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ascertained to be about thirteen and a half years. From this it is evident that many can not be more than ten years old.

How utterly impossible it is for pupils of such an immature age to understand or comprehend the masterpieces of our literature, can be realized only by those teachers who have exhausted every expedient to accomplish such a result.

It is needless, perhaps, to say that the authors of this series of readers, who have had many years' experience in the school-room, have kept this fact constantly in mind; and they confidently believe that the New National Series will be found more pleasing, interesting, and intelligible to young minds than any others ever issued.

If teachers of High Schools, Seminaries, and Academies do not find that abstruse and difficult kind of literature which they desire for the most advanced pupils, let them await the appearance of “Barnes’ Collegiate Reader and Speaker,” which is in preparation and will be issued shortly.

That these readers may lighten the labors of the teaching fraternity every-where, and add to the pupil's interest and pleasure during the many hours of hard study, is the fervent wish of

THE AUTHORS.

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71.-TROPICAL VEGETATION IN SOUTH AMERICA . C. Kingsley. 317 72.-FRANKLIN'S VISIT TO HIS MOTHER Freeman Hunt. 321

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John Ruskin. 331

75.—A DINNER PARTY ÎN ANCIENT THEBES . Mrs. J. D. Steele. 335

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77.—THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA (I) Washington Irving. 342 78.--THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA (II)

348 80.–LOST ON THE FLOES (I)

Elisha K. Kane. 356 81.- LOST ON THE FLOES (II)

362 83.-BENEATH THE FALLS OF NIAGARA . John Tyndall. 370 84.—THE COLISEUM AT ROME Charlotte M. Yonge. 376

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89.THE RUBBER TREES OF THE AMAZON Herbert H. Smith. 396

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