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Figure Mr. Carlton Chamberlayne Former Editor Union-Star Schenectady, N. Y. Foreword CARLTON CHAMBERLAYNE was one of that large number of Americans who proved their patriotism by personal sacrifice during the World War. His only son volunteered a few weeks after war was declared, and Mr. Chamberlayne resigned his post as editor of the Schenectady, N. Y., Union Star and volunteered for Army Y work. He spent twelve months in the cantonments near San Antonio, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, giving his time and service to the boys in the camps. For years one of the best known residents of Schenectady, Mr. Chamberlayne has won recognition in many sections of the United States as an eloquent speaker in political campaigns, and one of the best lecturers on the American platform. He puts into his speaking the result of years of wide reading and careful study, and his powers of analysis give to his lectures a value that lifts them out of the class of merely popular addresses. People everywhere are thinking in different terms than ever before. They are feeling the surge of new forces; they are trying to interpret the new movements that are surely transforming our nation as well as Europe. Will the process be evolution upward, or will it be revolution downward? Any speaker who can translate current history in such a manner as to bring its interpretation within the scope of the average man is sure of an eager hearing. The people are fed up on propaganda; they are weary of half-baked visionaries with their cure-alls that promise a quick Millennium; and they are sick of the political partisanship that sees in the present unrest only fresh grist for their political grinding. They will listen eagerly to any man who can fearlessly and intelligently read for them the signs of the times. A Chautauqua superintendent last summer introduced Mr. Chamberlayne to an audience that packed the big brown tent, in the following language: It is a pleasure to present to any audience a lecturer who always makes good. I not only have that pleasure tonight, but the added satisfaction of presenting to you a man who will do more than amuse and entertain you. Carlton Chamberlayne was for years editor of a great New York daily, in which field he acquired the habit of clear thinking, and terse, fearless expression. He is one of the few men I have known who never fails to grip and hold his audiences. A noted writer, a clear thinker and a great orator is the man it is my privelege to present to you tonight. Mr. Chamberlayne is giving his entire time to Chautauqua and Lyceum work. He comes to the White Entertainment Bureau after nearly a year spent on the Pacific Coast. He will speak on the problems of Reconstruction. He calls his lecture TOMORROW. We recommend him unreservedly to committees seeking a man with a great message. The White Entertainment Bureau, K. M. WHITE, President. Subjects: LYCEUM LECTURES Tomorrow Abraham Lincoln Dreams That Come True The Reign of the People Prophets, Priests and Kings The Tyranny of Shows Some Recent Press Comments on Tomorrow Binghamton, N. Y., Press The world stands on the threshold of a tomorrow that is big with blessing, a tomorrow that will lead America out into spheres of influence undreamed of, a tomorrow that will test our belief in democracy, and test our right to call ourselves Americans. Thus spoke to a deeply impressed audience Carlton Chamberlayne, Chautauqua lecturer, in the High school auditorium last night on the subject Tomorrow. Mr. Chamberlayne, though an optimist, faced squarely the unrest, the menace, the peril of the times, and by force of clear thinking, sound sense and dignity of expression led his hearers to a sober consideration of both their opportunities and their duties. Mr. Chamberlayne's personality is at once pleasing and impressive. He speaks as one having authority, out of deep experience, out of broad knowledge, and with an unfaltering human sympathy. The Daily Press Newport News, Va. Carlton Chamberlayne, editor of one of the leading daily papers in Schenectady, N. Y., delivered a brilliant lecture in the Chautauqua tent to an intensely appreciative audience. Mr. Chamberlayne's address was pronounced one of the real features of this year's Chautauqua. Mr. Chamberlayne spoke on Tomorrow, in which he discussed the coming America following the war. He is a gifted man, with splendid oratorical abilities and he kept his audience's closest attention while talking. Mr. Chamberlayne favors the league of nations or any thing which will prevent war similar to the one we have just passed through. He expressed the hope that the democracy for which the men fought is coming to us, and said that he favored the things for which President Wilson is working. Mr. Chamberlayne's reception by the audience was one continuous round of applause. The Herald Hopewell, N. Y. A lecture, entitled Tomorrow, was given by Carlton Chamberlayne, journalist, traveller, a man who, judging from his address, has a very wide and comprehensive grasp of the conditions that hold in our nation's life today. Mr. Chamberlayne made a big hit with his audience when he said that the League of Nations is the biggest step toward international fraternity that the world has ever taken, and because of the ideals it embraces it ought to be supported. America is no longer cut off from Europe by distance, the world is smaller than it has ever been, because of the war that science has made on distance. He appealed for a man who would rise above that false spirit of loyalty to his party and support it right or wrong. The biggest traitor under the sun, he said, is not the boy who in a spirit of fear may run from his duty in the trenches, but that man who will vote the straight ticket when he knows that the men on his party ticket are not all that an aspirant for public office may be. It was a splendid message and was heartily received by the entire audience. The Southerner Tarboro, N. C. (EDITORIAL) It is difficult to do justice to the speaker or his magnificent address in any newspaper report of it. One has to hear it to enjoy and appreciate it. Suffice it to say, however, that Mr. Chamberlayne made a profound impression on the audience, which was attentive, deeply interested and appreciative. The applause which greeted the speaker was an evidence of the fact that the subject-matter of the address struck a popular chord. Mr. Chamberlayne is an orator of great power, polish and persuasiveness, and he deserves to be heard by great crowds of people wherever he goes, for he has a great message for the masses at this time. The writer has heard nothing but the highest praise of Mr Chamberlayne's address. **** He concluded his splerdid lecture amid great applause, and was heartily congratulated and commended by many of our leading citizens on his great effort. The Evening Telegram Rocky Mount, N. C. The lecturer's subject was Tomorrow and he gave an outline of some policies to be pursued and work to be done in the future. Mr. Chamberlayne spoke clearly and fluently, emphasizing the points of his address effectively. His discourse was punctuated by liberal outbursts of applause. Mr. Chamberlayne engaged in welfare work in the camps at home during the war, resigning the editorship of a Schenectady newspaper to do so. The Herald Farmville, Va. Mr. Carlton Chamberlayne, one of America's best known editors and public speakers, spoke at Chautauqua on Tomorrow, taking as his text that the gallant young Americans who have fallen in Liberty's cause gave their todays for your tomorrows, Mr. Chamberlayne depicted in fascinating style the new opportunities that confront American citizens in the after-the-war world. He pleaded fervently and convincingly for the League of Nations and for a world view on the part of the Government and people of the United States. Farmville has never heard a more engaging speaker, and he may be assured of a cordial welcome if ever again Chautauqua brings him to this section. A Few Personal Endorsements FROM THE REV. L. F. CONGDON, D. D. Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N. Y. Office of the Principal. It was not at all a beaten path over which Mr. Carlton Chamberlayne conducted his audience in his new lecture on Abraham Lincoln, delivered in our College Hall. If there were any who supposed that in reading the numerous appreciations of the martyred president printed in periodicals and in listening to such Titans on the platform as the late Bishop Fowler, they had already come into possession of the last word upon the subject, the lecture disabused them of this misapprehension. Mr. Chamberlayne was original, independent and exceedingly interesting in his treatment of the mass of Lincoln material with which he showed entire familiarity. So in a familiar field he blazed out a new path full of charm. His portraiture of Mr. Lincoln's character, and his analysis of his power of leadership were fresh and accurate. He held the close attention of all throughout. I consider it a valuable educational asset for this year's work that there was caused to stand again before teachers and scholars, at a new angle of vision, lifted into a clearer light, the tall, pathetic, majestic, solitary, colossal figure of this First American. Mr. Chamberlayne certainly sustains and enhances by this new lecture the reputation won several years ago in two different appearances with The Reign of the People. L. F. CONGDON. FROM A Y. M. C. A. SECRETARY Young Men's Christian Association, Hartford, Conn. MR. CARLTON CHAMBERLAYNE, Editor, Union-Star, Schenectady, N. Y. Dear Mr. Chamberlayne:— I want to thank you for your wholesome and splendid address on A Man's Job at our theatre meeting last Sunday afternoon. The audience was keenly interested in all you had to say and you gave them a very strong and helpful presentation. I especially liked the spirit of it all the way through. It is a popular address, I assure you, and is brimful of genuine truth presented in an attractive manner. I also want to assure you of our thorough appreciation of your excellent lecture on Abraham Lincoln, given for our members Saturday evening. You showed splendid judgment in adjusting your lecture to an audience of men and boys with such a wide range of age. Mr. Sutermeister, our Boys' Secretary, who had charge of the meeting in Jewell Hall, was well pleased with your address to the boys on Sunday afternoon preceding the Theatre meeting, and I want to assure you this is a real compliment, for some of our best speakers to men fail to make good with the boys. You did make good and gave them a very helpful talk. Personally, I enjoyed the meeting very much and shall hope to have the pleasure of meeting you again. You have my best wishes for a successful and happy New Year, throughout. Yours sincerely, ARTHUR L. BILLINGS, Religious Work Secretary. FROM HON. JUDSON HARMON Former U. S. Attorney General, and former Governor of Ohio. Cincinnati, Ohio. MR. CARLTON CHAMBERLAYNE, My dear Mr. Chamberlayne:— I see by the papers that you are to make some platform addresses during the coming year, and I write to extend my best wishes. Ever since the night we spoke together at Rockford, Ill., when you held the immense audience spellbound, I have thought it a great pity to have such faculty of lucid, forcible and interesting speech as you possess remain inactive, and few, indeed, have it in so marked a degree as yourself. I hope you will favor this part of the country, for we should all like to hear you. Be sure to advise me if you come this way. With best wishes for you always, I am, Very sincerely yours, JUDSON HARMON. FROM THE MAYOR OF SCHENECTADY Office of the Mayor, Schenectady, New York. MR. CARLTON CHAMBERLAYNE, My dear Chamberlayne:— I want to thank you again for the splendid lecture you gave us last Sunday evening. The fact that you were lecturing on the same subject, The Reign of the People, which you gave to us two years ago proved in better words than I can write the effect upon the members of the United Peoples Church. The fact that they asked you for a return engagement upon the same lecture is flattering to you. I especially appreciated the masterful way in which you depicted the identity of relationship between the Republican and Democratic machines when the bosses of these parties have had their perpetual dealings with Big Business. While you showed the deplorable conditions that have come as the result of the power of corrupt political bosses, you did not at any point show any inclination toward pessimism. I enjoyed your optimistic view point. America is big and the spirit in American people is great enough to rise superior to any condition that may confront us. We are going toward brighter days and we are bound to realize bigger things for our commonwealth. Lectures like yours can only do immense good in arousing the people to a thoughtful attitude toward present day political affairs. Respectfully yours, GEO. R. LUNN, Mayor. EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT WHITE ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU K. M. WHITE, PRESIDENT 100 Boylston Street Boston, Mass.
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