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ELMO'S

Humorous Speaker .

UNIFORM WITH “ ELMo's MODEL SPEAKER,” “ELMO's
CHILDREN'S SPEAKER,” AND “Two THOUSAND

AND TEN CHOICE QUOTATIONS."

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PREFACE.

The favor with which “Elmo's Model Speaker” has been received --being now in its sixteenth edition-has led to the compilation of this volume, which is wholly devoted to Humorous selections in poetry and prose. It is not pretended that this Speaker is "designed to supply a long felt want,” that would be a pure affectation. If it should prove to be a worthy companion to the “Model Speaker,” and should receive as generous a welcome through the length and the breadth of the land, the purpose of its compilation will be fully realized. The most flattering and appreciative testimonies of the usefulness of the “Model Speaker” have come to the Compiler from far and near, his hope is that an equally useful destiny may await the "Humorous Speaker."

A fine opportunity is here offered for presenting careful definitions of wit and humor, and for pointing out nice distinctions between the two. This thing has been considerably over-done, and after much defining and discriminating the general reader has been left in a region of fog and haze. Whole volumes have been

WOR 19 FEB:36

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