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GYMNASIUM TO NIGHT Figure Lester C. Randolph, Lecturer ON THE SUNSHINE ROUTE HOME ADDRESS MILTON WISCONSIN ON THE SUNSHINE ROUTE IS NOT THE TITLE OF ONE LECTURE, BUT A CHARACTERISTIC PHRASE SUGGESTING THE SPIRIT OF THEM ALL. FOREWORD IN his work last season Dr. Randolph surpassed himself, Committees are enthusiastic. His lectures are great in their universal appeal to human interest. They grip the college professor and the bricklayer, the doctor of medicine and the doctor of divinity, the school principal and the baseball squad, the boy and his grandfather. A very successful lyceum manager recently said to him: I have run across your tracks in several places, always getting the same report. You have a message and you 'come across' to the people. We want you. Dr. Randolph certainly has a mission to the world. THE MANAGEMENT. The People's Dervict A magnificent lecture. Worth the price of the entire course. The best ever heard here. An evening of rare entertainment. Grand. 100%. An unqualified 100 per cent. 100% plus. Not a dull moment in the hour and a half. There is a demand for your return. You delivered the goods. One opportunity of a lifetime. A genius, an orator and a scholar. Favorite Chautauqua speaker, magnetic and eloquent. A rich treat. The close came too soon. A crowded house will greet him next time. A far-famed lecturer. Making for a better and higher type of citizenship. Other Enconiums Your lecture was one of our best attractions. You have measured up to the best traditions of the American platform.—Milton W. Brown, Mgr. Celina Chautauqua, Ohio I wouldn't have had my boy miss that for a $10 bill.— Struggling Penn. Farmer. Mr. Randolph, your name still remains on the lips of all who heard your address as the most eloquent speaker this town has ever heard.—Iron River, Wis., High School. Professor Thompson, who is an authority on able lecturers, ranks Randolph with the best men on the public platform.— Nortonville (Kan.) News. I am sure I speak the sentiments of all in this community when I say we shall hope for your return another year. —Rev. B. J. Youngs, Wheeler, Mich. The lecture sparkled with a humor as natural and pure as the laughing waters.— Robbinsdale, (Minn.) Tellit. One of the best lectures ever given in the city. A most fitting climax to the entertainment course.— Green Bay (Wis.) Gazette. Essentials of a Popular Lecture TWO things are essential to the making of a great lecture. First, a charm that holds the audience in its spell, a mingling of the humorous and the pathetic, the instructive and the practical, in such a delightful combination that an hour and a half seems like thirty minutes. Second, a great, vital theme which through all the sparkle and fun, epigram and story, surcharges the atmosphere until every hearer goes home with mind and heart full of it. The lecturer speaks to the mass of the community. He can bring to bear upon his theme all the resistless force of wit and humor, as well as fact, logic and eloquence. With the resources at his disposal he can make an impression never to be exaced, out of which shall grow movements of great benefit to the community. The glowing testimonials from all directions indicate that Dr. Randolph is a lecturer of this type. LECTURE SUBJECTS That Delightful Fellow, the American Boy The most in demand of all Dr. Randolph's lectures. Throbbing with a serious purpose, bubbling over with irrepressible fun, drawing to a climax of tremendous power. The lecturer speaks from the boy's own standpoint, yet he is always reinforcing the home, the school and the church in driving home important lessons. Of inestimable value to those interested in boys and highly entertaining and helpful to the boys themselves. It cannot but help to raise the moral tone of any community.— The Pine Knot, Cloquet, Minn. On Tuesday evening he gave his famous lecture, 'That Delightful Fellow, the American Boy,' to a delighted audience.— Battle Creek (Mich.) Idea. Dr. Randolph's lecture on The American Boy was the best ever given in this community, and I am sure the best people here will uphold me in that statement.—Principal W. G. Polan, Jackson Center, O. I could listen to that guy all night.— An American Boy. The best lecture we ever heard or read.— Rib Lake (Wis.) Herald. The Bright Side of Life on Four Continents Good for the blues. Irresistible. Charged with sunshine. Relieves insomnia, melancholia, hypochondria, neurasthenia, anemia, cold feet, sore head, sour disposition, grouches and dyspepsia. A philosophy of sunny living, illustrated by unique stories and scenes of travel. Eminently practical, helpful and hopeful, he is certainly an admirable type of the platform speaker.— DeRuyter (N. Y.) Gleaner. We enjoyed the first number of our course very much. The second was better. But this is the best of all. (Applause).—Principal Ringoen, Albion, Wis., at close of Dr. Randolph's lecture in the Century Lyceum Bureau Course. His wealth of information and oratorial gifts are a revelation to many of us.—Hon. Thomas Z. nn, Farina, Ill. The Reign of the School Ma'am A magnificent tribute to, and plea for, America's public school. Flashes and sparkles with humor. Popular for commencements. Mr. Randolph sustained his reputation as one of the best platform speakers in the state, and he is assured of a large audience at any time he may return.— Bangor (Wis.) Independent. The Old Home in the New Age This timely lecture, forged in the white heat of rapidly changing conditions, promises to be second to none in popularity. A large and appreciative audience listened with rapt attention.— South Wayne (Wis.) Homestead. On Horseback through the Holy Land Mingled humor and pathos. Unique, eloquent, a revelation of the possibilities of such a subject… Anything but a musty Guide Book description. Fresh, breezy and thoroughly up-to-date. Informing, entertaining, inspiring. It is one of those rare lectures that must interest everyone, from the little child to the most aged. I shall watch eagerly for a chance to hear it again.——Rev. Rev. G. Chapman Jones, D. D., Dist. Supt. M. E. Church, Hornell, N. Y. Heard with enthusiasm by the people of our city.—Rev. R. M. Vaughn, Pastor First Baptist Church, Janesville, Wis. The most delightful treatment of the subject to which I have ever listened, whether one considers its wit and humor, its fresh information, its pathos, or its reverence.—Rev. E. M. Deems, D. D., the sailors' beloved chaplain, N. Y. City. The Nation's Volunteers At the close of this lecture, near Mason and Dixon's line, veterans from both sides thronged forward to clasp the speaker's hand. Quoted from the Lectures Wherever he went the sunlight seemed brighter and the songs of the birds took on a sweeter note. I met him in the evening and he was still smiling; and his heart grew larger and larger. The Bright Side of Life on Four Continents O the merry voices of children, the delectable odor of the evening meal, the welcome to the belated ones from town and school, the hum of cheerful industry, the fellowship and the song while the white snow falls across the window panes! The Old Home in the New Age Her cheeks were fresh with morning's glory. The dainty simplicity of the woods and flowers was in the atmosphere about her. She was 'A creature not too bright nor good For human nature's daily food.' She bore in her hands three things and these three are typical * * * * The Reign of the School Ma'am He requested 'baksheesh.' His figure was modest enough, as he only required a metalik. But if I had given even a metalik to everyone in Palestine who wanted it, I should doubtless be there yet, cabling to America for funds to bring me home. On Horseback through the Holy Land With forms bent, with health shattered, but with the old patriotism shining in their eyes, they are here to remind us of our own present day duties and privileges. The Nation's Volunteers Appreciation from Different Sources President Camp Cleghorn Assembly—Earnest, forceful, eloquent. Gave universal satisfaction. Lumberman—Would rather hear Dr. Randolph than go to any play I ever saw.— Byron, Minn. Old Soldier—First class success. I recommend him to the world.—Col. C. J. Holt, Chicago. Mother—Oh I wish I could have heard that twenty years ago! Eleven Year Old Boy—I wonder why he stopped so soon. My ! I could have listened to him all night! Superintendent of Schools—A decided success. I have heard nothing but praise of your lecture.—Peter Olesen, Cloquet, Minn. Merchant—Dr. Randolph commands the attention of his audience from the moment he appears on the stage to the last word.—C. J. Thies, Pepin, Wis. German Preacher—He asked for a live wire. I said 'Randolph will fill the bill.'—Rev. S. J. Erffmeyer, Milwaukee. University President—A popular and attractive lecturer, an able and inspiring preacher, I commend him to the fullest confidence and esteem of all.—Boothe Colwell Davis, Alfred, N. Y. Lawyer—To the point, scholarly and entertaining throughout. One of the best lectures I ever heard.—T. R. Hamilton, Lima, O. Sweet Sixteen—His lecture created great excitement here. So many express regret that certain friends of theirs should have missed it. Senator—You did us a lot of good here for which we are grateful.—D. G. James, Richland Center, Wis. Journalist—His illustrations frequently convulsed the audience.— Rockford (Ill.) Register Gazette. Young Farmer—Wasn't that a dandy lecture! Dramatic Reader—Dr. Randolph, that was great.—Barbara Bever, Waukesha, Wis. A Loyal Friend—Dr. Randolph is a true man, pure gold all the way through. That is one source of his power in speaking to an audience, the man beneath the lecture.—President W. C. Daland, Milton College, Wis. Gleanings from a Wide Field London—We were all delighted with your lecture. Iowa—Best thing I ever heard. New Jersey—Lighted all the way through with flashes of wit and pathos and in power the equal of the best. North Dakota—Splendid lecture at the Indian School. The secret of Dr. Randolph's power * * * * * * that he lives and believes what he speaks.— Fort Totten Review. Michigan—Handled in a masterful way. Just enough wit to give snap. A treat. Colorado—The audience would gladly have listened to him another hour. Illinois—Said on the streets that Randolph's lecture was the best ever given here. Wisconsin—Dr. Randolph delivered a powerful lecture and held the large audience spellbound for an hour and a half. New York—A most happy blending of entertairment and information, humor and pathos, the ordinary and the grand. One listens with great pleasure and real profit. South Dakota—Many told me that your lecture was the best they ever heard. Mid-Ocean—First Baraca Bible Class ever formed afloat. Fifty-four members, including Pres. M. A. Hudson.—Rev. L. C. Randolph taught the class in a very able manner and was given a vote of thanks. Minnesota—Dr. Randolph is noted as one of the best speakers in the northwest and he fully lived up to his reputation here. Kentucky—Mr. Randolph is preaching powerfully. Kansas—Nortonville people who heard Dr. Randolph's lecture are unanimous in the opinion that it is a top-notch production. Ohio—Superior to anything I heard at a Chautauqua Assembly at which there were two speakers of national reputation. Dr. Randolph's Home Town—An intense worker. A preacher and lecturer of great power. Cributes from Organizations Y. M. C. A.—Every sentence was crowded with wit, humor and common sense.— Boulder, Colo. Odd Fellows—The best lecture I have ever heard. Given in a manner that cannot but appeal to the boy and the boy's father.—J. C. McCoy, Chairman, Thomson, Ill. King's Daughters—Rare power of wit and originality.— Bouton, Ia. Boy Scouts—He won from the boys their highest testimony in 'That's good stuff.'—Rev. J. W. Harris, Durand, Wis. Men's Club—A delightful talk. Large and appreciative audience.— Plainfield, N. J. High School—We have changed our commencement date in order to have Dr. Randolph.— Manteno, Ill. Good Templars—Engaged for fourth successive season at Camp Cleghorn Chautauqua. Federal Council of Churches—Member in 1912 and chosen vice-president for four years. International Sunshine Society—Great Work for uplift and good cheer recognized by his appointment as Sunshine Chaplain. Stephenson Training School—Rare and delicious humor. In the foremost rank of the lecturers.— Marinette (Wis.) Eagle-Star. World's Sunday School Convention Cruise—Elected Shipboard Chairman of New York Delegation. Epworth League—Recalled to lecture course platform third time within twelve months.— Ono, Wis., Maiden Rock, R. F. D. W. C. T. U.—An orator who captures all hearts.— De Ruyter, N. Y. Music Club—A noble, big hearted Christian man.— Spring Prairie, Wis. B. Y. P. U.—Your lecture was fine—better far than other lectures that have been rendered to us on the winter lecture courses for the past two years.— Viborg, S. D. I'd rather be the confidential friend of the American boy than of any king or potentate on earth, for in his bands are the keys of the future.—From That Delightful fellow, the American Boy.
|Title||Lester C. Randolph, Lecturer|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Lecturers|
|Personal Name Subject||Randolph, Lester C.|
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