or brackets, which should be pronounced in a low tone of voice, and may be left out altogether without injuring the sense.
While Mr. Marshall was in Congress, one of those periodical tempests of temperance swept over the land.
It finally reached the halls of the national council.
A congressional total abstinence society was organized.
Mr. Marshall had won a somewhat unenviable reputation for excessive conviviality.
He became a member of the society and its most eloquent spokesman.
In 1842 he delivered upon the floor of Congress an Address on Temperance, which for splendor of illustration, justness of observation, and beauty of diction has never been excelled in this country.
That the reader may judge somewhat of his style of oratory, we append some extracts from the address:
Temperate men refusing to join a temperance society!
Withholding their name and influence!
Nay, throwing, by their refusal, the weight of both against us!
It is unnatural; it is unintelligible; i