If Wishes Were Horses

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 186 pages
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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. 1917. Excerpt: ... XV BOTH FEET ON THE LADDER WITH a discreet nudge Liversidge directed the attention of the man next to him to the speaker who had just risen. It was Martin. Besides these three, there were a dozen others on the platform. The air of the hall was close. Among its audience of several hundreds, working men predominated. The meeting had been convened ostensibly to protest against certain Government measures. In reality it was but one of several gatherings which the Liversidge party had been recently inaugurating with the object of furthering their covert war against the wage-earner. The chemist's companion watched Martin intently. He had come for that purpose. He was middle-aged, of prosperous appearance, and he gave the impression of being a successful business man; which he was. As a public speaker Martin by this time had greatly improved. He had an easy delivery and he was free from the irritating habit of repetition. Nobody could have guessed that every word he uttered had been carefully committed to memory beforehand. Always able to learn anything by heart quickly he now relied entirely on his memory. It was a gift that permitted him a choice of expression and a consecutiveness of argument that not only suggested eloquence above the average, but gave many a platitude the value of originality. In consequence, many people spoke of his oratorical abilities and some thought him scholarly. Now as always his theme was the social defenselessness of the working classes. It gave him the sympathy of his audience from the outset. A carefully calculated note of compassion was in his voice as he dealt with the conditions of labor, suppressed feeling in every illustration that he gave to prove the disabilities by which the toiler is surrounded. To the mind of all presen...

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