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This little book is an outgrowth of a teacher's attempt to teach Latin. The greater part of it was prepared in 1886, but any further attention to it was precluded by a prolonged absence from America. The Introduction is intended for teachers rather than for pupils. No attempt has been made to divide the book into “Lessons,” but it is believed that the running catch-words will facilitate its use. The grammar references are to the books of Allen and Greenough (abbreviated A. and G.), Gildersleeve (G.), and Harkness (H.). It goes without saying that these pages are not so much intended for persons who can read Latin as for those who desire to learn how to do so, both for such as have, after a considerable expenditure of toil and patience, thus far failed to learn, and for those who are more fortunate in that they have not yet tried and failed.
The second part on How to Read is followed by about one hundred and eighty Selections for Practice. Some attempt has been made to graduate these Selections.
While I would not fail to recognize the work of the pioneers in this field, to whom I owe much of whatever success I
have had in this line of endeavor, and to whom reference is more directly made in these pages, I feel myself under especially great obligation to Professor J. B. Greenough of Cambridge, to whose hints (see Preface to the A. and G. edition of Cicero's Orations, 1886) and criticism this attempt to help those, who desire to learn, owes much of whatever value it
have. Of my friends, who have helped me by critical reading of the proof sheets