[Bloomington, Illinois: n. p., 1911?]. First edition. 8vo, original brown cloth, gilt lettering, 133 pages. Frontis portrait. A trifle rubbed and spoted; hinges just a trifle tender; a very good copy. Item #17476
A presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper and dated Mar. 8, 1911. Collects varied and interesting speeches from the Ewing (1835-1918), the Central Illinois lawyer, politician and cousin to Vice President Adlai Stevenson. Among other pieces he includes his locally renowned historical address on Bloomington ("No Mean City"), eulogizes local girl and international opera star Marie Litta, delivers a speech to a jury in a civil case for a plaintiff who had been raped while under sedation, and draws on personal acquaintance to speak at length about firsthand experiences with Abraham Lincoln in his "Address on Abraham Lincoln."