This is a truth Mr. Atkinson has mastered, and it is with intention he casts from him the restrictions of an academic style. He speaks, al ways, not in dignified tones to the public, but in the language of a friend to y'ou. It can be said of him in praise, as of another before him: The common people heard him gladly! — the highest, most enduring tribute that can be paid to a leader of men. Recognition is due to Louise Radford Wells for the revision of the proofs of this book, the selection of its title and chapter headings, and the ordered arrangement of the lessons.