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My highest ambition is to leave to piano-players after me some useful instructions, the footprints of attained advance, in fact, a work which may some day provide a worthy witness of the labor and study of my youth.

I remember the greedy dog in La Fontaine, which let the juicy bone fall from its mouth in order to grasp a shadow. Let me gnaw in peace at my bone. The hour will come, perhaps all too soon, in which I shall lose myself and hunt after a monstrous intangible shadow.

-Franz Liszt.

The art of conversation is to be prompt without being stubborn, to refute without argument, and to clothe great matters in a motley garb.-Disraeli.

Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to make a better article.

-Philip D. Armour.

HE first performance of the Messiah took place in the Neale's Music Hall in Dublin, on 18th April, 1742, at midday, and, apropos of the absurdities of fashion, it may be noted that the announcements contained the following request: "Ladies who honor this performance with their presence will be pleased to come without hoops, as it will greatly increase the charity by making room for more company."

The work was gloriously successful, and over £400 were obtained the first day for the Dublin charities. Handel seems always to have had a special feeling with regard to this masterpiece of his-as if it were too sacred to be merely used for making money, like his other works.... In this connection a fine saying of his may be repeated. Lord Kinnoul had complimented him on the noble entertainment which by the Messiah he had lately given the town.

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My lord," said Handel," I should be sorry if I only entertained them-I wish to make them better." And when some one questioned him on his feelings when composing the Hallelujah Chorus, he replied in his peculiar English," I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God Himself."

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What a fine saying that was of poor old George III, in describing the Pastoral Symphony in this oratorio-" I could see the stars shining through it! The now constant custom of the audience to rise and remain standing during the performance of this chorus, is said to have originated in the following manner: On the first production of the work in London, the audience were exceedingly struck and affected by the music in general; and when that chorus struck up, "For the Lord God Omnipotent" in the "Hallelujah," they were so transported that they all together, with the king (who happened to be present), started up and remained standing until the chorus ended. This anecdote I had from Lord Kinnoul.-Dr. James Beattie.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.-Benjamin Disraeli.

HE Parnell I knew-and I may claim to have known him more intimately than anyone else on earth, both in public and private life— was incapable of motiveless brusqueries. That Parnell could crush utterly and without remorse I know; that he could deal harshly, even brutally, with anyone or anything that stood against him in the path he meant to tread, I admit, but that he would ever go out of his way to say a grossly rude thing or make an unprovoked attack, whether upon the personal appearance, morals, or character of another man, I absolutely deny. Parnell was ruthless in all his dealings with those who thwarted his will, but-he was never petty.

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Parnell had a most beautiful and harmonious voice when speaking in public. Very clear it was, even in moments of passion against his own and his country's foes-passion modulated and suppressed until I have seen, from the Ladies' Gallery, his hand clenched until the Orders of the Day" which he held were crushed into pulp, and only that prevented his nails piercing his hand. Often I have taken the "Orders" out of his pocket, twisted into shreds—a fate that also overtook the slips of notes and the occasional quotations he had got me to look out for him.

Sometimes when he was going to speak I could not leave my aunt long enough to be sure of getting to the Ladies' Gallery in time to hear him; or we might think it inexpedient that I should be seen to arrive so soon after him at the House. On these occasions, when I was able, I would arrive perhaps in the middle of his speech and look down upon him, saying in my heart, "I have come!" and invariably I would see the answering signal-the lift of the head and lingering touch of the white rose in his coat, which told me, "I know, my Queen.'

This telepathy of the soul, intuition, or what you will, was so strong between us that, whatever the business before the House, whether Parnell was speaking or not, in spite of the absolute impossibility of distinguishing any face or form

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fountain, invisible to man!--Longfellow.

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wherever I choose.

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All seems beautiful to me.

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You have done such good to me I
would do the same to you,

I will recruit for myself and you as I go.
I will scatter myself among men and
women as I go,

I will toss a new gladness and roughness
among them.

may follow me.
-Garibaldi to his
Roman soldiers.

HE chief difference between a wise man and an ignorant one is, not that the first is acquainted with regions invisible to the second, away from common sight and interest, but that he understands the common things which the second only sees.

"The Open Road," by Walt Whitman

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Achievement, Ibsen, 104.

INDEX OF SUBJECTS

Adversity: Uses of, Stowe, 45; and prosperity,
Johnson, 95; McCarthy, 112; Tacitus, 174;
Byron, 191.

Advertising and humor, Ade, 54.
Advice, Von Humboldt, 100.
Affection, Scott, 227.

Affliction, Cecil, 171.

Age, old: Fear of, Goldsmith, 47; and youth, Holmes,
50; Yeats, 77.

Agriculture, Edison, 21; Importance of, Hill, 34;
Warner, 39; Jefferson, 148.

Ambition: Burke, 23; Intellectual, Holmes, 25;
Marden, 27; Attainment of, Appel, 70; Lincoln,

112.

America, the melting-pot, Zangwill, 96.
Americanism, Gordon, 227.

Amusement: Balzac, 140; and work, Ruskin, 31.
Ancestry: Voltaire, 165; Pride of, Overbury, 21.
Ancients, The, Savonarola, 218.

Andre, The fate of, Hamilton, 134.

Anger: Dangers of, Metchnikoff, 78; Work and,

Luther, 82; Dodsley, 164; Penn, 205.

Animals, Cruelty to, Victoria, 20.

Aphorisms, Disraeli, 225.
Apples, Burroughs, 92.
April, Watson, 171.

Argument, Gibbon, 94.

Aristocracy, Today and tomorrow, Mazzini, 60.
Art: Ingersoll, 89; Michelangelo, 176; Ruskin, 30;
and education, Whistler, 38; and life, Morris,
120; and nature, Dostoievski, 41; and science,
Opie, 153; Charm of, Guizot, 72; Work and,
Mathews, 19.

Artistic temperament, The, Phillips, 44.
Artist, The first, Whistler, 24.

Aspiration, Alcott, 62.

Autumn, Carman, 20; Landor, 193.

Baltimore, Lord, Straus, 51.

Beautiful, The, Grayson, 38.

Beauty: Balzac, 15; an all-pervading presence,
Channing, 56; and truth, Keats, 59; Maeterlinck,
123.

Beethoven, Music of, Wagner, 71.

Behavior, Necker, 143.

Belief: Terence, 168; Disraeli, 215.

Bibieni, Cardinal, Letter to niece of, Raphael, 188.
Bible, The: Aked, 227; Gladden, 227; and democracy,
Huxley, 92.

Bigotry, O'Connell, 33.

Birth of a child, Tagore, 54.

Bixby, Mrs., Letter to, Lincoln, 133.

Brahma, Emerson, 146.

Bravery, Shakespeare, 189.

Bribery, Garrick, 58.

Britain, Great, Jay, 193.

Brotherhood of man: Herron, 32; Markham, 35, 39;
George, 17; Terry, 19; Altgeld, 30; Mills, 78;
Robinson, 34.

Brown, John: Wise, 119; His address to the court,
120; Burial of, Phillips, 124.
Books, Bacon, 8; Gosse, 27; Burroughs, 81; Channing,

153, 198; Traubel, 161; Barrow, 171; Curtis, 179;

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Chillon, Byron, 188.

Chivalry, The age of, Burke, 99.
Choir Invisible, The, George Eliot, 217.
Christmas, Dickens, 79.

Church: Roman and Protestant compared, White
197; The new, Emerson, 172; The, Garibaldi, 218.
Circumstantial evidence, Mark Twain, 57.
Civilization and slavery, Wilde, 48.

College, The, and democracy, 21.

Columbus, Joaquin Miller, 60.

Comfort, Peace and, Morris, 70.

Commercialism, Garfield, 169; Paine, 202.
Company, Great men as, Carlyle, 215.
Competition, Armour, 227.

Compromise, Watterson, 66.

Conduct: Newton, 211; The reward of good, Froebel,

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Daisies, Carman, 100.

Dante, Michelangelo, 179.
Darwin, Charles, Huxley, 211.

Death: Bell, 15; Lincoln, 17; Stevenson, 49; Raleigh,

80; Tennyson, 101; Scott, 108; Stevenson, 108;
and life, Crosby, 43; The mystery of, Cook, 76;
Democracy of, Ingalls, 77; King, 97; a friend,
Franklin, 118.

Debt, a teacher, Emerson, 104.
Dedication, A, Kipling, 138.

Defoe, Daniel, Besant, 196.

Demagogues and Agitators, Disraeli, 196.

Democracy: Whitman, 121; Jay, 180; and England,
Cobden, 179.

Destiny, Burroughs, 8; Socrates, 109; Shakespeare, 185.
Dirt, The love of, Warner, 39.

Discipline: St. Benedict, 222; Plato, 23.
Discontent, Varities of, Graham, 78.
Discretion, Franklin, 225.

Divinity, Luther, 120.

Dore, Gustave, Roosevelt, 224.

Doubt, Stanislaus, 140.

Drama, The, Cushman, 26.

Dreamer, The, O'Reilly, 131.
Dreams, Davies, 181.

Duty: Beecher, 19; Osler, 70; Stevenson, 88; Millet 157

Education: Whitlock, 43; Locke, 68; Bismarck, 128;
Peabody, 211; Cooper, 214; Meaning of, Ruskin,
17; Benson, 73; and democracy, Wilson, 21;
Dangers of, Wu Ting-Fang, 55; A liberal, Hux-
ley, 90; First aim of, Seton, 145.

Egotism and ignorance, Bulwer-Lytton, 61.
Electricity, Wonders of, Hawthorne, 57.
Eloquence, Cicero, 87.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Holmes, 183.

Endeavor, Fiona Macleod, 142.

Energy, Buxton, 72.

England and America, Cobden, 187.

Enjoyment, Limits of, Webster, 58.

Enlightenment, Longfellow, 25.

Enthusiasm, Chester, 60.

Envy: Smith, 69; Voltaire, 145.

Evil, Benefits of, Fiske, 36.

Evolution: Tabb, 169; of intellect, Darwin, 34; Soul,

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Folly and wisdom, Goldsmith, 86.

Food, Wiley, 145.

Foolishness: Lamb, 166; Mark Twain, 227.

France, Anatole, Characterization of, Brandes, 52.
France, The Queen of, Burke, 99.

Franklin, Benjamin: Epitaph of, 129; Fiske, 199;
and Washington, Jefferson, 177.

Freedom: Kant, 222; Lowell, 32; Dangers of, Gar-
rick, 58; Guardians of, Depew, 74; of speech,
Bradlaugh, 72; of thought, Straus, 51; Principles
of, Paine, 204; Religious, Straus, 51; Carlyle, 180.
Free-Thought, Owen, 223.

Friendship: Gorky, 14; Montaigne, 75; Burroughs,
108; Washington, 26; Emerson, 83; Stevenson, 29;
Perils of, Bourne, 59; a gift, Hughes, 75.

Gardens, Smith, 65.

Genius: Schopenhauer, 88; and industry, Ralph, 55;
Exercise of, Reynolds, 71; Men of, Linnaeus, 208.
Gentlemen, Characteristics of a, Galsworthy, 36.
George Eliot, Huxley, 216.

Gettysburg, Address at, Lincoln, 88.

Ghetto, Children of the, London, 42.
Gifts, Paine, 202.

Girard, Stephen, Will of, 168.

Gladstone, Disraeli, 192.

God and His attributes, Carruth, 154; Letters from,
Whitman, 202.

Golden Rule, The, Markham, 39.

Good and evil: Lincoln, 86; Swing, 92.
Goodness, Power of, Curtis, 118.

Government: Paine, 204; The American, Cobden,
179, The best, Paine, 197.

Gratitude: Coates, 21; Newcomb, 23.

Greatness: Irving, 102; Bacon, 155; The mark of,
Carlyle, 94.

Grief, Hitopadesa, 21.

Habit: James, 76; Mann, 167; Astor, 211; Sweden-
borg, 214.

Handel, George Frederick, Beattie, 226.
Handshaking, Everett, 144.

Happiness: Southey, 16; Maeterlinck, 30; Edison, 21;
Fiske, 36; Jerrold, 70; Aurelius, 79; Santayana,
92; Franklin, 98; Ruskin, 102; Ingersoll, 106;
Cheney, 127; Aristotle, 214; an incident, Haw-
thorne, 47; The attainment of, Franklin, 19; and
passion, Tennyson, 83; and pleasure, Eliot, 198;
Barrie, 227; Balzac, 228.

Hardship, Garibaldi, 228.
Harmony, Eddy, 182.

Hate, Miller, 41.

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