A Model speech.
--when Gen. Bragg
was at meridian, Miss.
, recently, the citizens insisted upon his making a speech, when he responded as follows:
This is a time for acts, not words.
Experience has taught me, too, that every man should stick to his trade.
In many efforts, I believed I never made but one successful speech — and that was, in a few words, when I courted my wife — the result then being dustless to any merit, either in the speech or the speaker, than to an unfortunate habit with young ladies of deciding more from impulse than reason, by which, as in my case, they are too apt to be unfortunate.
well, then, my fellow citizens, this piece of advice.
Never call on an old soldier for speeches and, if you will pardon me the liberty, I will not never send politicians to command your armies.
From that time our cause will prosper.