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Title: Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

Author: Robert L. Taylor

Release Date: December 23, 2006 [EBook #20171]

Language: English

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Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales.

"THE FIDDLE AND THE BOW,"

"THE PARADISE OF FOOLS",

"VISIONS AND DREAMS."

ILLUSTRATED.

Published by 

DeLONG RICE & COMPANY. 

Nashville, Tenn.

 

COPYRIGHTED, 1896. 

_All rights reserved by DeLong Rice & Co._

UNIVERSITY PRESS CO., 

NASHVILLE, TENN.

 

PREFACE.

 

This volume presents the first publication of the famous lectures 

of Governor Robert L. Taylor. His great popularity as an orator and 

entertainer, and his wide reputation as a humorist, have caused repeated 

inquiries from all sections of the country for his lectures in book 

form; and this has given rise to an earlier publication than was 

expected.

The lectures are given without the slightest abridgment, just as 

delivered from the platform throughout the country. The consecutive 

chain of each is left undisturbed; and the idea of paragraphing, and 

giving headlines to the various subjects treated, was conceived merely 

for the convenience of the reader.

In the dialect of his characters, the melody of his songs, and the 

originality of his quaint, but beautiful conceptions, Governor Taylor's 

lectures are temples of thought, lighted with windows of fun.

DELONG RICE.

 

Temples of Thought, 

Lighted with 

Windows 

Of Fun.

 

CONTENTS.

 

"THE FIDDLE AND THE BOW." 9 

Cherish the Little Ones 19 

Fat Men and Bald-Headed Men 22 

The Poet Laureate of Music 23 

The Convict and His Fiddle 25 

A Vision of The Old Field School 27 

The Quilting and the Old Virginia Reel 36 

The Candy Pulling 44 

The Banquet 48 

There is Music All Around Us 53 

The Two Columns. 61 

There is a Melody for Every Ear 63 

Music is the Wine of the Soul 66 

The Old Time Singing School 72 

The Grand Opera 78 

Music 80

 

"THE PARADISE OF FOOLS." 83 

The Paradise of Childhood 90 

The Paradise of the Barefooted Boy 98 

The Paradise of Youth 104 

The Paradise of Home 112 

Bachelor and Widower 117 

Phantoms 119 

The False Ideal 121 

The Circus in the Mountains 123 

The Phantom of Fortune 128 

Clocks 130 

The Panic 133 

Bunk City 135 

Your Uncle 137 

Fools 140 

Blotted Pictures 143

 

"VISIONS AND DREAMS." 147 

The Happy Long Ago 151 

Dreams of the Years to Come 160 

From the Cave-man to the Kiss-o-phone 169 

Dreams 175

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