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HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY
The order of selections in the following volume is recommended as a practicable one for a class to follow consecutively. The editor has particularly striven for a sequence in selections and exercises which should represent the normal, logical growth in comprehension and facility of the average Freshman or Sophomore. Under nearly every type of exercise, however, alternative “models” have been offered, in order to provide greater breadth of choice to students of varying tastes and capacities.
In printing the selections, the punctuation and spelling of the original texts have been almost invariably retained. Changes have been made only when they seemed absolutely necessary, either for greater intelligibility to students, or for the correction of obvious errors.
For permission to reprint various copyrighted selections, my acknowledgments are made.
I am indebted to Mr. Carl H. Ruenzel, Wisconsin, 1912, for the use of his themes on The Fireless Cooker and How to Curve a Baseball.
I have been fundamentally aided by the criticism and advice of Professor W. T. Brewster, and the late Professor G. R. Carpenter, of Columbia University. To the members of the Department of English at the University