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family from its pages, particularly those pages of verse that set forth our ideals so inspiringly to the young mind.

Public speakers, preachers, members of the Congress of the United States, Senators and Representatives in the various state legislatures, city councilmen, and writers, all ought to find this little volume a veritable help and inspiration to them in their work.

The reader will find brief biographical notes about each author whose material appears in the volume, and these notes usually relate the circumstances under which the pieces were composed. The index of authors at the end of the book will prove serviceable.

Permission to reprint copyright matter has been granted with the greatest of courtesy.

Grateful acknowledgment is here made to all writers and publishers who have so generously coöperated in the compiling of this work; in particular, to Walter Lippmann and to Henry Holt and Company, his publishers, for permission to quote a selection from his volume, Preface to Politics, and to Thomas Buchanan Read and the J. B. Lippincott Company, his publishers, for permission to quote his poem, “The Revolutionary Rising.” The selections by Longfellow, Lowell, Holmes, Emerson, Whittier, and Howe are used by permission of and by special arrangement with the Houghton Mifflin Company, authorized publishers of their works. Special mention is made of the fact that the editor has, with the very kind permission of Professor Willis Mason West and his publishers, Allyn and Bacon, made liberal use of the facts of American history as set forth and interpreted by Professor West in his American History and Government.” The editor also wishes to express his great indebtedness to the publishers of “Who's Who In America,” and of “Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States," publications which he freely consulted in securing biographical

A life-long friend, a careful student, and a partic

ularly successful teacher of English, Mr. Harold C. Newton, of the English Department of the Hope Street High School, Providence, Rhode Island, had the kindness to review the “notes” contained in this volume. His assistance is gratefully acknowledged.


July 1, 1918.

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