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TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS
 IT is now more than a year since you read my "Fifty
Famous Stories." Those stories, as you will remember,
are quite short and easy. Before you had finished your
second year at school you could read every one of them
without stopping to study the meaning of the words.
Many thousands of children have read those fifty
stories, and then they have asked for more; and this is
my excuse for the present volume.
You are older now, and you have learned many things
which you did not know when we first became acquainted.
You are able to read almost everything. And so, in
telling you "Thirty More Famous Stories," I have
chosen more difficult subjects and have not been so
careful to select the shortest and easiest words.
Still, you will not find this book hard to read,
neither do I think it will prove to be less interesting
than the earlier volume.
Nearly all the stories are true, and there are not more
than three or four that might not have happened. In
every one there is something worth learning and