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1 At the meeting of the Philological Association at Ithaca last summer, Professor Gildersleeve, in the course of some remarks upon the reading of Greek and Latin, expressed himself with great severity in regard to the habitual way of doing the thing, and suggested that it would be desirable, in order to force students to accept the order of the original, to require them to read through a hole in a piece of paper, or with a notched card. The method urged in the present pamphlet is practically so identical with the results that would flow from Professor Gildersleeve's suggestion, that nothing but the fact that this method was already substantially in print in the Cornell University Register for 1885-6, and in the special announcement of courses in the classics, could save this pamphlet from the suspicion of being merely an expansion of Professor Gildersleeve's hint. The same thing holds in regard to the admirable injunction in the preface to the new edition of the Allen and Greenough Cicero, published in May, 1886. As it is, however, it appears that the essential aim of the method of this pamphlet (not necessarily, of course, its details) has strong and express confirmation.
2 For this very helpful feature of the work under description, I owe my thanks to my assistant, Dr. A. C. White. I know of no piece of work more charming and cheering to listen to, excepting the translation of a new piece of Latin in the same way.
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