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THE LATEST AND BEST SELECTIONS POR
READING OR RECITATION
The Penn Publishing Company
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by
J. W. SHOEMAKER & Co., In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C.
TROM the great variety of selections that have natu
rally accumulated during six years of labor, devoted entirely to elocutionary training and public performances, I have chosen, with some care, the contents of this little volume.
There is hidden beneath every selection a reason for its insertion.
Two motives have governed me in the choice-vocal drill, and variety of adaptation. As a book of vocal drill, it has been a leading object to give opportunity for the highest and most varied culture. In adaptation, it is designed to represent, as far as possible, all phases of sentiment and varieties of occasion.
Not only have I sought to furnish the various shades of pathos, eloquence, tragedy and humor, but have kept constantly in view the almost infinite diversity of circumstances under which a "piece” has been wanted, and have endeavored to respond.
Suitable selections may here be found for the whole round of holidays, educational, lyceum, and temperance meetings, anniversary and political gatherings, every character of church occasion, where a reading or recita