matter to be determined by the authorities of the schools where the series may be used. It is probably a correct opinion that written drill increases accuracy because it associates the motor nerve elements with the activity of the mind. At the same time, to hear good spellers (as in spelling-matches) no doubt assists those who find difficulty in this exercise. Of course, we seldom need to know the true spelling of a word save when we ourselves must write it.

The reviews in the higher lessons of this series contain not only words presented for the first time in the text, but also such words from the earlier lessons as have been found by experience most difficult for the pupils to learn and to retain.

Words printed in boldface are synonymous.

The International Dictionary has been followed as the standard of authority with occasional supplementary reference to the Century Dictionary.

In all language lessons, it is important to distinguish the division of words for syllabication from that for pronunciation. The syllabication of the Latin words has been presented in general accordance with the principles of English syllabication.

For a discussion of methods and devices of teaching spelling, see Spelling: Principles and Methods, by the editor. Good tests as to whether spelling is being well taught determine whether or not the pupils are learning to observe and to remember the spelling of new and of old and difficult words. The object of the spelling lesson is not only to learn certain assigned words, but equally to develop the power of attention to all words.

“Opportunity," by E. R. Sill, and the extract from the “ Commemoration Ode," by J. R. Lowell, are used by per. mission of and by special arrangement with Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Company, the authorized publishers of Sill's and Lowell's works.

W. E. C.


So nigh is grandeur to our dust,

So near is God to man,
When Duty whispers low, “ Thou must,"
The youth replies, “I can."


Ye heavens - you remain A world above man's head, to let him see How boundless might his soul's horizon be, How vast, yet of what clear transparency.



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The area of the field is ten acres.

At its narrowest point, the English
Channel is twenty miles wide.

“Make every bargain clear and plain That none may afterwards complain.” The caster under the bureau is broken.

bar' gain

com plain' bu'reau


scald e lect' pat'tern gyp'sy


cu'ri ous

en'trance tail'or com mence' limp'ing bat'ter bat'tered reef tress'es prac'tice head'ache flung


re mark!

grippe na'sal

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ci'pher court

streak par'cel

3 6 Beware of entrance to a quarrel.' The tailor will commence work upon my

suit of clothes to-morrow. “ Next November limping, battered, Now the goodly ships are shattered

Far at sea on rock and reef." “The cap of velvet could not hold The tresses of her hair of gold.” “ Practice makes perfect. “ A crown is no cure for a headache." I flung a stone into the brook.

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4 “Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the stream.”

“I heard the thunder hoarsely laugh, Many fleets were strewn like chaff.”

The timbers creak under the heavy strain.

“If poverty is the mother of crime, want of sense is the father.”

Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.”


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5 6 Success follows earnest effort." “Such is the patriot’s boast where'er

we roam, His first, best country, is his home.” “ The dean was famous in his time, And had a kind of knack at rhyme.” “ Then high above the river's mist

appears an arc of light, A city sleeps, at either end enveloped

in the night.”

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