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1900 DR. WILLITS Figure THE DISPENSER OF Sunshine on whichever of the following Subjects he Lectures: 1. SUNSHINE. 2. MOONSHINE. 3. ON THE WING. 4. THE MODEL WIFE. 5. THE MODEL HOME. 6. THE MAN FOR THE AGE. Season … 1900 and 1901 THE OLDEST and YOUNGEST man on the Platform. The season just passed has been the greatest in his forty years' Lecture History, and not a date missed. Dr. Willits gets there in more senses than one. Apply for dates and terms to the nearest Representative of the CENTRAL LYCEUM BUREAU. Press Commendations One of the Best Lectures Ever Heard in Augusta, Ga. AUGUSTA, GA., Dec., 1897. Not only did Dr. Willits' lecture on Sunshine prove to be decidedly the best lecture of the present series, but it was one of the very best of the very finest lectures we have ever had in Augusta. The lecture was great and beautiful and deep, and it was broad with the unbounded wideness of sunshine itself; but because it was clothed in the simplest of language, and because it was brightened by laugh-compelling witicisms, and illustrated by stories dealing with homely, familiar subjects, and most of all because the speaker uttered the half-formed thoughts of the better nature of his hearers, what was heard seemed, at first, not to be marvelously and profoundly wise. Then afterwards, slowly, those who had thought themselves simply entertained—delightfully, to be sure, but without any great gain in the matter of self-culture—began to realize that they had unconsciously been imbibing great philosophies the world had long pondered over, and that the human mind was a very foolish thing to trouble itself with mysteries that were seen as soon as the light of practical, every-day common sense was shed about them, to be the simplest problems, or better still, no problems at all. It were as easy to reproduce in detail Dr. Willits' lecture as to describe the ever-changing combinations of the kaleidoscope held against the sun; and to reproduce such a discourse verbatim were to spoil it, for half its charm lay in the sunny piquancy of its delivery, in certain little odd tricks of speech and gesture, quite as effective in themselves as were the truths they embellished. The speaker drew liberally from an apparently inexhaustible mine of reminiscence, anecdote and illustration, making all his points good, and driving them home with firm yet never unkindly emphasis. It was a lecture of more than passing pleasure and profit, for the truths presented were set forth in a radiance that could not but brighten the hearts and minds of those who heard it long after the hour of its delivery had passed.— Rochester (N. Y.) Herald. Having heard Dr. Willits' lecture on Sunshine, we unhesitatingly commend the lecture to the entire community as the most unique, chaste, and charming view of the sunny side of life's pains and pleasures to which it ever has been our good fortune to listen. The lecture is one bright, sparkling gem after another, each shedding its light on the pathway of life, while the lecturer, with his genial manner and pleasing address, warms the affections and cheers the heart into complete sympathy with the better side of life. No man will know all that is good and sweet in human life without hearing Dr. Willits on Sunshine.—A. H. Robinson, A. S. Colyar, F. W. Gaines, Robert T. Jackson, Jerry Witherspoon—Nashville, Tenn. GALVESTON, TEXAS, Dec. 10, 1897. Rev. A. A. Willits, D. D., lectured on Sunshine in Rosenberg Hall last night before a large audience. This was one of the events of the Star Course of entertainments, and was undoubtedly one of the best. It is a cornucopia of sunshine that is shaken by the lecturer over and about his hearers. Of course the doctor makes some criticisms of things, but the criticisms do not have the sting of ill temper. They are invariably witty, and are usually accompanied by a good or two. Dr. Willits' Lecture. WACO, TEXAS, Dec. 1897. It was Full of Brilliant Wit and Stirring Oratory. His lecture was entitled On the Wing, and from its opening to its close he swayed his hearers from bursts of laughter to delighted wonderment as the brilliancy of his wit flashed upon them in terse, sparking sentences, or the sublimity of his descriptions of stirring scenes fell upon their ears in an eloquent flow of measured periods. Dr. Willits' description of the English Channel was quite enough to rank him high among humorists, while the pathos of the picture he drew of the battle of Waterloo bespoke the talent of an orator whose peers are few. The lecture of Dr. A. A. Willits, at the Opera House, Monday night, on the subject of Sunshine, or the Secret of a Happy Life, was of the highest merit. Quite a good audience greeted him. Everyone present enjoyed the treat, and was made better by it. Dr. Willit s is a most pleasing talker, was a complete master of his subject and held his audience spell-bound for the two hours he was before them.—The Index, Fairmount, W. Va. A Grand Lecture—A Large and Delighted Audience.—The platform was profusely decorated with palms, flowers, etc., and though extra chairs had been provided, standing room was resorted to by many of the sterner sex. The lecture was all and even more than the Y. M. C. A. promised. Those who heard it will ever be glad to remember the night of Sunshine, which was the more appreciated by the audience on account of the charming personality of the speaker.— Courier-Observer, Corsicana, Tex. Dr. A. A. Willits entertained a large audience at College Chapel, December 21. The title of the lecture, Sunshine, embodied and portrayed the better qualities and virtues of humanity, and by illustrations unmistakable in their applications to the every-day affairs of life, warmed and illuminated the hearts of his hearers with kindly feeling, and also with charity for the weakness of those less favored and enlightened.— Lexington (Miss.) Advertiser. Rev. A. A. Willits, D. D., of New Jersey, last evening delivered, at the First M. E. Church, his celebrated lecture on Sunshine. The man, no less than the lecture, was interesting. Dr. Willits is one of those rare men that appear never to grow old, for he has remained young in spirit, well into the autumn of life. It would be difficult to imagine a man better qualified to discuss the beauties of sunshine, as relating to the human heart and soul. The lecture was a refreshing one, and was heartily enjoyed. One might have easily imagined the speaker was delivering his lecture for the first time. It is manifest Dr. Willits revels in the perennial spring-time of his own heart. He looks like a man, who, if he ever had trouble, it had left no scar.— Duluth, Minn., Feb. 11, 1897.
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Conduct of life
|Personal Name Subject||Willits, A.A.|
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