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INTRODUCTORY.

THE importance and utility of Elocution is so generally conceded, and so fully appreciated, that it is only necessary here to give a brief summary of its scope, and to mention a few of the uses to which it may be applied.

Elocution does not consist in mere imitation of the voice and manner of the teacher, nor in the learning to recite pieces as a parrot learns to talk.

Its province is to aid the pupil in acquiring ease, ▷ grace, and versatility in gesture.

To impart a knowledge of correct breathing, and the art of utilizing the breath in the proper production of

tone.

To discipline and develop the voice in qualities, compass, strength, flexibility, and control.

To improve the articulation so that each element may have its correct and due amount of sound in the enunciation of words.

To communicate a practical knowledge of the principles and rules in modulation and expression.

And to teach the pupil the art of using the rules and exercises of elocution, not as the end and aim of the study, but as the means for the better expression of thought and emotion.

By such a course of instruction the individuality of the student is best preserved. This is a matter of the greatest importance-especially to one who has marked natural ability.

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