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[85] and possibly quite reversing his line of thought. He has his choice; he can rarely have both. The only possible compromise is that which the present writer has sometimes adopted — to write out one speech for the press, and then make, if needful, a wholly different one. But this involves a double trouble, besides the incidental objection that it does not seem quite honest.

There is no doubt that the pleasantest societies for discussion are those in which reporting is strictly prohibited, because all reporting tends inevitably to the cut-and-dried, and drives out the freshness of off-hand speaking. It has been admitted for years at Harvard University that the speaking at the Commencement dinner, which is always elaborately reported, is far less animated and brilliant than that at the Phi Beta Kappa dinner, which takes place the next day, commonly with some of the very same speakers, and is never reported at all. In this last case the speakers are talking to their hearers; in the other case they have usually written out their views for the benefit of the daily paper. The Round Table Club of Boston has maintained, with almost unvarying success for many years, its monthly discussions on social and literary

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