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SCIENTIFIC CIRCLE.

Founded in 1878.

This volume is a part of the course of home reading the essential features of which are:

1. A Definite Course covering four years, and including History, Literature, Art, Science, etc. (A reader may enroll for only one year.) No examinations.

2. Specified Volumes approved by the counselors. Many of the books are specially prepared for the purpose. 3. Allotment of Time. The reading is apportioned by the

week and month.

4. A Monthly Magazine, THE CHAUTAUQUAN, with additional readings, notes, and general literature.

5. A Membership Book, containing suggestions on reading, review outlines, and other aid.

6. Individual Readers, no matter how isolated, may have all the privileges.

7. Local Circles may be formed by three or more members for mutual aid and encouragement.

8. The Time Required is no more than the average person gives to unconnected, desultory reading.

9. Certificates are granted at the end of four years to all who complete the course.

10. Advanced Courses, for continued reading in special lines -History, Literature, etc.

II. Pedagogical Course for secular teachers.

12. Young People's Reading Course, to stimulate the reading of good literature by the young.

For all information concerning the C. L. S. C. address
The Chautauqua Office,

Buffalo, N. Y.

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MEN AND MANNERS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CEN-
TURY. By Miss Susan Hale

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WALKS AND TALKS IN THE GEOLOGICAL FIELD
(illustrated). By Alexander Winchell, late Pro-
fessor of Geology, University of Michigan
THE CHAUTAUQUAN, a monthly magazine (12 num-
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The required books of the C. L. S. C. are recommended by a
Council of six. It must, however, be understood that rec-
ommendation does not involve an approval by the Council,
or by any member of it, of every principle or doctrine con-
tained in the book recommended.

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G. A. Marlins

Copyright, 1898

By FLOOD & VINCENT

The Chautauqua-Century Press, Meadville, Pa., U. S. A.
Electrotyped, Printed, and Bound by Flood & Vincent

PREFACE.

IN our country house here there is an old mahogany bookcase which dates from my father's time, filled with books for the most part belonging to my mother, bearing dates of publication earlier than her birth, and the favorites of her youth. I inherit her taste for these antiquated volumes, and have myself added to the collection from time to time, so that at present it makes a brave show of shabby gilt backs, worn-out calf bindings, and foolish titles, in themselves, in many cases, an advertisement of dulness. On these shelves stand "The Infidel Father," "Father and Daughter," "Marchmont," "The Exiles," "Julia," in full view, while others are relegated to a position behind the rest; by contrast the long row of Mrs. Barbauld's novelists, fifty uniform little volumes, charm the eye, my mother's own copy of "Sir Charles Grandison," in nineteen volumes, book-marks of green ribbon hanging from the volumesfor such marks were needed by the diligent readers of Richardson's prolixity-all of Miss Burney's novels, on the lower shelf an early edition of Miss Edgeworth and all of Jane Austen, in one solid volume closely printed. The Spectator is there; so are Pope, Cowper, and Goldsmith; "Rasselas" and "Robinson Crusoe,' likewise, with "Select British Poets" collected by William Hazlitt, called also "New Elegant Extracts from Chaucer to the Present Time," and published in 1824.

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It is from such a mine of excellence that I have drawn the material of the present book. The busy world of

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