Excerpt from The Art of the Orator I Once heard Mr. Gladstone say, that in a conflict between the platform and the press for the direction of public opinion in this country, an efficient platform would surely win. Whether that be so or t, the influence of the spoken word must always be great in the government of all democratic communities, and in every sphere of activity, however exalted, it must continue to inspire men, and fashion their lives. Every aid to the efficient discharge of so important a function must be welcome. The experience and skill acquired by Mr. Edgar Jones in the practice of this great art gives value to a contribution from his pefi on the subject. His original and ingenious treatment of it makes it well worth perusal by all those who wish to acquire proficiency in the art of public speaking. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.