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The English Premier As A Speaker

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Glaiistone lias a clear, peneiraung voice, so that you can hear him in any part of the House, and that is the first condition of effectivo speaking. The debate on the part of the opposition is closed, aud the Prime Minister bas to reply. He has nothiug to say, but for a quartor of an hour his words will ring out over the House, gathering around him in a great mist, so to speak. What he says has the sense of sound, always coherent, and the sense of sequenco is not violated, and yetwhen he has spoken for fifteen minutes, no one can teil what he has been saying. 15ut all this time he is thinking on the subject and preparing to say something to the poinl. He presently stands erect, places his hands on his coat lapels, pulls down his coat with a slight jerk, and that is the indication that lie has conchided vhat to say. And then follows a torrent of words, tlmndcr and lightning - lightning chiefly- making so luminous the subject that the most stupid in the House - and there are enough sucli there- are ablo to soe everything relating to it. Then comes the peroration, in sentences bright, crisp aud impressivo. Everybody is convinced and the question is carried. In that way mauy of his greatest orations have been made. The Prime Minister has a stately impetuosity. He speaks with felicityof utteraace. Hut thero is a higher charm. Dr. Pusey said of Cardinal Newman that ho had the faculty of speaking the truth without wonnding a single human heart. Mr. Gladstone has the same faculty in a very large degreo.


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