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General Information

Name:  Robert J. Burdette  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1844 in Greensboro, Pennsylvania,


-- Robert J. Burdette on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=robert+j.+burdette


Illinois Connection

Burdette received a secondary education in Peoria, Illinois During the Civil War he served as a private in the 47th Illinois infantry. In 1869 he became night editor of the Peoria Daily Transcript.

Biographical and Professional Information

Burdette wrote for newspapers and his humorous paragraphs soon began to be quoted in newspapers throughout the country. With the encouragement of his first wife, the former Caroline S. Garret of Peoria, he began speaking in public. Consequently, he made a number of successful lecture tours. His lecture, "The Rise and Fall of the Mustache," was delivered well over three thousand times during a 30-year period. He also wrote the poem "Orphan Born," as well as "My First Cigar". He was sometimes referred to as the Burlington Hawkeye Man. In 1884, he left the Hawkeye to replace Stanley Huntley as the staff humorist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He became a licensed minister of the Baptist church in 1897, and took charge of the Temple Baptist Church at Los Angeles, California, in 1903 until he retired in 1909.


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Hawkeyes
ISBN: B001TPCUOO

G.W. CARLETON & CO.. 1880

William Penn, 1644-1718 (Classic Reprint)
ISBN: 1440054142

Forgotten Books. 2010

WILLIAM PENN CHAPTER L HE PUTS ON HIS HAT. WILLIAM PENN was born in London, on Monday morning, October 14, 1644. He was not born with his hat on, but this is the only time he was ever seen in his bare head. The fact that he was born on wash-day was' regarded by the augurs as an indication that he would be a man of peace, loving quiet and determined to have it, if it cost him a life-time of contention and dispute He came of an old family. The Penns dated their back numbers away into the earlier years of the 16th century. In Penn village, Buckinghamshire, the first William Penn on record, the great-grandfather of our William, died in 1591, and he now lies before the altar of Mintye church, in Wiltshire. (Even in those old days, the Penns were mightier than the sword. They

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Innach Garden, and other comic sketches ("Multum in parvo" series)
ISBN: B00089QYPI

G.W. Carleton & Co. 1886

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Chimes from a jester's bells; stories and sketches
ISBN: 1176543660

Nabu Press. 2010

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Old Time and Young Tom
ISBN: B00403N5S2

. 2010

This volume was published in 1912.

From the book's Foreword:
When I was young I wrote it "Preface'*, because
my Teachers, who were much older and wiser than I,
told me so to do. Now that I am as old as they were,
I write it "Foreword", because my new Teachers,
who are very young and very wise, tell me I must.
I do not care how I write it. Because I know full
well that by and by other and newer Teachers, much
younger and far wiser than any I have had heretofore,
will instruct my sons, and after them, yet more
Teachers, youngest and wisest of all, will compel my
grandsons to spell the same thing yet differently.
What is it to me, then, how the word is written ?
I write this page only because, ere the pen lays me
aside, I want to set down the lecture wherewith, by
the lullaby of the spoken voice, I have soothed the
children of Adam to sleep for lo, these thirty-five
years past, but which I have not set to the notation
of the written page since first I wrote it in the joy
of my heedless youth, a long generation ago.

"The Rise and Fall of the Mustache" is the oldest
lecture in the world, so far as I know. It is also one
of the longest. And I would add that it is the worst,
but for the fact that I have written others since. It
is so old that I came too late to write it myself. I had
it from my father, who had it from his father, who
had it from his father, and so on back to the time of
the locust who carried away the first grain of corn.

In this discourse I have merely set down in dis-
order what people told me, and what they kept back
from me

what they confessed with boasting, and
what they denied with shame

what I saw, and what
I thought I saw

what I knew and what I guessed,
and what I deliberately imagined. Then, when I
read what I had recorded, I saw that I had told the
story of a man's life, which is so like any other
man's, that the biography of an average man is also
called the history of "his times". Yet, when I wrote
this narrative I gave it a title, because I firmly be-
lieved I had written a comic parody on human life.
I was not old enough to know that a burlesque proves
the fact it caricatures.

I have said this lecture more than five thousand
times. And now, on the printed page, I sadly miss
the singsong soothing of the utterance. For stories
are not written to read, they are told to hear, as
children love to listen to them before their intelli-
gence is spoiled by learning to read.

What, therefore, the laughing, gray-haired chil-
dren of my audiences heard as "The Rise and Fall
of the Mustache" their more decorous grandchildren
may read as "Old Time and Young Tom".

ROBERT J. BURDETTE
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Contents:

--The rise and fall of the mustache.--My kindergarten of fifty years.--A minute of time.--Favorites.--"Rounded with a sleep."--A day in motley.--Taking account of stock.--The relief of the Slamrack.--Just for luck.--In the slave market.--Wasting other people's time.--As it is written.--Talking with the mouth.--The six-fingered man.--The average man
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Greater Los Angeles & Southern California; portraits & personal memoranda;
ISBN: 1178198650

Nabu Press. 2010

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