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HUGH A. ORCHARD Figure Popular Lecturer Redpath RLB REDPATH Hugh A. Orchard He who undertakes to introduce this many sided man invites upon himself a difficult task. Mr. Orchard's successes extend in so many directions and he has impressed himself and his ideas upon the world in so many ways that he almost defies classification. It is not enough to say that he is an orator of great power. His oratory is different from that of others. He has a distinctive way of getting at truths and a peculiar method of expression. He does not remind you of anybody. He has a style of thought and expression all his own. His lectures are real studies in the great problems of human life. The treatment is never academic or prosaic. There is a freshness and up-to-dateness about them that everyone must admire. There is no apparent effort to avoid the hackneyed themes and time worn generalities. The crisp and sparkling matter presented is but a reflection of the character that is behind it. As a product of Orchard's brain it could not be other than it is. He is not a gushing optimist who would minimize all the real perils of life and brand the man who is down a born failure. On the contrary, he tackles the beast in his lair and boosts mightily for the under dog. No man can hear him through one of his lectures without feeling that expansion of heart and prospect that come with hope revived. Every man is richer for listening to him for one hour. His education is broad and liberal. His reading ranges from a Greek grammar to the latest Washington dispatches. He has the analytical habits and tastes of the philosopher and the feeling and sympathy of the poet. His close association with numerous statesmen of prominence and his habit of close range study of men in the humblest walks of life have given him a true perspective. He knows how to make the most of his advantages. His versatility sufficiently disproves the notion that no man can do several things well. He is a member of the Illinois bar, spent fifteen years in the public ministry, is the author of numerous stories of merit and has contributed the products of his mind in both prose and verse to many current publications. He brings to the lecture platform the freshest products of a mature mind and sympathetic heart, that have inflected life in many of its attributes and brought away great lessons. The polish of education has given direction to his ample native powers and the results are all that the most critical could desire. We have, therefore, no hesitancy in recommending Mr. Orchard to any community where sound thought, wholesome sentiment and force of character can gain a hearing. The many humanisms and witticisms that crop out in his speech furnish just the kind and quantity of humor that properly adorn and make universally palatable the weightier matter he presents. He has all the make good characteristics and they never forsake him. REDPATH-SLAYTON Lecture Subjects The Rich and the Poor A lecture that deals with one of the most vital elements of human life. A stirring appeal to the best and highest uses of our ample powers. Full of hope for the average man. Some of the most dangerous of popular errors pointed out. Full of real interest to both old and young. Shows how the sum total of human happiness may be wonderfully increased. Youth and Age In a lighter vein. In this lecture you are taken back to childhood and made to walk again the familiar and loved paths. You see builded before your eyes the life you have largely forgotten. There comes at the close a wholesome realization of the brotherhood of man. The Making of a Man A sane, sensible review of the reasons for our being here. In this lecture the character forming processes are pointed out and an interesting theory developed on the parts played by the harsh and stern experiences through which we all must pass. Full of hope building material for the average man. What Shall We Do With Our Brains A stirring appeal to all those endowed with strong mental faculties. A scholarly analysis of standards of success. An address especially adapted to all those whose habits and tastes are intellectual. Prepared with special reference to the needs of students. A wonderful stimulant to mental activity. Pictures man in his most exalted successes. PRESS COMMENTS Seldom have we heard a more versatile man than Dr. Orchard. His platform work is always satisfying. Although practically new to the lyceum he deports himself before large audiences as one to the manner born. Dr. Orchard is a coming man and we shall look forward with pleasant anticipation to the time when we may hear him again. Ord Journal, 1908. When Mr. Hugh A. Orchard concluded his lecture The Rich and the Poor at the Chautauqua Sunday night, it was the common comment that there had been none better on the Chautauqua course. The Fort Scott man achieved a distinct success in his home town and that means a great deal. It was the first time that Mr. Orchard had delivered the lecture to a chautauqua audience here. The tent was filled in anticipation of the treat that was to be given last night and when the lecturer ended a splendid ovation was accorded Mr. Orchard. This particular lecture takes up and deals in an entertaining, interesting manner with what is probably the greatest social problem of the present, the differences of the extremely rich and extremely poor. The lecture covers the subject well and is destined to be a great success on the Chautauqua platform elsewhere. Fort Scott Republican. Hugh A. Orchard appeared before the big audience of Chautauquans last night and delivered his lecture entitled the Rich and the Poor. Mr. Orchard was signed last winter by the Redpath Bureau as a lecturer and last night proved that he was well worthy of a place alongside the string of celebrities the Redpath people have on the road. As an incident of the lecture it might be stated that at the conclusion of his speech, Judge Alden of Boston, quieted the crowd which had been moving out and spoke briefly but very complimentary of the work of Mr. Orchard and the crowd commenced to form about the platform to greet the speaker and bespeak their praise of his efforts. The lecture by Mr. Orchard is only one of an extensive repertoire he has written. It deals with one of the great problems of the nation today and treats in a wide awake human and interesting manner. Ralph Bingham was correct in referring to Orchard as a peach for his last night's lecture captivated the crowd and he was entitled to the ovation he won by his diligence and ability. Fort Scott Tribune. Dr. Orchard is a lecturer of note, and has three times appeared upon the platform in that capacity in our city … Among the very strong numbers the Beloit audiences have had the pleasure of listening to during this chautauqua. Beloit (Kans.) Call. His language is virile and energizing. The truths he represents are timely, being greatly needed in this age. We call it a strong address. Aurora (Nebr.) Sun.
|Title||Hugh A. Orchard|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Lecturers|
|Personal Name Subject||Orchard, Hugh A.|
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