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Within my bosom reigns another lord

Honor! sole judge and umpire of itself.

If my free speech offend you, noble Randolph,

Revoke your favors, and let Norval go

Hence as ho came; alone—but not dishonored I

Lord R. Thus far I'll mediate with impartial voica:
The ancient foe of Caledonia's land
Now waves his banner o'er her frighted fields;
Suspend your purpose till your country's arms
Repel the bold invader; then decide
The private quarrel.

Glen. I agree to this.

Norv. And I.

Glen. Norval,
Let not our variance mar the social hour,
Nor wrong the hospitality of Randolph.
Nor frowning anger, nor yet wrinkled hate,
Shall stain my countenance. Smooth thou thy brow;
Nor let our strife disturb the gentle dame.

Norv. Think not so lightly, sir, of my resentment;
When wo contend again our strife is mortal.

MY FIRST POLITICAL Speech.*-max Adeler.

I had for some time entertained a strong conviction that nature designed me for an orator. I was assured that I possessed the gift of eloquence which enables great speakers to sway the passions of the multitude, and I felt that I needed but the opportunity to reveal this fact to the world. Accordingly, at the beginning of the political campaign, I sent my name to one of the executive committees of the State, in Wilmington, with the request that it might be written down with the names of the speakers who would be called upon whenever important meetings were held. I waited impatiently all through the campaign for a summons to appear and electrify the people. It did not come, and I was almost in despair. But on the day before the election I received from the chairman a brief note, saying that I had been announced to speak at Dover thai evening before a great mass meeting, and requesting me to take the early afternoon train, so that I might report to the local chairman in Dover before nightfall. The pleasure with which this summons was received was in some measure marred by the fact that I had not a speech ready, and the time was so short that elaborate preparation was impossible. But I determined to throw into some sort of shape the ideas and arguments which would readily occur to the mind of a man famil

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iar with the ordinary political questions of the day and with the merits of the candidates, and to trust to the mspiration of the occasion for the power to present them forcibly and eloquently.

Of course it was plain that anything like an attempt at gorgeousnesw in such a speech would be foolish, so I concluded to speak plainly and directly to the point, and to enliven my argument with some amusing campaign stories. In order to fix my points lirmly in my mind and to ensure their presentation in their proper order, they were numbered and committed to memory, each argument and its accompanying aneedote being associated with a particular arithmetical figure. The synopsis, if it may be called by that name, presented an appearance something like the following, excepting that it contained a specification of the points of the speech which need not be reproduced here:

The Speech.

1. Exordium, concluding with Scott's famous lines, "Breathes there a man with soul so dead," etc.

2. Arguments, introducing a narrative of the facts in the caste oj Hotchkiss, who was locked out upon the roof of his house all night. (See lxirticulars farther on.) The design of the story is to give a ttrikiyig picture of the manner in which the opposition party will be left out in the cold by the election. (Make this strong, and lxiuse for cheers.)

3. Arguments, followed by the story of the Kickapoo Indian who saw a locomotive approaching upon the plains, mid thinking it was a superior brad of buffalo, determined to capture it, so that he could take the first prize at the Kickupoo agricultural fair. He tied his lasso to his waist and threw the other end ocer the smoke-stack. The lrx-omotiie did not stop; but when the engineer arrived at the. next station, he wad out and cut the string by which a small bit of copper-colored meat was tied to his smoki -stack. This is to illustrate the folly of the attempt of conservatism to check the onward career of pure and eidightened liberalism toward perfect civilization, etc., etc.

4. Arguments, and then the anecdote of that Dutchman in Berks county, Pa., who on the 10th of October, 1866, was observed to go out into his yard and raise the American flag; tiwn he got his gun and fired a salute seventeen or eighteen times, after which he consumed six packs of fire-crackers and gave three cheers for the, Union. He enjoyed himself in thisrrianner nearly all day, while his neighbors gathered around outside and placed their elbows upon tite fence, watching him and wondering what on earth he meant. A peddler who came along stopped and had an interview with him. To his surprise, he found that the tlerman agriculturist was celebrating the Fourth of July, 1859. He did not know that it was any later in the century, for he liad been keeping his time on a notched stick; and having been sick a great deal, he had gotten the thing in a dreadful tangle. When he learned that he wan seven Fourths in arrears, hf was di pressed; hiUhexent out and bought a box of firecraekers and a barrel of gun-powder, and spent a week catching up.

( Tell this vivaciously, and make the point that none but a member of the other party could forget tlw glorious anniversary of our country's- birth, and say that the. whole party will have to do up a lot of back patriotism some day, if it desires to catch up with the people, whose devotion to the country is encouraged and kept active by our side.)

5. Arguments, supplemented with the, narrative of a confiding man who had such child-like faith in a patent fire extinguisher which he liad purchased that he set fire to his house merely to have the fun of putting it out. The fire burned furiously, but the extinguisher ga re only two or three imbecile squirts and thai collapsed, and in tiro hours his residence was in ashes. Go on to say that our enemies have applied the torch of anarchy to the edifice of this government, but that there is an extinguisher which will not only NOT collapse, but will subdue the, flames and quench the incendiary organization, and that extinguisher is our party. {Allow time for applause here.)

6. Arguments, introducing the story of the Sussex county farmer who was discouraged because his wife tras perfidious. Before he was married she vowed over and over again that she could chop four cords of wood a day, but after the ceremony the farmer found he was deceived. The treacherous woman could not chop more than two cords and a half, and so flu; dream of the husband was dissipated, and he demanded a divorce as the only balm for liie wounds which lacerated his heart. Let this serve to illustrate the point that our political enemies have deceived us with promises to reduce, the debt, to institute. reforms, etc., etc., none of which they have kept, and noie we must have the government separated from them by such a divorce as will be decreed to-morrow, etc., etc.

7. Peroration, working in if posssible the story of Commodore Scudder's dog, which, while out with its master one day, pointed at some partridges. The com modore was about to fire, but he suddenly received orders to go off on a three years' cruise, so he dropped his gun, left the dog standing there and went rigid to sea. When he returned, three years later, he went back to the field, and there was his gun, there was tiie skeleton of the dog still standing and pointing just as he had left it, and a little farther on were the skeletons of the partridges. Show how our adversaries in their relation to the negro qiu:stion, resemble that dog. We came away years ago and left them pointing at the, negro question, and we come back now to find that they are at it yet. Work. this in carefully, and conclude in such a manner as to excite frantic applause.

It was not much of a speech, I know. Some of the arguments were weak, and several of the stories failed to fit into their places comfortably. But mass meetings do not criticise closely, and I was persuaded 1 should make a good im< pression, provoking laughter and perhaps exciting enthusiasm. The only time that could be procured for study of the speech was that consumed by the journey. So when the train started I took my notes from my pocket and learned them by heart. Thou came the task of enlarging them, in my mind, into a speech. This was accomplished satisfactorily. I suppose that speech was repeated at least ten times between New Castle and Dover until at last I had it at my tongue's end. In the cars the seat next to mine was occupied by a colored gentleman, who seemed to be a little nervous when he perceived that I was muttering something continually; and he was actually alarmed once or twice when in exciting passages I would forget myself and gesticulate violently in his direction. Finally, when I came to the conclusion and was repeating to myself the exhortation, "Strike for your altars and your fires," etc., etc., I emphasized the language by striking fiercely at the floor with the

was the corn of mypolored friend, for he leaped up hurriedly, and ejaculating " Gosh !" went up and stood by the watercooler during the rest of the journey, looking at me as if he thought it was dangerous for such a maniac to be at large.

When the train arrived at Dover, I was gratified to find the chairman of the local committee and eighteen of his fellow-citizens waiting for me with carriages and a brass band. As I stepped from the car the band played " See, the Conquering Hero comes!" I marched mto the waiting-room of the depot, followed by the committee and the band. The chairman and his friends formed a semi-circle and stared at me. I learned afterward that they had received information from Wilmington that I was one of the most remarkable orators in the State. It was im[,ossible not to perceive that they regarded me already with enthusiastic admiration; and my heart sank a little as I reflected upon the possibility of failure.

Then the music ceased, and the chairman proposed "three cheers for our eloquent visitor." The devoted beings around him cheered lustily. The chairman thereupon came forward and welcomed me in the following terms:

"My dear sir, it is with unfeigned satisfaction that I have —may I say the exalted honor ?—of welcoming you to the city of Dover. You come, sir, at a moment when the heart of every true patriot beats high with hope for a glorious triumph over the enemies of our cherished institutions; you come, sir, at a time when our great party, the true representative of American principles and the guardian of our /iberties, bends to grapple with the deadly foe of our country; at a time, sir, when the American eagle—proud bird, which soars, as we would, to the sun—screams forth its defiance of treason, and when the banner of the free, the glorious em



It hit something soft. I think it blem of our nationality, waves us onward to victory; yon come, sir, to animate with your eloquence the hearts of our fellow-citizens; to inspire with your glowing language the souls of those who shrink from performing their duty m this contest; to depict in words of burning, scathing power the shame, the disgrace, the irretrievable ruin, which will befall our land if its enemies are victorious, and to hold up those enemies, as you well know how, to the scorn and contempt of all honest men. We give you a hearty welcome, then, and assure you that Dover will respond nobly to your appeal, giving to-morrow such a vote for justice, truth, and the rights of man that the conservative wolf will shrink back in dismay to his lair. Welcome, sir, thrice welcome, to our city!"

1 stood looking at this man throughout his speech with a conviction, constantly growing stronger, that I should be obliged to reply to him at some length. The contemplation of such a thing, I need hardly say, tilled me with horror. I had never made a speech of the kind that would be required in my life, and I felt positively certain that I could not accomplish the task now. I had half a mind to hurl at the heads of this chairman and his attendant fiends the entire oration prepared for the evening; but that seemed so dreadfully inappropriate that the idea was abandoned. And besides, what would I say at the mass meeting? The comfort of the situation was not, by any means, improved by the fact that these persons entertained the belief that I was an experienced speaker who would probably throw off a dozen brilliant things in as many sentences. It was exceedingly embarrassing; and when the chairman concluded his remarks, the cold perspiration stood upon my forehead and my knees trembled.

Happily, the leader of the band desired to make himself conspicuous, so he embraced the opportunity afforded by the pause to give us some startling variations of "The StarSpangled Banner."

As we stood there listening to the music, I observed that the energetic gentleman who played upon the drum and cymbals was looking at me with what seemed to be a scornful smile. He had a peculiarly cold eye, and as he fixed it upon me I felt that the frigid optic pierced through and through my assumption of ease and perceived what a miserable sham it was for me to stand there pretending to be an orator. 1 quailed before that eye. Its glance humiliated me; and I did not feel more pleasantly when, as the band dashed into the final quavers which bring up suggestions of" the land of the free and the home of the brave," I saw the scorn which erst flashed from that eve change to a look of wild exultation. The cymbal man knew that my hour had come. He gave a final clash with his brasses and paused. I had to begin. Bowing to the chairman, I said,

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