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117. Religion the Cause of the Settlements of New Eng-

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DISTRICT SCHOOL READER.

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ARTICULATION.

A distinct articulation forms the basis of good reading. It should, therefore, receive our first attention. The organs of speech are as susceptible of improvement, and as much strengthened by proper exercise, as the limbs of the body; and if we would secure a perfect enunciation, the voice should be frequently exercised upon the elementary sounds of the language, both simple and combined, and classes of words, containing sounds liable to perversion or suppression, should be forcibly and accurately pronounced.

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EXERCISES IN ARTICULATION.

- nation,

fate, hate, rate, gauge, bait, great, deign; station, danger, chamber, neighbor; arraign, abase, convey, delay;-fatalist, patriot, feignedly;- occasion, dictator, spectator.

LESSON I.

The Faculty of Speech. ALEXander Young.

THE faculty of speech is one of the noblest and most valuable gifts which a bountiful providence has bestowed on us. It is the appropriate endowment of man-that which, more than any other, distinguishes him from the rest of

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