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Figure MONTAVILLE FLOWERS Guarding the Golden Gate A World Problem A study of the Japanese Problem in America; its rise, meaning, trend and present status; interpreting the attitude and action of the Pacific states, our National Government, and Japan; a portentous question involving American destiny. Mr. Flowers is perhaps the most competent American to speak upon the Japanese Problem, as well as one of the most eloquent. Therefore in both matter and manner the address is of extraordinary value. It is not a war lecture. It is not a peace lecture. It is an appeal for enlightened patriotism. A Personal Statement Men and Women of America: The Japanese problem is not local. It is is national and universal. It affects every one of you and all America's future. It is a powerful, new world-movement striking its frontal tide against our western coast. My residence there has impressed me with an array of facts of which I believe you are profoundly unconscious. I want to tell you of them. This question requires us to survey all the parallels of history, to scrutinize all the science of life, and to evolve a course of action. The anti-alien land legislation of the western states has set all the world to thinking. I try to set in order the essential facts bearing upon this problem. I summarize the federal laws and court decisions, define the rights of aliens, present the bills and treaties in controversy, answer the objections Japan has made to them, and analyze the criticisms of the academicians and doctrinaires of our own country. This but leads to the main theme—the immutable laws of race mixture, written in the destinies of men and nations of the past. All of this with the hope that all Americans may see the course we must pursue, and have courage to pursue it. —Montaville Flowers. Comments Under fire is the way one feels sitting in front of Montaville Flowers as he delivers his lecture. His telling points come at you like bombs that explode in your face, and time and again he lifted his audience to that pitch of applause when handclaps sound different, don't you know. He is a speaker of dynamic power, is so perfectly at home on the platform that he seems always to have been part of it; is eloquent as any orator need be, has a magnificent voice that carries far; never loses a moment of time humming and hawing or fumbling his papers, and the logic of his utterances convinces and sweeps away all opposition.— The Morning Star, Washington, D. C. Mr. Flowers' address before the Boston Art Club on the Japanese problem was highly satisfactory, his presence very agreeable, his mastery of the subject very complete, and he made an admirable impression upon his audience, eliciting numbers of expressions of gratification from the different members. —C. H. EGLEE. Secretary Boston, Mass. Art Club. Mr. Flowers is a difficult man to quote. His address, strictly argumentative, was so cohesive and interdependent that much of its cogency lay in its sequence. Every part is strengthened by that which preceded and followed. Every excerpt must be lacking in the power with which it appealed to the audience yesterday. No report of the address can do Mr. Flowers justice.— Daily Times, Chattanooga, Tenn. In all the features of oratory, in fullness of statement, splendor of illustration, fairness of exposition, wit, eloquence and logic, it was a brilliant affair.— Evening Post, Gary, Ind. This address is not a lecture It is an institution. —FREDERICK LANDIS, of Indiana Great lectures, you know, appear only now and then, in the world's forum. Yours is one of them. As oratory it is magnificent; as science it is the world's latest and truest; as logic it is massive and overwhelming. Tariffs, political problems, social reforms, all are questions of national happiness; yours overtowers them—it is the question of national life. —EDWARD A. WIGGAM, Scientist, Publicist Your address is so thoroughly in accord with the highest aspirations of all thoughtful Americans, that it makes an unusual appeal. —MRS. SILENA A. HELMAN, State President of W. C. T. U, for Tennessee. In the Ebell Club, to a crowded house, he spoke for an hour and a half, convincing in his statements and inspiring his audience to such a state of interest that they called out in a body for him to continue. A speaker of eloquence, of unlimited command of English, a magnificent delivery; powerful, gifted, inspiring every auditor to a loftier patriotism and a closer understanding of his moral duty as a citizen of the United States.— The Tribune, Los Angeles, Calif.
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