Anecdote, antidote

U.S. President James A. Garfield, a professional orator, knew when to stop talking. Once he was in Nashua, New Hampshire, sharing the platform with Eugene Hale, Congressman from Maine, who spoke for over two hours. The crowd became impatient and began calling for Garfield, who, when his turn came, proposed that the audience remain for exactly thirty minutes more. He then delivered a half-hour speech which was so rousing that the audience asked for more. But he did not continue.

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