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THE

ELOCUTIONIST'S ANNUAL

NUMBER 14.

COMPRISING

NEW AND POPULAR READINGS, RECITATIONS,

DECLAMATIONS, DIALOGUES,

TABLEAUX, ETC., ETC.

COMPILED BY
MRS. J. W. SHOEMAKER.

PHILADELPHIA

The Penn Publishing Company

1889

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in theryear 1886, by THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF ELOCUTION AND ORATORY,

In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

CONTENTS

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The Victor of Marengo, .......................

The Lady Judith's Vision, ...... Mrs. E. V. Wilson . ....... 7

Extract from a Eulogy on General

Grant, . .............. Henry Ward Beecher ....

The Lifeboat, ..

............. George R. Sims. ..
The Great Issue, ........... Edward Everett .....
Bill and Joe, ............. Oliver Wendell Holmes . .
Mr. Winkle Puts On Skates, . . . . Charles Dickens . ....
Woman's Power, ........

Marietta F. Cloud . ...

The Ship of State, ........

.. Rev. Wm. P. Lunt ...

The Day is Done, .......

.. Longfellow .....

What We Did With the Cow,..,.,N. P. Ufford .....

A Romance of the Rood-Loft, .... A. Savile Clarke ...

Destiny of America, ......... Charles Phillips ....

Ballad of the Wicked Nephew,.... James T. Fields ....

The Story Kathie Told,........A. C. H. S.......

The Night-Watch, .......... François Coppée. ...

The Origin of Scandal, ........ The Argonaut .....

Domestic Economy, ......... Danbury News .......

“Nearer Home,” ........... Phoebe Cary ......

A School-Boy on Corns, .....................

Crazy Nell, .............. Joseph Whitton ......

A Second Trial, . ........... Sarah Winter Kellogg ...

The Drummer Boy of Mission Ridge, ..............

The Puritan, ............. Geo. William Curtis . ....

The Child is Father to the Man, ... Louisa Bigg ........

Jimmy Brown's Sister's Wedding, ..............

Going for the Cows, .......... Eugene Hall. .....

The Tender Heart, ........ . . Helen Gray Cone ...

Pockets, ...........

.. Julian Hawthorne .

The Cow and the Bishop, . .. .. Townsend .....

The Death of Steerforth, ..... .. Charles Dickens . .

The Sweetest Picture, ........ Alice Cary ....

.. 100

Gracie's Kitty, .......... ..............

The Soldier's Home, Washington, . . Joaquin Miller ....

...... 102

Don't Be Mean, Boys, . ........ Burdelle .........

Sing a Song a Sixpence, .....................

To the Desponding,. ......... Alice Cary ...........

A Child's Thought of God, ...... Mrs. Browning ......

The Model Woman, .........A Wisely Anonymous Man. . . 108

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The Light that is Felt, ........J. G. Whittier .........

A Contrast, .............. Eleanor C. Donnelly ..... 109

The Smile and the Sigh, .......G. T. Johnson .........

God's Anvil, ............. Bishop Doane . .......

Self-Culture, ............................

Her Laddie's Picture, . ........ Mary Beale Brainerd ....
A Tear of Repentance, ........ Thomas Moore .......

Military Supremacy Dangerous to

Liberty,.............. Henry Clay .......

A Mither's Knee, .......................

.... 121

The Finding of the Cross, ...... Jessie H. Brown. ...

Brudder Yerkes's Sermon, ....:. Dr. James M. Ludlow . .

Gettysburg, .............. Ernest W. Shurtleff ...

Are these God's Children? ...... Sarah M. Chatfield ...

A Culprit, . .............. Margaret Vandegrift. .....

The Miseries of War,......... Chalmers .........

A Mother's Portrait, ......... Cowper'. .........

King Harold's Speech to his Army

Before the Battle of Hastings, . . Sir E. Bulwer Lytton ....

The Romance of the Swan's Nest, . . Mrs. Browning .....

.... 142

Psalm XCY, ......................... .... 146

Battle of Morgarten, ......... Mrs. Hemans .....

Ho, Boat Ahoy! ........... Emma Sophie Stilwell. ... 150

Sister Agatha's Ghost, ........J. J. Wray ......

June, ................. James Russell Lowell..

Three Leaves from a Boy's Diary, . . Sue Gregory .....

The Old Homestead, ......... Wallace Bruce .... ... 161

Jupiter and Ten, ........... James T. Fields ...

The Twenty-Second of February, . . Bryant ..... ... 165

The Widow Cummiskey, ...

A Doubting Heart, .......... Adelaide Anne Proctor ...

Daniel Gray, .............J. G. Holland .......

The Last Charge of Ney, .......1. J. Headley. .........

Be a Woman,............. Edward Brooks ........

Money Musk, . ............ Benj. F. Taylor ........

Thoughts for the New Year, ...... Youth's Companion ...... 181

Ulysses, ................ Tennyson .........
The Head and the Heart, . ......J. G. Saxe. ..........

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THE ELOCUTIONIST'S ANNUAL.

NUMBER 14.

THE VICTOR OF MARENGO.

NAPOLEON was sitting in his tent; before him lay

N a map of Italy. He took four pins and stuck them up; measured, moved the pins, and measured again. “Now,” said he, “that is right; I will capture him there !” “Who, sir ?” said an officer. “Milas, the old fox of Austria. He will retire from Genoa, pass Turin, and fall back on Alexandria. I shall cross the Po, meet him on the plains of Laconia, and conquer him there,” and the finger of the child of destiny pointed to Marengo.

Two months later the memorable campaign of 1800 began. The 20th of May saw Napoleon on the heights of St. Bernard. The 22d, Larmes, with the army of Genoa, held Padua. So far, all had been well with Napoleon. He had compelled the Austrians to take the position he desired ; reduced the army from one hundred and twenty thousand to forty thousand men; dispatched Murat to the right, and June 14th moved forward to consummate his masterly plan.

But God threatened to overthrow his scheme! A little rain had fallen in the Alps, and the Po could not be crossed in time. The battle was begun. Milas, pushed to the wall, resolved to cut his way out; and Napoleon

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