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admirable for a bold, beautiful and captivating spirit, but oth ers equally characterized by their racy wit, and comic humor. “ The true orator must understand how to excite the mirth, as well as how to command the tears of his auditors."

To attempt to teach dancing by mere words and especially written words, all would admit to be the absurdity of absurdi. ties. Just so is it with gesture and attitude. The embellish. ments of this volume, it is therefore hoped, will be appre. ciated. Next to living examples, no doubt, pictures are the best. The illustrations, to which I here allude, have been selected for both divisions of the book with great care. We all have our peculiar tastes, and, according to a trite and unclassical aphorism, what's one man's meat is another man's poison.” I will venture to assert, however, that these embelishments will be considered very beautiful, very instructive, and admirably engraved.

The book, such as it is, is submitted to the candid judgment of an intelligent and impartial public. My desire has been to subserve the cause of education, and especially in that de partment, which, if wisely and sufficiently cherished, would give unimagined lustre and power to the efforts of the Law, yer, the Statesman, the Orator, and the Divine.

If the noble and aspiring boy,--he, who, reaching after a perfect elocution and a perfect action, may, after a few fastfled suinmers, be destined “ to rule the whirlwind and direct the storın," in moral or political affairs. —shall look back to the selections here presented for his study, as the source of his youthful inspiration, I shall be thankful. But to arrive at this proud eminence of fame and usefulness, he must labor. “Greece and Rome produced, each of them, but one accomplished orator.'

J. E. L. New Haven, Feb. 1st, 1839.

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N B. Any suggestions for the improvement of the work either in arrangement or matter, from those teachers whi inay use it will be gratefully received.

J. E. L.


1 the first general meeting of members for the establishment of the Cluss, the title of the society should be resolved upon, the laws of debate agreed to, and a secretary elected, whose duty it will be to keep minutes of the proceedings.

General meetings should be held half-yearly, or at some other stated time, to confirm, amend, or extend the laws, and to elect or re-elect the secretary.

At the ordinary meetings, after the election of the chairman from amongst the members, the secretary should read the minutes of the previous meeting. When they have been confirmed, the chairman should call upon the gentleman who has undertaken to open the debate, to address the meeting.

It is then usual for the seconder to speak; and afterwards the other members, at their pleasure. When all who wish to speak, have spoken, the chairman calls on the opener for his reply; after which the question is put from the chair, and decided by show of hands. This done, the question to be discussed at the next meeting is proposed, seconded and agreed upon. The class then adjourns.

No member is allowed to speak twice, except the opener in reply, or any one in explanation. The

opener has no right to introduce fresh arguments in his reply: he can only refer to what has gone before.

The chairman cannot speak unless be quit the chair; nor can he vote unless the numbers be equal, in which case he gives the casting vote.

It will be found advisable to limit each speaker to a particular time, say ten minutes : the opener may be allowed fifteen minutes.

If all who wish to speak, cannot do so on one occasion, the debate may be adjourned until next meeting ;-the mover of the adjournment, or the seconder, in the mover's absence, re-opening the discussion.


An increased demand for this work has induced the author carefully to revise and improve it. It has been considerably enlarged, and renJered much superior to the former editions, by the introduction of many new pieces of an instructive and highly interesting character ; one of these is a debate, consisting of nine short and pertinent speeches, well alapted either for school-room exercises, if used in pairs'; or for public exhibition, taken all together. The author begs leave to suggest to his brother teachers, that although this work is specially designed to furnish materials for speaking, it will be found, on trial, to be decidedly excellent as a reading book for advanced classes. There is a great variety of style in the compositions here presented, and no better materials, perhaps, in any shape, can be procured, as lessons, for the natural cultivation of inflection, tone, modulation, pitch, emotion,-in short, for the cultivation of all that pertains to the “ speaking voice.” The accomplished and effective reader can hardly be made without the employment of dialogues.

NEW EDITION ENLARGED. The favor accorded to the New School Dialogues has encouraged the author to increase its volume still farther; and it is now pre. sented to the public with twenty-four pages of new material.

NEW HAVEN, Oct. 31, 1871.



1. Gambler's Remorse-Beverly, Jarvis,

Moore, i3

2. The Orphan-Henry, Evergreen,

Morton, 15

3. Virtue-Generous and Unsuspecting-Sir Philip

Blandford, Henry,

Morton, 16

4. From the Foundling of the Forest –De' Val.

mont, Florian, L'Clair,

Dimond, 19

5. From Ali Pacha-Zenocles, Talathon,

Payne, 21

6. Lost Reputation-From Othello--Iago, Cassio, Shakspeare, 23

7. From the Vespers of Palermo-Eribert, An-


Mrs. Hemans, 24

8. Orestes, Pyrrhus,

Philips, 26

9. Lochiel-Lochiel, Seer,

Campbell, 28

10. King, Youth, Hamet,


11. From Richard the Third-Dream of Clarence-

Brakenbury, Clarence,

Shakspeare, 34

12. From Gustavus Vasa—Gustavus, Anderson, Ar-

noldus, Officers, Dalecarlians,

Brooke, 36

13. Thankful Confidence in Heaven-Tobias, Francis,


Kotzebue, 38

14. From Douglas

Douglas -- Lord Randolph, Glenalvon,


Home, 41

15. From Coriolanus—Coriolanus, Aufidius, Shakspeare, 44

16. From the Mutiny at the Nore--Parker, Mary,


Jerrold, 46

17. From Julius Cæsar-Brutus, Cassius,

Shakspeare, 51

18. Search for Octavian--Octavian, Roque,

Colman, 54

19 From Tamerlane--Omar, Tamerlane,

Rowe, 57

20. From Antony and Cleopatra—Antony, Ven-


Shakspeare, 61

21. From the Peasant Boy-Alberti

, Julian, Mon:

taldi, Stefano, Ludovico, Ambrose, Vincent,

Guards, &c.,

Dinond, 64

22. From Henry the Fourth — Hotspur, Earl of

Douglas, Raby, Earl of Worcester, Sir

Richard Vernon,

Shakspeare, 69

23. From Damon and Pythias-Philistius, Dionys-

ius, Damocles, Damon, Senators, Procles,


Shiel, 71

24. From Alasco---Alasco, Conrad, Malinski, Rienski, Shen, 7mm

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25. From Julius Cæsar-Brutus, Cassius,

Shakspeare, 89

-0. From Cato-Cato, Portius, Lucius, Juba, Marcia, Addison, 85

27. From Alfred the Great--Alfred, Devon,

Thoinpson, 89

Scene Second,


28. From Brutus—Brutus, Centurion, Valerius, Titus,

Collatinus, Lictors, Guards, People,

Payne, 94

Scene Second.


29. From the Vespers of Palermo-Montalba, Pro-

cida, Raimond, First Sicilian, Second Sicil-

ian, Guido, Sicilians,

Mrs. Hemans, 100

80. From Pizarro--Alonzc, Sentinel, Rollo,

Sheridan, 106

31. From Pizarro—Pizarro, Valverde, Las Casas,

Alinagro, Davillo, Gomez, Orozembo, Sheridan, 110

32 From the Benevolent Jew—Sir Stephen Ber-

tram, Frederick Bertram, Charles Ratcliffe,

Saunders, Sheva, Jabal,

Cumberland, 115

Scene Second,


Scene Third,


Scene Fourth,


33. From the Lady of the Lake -King James,

Roderic Dhu,

Scott, 131

34. From Rienzi-Angelo, Rienzi,

Mitford, 137

36. Maurice, the Woodcutter--Prince Leopold, Baron

Leibheim, Count Hartenstein, Maurice,

Hans, Dominie, Starkoph, Glandoff, Cap-

tain Manhoof, Riegel, Búltzen, Fritz, Marie,

Lotta, Officers, Peasants,

Somerset, 140

Scene Second,


Scene Third,


Scene Fourth,


Scene Fifth,


86. From Ion--Adrastus, Medon, Ion, Ctesiphon,

Cassander, Cyrthes, Agenor,

Talfourd, 159

87. From William Tell-Gesler, Sarnem, Rodolph,

Gerard, Lutold, Sentinel, Tell, Verner, Erni,

Melctal, Furst, Michael, Theodore, Pierre,

Albert, Savoyards, Emma, Soldiers, People, Knowles, 165

Scene Second,


Scene Third,


Scene Fourth,


Scene Fifth,


Scene Sixth,


Scene Seventh,


Scene Eighth,


Scere Ninth,


Scene Tenth,


88 A Debate — First Speaker, 2d Speaker, 3d

Speaker, 4th Speaker, 5th Speaker, 6th

Speaker, 7th Speaker, 8th Speaker, 9th



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