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With the publication of this book, our series of readers designed for the use of graded and ungraded schools, is completed.

Concerning the simplicity and careful gradation of the letter-press, a word of explanation is necessary.

It is evident, even to the casual observer, that pupils terminate their school life at a much earlier age now than ever before.

This is due, in part, to1.- Better methods of instruction, which advance

pupils more rapidly toward the completion of

their course of study. 2.- A feverish desire on the part of the young to

commence their life-work
3. — The humble circumstances of many parents,

who, consequently, need the assistance of their
children in the every-day affairs of life, and
take them from school by the time they have

finished the third reader.
The average age at which most pupils complete
the course of study in our public schools has been


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 many hours of hard study, is the fervent wish of


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