Excerpt from Brown's Standard Elocution and Speaker: A Thoroughly Practical Treatise on the Science and Art of Human Expression; For Schools, College, Universities and Private Pupils
The purpose of the author in this book has been to pre sent the science of human expression in a manner so simple, so concise and so reasonable that no student with average zeal and ability would experience difficulty in comprehending and applying its principles While an effort has been made to render the exposition free from many of the technical and professional theories found in other works, every principle announced and enforced has been drawn from nature by the most scientific researches recognized by the foremost teachers and writers of Europe and America.
The prominence given to the subject of respiration is justi fied in the recognition of its three-fold relation to elocution. First, energy and ease of expression are largely dependent upon a proper control of the respiratory organs; second, the cor rect training of these organs in early life and-their judicious exercise at all times, conduce to greater vigor of mind and body than is otherwise possible; and third, the natural sys tem of breathing during vocalization, reinforced by the teach ings of science, has-been found an almost absolute protection against all forms of lung and throat diseases.
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