Oratory and Orators by William MathewsOratory and Orators by William Mathews

Oratory and Orators

byWilliam Mathews

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. PERSONALITIES IK DEBATE. A FOREIGN correspondent of an American journal, who visited the British Parliament a few years ago, strikingly contrasts the courtesy of political opponents in that body with the personalities which are so common in American legislatures. He says that the moment a member rises to address the House of Commons, he seems possessed by the most refined and gentlemanly consideration for others. In speaking of antagonists he carefully guards against the slightest imputation of dishonorable motives; or if, in the heat of debate, a word of oblique significance slips from his tongue, he hastens to withdraw it, and to express his regret; nay, even in his sarcasms and home-thrusts, he is careful to mention something to the credit of the very foeman he is about to scathe. Such a thing as hurling abusive epithets, giving the lie, and, above all, threatening personal violence,--practices so common as scarcely to create a sensation in our American legislatures,--would not be tolerated for a moment. When the Earl of Derby, in an attack on Lord John Russell, likened him to "Bottom the weaver," and described his policy by " the two homely words, meddle and muddle," it was felt that he went to the very verge of propriety. Great as was the ascendency of Lord Palmerston in that body, it never enabled him to lord it over his 214 fellow-Commoners so far as to be uncivil to the least popular members of the House. When, on one occasion, he trespassed so far as to say impatiently of the not-overpopular Joseph Hume, "If the honorable gentleman's understanding is obtuse, it is not my fault," he was instantly brought to his senses by the reproachful murmurs of the House, and was reminded that even Lord Palmerston must respect the fine code of leg...
Title:Oratory and OratorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217263720

ISBN - 13:9780217263726