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A Good Story.

The ‘ Evening Post ’ had the following paragraph “ A very good story is told •f Mr Scobio Mackenzie’s recent lecture, •Reading and Memory,’ at the Museum Hall, It appears that Mr Mackenzie was under the impression that he was to speak to some fifty or sixty young men of the Union Debating Society. He was a good deal taken aback when he saw a large hall full of people, and the front rows densely packed with ladies. After dealing with prose, tbo lecturer proceeded to show what an essential element poetry was, and the various functions that it fulfilled. Among other things, he intended to show that poetry could touch with great purity and delicacy subjects which prose, for fear of degenerating into coarseness, would have to avoid. Oce of the Illustrations was the beautiful passage from Christabel

Her esutU limbs did she undress, Ai.d lay down in her lovellne,*. It appears that the lecturer looked at the front row for a moment, faltered, and then quietly drew his pen through tho entire section, thus leaving tho lecture in a mutilated condition. Considering that just previous Mr Mackenzie had been extolling the virtues of courage as an ingredient for successful public speaking, we are very surprised that he should be so deplorably lacking in that quality himself,” —* Lyttelton Times’s ’ correspondent.

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A Good Story., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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A Good Story. Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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