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The Immortality of the Soul A Lawyer's Answer to the Mightiest Question of the Ages, IF A MAN DIE SHALL HE LIVE AGAIN? Figure HON. HENRY CLINTON BELL Chautauqua Time Controlled Exclusively by S. M. Holladay, Manager, MIDLAND CHAUTAUQUA CIRCUIT DES MOINES, IOWA, 900 FLEMING BLOCK Engagements for this Lecture for other than Chautauqua and Summer Gatherings, in Illinois only, can be made directly with Mr. Bell, Pension Bureau, Washington, D. C. PRESS OF THE SUDWARTH COMPANY. WASHINGTON HON. HENRY CLINTON BELL A MATCHLESS ORATION Letter of Rev. James L. Ryan to Mr. Bell GREENUP, ILL., July 7, 1910. HON. H. C. BELL, Robinson, Ill. Dear Sir: I have thought a good deal about your matchless oration here on the 4th. Your address was far more than a speech—it was an oration. Your collations and comparisons of the points in ancient and modern civilizations broaden well out to first class literature. and are educational, because truly historical, and open an avenue for much thought as well as warning. I was delighted with your touch on immortality, and was inspired to urge you to prepare a lecture on The Immortality of the Soul. I believe your indefatigable disposition to dig into things would enable you to give something to the world on this subject that would be a blessing to mankind and give you a place in the literary world. In your touch on Immortality you get into the deep blue sea of thought. Your friend, JAMES L. RYAN. WHAT THEY THINK OF MR. BELL AT HOME Logical—Eloquent—Satisfactory. Will be One of the Best Attractions A LECTURE BY A WELL KNOWN ATTORNEY OF ROBINSON At the urgent request of Rev. James L. Ryan, of Greenup, his friend of a lifetime, and who was much impressed with the eloquence and power of his address at Greenup on the 4th of July, and other friends in whose sincerity he has the greatest confidence, Hon. H. C. Bell has prepared a lecture, or rather an oration, on the great and important subject of The Immortality of the Soul, from the standpoint of a lawyer. Mr. Bell's eloquence and power as an orator, as well as his literary ability, have long been recognized and appreciated, and he has devoted years of thought and study to this great theme, and he says that he feels sure that he has made this lecture, or oration, LISTENABLE, and that it is, by far, the best piece of work, at least from a literary, rhetorical and oratorical standpoint he has ever done. It goes without saying, of course, that Mr. Bell, though not a member of any church organization, is a firm believer in the immortality of the soul, as well as a believer in the soul's conscious existence and identity beyond the gates of mortal death. Mr. Bell recently delivered this lecture for the first time in the M. E. Church at Palestine, and at its close Rev. O. L. Markman, pastor of the church, stated to the audience that it was the most philosophical, logical, eloquent and satisfactory presentation of this great theme of the immortality of the soul he had ever heard, and predicted that it would charm its thousands and do much good. Those of us who know Mr. Bell well, and know his power as a thinker and speaker, join in the views of Rev. Markman. The places that secure Mr. Bell will be fortunate, and we have no doubt but his lecture will be regarded as one of their best attractions.—Robinson, Ill., Constitution. A GREAT ORATION Delivered at the M. E. Church Last Sunday Evening by Hon. H. C. Bell It has been said that a great address or oration requires three conditions—a great occasion, a great theme and a great man. All these conditions were met and fulfilled last Sunday evening at the M. E. Church in Palestine. A magnificent audience assembled, being attracted by the importance of the subject and the reputation of the orator. The subject was The Immortality of the Soul—A Lawyer's Answer to the Mightiest Question of the Ages—If a Man Die Shall he Live Again? The orator was Hon. H. C. Bell, of Robinson, one of the greatest lawyers of Illinois, and whose reputation as an orator is as broad as the land. It was the verdict of all, including the open public reference at the close of the services by the Rev. O. L. Markman, pastor of the church, whose judgment in such matters is never questioned, that Mr. Bell's exposition of this greatest of all subjects, was treated most philosophically, expressed in the finest language, delivered with the greatest force, and the sublimest flights of oratory. From the standpoint of beautiful rhetoric and sublime grandeur it surpassed Bryan's Prince of Peace.—Wabash Pearl, of Palestine, Ill. A Few Press Notices of Mr. Bell as an Orator and Platform Speaker NO FINER ORATOR THAN H. C. BELL. United States Senator William M. Stewart, in Washington, D. C., Silver Knight Watchman. OF COMMANDING PRESENCE—A SPEAKER OF RARE POWER. Mr. Bell is a man of commanding presence, has a rich, melodious voice, and speaks with rare power and earnestness.— Fairmont, West Va., Index. UNSURPASSED IN SCHOLARLY ORATORY. The address of Hon H. C. Bell, at the Armory last night, will not be surpassed in scholarly oratory on any platform in Indiana this year.— Evansville, Ind., Courier. HAS NO SUPERIOR IN ILLINOIS. As an orator H. C. Bell has no superior in Illinois. He received more compliments as a speaker than any who has spoken in Mt. Carmel in a quarter of a century.— Mt. Carmel, Ill., Register. IS THE EQUAL OF BRYAN. The speech of Hon. H. C. Bell, at the Armory last Saturday night, was one of the ablest and most logical arguments ever delivered in Vandalia; and in making this declaration we are not unmindful of the fact that we have had with us in the past such men as Bland, Governor Stone and William J. Bryan.— Fayette County, Ill., Democrat. NO MORE BRILLIANT SPEAKER IN THE UNITED STATES. There is probably not in the United States a more brilliant speaker than H. C. Bell. Aside from his oratory and the magnetism of his eloquence, his wonderful power of clear and lucid analysis enchain and delight his audience.— Norfolk, Va., Virginian. FAVORABLY COMPARES WITH BRYAN. Not since the visit of William J. Bryan to this city until last night were the issues so ably discussed as by Hon. H. C. Bell, Deputy Commissioner of Pensions, who made one of the ablest speeches ever heard in Wilmington.— Wilmington, Del., Times. LANGUAGE BEAUTIFUL, TONES MUSICAL — FINEST ORATORICAL EFFORT EVER MADE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. Standing erect before his audience, in language most beautiful, in tones more musical than any other speaker that ever addressed a Mattoon audience, Mr. Bell began a speech that must be regarded as the finest oratorical effort ever made in Southern Illinois.— Mattoon, Ill., Star. DELIVERY BEAUTIFUL, LANGUAGE EXQUISITE, LOGIC CLEAR AND STRONG. The delivery of Hon. H. C. Bell is beautiful, his choice of language exquisite, and his logic clear and strong. He is one of the ablest platform speakers in the central west.— Newton, Ill., Press. THE FINEST HEARD HERE IN YEARS. The address of Hon. H. C. Bell at the Fair Grounds was one of the finest heard here in years. It was a masterly effort and eloquently delivered.— Crawfordsville, Ind., Daily News-Review. A MASTERLY EFFORT—DON'T FAIL TO HEAR HIM. It would be impossible in a brief newspaper article to review Mr. Bell's masterly effort. Suffice it to say that whoever fails to hear him will miss an opportunity that does not come often.— St. Louis Republic. IS AN ORATOR—SPEECH COMPLETE IN EVERY PARTICULAR. Mr. Bell is an orator. His speech was complete in every particular. Language flowed from his tongue as from an inexhaustible fountain, and at times his imagination took on the forms of poetry and he held at his command the choicest selections of the masters of the world.— Sullivan, Ind., Times. A LEARNED AND INSTRUCTIVE SPEECH. Those who were fortunate enough to be present heard one of the most learned and instructive speeches ever delivered in this city.— Columbus, Ind., Herald. A MAN OF WONDERFUL POWER AND MAGNETISM. Hon. Henry C. Bell is a man of wonderful forensic power and magnetism. He is one of the most eloquent speakers that ever stood before a Middletown audience.— The Signal, Middletown, Ohio. A MAN OF UNQUESTIONED ABILITY—WILL NOT SUFFER BY CONTRAST WITH ANY. Hon. H. C. Bell has been engaged by the Midland Chautauqua Circuit, of Des Moines, Iowa, to deliver his new lecture or oration on The Immortality of the Soul to Chautauqua gatherings during the months of July and August next. This is the same bureau that controls Senators Dolliver and Cummins, and other leading lights of the platform—but we feel sure that Mr. Bell will not suffer by contrast with any of these men. His unquestioned ability, his fine voice and commanding presence, combine to peculiarily fit him for work of this character. His Marshall friends hope he may find it convenient to deliver his lecture here soon.—Marshall Herald, Marshall, Ill. A MASTER OF ORATORY—VOICE FAR-REACHING—ENUNCIATION CLEAR. It was generally admitted that Mr. Bell's speech was a masterpiece of oratory. His fine, far-reaching voice and clear enunciation, coupled with a most wonderful and impassioned flow of historical information, made the occasion a pleasure to his hearers. Prof. Morris, Superintendent of Schools, said to Dr. Gentch, after the speaking, that it was the finest oratorical effort ever delivered in the county.— New Philadelphia, Ohio, Democrat. A SOLDIER, A SCHOLAR, A THINKER, AN ORATOR—LIFE SPENT IN DOING GOOD. Hon. H. C. Bell is an orator of marked ability, a careful, conservative thinker, a polished scholar; was a soldier in the Union army as a member of Co. K, 29th Ind. Vol. Inft., and all his life has been devoted to those things that are man-making, and that cast a shine rather than a shadow upon the world.— Danville, Ill., Press. A Remarkable Address Persons who listened to the remarkable address of Hon. H. C. Bell on The Immortality of the Soul, A Lawyer's Answer to the Mightiest Question of the Ages,—If A Man Die Shall He Live Again? went away the better for having heard the most logical and eloquent discussions ever given as to whether or not the soul is immortal.— Illinois State Register. An Able Address Two thousand persons heard Hon. Henry C. Bell of the Pension Bureau at Washington, battle with the forces of Atheism in an able address Sunday afternoon at the coliseum.— Springfield Illinois Record. A BRIEF SKETCH OF MR. BELL HON. HENRY CLINTON BELL, soldier, student, lawyer and orator, was born on a farm in Clark County, Illionis. His father was from North Carolina and his mother's people came from Kentucky. When only fifteen years of age he ran away from home to enlist in Co. K, 29th Ind. Vol. Inft. His regiment participated in the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, and took an honorable part in the Nashville campaign under General George H. Thomas. Mr. Bell was educated in the common schools of Illinois, at Westfield, Illinois College and at Carbondale, Ill. He read law at Marshall Ill., with Judges John Scholfield and Jacob W. Wilkin and Dulaney & Golden, the two former gentlemen afterward Judges of the Illinois Supreme Court. He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Illinois in 1875, and by the Supreme Court of the United States at Washington, D. C., in 1897. He has practiced his profession at Marshall, Springfield and Robinson, Illinois, and at Indianopolis, Ind. He has been Superintendend of Schools of Clark County, Illinois, City Attorney and Mayor of Marshall, and spent twelve years in the service of the Government, at Washington, D. C., the last four years as Deputy Commissioner of Pensions. He has, as the above press notices will show, spoken, and with marked success, inmany part of the country. In 1992, and again in 1908, he ran for Congress in the 18th Illinois district, against the Hon. Joseph G. Cannon, the last time polling more than 23,000 votes, more than 8,000 more than any other opponent of Mr. Cannon ever received, and causing that distinguished gentleman to put forth the effort of his long and successful political life to save himself from defeat.
|Title||The Immortality of the Soul|
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|Personal Name Subject||Bell, Henry Clinton|
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