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largely from the excellent work of Mr. Trench, on the Study of Words. He shows that there is an interesting history attached to many of our commonest words; and should the reader find a reference to the index attached to such familiar words as mankind, odd, husband, wife, amuse, education, field, forest, neighbor, palace, parasite, parlor, and scores of other words, more or less common, he will learn, from a glance at them in the index, that there is a history in their derivation which ought to be known. The importance of this knowledge is well set forth by Mr. Trench in the extracts from his work beginning on page 119.

By acquainting himself with the origin of many words explained in the index, the reader will store his memory with a number of prefixes and postfixes, a knowledge of which will open to him the meaning of large classes of words to which they are the keys. The habit also, which he may thus acquire, of tracing verbal genealogies back to their primary stock, may be to him of incalculable service, in inspiring a taste that must open new sources of intellectual satisfaction and improvement; in leading to greater precision in the use of language; in simplifying and making luminous many a word that before seemed arbitrary, indefinite, and opaque ; and, finally, in quickening his powers of penetration into the significance, or absence of significance, of all that he reads.

In conclusion, I may remark, that both in the introductory part and in the index I have freely availed myself of the labors of the best and most recent authorities. In most instances, credit has been given; should it have been occasionally withheld, this general acknowledgment will suffice.

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21. THOUGHTS TO DWELL ON.

Life - Influence of Actions — Now - Fidelity in Little Things

- Imperceptible Formation of Habits Kindness its own Reward, 84

22. The Boastful Scholar, .

86

23. Learning to Write,

W. BURTON,

87

25. The Snow of Winter,

. ZSCHOKKE,

90

26. The Two Roads,

RICHTER,

92

29. Gladiatorial Combat with a Tiger,

94

30. Government of the Thoughts,

HORNE,

97

32. Compression in Speech,

102

33. Turning the Grindstone,

FRANKLIN,

103

34. The Present in View of the Future, . Foster, :

104

37. Fall of a Mountain,

Dumas,

38. The Spider and Bee : an Apologue, Swift,

108

39. Climate of the Catskill Mountains,

IRVING,

111

41. John Pounds, the Cobbler,

44. On the Study of Words (Part I.),

TRENCH,

119

45.

(Part II.),

122

(Part III.), .

47. The Stream Made to Work,

· KARR,

125

50. The Teachings of Nature,

FROM THE GERMAN, 130

51. A Chase on the Ice,

131

62. The Particular Lady, .

133

56. Spirit the Motive Power, &c.,

LARDNER,

57. The Lion and the Spaniel,

BROOKE,

139

58. Imprisonment of Bonnivard,

Dumas, .

142

61. HISTORICAL CHARACTERS.

Alexander Severus — Gibbon. Queen Elizabeth — Hume. How-

ard – Burke. Milton - Quarterly Review. Washington - Webster, 144

62. On the Abuse of Genius,

KNOWLES,

147

64. Astronomy and Immortality (Part I.),

65.

(Part II.),

151

69. The Complaint of a Stomach,

CHAMBERS,

157

70. The Permanence of Words,

J. MONTGOMERY,

71. The Puffers,

MACAULAY,

162

74. A Pupil's Tribute, &c.,

COTTLE,

167

75. Self-killing, :

. CHAMBERS,

. 171

76. Humanity of Robert Bruce,

Scott,

173

77. First Predictor of an Eclipse,

MITCHELL,

80. Inconvenient Ignorance,

Dumas,

181

81. The Cavern by the Sea, .

183

82. Thoughts on EDUCATION.

Air and Exercise Quarterly Review. Education in the United

States — Webster. Our Common Schools - Everett. On Pamper-

ing the Body at the Soul's Expenso — Ib. True Estimate of the

Toacher's Calling - Channing,

184

83. Columbus and his Discovery,

EVERETT,.

84. The Discovery of America, .

ROBERTSON,

86. Unity and Progress of Mankind,

BANCROFT,

87. On Kindness to Bruto Animals,

CHAMBERS,

195

89. The Resolute Whale,

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90. A Storm in the Indian Ocean, .

ST. PIERRE,

200

92. The Prairies of the West,

HALL,

93 The Valley of Mexico,

205

94 The World of Water,

DICKENS,

206

95 The Wind and Rain, .

97. The Best Kind of Revengo,

CHAMBERS,

213

98. Labor and Genius, .

SYDNEY SMITH,

214

99. Perianence of the Useful,

QU. REVIEW,

216

102. The Two Palaces : an Allegory,

203

MAYER,

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103. The Discontented Miller,.

GOLDSMITH,

222

104. The Planets and Heavenly Bodies, . CHALMERS,

224

105. THOUGHTS ON EARLY RISING.

Habits of Great Men - Anon. The Morning Hour – Webster.

How to Rise Early - Anon., .

225

107. A Rill from the Town Pump (Part I.), HAWTHORNE,

231

108.

(Part II.),

109. Sound and Sense,

. CHAMBERS,

236

112. Is Knowledge Power ?

LYTTON — Anon., 240

114. HISTORICAL CHARACTERS.

Demosthenes - Creasy. Cicero and Demosthenes Compared — Fen-

elon. Alfred the Great -- Dickens. Mary, Queen of Scots -- Rob-

ertson. Last Moments of Addison - Macaulay. Lord Chatham

in Parliament- Hazlitt. As Secretary of State Grattan. Ed.

mund Burke - Anon.,

117. The Youth of Washington,

EVERETT,

118. Vesuvius,

WM. WARE,

119. The Sword and Press,

. CARLYLE,

254

121. Joan of Arc,

DE QUINCEY AND OTHERS, 259

122. The Sky,

RUSKIN,

263

125. ELOQUENCE OF STATESMEN.

Degeneracy of Athens-Demosthenes. Value of Literature- Cicero.

On Taxing the American Colonies - Chalham. Justice -- Sher-

idan. Impeachment of Hastings — Burke. The Impracticable

Undesirable - lb. American Progress -- 1b. The Schoolmaster

Abroad — Brougham. Reply to De Brézé Mirabeau. Men and

Measures Canning. Resistanco to the British Henry. The

Union - Webster. Civil War - Clay, .

266

127. Archimedes,

WINTHROP,

275

129. The Free Mind,

CHANNING,

277

130. ANECDOTES AND INCIDENTS.

Know before you Speak — True Generosity - Moral and Physical

Courage – Religion the Cement of Society - Habits of Observa-

tion Good Advice - Humorous Retaliation, .

278

131. Ferdinand and Isabella,

IRVING,

281

132. Cromwell's Expulsion of the Parliament, . LINGARD, .

283

135. THE REPUBLIC.

Basis of our System - Washington. A Republic Strongest - Jef-

ferson. True Bond of Union Jackson. Religious and Mental

Culture - Wayland. Our Political Experiment - Wirt. Moral

Force of Example -- McLean. Fabric of our Government-Webster, 287

136. The Harbor of San Francisco,

290

137. Execution of Madame Roland,

.... LAMARTINE,

291

138. What a Common Man may say, .

142. The Nortu AMERICAN INDIANS.

Traits of Character — Flint. Indian Mounds 1b. Disappear-

ance of Indians from the Ohio Audubon. Their Retreat West-

ward Sprague,

299

143. War the Child of Barbarism,

BREWSTER,

303

144. Adventure in Calabria,

COURIER,

147. Shakspeare's Power of Expression, QU. REVIEW,

311

148. MORAL AND RELIGIOUS ELOQUENCE.

Religion essential to Morality Washington. Indebtedness to

Christianity - Park. This Life's Experiences point to Another-

Wilson. Joys of a Good Conscience Souh. Outward and In-

ward Riches — Talfourd. Effects of Infidelity - Hall. Knowl-

edge an Assurance of Immortality Wilson. Demoralization of

Irreligion - Channing. Study of God's Works - Linnæus. Min-

istry of the Beautiful - Chalmers. The most Precious Possession

- Davy. Reflections in Westminster Abbey - Addison Efficacy

of Prayer - Lamprenais. Death – Dewey,

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161. The Mind its own Educator,

DEGERANDO,

152. Fulton's First Steamboat,

STORY,

153. Passage of the Beresina,

326

164. Duelling,

DYMOND, .

330

155. Benjamin Franklin, .

. FOSTER, WIRT, WINTHROP, 331

160. Progress of Civilization,

MACAULAY,

163. Vanity, &c., of Literature,

Rogers,

345

166. A Paper of Tobacco,

KARR,

353

160. Complaint of a pair of Lungs (Part I.),

360

170.

(Part II.),

363

171. SELECT Passages.

Indebtedness to Society - Mountford. Love of Home – Webster.

Resistance to Ridicule - Sydney Smith. Of Veracity – Way.

land. Perseveranco under Failure Niebuhr. Abuse of the

Imagination - Jane Taylor. Idleness Chambers. A Habit of

Jesting Ib. Local Associations -Johnson, :

367

174. Telegraphs, .

SCHUBERT,

176. Photography, or Light-drawing,

379

177. The Declaration of Independence, SERGEANT,

178. The Indians among Themselves,

IRVING,

180. The Colosseum by Moonlight,

HILLARD,

181. Literature of tho Hebrews,

RUSSELL,

389

183 Napoleon,

LAMARTINE,

393

184. Napoleon as a Student,

396

185. THOUGHTS ON Books.

Obligations to Literature Hood. The Worth of Books Chan-

ning. Moral Influence of a Literary Tasto - Hillard. Desira-

bleness of a Taste for Reading — Hersche. The Habit may be

A bused,

. 397

186. Ca, ture of a Whale,

BROWNE,

188. THE ELOQUENCE OF SCIENCE.

Extent of the Universe. The Atmosphere - Qu. Review, The

The Ste:m-engine - Jeffrey. Ignorance of Great Physical Truths

Life -- Light - Liebig. Wonders of the Created Universe

Herschell On the Vastness of the Universe - Whewell,

189. Common Errors, ;

CHAMBERS,

196. Pizarro in Peru,

PRESCOTT,

197. Human Science at Fault,

419

200. Peculiarities of our Liberty,

WEBSTER,

424

202. What Labor has Done,

Cass,

427

203. Gil Blas and the Parasite,

LE SAGE,

429

204. False and True Energy, .

WIRT,

431

208. Advice to an Affected Speaker,

LA BRUYERE,

437

205. Lament over Lost Opportunities,

438

210. The Good Goddess of Poverty,

SAND,

439

211. Pleasures of Science,

BROUGHAM,

441

212. Proverbs of Solomon,

443

POETRY.

3. Another Day, ..

KEBLE,

58

6. Complaints of the Poor,

SOUTHEY,

63

8. The Lighthouse,

67

10. The Daffodils, .

WORDSWORTH,

70

11. Resignation to God's Will,

SARAH F. ADAMS, 70

14. The Turf shall bo, &o., .

MOORE,

76

15. The Spartan Boy, .

Miss LAMB,

77

19. The Seasons,

SCHOTTEL,

83

20. Thought and Deed,

84

24. The Life-boat,

27. The Present Time,

93

28. The Blind Street-fiddler,

WORDSWORTH,

93

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