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THE METROPOLITAN FIFTH READER.

THE

BOOK OF ORATORY:

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COMPILED FOR THE USE OF

COLLEGES, ACADEMIES,

AND THE

HIGHER CLASSES OF SELECT AND PARISH SCHOOLS,

By A Member Of The Order Of The Holy Cross.

NEW AND REvISED EDITION.

NEW YORK:
D. & J. SADLIER & CO., 31 BARCLAY STREET.

MONTREAL: COR. NOTRE-DAME AND ST. FRANCIS XAvIER STS.

1871.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, By D. A J. BADLIER & CO., In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington. PREFACE.

The general principles which have guided the compilers of the Metropolitan Series are exemplified most fully iu this the crowning volume of the series, and need not here be repeated. We present this volnme as at once an advanced Reader.^and a manual for Elocution, in the highest classes in our academies and schools.

All are aware from how comparatively limited a circle the selections of Readers generally are made. In the present series there has been no limit, and resort has been had to sources hitherto almost untouched. This gives a novelty and a freshness to the selection that cannot fail to please both instructors and pupils. The pieces are especially adapted for the use which has led to their selection; that is, for delivery as exercises of elocution and oratory.

As tiiis volume is intended for academies of both sexes, care has been taken to make it suitable for either. Young ladies are not expected, indeed, to become orators, or to enter the forum or senate chamber; yet as proper and elegant reading is almost impossible without a knowledge of the principles of elocution, and practise in delivery, elocution must form a branch of their education; and a suitable manual, such as we venture to say we here present, cannot fail to be appreciated.

New Yook, August, 1867.

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