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1923 PRIVATE PEAT SOLDIER AND SPEAKER Figure PRIVATE PEAT after 2 years in the service of his Country, was awarded a commission as Lieutenant: his recommendations are considered the best ever given a Private and the last official papers signed by the Late Sir Charles Tupper, Ex-Premier of Canada were those commending Private Peat. Private H. R. PEAT, late 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Canadian Contingent B. E. F. The most vivid and inspiring description of the War, I ever heard.—Marquis Eaton, Chairman, Chicago Chapter American Red Cross. Private Peat's synopsis of his personal experiences of the War in Europe is soul stirring and full of the true pathos of humanity.—Professor S. Matthews, Dean of Divinity, University of Chicago. LIFE IN THE TRENCHES IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS AFFILIATED LYCEUM BUREAUS of AMERICA Mutual Lyceum & Chautauqua System, Chicago White Entertainment Bureau, Boston Dixie Lyceum Bureau, Dallas, Texas Coit Lyceum Bureau, Cleveland Alkahest Lyceum System, Atlanta Coit-Neilson Lyceum Bureau, Pittsburgh Ellison-White Lyceum Bureau, Boise, Idaho Coit-Alber Chautauqua Co., Chicago—Cleveland PRIVATE PEAT, after experience of fighting in France and Flanders, has become a public speaker. He is a product of an extraordinary age. He brings by word of mouth to his hearers such vivid descriptions of war and war adjuncts that imagination is stimulated and war realized in greater degree than by pictured effect. PRIVATE PEAT speaks with verve and intensity. He holds his audience in thrall. He runs the gamut of emotion; he thrills, he amuses, he moves to tears. Yet there are no harrowing details. Tragedy there must be—all War is tragedy. Of comedy, of genuine humor, of brilliant wit, there is much. PRIVATE PEAT is one of Nature's orators. He has lived; he has faced death. He was severely wounded and disabled, and carries with him honorable discharge from the Canadian Overseas Army. PRIVATE PEAT makes no bid for personal sympathy. His is a strong active purpose to tell of the world as it is when gripped in a War of Titans; his, is an earnest attempt to spread news of the good which will result from this God-permitted devastation of humanity. OPINIONS OF PRESS AND PROMINENT PEOPLE Private Peat's talk is not only instructive, but also humorous and intense. The best war talk I have ever heard.—William T. Bruckner, Vice-President Continental & Commercial Bank, Chicago. Every man, woman and child in the United States should hear Private Peat. He has a message for all.—Mr. Pinder Moss, Chairman Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Your address will do my men a lot of good. You are the first and only speaker that the boys have ever encored.—Brigadier-General Glenn, Commandant Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis. The most excellent lecture and one of the finest things I have ever heard.—Col. L. R. Gignilliat, Supt. Culver Military Academy. Splendid, the best war lecture I have ever heard, and I have heard a lot of them.—C. E. Lambert, St. Louis, Mo. Private Peat's talk was most appealing in its quaint humor and boyish naturalness. To give such a grim subject a human turn, to reflect the life and youth at the Front under the most appalling conditions in speech is an art indeed, and this young Canadian has that art— The Evanston Star, Chicago, Ill. Since his return from the Front, where he was severely wounded, Private Peat has devoted considerable time to the work of the Red Cross. His lectures are excellent and we recommend him as genuine.—C. E. Ponton, Alberta Branch, Canadian Red Cross. Mrs. Peat has studied war industry from a to z. It is hard to put into print the expressive story Mrs. Peat tells of the War Zone. First, because she is an Irish girl with temperament, and she has lived in England for years. So when she tells a story she does it with a snap of vibrant mannerism that goes home.— Morning Albertan, Calgary, Alberta. Private Peat's synopsis of the war conditions existing in Europe was intelligently and clearly conveyed to every one of the great crowd present, and will have considerable influence in bringing us to realize the serious condition now confronting our country.— Cherry Circle Magazine, Published by Chicago Athletic Association. Mrs. Harold Peat's address, National Service for Women, hit a number of nails squarely on the head.— Morning Bulletin, Edmonton, Alberta. Brother Peat went through the first German gas attack, and many of the greatest battles. Although seriously wounded he is still doing his bit by telling his story in a most interesting and instructive manner, in the hope of bringing to our minds the seriousness of the situation confronting us.—Mystic Athletic Club, Chicago. Mrs. Peat has had interesting and valuable experience as a war worker in Canada and Great Britain which entitle her opinions to careful consideration. She is a member of our Society, an associate of the Authors' Society, and of the Royal Colonial Institute, a gold medalist; and is an attractive and markedly clever speaker.—Emily F. Murphy, President Dominion Canadian Women's Press Club. Harold R. Peat is a shot-up but irrepressible Canadian soldier of his fighting Majesty King George, and he is moving about a bit among his Empire's new allies to drop a truth or two on war fundamentals, the while entertaining, undeniably entertaining American audiences with war stories. Very full of them he is too, and with smile and laugh he tells them to the delight of all.—Chicago Commerce published by Chicago Association of Commerce. (In the journal's issue of June 29th, there are 34 pages to the magazine, and four of those pages were devoted to the speech of Private Peat.) Private Peat is one of the most eloquent speakers heard here concerning the war. He mixes with tragedy, delicious humor which delighted the crowds.— The Indianapolis News. (Report of speeches made by Private Peat on July 4th when he addressed some 30,000 people at five open air meetings in Indianapolis.) Before one of the largest crowds of the season Private and Mrs. Peat addressed the members of this Club. Everyone was so enthusiastic over their addresses on war fundamentals that it is expected within the near future to have them address us again.— South Shore Country Club Magazine, Chicago. Private Peat was interrupted by laughter and applause many times, and when he finally closed his address the soldiers refused to permit him to stop and cheered and applauded until he again addressed them.— Indiana Times. (Report of June 30th when Private Peat addressed over 10,000 officers in training at Fort Benjamin Harrison.) Hearing Private Peat tell of life in the trenches is the next thing to going to war.— St. Louis Republic. PRIVATE PEAT brings with him on tour his wife whom he met under romantic circumstances. Mrs. Peat, who was a London (Eng.) journalist, tells of the meeting herself in an inimitable way which has to be heard to get its full value. She has experienced Zeppelin raids, worked in munition factories as an Efficiency Expert, and lectures on Women in the War Zone, with a power and humor rarely combined in a woman speaker. MRS. H. R. PEAT PRIVATE and Mrs. Peat are open to engagements. Advance bookings are requested to be made early. Particulars from PRIVATE H. R. PEAT 2060-2064 Continental and Commercial Bank Building CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U. S. A.
|Title||Private Peat: soldier and speaker|
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Peat, Harold R.
Peat, Harold R. (Mrs.)
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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