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UNIFORM PUBLICATIONS:

THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND, Vol. I.

(Containing "100 Choice Selections," Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4.)

THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND, Vol. II.

(Containing "100 Choice Selections," Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8.)

THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND, Vol. III.

(Containing "100 Choice Selections," Nos. 9, 10, 11 and 12.)

THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND, Vol. IV.

(Containing "100 Choice Selections," Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 16.)

THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND, Vol. V.

(Containing "100 Choice Selections," Nos. 17, 18, 19 and 20.)

Price, per Volume, Cloth,

$1.73.

PREFACE.

Since the publication of the first volume of "The Speaker's Garland,” containing the first Four Numbers of the “100 Choice Selections” Series, the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth numbers of the same Series have been successively issued, which we now offer, (being the second Four numbers of the Series,) arranged under a general heading and an alphabetical index,-uniform in every respect with the first, to which it is a companion volume,-making "THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND,” VOLUME II.

The various selections have been made with great care, and under the guidance of popular Elocutionists and Teachers, with an evident taste and appreciation of the best things for the purpose,embracing EVERY VARIETY OF EMOTION, whether Grave or Lively, Serious or Amusing, Sublime or Vehement, Eloquent or Impassioned, Oratorical or Humorous,-comprising eloquent utterances from some of the best poets and authors of the present day, combined with others of an earlier origin, “which the world will not willingly let die;" in addition to which are many excellent specimens, both from new and anonymous sources; a large proportion are drawn from the ludicrous phases of existence, and lead direct to "laughter's happy land,"—the question in their entire compilation not being, From whence did it originate? so much as, Is IT GOOD FOR SPEAKING OR READING ?

Taken as a whole, this work presents an array of choice Poetry and Prose, so comprehensive and varied in style as to offer a responsive chord to every possible mood or phase of human feeling, and call forth every emotion of the heart; presenting a complete LIBRARY of POPULAR GEMs, heretofore obtained only by long and continued research among many expensive volumes,-being truly a "Literary Bouquet," culled from the highest sources at home and abroad; entwining the choicest articles of acknowledged worth and intrinsic merit, in rich festoons of gayety and mirth, thus combining Amusement with Instruction, -all harmoniously blending in happy contrast to form “THE SPEAKER'S GARLAND.” By thus providing intellectual food for all the varying tastes and desires of a reading people, this work must necessarily prove a delightful traveling companion, a welcome visitor at every fireside, and a real household treasure; as no time, occasion, or circumstance, but is here furnished suitable and enjoyable material for either reading or speaking, and the question so often heard, Where shall I get something new to speak? is now fully met by this attractive and beautiful work.

We bespeak for the present volume the same generous welcome that has been bestowed upon its predecessor, and most respectfully solicit a continuance of favor and co-operation from our many thousands of patrons, thereby enabling us, (in accordance with our present designs,) to make STILL FURTHER ADDITIONS to the “Series” of which this book is a part.

THE PUBLISHERS

Philadelphia, 1874.

CONTENTS

Volume.

Page.

89

V.

V.

V.

V.

117
119
126
160
171

7

21

88

99

120

48
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Elmer Ruan Coates.
Bill Mason's Bride.....

... Bret Harle. vi.
By the Shore of the River.

.C. P. Cranch. vii.
Borrioboola Gha........

Orrin Goodrich. vii.
Boy who Went from Home, The...

Emma M. Johnston. vii.
Burial of the Dane, The......

.H. H. Brounell. viii.

Bridge of Truth, The.......

viii.

Baggage Fiend, The....

viii.

8

29
121
23
40
81

* As each of the four numbers is paged independently of the others, the index
must necessarily accord therewith, -hence this explanation. The column of
Roman Notation designates the different volumes or numbers of the “Series,"
(viz., 5, 6, 7, and 8;) and the figures refer to the page of the corresponding
volume. Take for instance "Across the River," the characters Vill show
that it will be found in No. 8, and the figures following give the page of that
volume.

Vol. Pase.

Beautiful Dreams........

viii.

Ben Fisher.......

........ Frances Dana Gage. viii. 111

Battle of Blenheim, The.....

... ...... Robert Southey. viii. 159

Burial of Sir John Moore...

.... Charles Holje. viii. 160

Bull Fight, The...........

..Byron. viii. 169

Compensation....

V. 29

Chicago........

Duight Tilliams. V. 30

Crape on the Door.....

V. 3-1

Catiline's last Harangue to his Army.

..Croly.

113

Comical Dun, A......

John Mckeeter. V. 157

Char-co-o-al..

173

Claude Melnotte's Apology...

.E. Buluer Lytlon.

vi. 129

Conscience and Future Judgment..

vi. 130

Charcoal Man, The.....

...J. 7. Trowbridge.

vi. 172

Cheer Up..........

vii. 7

Cid and Baviera, The.

vii.

147

Coquette Punished, A...

viii. 36

Clown's Story, The......

Vandyke Browne. viii. 48

Cassius against Cæsar....

Shakspeare viii. 56

Dying Brigand, The.......

13

Deeds versus ('reeds.......

.......Annie I. Muzzcy. V. 23

Death of an Inebriate...

52

Dora......

..Alfred Tennyson. v. 58

Deborah Lee.-A Parody

v. 118

Drafted...

Mrs. H, L. Bostwick. v. 146

Dying Boy, The..........

155

Dermot's Parting..

vi. 15

Doctor and his Apples, The........

vi. 19

Deacon's Story, The........

N, S. Emerson. vi, 34

Death of Gaudentis.

Ilarriet Annie. vi. 69

Dirge............

......C. G. Lastman. vi. 84

Dreams and Realities.....

Phebe Cary.

vi. 151

Dying Alchemist, The...

N. P. Willis. vi. 165

Deacon Hezekiah......

vi.

177

Dickens in Camp.......

Bret Harte. vii. 157

Damon to the Syracusang.

John Banim. vii. 177

Der Baby..

viii. 96

Dirge, A......

.George Croly. viii. 100

Death-Ride, The......

Westland Marston. viii.

103

Dying Street Arab, The....

Matthias Barr. viii. 154

Drummer's Bride, The...

vii. 175

Dying IIymn, A......

.......Alice Cary. viii. 176

Engineer's Story, The.....

vi 70

Emblems........

Richard Coe.

vi. 79

Eleventh Hour, The..

Anna L. Ruth. vi. 117

Erin's Flag.

..Father Ryan.

vii. 33

Example.......

vii. 177

Eagle's Rock, The..

viii. 14

Endurance...

.Elisabeth Akers. viii. 28

Exile to his Wife, The.....

........Joe Brennan. viii. 58

Elegy written in a Country Church-Yard. ............ Thomas Gray. viii. 82

Faithful Lovers, The......

vi. 79

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