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EDITED BY MAURICE PATERSON, B.A., ETC.,
Rector of Moray House Training College, Edinburgh.
BLACKIE & SON, 49 & 50 OLD BAILEY, E.C.
GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, AND DUBLIN.
THE FIFTH READER is adapted either to the Fifth or the Sixth
Standard of the Code. The mechanical difficulties of Reading have
by this time been surmounted, so that the pupils are in a position
to overtake lessons that are somewhat longer and more difficult.
The communication of instruction also through what is read may
now be kept more directly in view. It is confidently hoped that
the variety of the subjects, the absence, as far as possible, of scientific
terms, as well as the attractive character of the lessons themselves,
will serve to maintain the pupils' interest throughout the book.
Examination questions and brief notes have been added to most of
A series of Etymological Lessons on a new plan is appended.
While enabling the pupil better to understand and more accurately
to use his own language, these lessons, if judiciously used, will form
an interesting and profitable intellectual exercise.
England Two Hundred Years
Sunset on the Border,
The Burial of Livingstone,
The Honest Man, -
Midday and Midnight,
The Dead Sea,
A Race for Life with a Tide
in the Bay of Fundy,
Travelling Two Hundred
The Abundance of Life, 47
In the East,
The Passenger Pigeon, 69
The Story of William Tell.-I., 73
The Story of William Tell.-II., 78
Old English Customs,
The Last Minstrel,
The Hour of Prayer,
The “Battle of the Giants," 89
The Founding of the Bell, - 101
A Thousand Years ago,
The Stormy Petrel,
Song of the Emigrants in the
The Return of Columbus, 117
A Calm at the Equator,
The First Telescopes,
“Weep no More,”
Why an Apple Falls,
The Great Desert,
Pigwiggen's Equipment, 145
Pleasure is Cheap,
Roasted Chestnuts !
Battle of Cressy,
The Birth of Proverbs, -
The Yellowstone Park, -
The Nameless Mountain
Geysers and Hot Springs, · 164
Love the only Price of Love, 167
The Electric Telegraph, . 170
The Lost Atlantic Cable, 171
The Plague of London, 1665, 210
A Hero in Well-doing-John
What we should Have, - 215
The Months, -
Milton's Prayer of Patience, 225
The Discovery of the Bruce's
Heat without Fire,
Battle of Flodden-Death of
A Rice Plantation in Carolina, 238
The City of the Heavens,
The Burial of Moses,
“ Fighting the Fire”—The
The “Grace of Sunderland,” 253
Night and Day.-A Fable, 256
Israel : Past and Present, - 259
Fruits and Seeds,
The Sensitive Plant, - 264
Journey in a Balloon Six
Recent Discoveries about the
It Cannot Die,
Rivals of Man,
The Coral Grove,
The Good Lord Clifford, 294
James Watt and the Steam
The Prisoner of Chillon, - 301
ENGLAND TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO.1
1. Could the England of 1685 be, by some magical process, set before our eyes, we should not know one landscape in a hundred or one building in ten thousand. The country gentleman would not recognise his own fields. The inhabitant of the town would not recognise his own street. Everything has been changed, but the great features of nature, and a few massive and durable works of art.
2. We might find out Snowdon and Windermere, the Cheddar Cliffs and Beachy Head. We might find out here and there a Norman minster, or a castle which witnessed the wars of the Roses. But, with such rare exceptions, everything would be strange to us.
3. Many thousands of square miles which are now rich corn land and meadow, intersected by green hedge-rows and dotted with villages and pleasant country seats, would appear as moors overgrown with furze, or fens abandoned to wild ducks.
4. We should see straggling huts built of wood and covered with thatch, where we now see manufacturing towns and seaports renowned to the farthest ends of the world. The capital itself would shrink to dimensions not much exceeding those vf its present suburb on the south