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FARCES, DIALOGUES, AND TABLEAUX,
EXERCISES FOR DECLAMATION
PROSE AND VERSE.
ALSO, A TREATISE ON ORATORY AND ELOCUTION, HINTS ON DRAMATIC
MAKING UP, ETC., ETC.,
CAREFULLY COMPILED AND ARRANGED FOR SCHOOL EXHIBITIONS,
BY P. A. FITZGERALD, ESQ.
TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF CALISTHENICS AND GYMNASTICS,
TRATED WITH FIFTY ENGRAVINGS.
NEW YORK :
SHELDON, LAMPORT & BLAKEMAN.
ST. LOUIS, E, K, WOODWARD, AND KEITH & WOODS.
18 5 6.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1855,
BY D. M. DEWEY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Northern District of
THERE have been, during the last quarter of a century, many books printed for the use of schools, academies, and literary associations, containing addresses, dialogues, etc., proper to be spoken on, as they are commonly called, exhibition days, by tyros in oratory, and embryo statesmen, to the edification of strangers, and the delight of relatives and friends, which have been justly popular with those for whose use they were intended, and productive of good equal to the highest expectations of all interested in their adoption and success. Believing, however, that there yet remains room for the introduction of other volumes, devoted to similar purposes, yet differing somewhat from those that have preceded them, in that they contain several entire farces, dramas, etc., easily represented, and capable of furnishing much amusement when produced, the compiler of the present volume offers the result of his labors to the consideration of the public, in the sanguine expectation that a candid judgment will allow him the benefit of that approval, without which all efforts tending to advance the cause of general education must be rendered entirely futile.
To make the rough way smooth, to scatter flowers along and upon the track which, well followed, guides the weary yet hopeful student to the portals of that great temple from whence the light of knowledge shineth ever, is the first duty of all who feel a proper interest in the high and holy cause of popular education - that education, without which, Progress must stay her advance, and fall nerveless beneath the blight of Error, the poison of that deadly moral siroeco, Ignorance. The materials of which the compiler has availed himself in furtherance of his design, have long been in the possession of the public; but this fact can not injure their worth, if the selections prove to have been made with judgment. The plan of the volume will, he thinks, commend itself to approbation; of this, however, success must be the sole criterion.