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8 > Page 8 of History of the McGuffey readers / by Henry H.Vail ; with three portraits.

:laborite Atlecetiono precipitous slope in the picture gave emphasis to the words. There were also in this reader several pieces about Indians and bears, which indicate that Dr. McGuffey never forgot the stories told at the fire- side by his father of his adventures as an Indian scout and hunter. In the Fourth Reader there were seventeen selec- tions from the Bible; William Wirt's "Description of the Blind Preacher;" Phillip's "Character of Napo- leon Bonaparte;" Bacon's "Essay on Studies;" Nott's "Speech on the Death of Alexander Hamilton ;" Addison's "Westminster Abbey;" Irving's "Alham- bra ;" Rogers's "Genevra ;" Willis's "Parrhasius ;" Montgomery's "Make Way for Liberty;" two ex- tracts from Milton and two from Shakespeare, and no less than fourteen selections from the writings of the men and women who lectured before the College of Teachers in Cincinnati. The story of the widow of the Pine Cottage sharing her last smoked herring with a strange traveler who revealed himself as her long-lost son, returning rich from the Indies, was anonymous, but it will be remembered by those who read it. These selections were the most noteworthy ones in the first editions of these readers. The First and Second Readers of the McGuffey Series were substantially made new at each re- vision A comparison of the original Third Reader with an edition copyrighted in 1847, shows that the latter book was increased about one-third in size. [8]