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Excerpt from A Boys RehearsalFred. - And will you have temperance dialogues and temperance speeches?James. - That is the intention.Fred. - And will you let me speak a speech? I know one which I consider pretty good.James. - What is it?Fred. -MoreExcerpt from A Boys RehearsalFred. - And will you have temperance dialogues and temperance speeches?James. - That is the intention.Fred. - And will you let me speak a speech? I know one which I consider pretty good.James. - What is it?Fred. - It is Agitate- or, The Two Masters, and was written by Rev. George H. Hepworth. Shall I speak it now?James. - Yes- let us hear it.Fred. - What do you all say? Shall I speak my speech now? [Boys answer Yes, Let us hear it. Go ahead.] Then here it is. [Rises, makes a bow, and commences].Agitation is the only lever of this century- it is the great engineer of the time. It is the grand dynamic force by which the whole people are to be lifted up to a higher and nobler level - the level of self-respect, the result of self-control. The people are always right in the long run. You may deceive them for a time- their own appetites and their own passions may lead them astray for a while, but the moment you set the American people thinking, you set them in that straight and narrow path which leads to the Zion that lies before. Now, we have had two masters in our country, and they have ruled us for a long while with an iron hand. We have been terribly afraid of their grim visages. The one is dead and buried. He was dethroned when Lee gave the handle of his sword to General Grant.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.