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C. D. Warner

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What is Your Culture to Me 

By Charles Dudley Warner 

Delivered before the Alumni of Hamilton College, Clinton, N.  Y.,
Wednesday, June 26, 1872 

Twenty-one years ago in this house I heard a voice calling me to ascend
the platform, and there to stand and deliver.  The voice was the voice of
President North; the language was an excellent imitation of that used by
Cicero and Julius Caesar.  I remember the flattering invitation--it is
the classic tag that clings to the graduate long after he has forgotten
the gender of the nouns that end in 'um--orator proximus', the grateful
voice said, 'ascendat, videlicet,' and so forth.  To be proclaimed an
orator, and an ascending orator, in such a sonorous tongue, in the face
of a world waiting for orators, stirred one's blood like the herald's

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