The Harvard correspondent of the New York Evening Post, under date of Nov. 4, writes : "Of the three instructors employed last year, after Mr. Riddle's resignation, only one, Mr. H. J. D. Jones, is reappointed this year. This indicates not that the college intends to make less of elocution than heretofore, but rather a preference for the system which Mr. Jones uses. There has been for some years a desire to check the tendency to train young men for theatrical declamation, and to give instead a foundation of development better calculated to make good public speakers at the bar, in the pulpit, or on the legislative floor. This desire has been enforced by the decisions of every set of judges who have been selected to award the Boylston prizes at the annual public exhibition. The aim now is to give perfect command of the body in clear and effective utterance in private speech and before an audience. The method by which Mr. Jones seeks to attain this is peculiar to himself, and is the result of a good deal of study on his part. It has so far the confidence of the corporation that, in the absence of any person fitted to supplement him, he has been made the sole instructor. The best part of his system is similar to principles of voice culture heretofore confined wholly to teachers of vocal music. He seeks by simple exercises to give a free movement to the diaphragm, and to insure that every word is supported from that depth; the chest to be resonant and full, with a supple readiness and activity at the lips. The instruction is wholly by classes, and not, as has heretofore been the case with upper-class men, by fifteen minute appointments."
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May 06, 2017