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Irish Aliens and English Victories .

The Horrors of Civil War . . . . . . . . . . .

Thomas Babington Macaulay . . . . . . . . . . . .

Superficial Knowledge . - - - - - - - - - -

Richard Cobden . - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The Gentry and the Protective System . . - -

Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield - -

The Dangers of Democracy . .

William Ewart Gladstone . . .

Warfare and Colonization . . - -

Home Rule for Ireland . . . . . . .

John Bright . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - -

The Crushing Weight of Militarism . . .

Charles S. Parnell . . . . . . . . . . .

Evictions and Emigration . .

Joseph Chamberlain . . . . . . . . .

The Anomalies of the Suffrage

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CONTENTS xv.

BOOK WI.

THE PULPIT ORATORS OF GREAT BRITAIN

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Hugh Latimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 564

The Sermon of the Plow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 565

John Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 567

God's Power Above that of Things . . . . . . . . . . 568

John Wesley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 569

Irreligion Among College People . . . . . . . . . . . . 57o

• George Whitefield . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - 572

A Warning Against Worldly Ways . . . . . . . . . . 573

vo Innocent Diversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 574

John Henry Newman . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 575

The Evils of Money Getting . . . . . . . . . . . . 576

Henry Edward Manning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578

Rome the Eternal . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - 579

Arthur Penrhyn Stanley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 581

The Lesson of Palmerston's Life . . . . . . . . . . . . 582

Charles H. Spurgeon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 584

The Authorship of the Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . 585

Joseph Parker . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - . . 587

Human Frivolity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 588

BOOK VII.

ORATORS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Count Honore de Mirabeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 590

- And yet you Deliberate . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - 59 I

The Privileged and the People . . . . . . . . . . . . 593

Pierre Vergniaud . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - 595

An Appeal to the People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 596

The Despotism of the Jacobins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597

George Jacques Danton . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - . 598

Let France be Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 599

* To Dare; Always to Dare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6OO

Jean Paul Marat . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - 6O I

A Defense from Impeachment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6O2

Maximilien Isidore Robespierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603

A Final Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 604

BOOK VIII.

NINETEENTH CENTURY ORATORS OF FRANCE

Victor Cousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 606

Supremacy of the Art of Poetry . . . . . . . . . . . . 607

Alphonse de Lamartine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608

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BOOK II. THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN ORATORY
BOOK III. ORATORS OF THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD
BOOK IV. RECENT POLITICAL ORATORS
BOOK W. DISTINGUISHED ORATORS OF CANADA
BOOK WI. FAMOUS PULPIT ORATORS
BOOK VII. LEADERS IN THE LECTURE FIELD
BOOK WIII. NOTABLE WOMEN ORATORS

BOOK IX. SPEAKERS ON FESTIVE OCCASIONS

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BOOK I.

Orators of the American Revolution

REAT occasions bring forth great men and lead to great events. What would have been known of Washington but for the struggle for American Independence, of Napoleon but for the French Revolution, of Grant but for the American Civil War 2 Men like these would, no doubt, have made their mark under any circumstances, but their fame would have been limited by the lack of opportunity for the display of their special powers, and the history of their achievements would not have stirred the world It is the same with oratory as with other branches of human effort, its great triumphs have been dependent upon great exigencies in human affairs. While orators have been as numerous almost as autumn leaves, world-famous orations seem as few as the planets of our solar system. The orator who would win fame must have, not only fine powers of thought and expression, but the impulse of momentous events, some vast stir in the tide of history to call forth his genius to the uttermost and to give his words a living force and a permanent vitality. The first such occasion in American history was that exciting era which gave birth to the American Republic. It is the stirring events of this historymaking epoch that produced the earliest outburst of American oratory, due to such masters of the art as Henry, Otis, Ames, Hamilton and their contemporas ries, and it is from this epoch, therefore, that our first selections are drawn. 18

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