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Figure Take all of this book upon reason that you ran, and the balance on faith, and you mill live and die a happier man. Many questions, asking for information constantly come to our Entertainment Bureau like this: What is the Lincoln Impersonation? Is it a lecture? We answer, No!! Mr. Caswell does not lecture; he does not talk ABOUT Lincoln—He simply IS Lincoln when before the audience. From the very moment he steps on the stage to the last exit, he never once comes out of the character. He looks like Lincoln, talks like him, acts like him. He converses with people of Lincoln's day. He makes the audience live again the thrilling events of those momentous times. The wit and humorous stories of that master of story telling fall from his lips in truly natural fashion, convulsing the audience with laughter as Lincoln brings home a telling point. Thus Lincoln lives and breathes again for one short hour. The finest tribute to Mr. Caswell's work is that he is invited to return to the same audiences again and again. A perusal of the letters and press notices, a few of which are quoted in these pages, will acquaint you quickly with the esteem and appreciation in which he is regarded throughout the country. If you are interested we shall be pleased to quote terms and open dates. Very truly yours, THE LINCOLN ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU, 231 East 76th Street, N. Y. City, N. Y. Phone: Butterfield 6643. Cornell Memorial Church A Few Opinions of Those Who Have Heard Him Greater Buffalo Advertising Club Your man, Lincoln Caswell, is a perfect performer for any noon-day luncheon club. His meeting with us was one of the best of the year, and in the common language of advertising circles—he is a Wow. J. Jay Fuller, President. Municipal Auditorium Springfield, Mass No word from me could add any appreciation. The verdict was unanimous. The best that I can say is that we would like to have him for a return engagement. Every lover of democracy should hear Lincoln Caswell. His interpretation is the best I ever saw. He thrilled the big audience from start to finish. Caswell is Abraham Lincoln on the stage. B. A. Hoover, Gen. Sec'y, Y. M. C. A. National Woman's Relief Corps Oberlin, Ohio As National President of the Woman's Relief Corps, I would like to bring you before many of the Communities of this land, that you may make Abraham Lincoln real to the young people of our country. Would you consider some such plan? Edith Mason Christy, National President, W. R. C. Rochester Rotary Club Feb. 9, 1926. We do not know of any time when the Rotary Club has been so enthusiastic over anything as they were ever your Abe Lincoln sketch. It certainly was wonderfully well done, and I am sure was thoroughly well enjoyed by every one who heard it. Wm. H. Campbell, Secretary. May 10, 1927. We are again considering the matter of having you come here for a five-day period this fall to go into the public schools under the auspices of the Rotary Club. Kindly let me know by return mail what your charge is for the five-day period. Wm. H. Campbell, Secretary, Rochester Rotary Club. New Haven Rotary Club May I take this opportunity of saying how much all the members of the Club appreciated the wonderfully fine presentation which you gave them. It is something that will live in our memories for a long while. I have heard a great many enthusiastic comments about it since the meeting. John B. Dawson, Chairman. Figure With malice toward none, with charity for all From the President's Church First Congregational Washington, D. C. Whenever Dr. Lincoln Caswell can come to Washington again, we wish to have him repeat his marvelous impersonation and interpretation of Abraham Lincoln. The great audience which filled the First Congregational Church of Washington responded to his inspiring presentation. Beyond the striking physical resemblance and the accurate historical representation, we felt the deep spiritual import of Dr. Caswell's excellent work. It was not Lincoln Caswell whom we saw and heard; it was Abraham Lincoln himself. Scores of people in the audience who had seen Lincoln were amazed and enthusiastic. Jason Nobel Pierce, Pastor. The United Church—Congregational Bridgeport, Conn. Lincoln Caswell's impersonation of Abraham Lincoln at our Forum on Sunday night, was one of the best things we have had. I am glad to recommend him without reservation. He produced a very deep impression upon all who heard him here. I hope it may be possible for him to come next year. Wm. Horace Day, Patsor. The First Baptist Church Paterson, N. J. Those of us who witnessed this remarkable impersonation of the Great Emancipator did not see Lincoln Caswell at all, but really saw and heard Abraham Lincoln himself. Dr. Caswell does not act the part of Lincoln, he IS in truth and life Abraham Lincoln. To witness his wonderful characterization of Lincoln is to learn more about the nature of that great American in one evening than the history books can teach us in a school term. I cannot too highly commend this program to public school leaders and lecture bureaus, and to church societies who may be seeking a program that is rich in merit, packed with historical facts and productive of the highest kind of character training for young people. Russell M. Brougher, Pastor. Baptist Temple Rochester, N. Y. Lincoln Caswell's portrayal of the character of Abraham Lincoln, in dress, in manner, and in word is a superb exhibition that thrilled an audience which filled the Baptist Temple. Perhaps the outstanding tribute due Mr. Caswell for the evening's program lies in the fact that he held his audience spell-bound for two hours. Clinton Wunder, Pastor. Albany High School Albany, N. Y. I want everybody to know how much we all enjoyed Mr. Caswell. He is a genius. His presentation should be seen by every school pupil in America, were that possible. It is very much worth while. He makes Lincoln very real and very human, and thereby transforms our Ideal of Lincoln into a Personality. H. E. Pratt, Principal. Waterville (Me.) Sentinel Mr. Caswell's acting was thoroughly natural, with nothing of the melodramatic. From the first moment he held the close attention of the audience. Milton (Pa.) Evening Standard Saturday, February 5, 1927. 3000 THRILLED BY DR. CASWELL Day's Impersonations Are Concluded Last Night, When Thousands of Persons Crowd Auditorium to see Great Emancipator Live Again Thru Trying War Period. Impressive Scene As He Greets His Heroes of War. The Niagara Falls Gazette February 9, 1927 LINCOLN CASWELL'S IMPERSONATION OF NAMESAKE PERFECT. Splendid Recital of Personality and Habits of Emancipator. Abraham Lincoln walks at midnight, in Springfield, says Vachel Lindsay, but he is quite wrong, for Abraham Lincoln was here in Niagara Falls last night, for the first time in history. Appreciative residents of Niagara Falls saw Lincoln live again, when Lincoln Caswell, famous impersonator, reenacted scenes from Lincoln's dramatic life. Caswell's resemblance to Lincoln was so marked that his mannerisms seemed almost those of Lincoln. Every gesture, every inflection, every intonation; the drawling speech, the awkward movements, were all so striking that the impression was given that Lincoln had been resurrected and was with us again. More than one person in the audience wiped a stealthy tear or two away, and the majority welcomed his jokes with that hysterical relief which shows that tears are not far away. When he told one of the jokes, the homely humor of which is associated with Lincoln, the audience laughed uproariously, especially over the stories of the Englishman, the sheep, and particularly over the imitation of Artemus Ward's narration of the tale of David and Goliath. John H. Griffin, Springfield (Mass.) Union There were many personalities at the Auditorium this season, but the most distinct was Mr. Caswell's in his performance, which aroused such enthusiasm. His impersonation is a revealed bit of artistry that every American should see. All the books and schools are not half so effective in interpreting the character of the 'Martyr President' as is a single performance of Mr. Caswell. I hope he will be seen here again next season. Springfield (N. Y.) Journal Holding the closest attention of old and young, he well deserves the unqualified praise bestowed upon him for his wonderful characterization.— The White Plains Reporter (N. Y.) So faithfully was his impersonation carried out that had Lincoln's friends been in the audience they must have marvelled. Middletown (Del.) Transcript It was in every respect a finished performance, so thoroughly studied and perfected with the 'Art that hides the art.' Highland Democrat, Peekskill, N. Y. He portrayed in voice, gesture, appearance and mood the martyred president in a manner that will never be forgotten. ence. Kennebeck (Me.) Journal Most remarkable impersonation of Abraham Lincoln. Collier's National Weekly July 2, 1927 Article by Walter Davenport Lincoln Caswell Brings Lincoln to Us They had considerable difficulty in getting the Colonel to attend at all. He had heard Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg—had, in fact, stood within ten or fifteen feet of the Emancipator when those clear, earnest words had been spoken. Therefore, the Colonel objected to having some actor man, got up as Lincoln, make stage play of those Gettysburg phrases. Like as not, the actor would be some young squirt born yesterday. It sounded plumb sacrilegious to him. . . . . The Colonel got up and went… There appeared a tall, raw-boned man with the heavily whimsical mouth, the long melancholy nose and the shrewdly contemplative eyes of Abraham Lincoln and the unbrushed chimney of hat, the clumsy, unbuttoned coat and the nonchalantly flung shawl which seemed momentarily to be falling off the shoulders. By Jove, it did look like Abraham Lincoln, and the Colonel looked a bit less unfriendly. Then, very deliberately, the image removed the beaver hat and threw off the shawl and, head slightly bowed forward and eyes hard on the audience, he began to speak: Four score and seven years ago our fathers. . . No classroom ranting about it. None of that unnatural, sepulchral intoning of the elocutionist to this voice. Very calm it was and subdued: a twanging barytone with the measured sureness of a speaker who was not trying to impress but was unburdening his heart. Somebody who, like the Colonel, had heard Abraham Lincoln speak, had been coaching this actor man. —that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God— The voice was as natural, as unaffected as the voice of a child singing to itself. The Colonel stood up, but not to protest. He stood at stiff attention until the last word and stood on transfixed for a moment more. I'd like, said he, to shake the speaker by the hand. I'd like to tell him I heard Abraham himself speak those words in 1863. Roxy Theatres Corporation New York Dear Mr. Caswell: We want to advise you that your appearance as Abraham Lincoln here last May met with great success, and we are looking forward to the time when you can again be with us. With best wishes, believe me, Very sincerely yours, Roxy S. L. Rothafel. Saint James' Church Madison Avenue and 71st Street New York City I am glad to say how delighted we were with your presentation. You made Lincoln a very vivid and living personality to us all. We felt it was a most inspiring evening and one of real educational value. (Rev.) Frank Warfield Crowder, Rector. Figure Figure Photo by Scandlin A house divided against itself cannot stand The name and fame of Abraham Lincoln are among our dearest traditions. He is at once the idol and ideal of the American people. His example and character will stand forth for all time as a model of true manhood, and his precepts will be a guide to the youth of America for ages to come. Lincoln is the symbol of American citizenship. He is the spirit of the Plain People incarnate. Like a colossus, he towers over the world, not conqueror of any, but the friend of all. It would be a national calamity if the admiration and reverence for Abraham Lincoln should suffer diminution. Rather should it be preserved and cherished, and whatever contributes to this end is to be commended. He has been immortalized in prose and verse and drama. John Drinkwater gave us a noble and inspiring view in his stage production. The motion picture has also attempted his life portrayal; but it has remained for nature to hand down to us an almost identical double of the Martyr President, (not only in outward appearance but in voice and manner) in the person of Lincoln Caswell. The effect of seeing Mr. Caswell's presentation is to stamp indelibly on the mind that wonderful personality of Lincoln. During the time that Mr. Caswell has been before the public, his work has received the unanimous praise of press and critics and of those who have seen and heard him.
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