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Modern Eloquence_ Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z

Modern Eloquence_ Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z
Title: Modern Eloquence_ Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z
Release Date: 2006-05-19
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Photogravure after a painting by Lasalett J. Potts

An admirable conception of the old story of an early Puritan courtshipfamous in song and story, and made use of by many New England orators.

Title Page







Copyright, 1903


Edward Everett Hale, Author of "The Man Without a Country."

John B. Gordon, Former United States Senator.

Nathan Haskell Dole, Associate Editor "International Library ofFamous Literature."

James B. Pond, Manager Lecture Bureau; Author of"Eccentricities of Genius."

George McLean Harper, Professor of English Literature,Princeton University.

Lorenzo Sears, Professor of English Literature, BrownUniversity.

Edwin M. Bacon, Former Editor "Boston Advertiser" and "BostonPost."

J. Walker McSpadden, Managing Editor "Édition Royale" ofBalzac's Works.

F. Cunliffe Owen, Member Editorial Staff "New York Tribune."

Truman A. DeWeese, Member Editorial Staff "ChicagoTimes-Herald."

Champ Clark, Member of Congress from Missouri.

Marcus Benjamin, Editor, National Museum, Washington, D. C.

Clark Howell, Editor "Atlanta Constitution."


Thomas B. Reed,Hamilton Wright Mabie,
Lorenzo Sears,Jonathan P. Dolliver,
Champ Clark,Edward Everett Hale,
Albert Ellery Bergh.

Note.—A large number of the most distinguished speakers ofthis country and Great Britain have selected their own best speeches forthis Library. These speakers include Whitelaw Reid, William JenningsBryan, Henry van Dyke, Henry M. Stanley, Newell Dwight Hillis, JosephJefferson, Sir Henry Irving, Arthur T. Hadley, John D. Long, David StarrJordan, and many others of equal note.



Page, Thomas Nelson
The Torch of Civilization861
Palmer, George M.
The Lawyer in Politics872
Palmerston, Lord (Henry John Temple)
Illusions Created by Art876
Paxton, John R.
A Scotch-Irishman's Views of the Puritan880
Phelps, Edward John
Farewell Address887
Pinero, Arthur Wing
The Drama892
Porter, Horace
Men of Many Inventions897
How to Avoid the Subject904
A Trip Abroad with Depew908
Friendliness of the French919
The Citizen Soldier924
The Many-Sided Puritan928
Abraham Lincoln931
Sires and Sons935
The Assimilated Dutchman939
Tribute to General Grant944
Porter, Noah
Teachings of Science and Religion950
Potter, Henry Codman
The Church955
Pryor, Roger Atkinson
Virginia's Part in American History959
Quincy, Josiah
Welcome to Dickens964
Raymond, Andrew V. V.
The Dutch as Enemies970
Read, Opie P.
Modern Fiction976
Reid, Whitelaw
The Press—Right or Wrong979
Gladstone, England's Greatest Leader981
Robbins, W. L.
The Pulpit and the Bar985
Roche, James Jeffrey
The Press988
Roosa, D. B. St. John
The Salt of the Earth992
Roosevelt, Theodore
The Hollander as an American998
True Americanism and Expansion1002
Rosebery, Lord (Archibald Philip Primrose)
Portrait and Landscape Painting1008
Sala, George Augustus
Friend and Foe1014
Salisbury, Lord (Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil)
Kitchener in Africa1018
Sampson, William Thomas
Victory in Superior Numbers1023
Schenck, Noah Hunt
Truth and Trade1026
Schley, Winfield Scott
The Navy in Peace and in War1031
Schliemann, Heinrich
The Beginnings of Art1034
Schurz, Carl
The Old World and the New1036
Seward, William H.
A Pious Pilgrimage1042
Sherman, William Tecumseh
The Army and Navy1046
A Reminiscence of the War1051
Smith, Ballard
The Press of the South1057
Smith, Charles Emory
Ireland's Struggles1059
The President's Prelude1062
Spencer, Herbert
The Gospel of Relaxation1067
Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn
America Visited1073
Stanley, Henry Morton
Through the Dark Continent1077
Stedman, Edmund Clarence
Tribute to Richard Henry Stoddard1085
Stephen, Leslie
The Critic1091
Storrs, Richard Salter
The Victory at Yorktown1094
Stryker, William Scudder
Dutch Heroes of the New World1104
Sullivan, Sir Arthur
Sumner, Charles
Intercourse with China1110
The Qualities that Win1115
Talmage, Thomas Dewitt
Behold the American!1122
What I Know about the Dutch1128
Taylor, Bayard
Tribute to Goethe1136
Thompson, Slason
The Ethics of the Press1139
Tilton, Theodore
Twichell, Joseph Hopkins
Yankee Notions1147
The Soldier Stamp
Tyndall, John
Art and Science1160
Van de Water, George Roe
Dutch Traits1162
Verdery, Marion J.
The South in Wall Street1168
Wales, Prince of (Albert Edward)
The Colonies1175
Wallace, Hugh C.
The Southerner in the West1178
Ward, Samuel Baldwin
The Medical Profession1182
Warner, Charles Dudley
The Rise of "The Atlantic"1186
Watterson, Henry
Our Wives1189
The Puritan, and the Cavalier1191
Wayland, Heman Lincoln
The Force of Ideas1197
Causes of Unpopularity1201
Webster, Daniel
The Constitution and the Union1210
Wheeler, Joseph
The American Soldier1220
Whipple, Edwin Percy
China Emerging from Her Isolation1225
The Sphere of Woman1229
White, Andrew Dickson
Commerce and Diplomacy1232
Wiley, Harvey Washington
The Ideal Woman1240
Wilson, Woodrow
Our Ancestral Responsibilities1248
Winslow, John
The First Thanksgiving Day1253
Winter, William
Tribute to John Gilbert1257
Tribute to Lester Wallack1260
Winthrop, Robert C.
The Ottoman Empire1263
Wise, John Sergeant
Captain John Smith1266
The Legal Profession1271
Wolcott, Edward Oliver
The Bright Land to Westward1273
Wolseley, Lord (Garnet Joseph Wolseley)
The Army in the Transvaal1280
Wu Ting-fang
China and the United States1284
Wyman, Walter
Sons of the Revolution1288



Priscilla and John AldenFrontispiece
Photogravure after a painting by Lasalett J. Potts
Photo-engraving in colors after the original mosaic
panel by Frederick Dielman
Horace Porter897
Photogravure after a photograph from life
The Minute Man936
Photogravure after a photograph
Theodore Roosevelt998
Photogravure after a photograph from life
Lord Rosebery (Archibald Philip Primrose)1008
Photogravure after a photograph from life
Henry Watterson1189
Photogravure after a photograph from life
The National Monument To the Forefathers1210
Photogravure after a photograph

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[Speech of Thomas Nelson Page at the twentieth annual dinner of theNew England Society in the City of Brooklyn, December 21, 1899. ThePresident, Frederic A. Ward, said: "In these days of blessed amity,when there is no longer a united South or a disunited North, whenthe boundary of the North is the St. Lawrence and the boundary ofthe South the Rio Grande, and Mason and Dixon's Line is foreverblotted from the map of our beloved country, and the nation hasgrown color-blind to blue and gray, it is with peculiar pleasurethat we welcome here to-night a distinguished and typicalrepresentative of that noble people who live in that part of thepresent North that used to be called Dixie, of whom he has himselfso beautifully and so truly said, 'If they bore themselveshaughtily in their hour of triumph, they bore defeat with splendidfortitude. Their entire system crumbled and fell around them inruins; they remained unmoved; they suffered the greatesthumiliation of modern times; their slaves were put over them; theyreconquered their section and preserved the civilization of theAnglo-Saxon.' It is not necessary, ladies and gentlemen, that Ishould introduce the next speaker to you, for I doubt not that youall belong to the multitude of mourners, who have wept real tearswith black Sam and Miss Annie beside the coffin of Marse Chan; butI will call upon our friend, Thomas Nelson Page, to respond to thenext toast, 'The Debt Each Part of the Country Owes the Other.'"]

Ladies and Gentlemen:—I did not remember that I had writtenanything as good as that which my friend has just quoted. It sounded tome, as he quoted it, very good indeed. At any rate, it is very true,and, perhaps, that it is true is the reason that you have done me thehonor to invite me here to-night. I have been sitting for an hour insuch a state of tremulousness and fright, facing this audience I was toaddress, that the ideas I had carefully gathered together have, I fear,rather taken flight; but I shall give them to you as they come, thoughthey may not be in quite[Pg 862] as good order as I should like them. The giftof after-dinner speaking is one I heard illustrated the other day verywell at a dinner at which my friend, Judge Bartlett and I were present.A gentleman told a story of an English bishop travelling in athird-class railway carriage with an individual who was swearing mosttremendously, originally, and picturesquely, till finally the bishopsaid to him: "My dear sir, where in the world did you learn to swear inthat extraordinary manner?" And he said, "It can't be learned, it is agift." After-dinner speaking is a gift I have often envied, ladies andgentlemen, and as I have not it I can only promise to tell you what Ireally think on the subject which I am here to speak about to-night.

I feel that in inviting me here as the representative of the South tospeak on this occasion, I could not do you any better honor than to tellyou precisely what I do think and what those, I in a manner represent,think; and I do not know that our views would differ very materiallyfrom yours. I could not, if I would, undertake merely to be entertainingto you. I am very much in that respect like an old darky I knew of downin Virginia, who on one occasion was given by his mistress somesyllabub. It was spiced a little with—perhaps—New England rum, orsomething quite as strong that came from the other side of Mason andDixon's Line, but still was not very strong.

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