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PRESIDENT OF THE MICHIGAN STATE NORMAL COLLEGE, FORMERLY

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN INDIANAPOLIS,

INDIANA, AND CLEVELAND, OHIO

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PREFACE

The most important book which the pupil uses in any grade is his school reader. This is especially true because the reader generalizes and summarizes the knowledge gained from all sources and makes this knowledge forceful in determining conduct.

Literature expresses in artistic form the great moral forces which stimulate the highest activities of human life.

To accomplish this end the literature used in the reader must be of a high order. Fortunately the pupil who has reached the eighth grade is able to read the best that has been written by the world's great authors.

In this book there has been gathered a collection of standard prose and poetry, selected for its great value as a means of culture. The selections cover every important province of human interest. There is a breadth and universality of theme and treatment, and an artistic excellence in the literature used which could be reached only in a book intended for the highest grammar grade. The student who should go no farther with his school

education would have, through the proper use of this reader, no inconsiderable practical acquaintance with the world's best literature; while he is well fitted, should he enter the high school, to take up a more intensive study of the great classics.

The selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Zitkala-Sa are used by the kind permission of and by special arrangement with Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., the authorized publishers of the writings of these authors.

We are permitted also by the kindness of the publishing houses named below to use the following selections : “ A Forest Hymn,” by William Cullen Bryant (D. Appleton & Co.); “ England,” by Grace Ellery Channing, and “ Two Great Commanders,” by William P. Trent (Small, Maynard & Co.).

STATE NORMAL COLLEGE,

YPSILANTI, August 1, 1904.

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