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By PAUL REEVES,
Author of " Popular Standard Dialogues and Minor Dramas," &ec.duke

NEW YORK:
G. P. PUTNAM & SONS,
4TH AV. AND 23D STREET.

1872.

HARVAR
UNIVER'I

LIBRARY

In the preparation of this volume the editor has been guided by the wish to render it useful as a self-aid, and available, in the widest sense, as a collection of pieces proper for recitation. Occasional examples have been introduced, as stated in the text, more to illustrate certain passions or particular classes of composition, than for any literary or oratorical quality. Indeed, some of these pieces will be condemned by many, as in questionable taste, which is scarcely atoned for by their wit or humor ; but, since they are already the stock of every school stage, we have reproduced them for those who differ with us as to what is proper for repetition. In the main, however, the contents of this volume are well calculated to give it wide popularity. A large proportion of the examples are quite new to the school stage, embracing some of the best spoken ind written efforts of American writers and public speakers,

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by

G. P. PUTNAM & SONS,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

CONTENTS.

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PART II.-PIECES FOR DECLAMATION, WITH ANALYTICAL

EXPOSITION AND CRITICAL COMMENT.

Annabel Lee...............................Edgar A. Poe ..........

God Save the Union .............. ........ Geo. D. Prentice.........

True Greatness Immortal........ ......... Edward Everett.....

Great Men Special Gifts................... Rev. Dr. Adams........

The same............................. Idem ..................

Responsibilities of Young Men.............. Bishop Clark..........

The same.........

........Idem ..................

The Engine.............

........Anon................

The Bells .................................Edgar A. Poe .........

Give me Old Things............ .......Anon ....................

The Glass Railroad............. ........G. P. Lippari.. .....

Mrs. Macbeth and Husband.... .....A. M. Griswold......

Mr. Othello.

.....Idem ................

Practical Sermon......

..... Rev. 7110. Todd......

Ode to Alcohol.......

......Wm. C. Brown.....

Due to the Sun.......

......Anon ..............

'The Day's Dispute. A Fable..............C. P. Cranch ........

Popschikoff. Exercise in Articulation................................

Poor Richard's Proverbs. Lord Dundreary's

Views ........................................

Hosea Biglow's Views on Reconstruction.. Lowell.................

Hans Donderbeck's Base Ball Experience...........

Paddy's Version of “Excelsior" ....

The Irish-Frenchman......................F. S. Smith ............

A Pseudo-Science........ .........Dr. O. W. Holmes.....

“The Heathen Chinee”........... ...... Bret Harte ..............
Brian O’Linn“ done in ” Latin. .......... Anon.........
Burial of a Bachelor. A Parody.....

...... Anon.....
The Cat. “After" Victor Hugo... .....Anon.....
Base Pall. A Parody.......

...Anoi........

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