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.