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Figure Lee Francis Lybarger, LECTURER. MANAGEMENT OF THE Mutual Lyceum Bureau, 55 Auditorium Building, CHICAGO. Announcement. WE announced a year ago that Lee Francis Lybarger would take rank at once among the most popular men on the platform. His season of unqualified success has more than demonstrated the truth of the prediction. The reports from our committees give him an average rank of 98 per cent, while 27 per cent of them have already asked for his return next season. Some who report him 95 per cent request a return engagement, thus showing that they consider his work first class though reporting less than 100 per cent. We have not received even one report saying his lecture was not satisfactory. It is scarcely posible that Mr. Lybarger should fail to please, so well qualified is he for the lecture platform. Nature has lavishly endowed him with the qualities of the great orator and he has added to his natural gifts by a thorough training of mind and body. While a close student of philosophical and scientific questions, he is also a man who lives near the people and knows their tastes and needs. Whatever the subject he discusses, he brings great truths within easy reach of the average mind and presents them with clearness of thought, beautiful English and original humor. It has been Mr. Lybarger's ambition from his youth to carry the truths of science to the homes and the hearts of the common people. He rightly holds that the greatest truths are the simplest truths and that all can understand them if rightly presented. His great lecture on How to Be Happy is not only highly entertaining, but is revolutionary on human lives. His other lectures are equally so. His themes are so varied that any committee can select a subject well adapted to local conditions. My word for it, you will not be disappointed in Lee Francis Lybarger. F. A. M. Lecture Subjects: 1. How To Be Happy. 2. Courtship, Marriage and Divorce. 3. As You Understand It. 4. Napoleon: His Traits & Greatness. 5. The French Revolution. 6. Man and His Environment. Mondovi, Wis., Nov. 24, 1904. Lee Francis Lybarger gave his lecture How to be Happy here last evening, and I am very pleased to report that the people are unanimous in their praise of the lecture. He was earnest and enthusiastic, and the people appreciate these qualities, and respond to them. SAMUEL M. MACNEILL. Allentown, Pa., Feb. 13, 1904. Lee Francis Lybarger is one of the great men on the lecture platform. He has a magnificent voice, sympathetic and powerful, with a faculty of getting at once in close touch with his audience. His lectures are master-pieces, deep, thoughtful and brilliant and he is worthy of any audience and any people and will please wherever he goes. H. W. ELVIDGE, Sec'y Y. M. C. A. My dear Sir:— One of the pleasant recollections of my life is to recall the evening you delivered your eloquent lecture on The Qualifications of a Statesman. I have listened to many of the great orators of my time, including David Paul Brown, Henry Ward Beecher, Robert G. Ingersoll, Edward Everett and others, and I must candidly say that for careful preparation, orderly presentation, and eloquent delivery, your effort has seldom been equaled by the best. JAMES B. ELLIOTT, Philadelphia. Philadelphia Times. The speech of the evening was made by L. F. Lybarger. He made a wonderful impression upon his audience. Plaudits of the Public Press. Lee Francis Lybarger on How to Be Happy The mission of happiness is a worthy one. Mr. Lybarger is an apostle, rich in possibilities, and his welcome to the lyceum is most sincere. Frank A. Morgan, of the Mutual Bureau, picked Mr. Lybarger from the thousands who want to lecture, and he has proven himself a good picker. Few new lecturers come to the platform clothed in such richness. The lyceum must ever look to the young blood for its future greatness—the standard is sure to be high—and such men as Mr. Lybarger help raise the banner a notch nearer the top. His is the purest of pure English, faultless pronunciation, logical argument, keen sense of humor, forceful delivery, a voice of marvelous power and range, a gentlemanly bearing—quite enough for a standard bearer, don't you think? The night I heard Mr. Lybarger he did not have for his hearers staid lecture-goers, yet I have rarely sat in the midst of a better pleased audience. How to be Happy—he is happy himself, he will make you happy, he toniced me. Mr. Lybarger is a well-stirred mixture of Beauchamp and Gearhart, two other good men picked by Mr. Morgan. He is imitative of neither, yet possesses, in a mild degree, a touch of the former's humor, and two touches of the latter's eloquence. Take my word for it, audiences will be pleased with Mr. Lybarger. The Lyceumite, Steinway Hall, Chicago, EDWIN L. BARKER, Editor. A Splendid Lecture. Public Opinion, Decorah, Iowa, March 9, 1904. The lecture of Lee Francis Lybarger at the Grand Monday evening kept up the highest standard of entertainments maintained throughout the course. His discourse was sound, practical and thorough, and filled with bursts of humor and real oratory that thrilled the audience. We hope he may visit Decorah again. To say that he made a hit mildly expresses it. As a Political Orator. Harrisburg Star-Independent. L. F. Lybarger, the noted scholar, scientist and orator, was the next speaker. He delivered one of the greatest political addresses ever heard in Harrisburg, and to an audience of fully five thousand people. For nearly three hours he held his vast audience enraptured while he poured volley after volley of “grape and canister” into the ranks of the opposition. Only the near approach of the Sabbath day stopped the flow of thoughts, facts and feeling. The speech was characterized by masterly arrangement of arguments, sound reasoning, logic of statement, clearness of illustration, facts and lessons of history, and intensely vivid descriptions of the political and industrial conditions of the times. And such a voice! Such power and penetration! It was magnificent. It seemed to fill the whole city with its wondrous vibration. Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City, Feb. 2, 1905. Humorous and sensible; exciting laughter one moment, and thrilling the senses with appeals to sentiment and emotions the next, Mr. Lybarger has thorough control of his audience, and he held the attention of one and all from first to last. The number was decided to be one of the very best in the series. State University Daily, Iowa City, Feb. 2, 1905. Despite the extreme cold weather the Congregational church was filled last night by the time the lecturer of the evening was presented. “How to be Happy” was the theme. All expressed themselves as highly pleased with the lecture and a crowded house would greet Mr. Lybarger if he should return again to this city. Bement (Ill.) Record. The lecture given by Lee Francis Lybarger Tuesday evening had only a small house on account of the severity of the weather, but those who came forgot their cares and sorrows and laughed until they cried. The subject was “How to be Happy” and if we are to judge from the way Mr. Lybarger kept the audience in an uproar of laughter he has solved the problem. Humor was not his only specialty however and in some of his serious moments he delivered some gems of thought on hygiene and health, life, love and marriage that marks him a thinker and close observer as well as an accomplished speaker. Toledo News. Mr. Lybarger is a brilliant speaker and one of the best thinkers on economic and social questions in this country. The Standard, Wabasha, Minn. Lee Francis Lybarger was with us on Saturday evening and his lecture on “How to be Happy” was delivered in splendid style and was appreciated by all. As an instructor he ranks among the greatest orators of today. His great command of language and pleasing personality make him a favorite at once. In him we are safe to say we have a modern Patrick Henry. Winchester (Ind.) Herald, Nov. 16, 1904. The lecture by Mr. Lee Francis Lybarger of the Philadelphia bar, under the auspices of the High School Alumni, proved to be one of the most valuable lectures heard here in years both as to subject matter and manner of delivery. Mr. Lybarger is an original thinker, a ripe scholar and fluent talker, in fact an orator of rare skill. PERSONAL MENTION. As Attorney at Law. Williamsport (Pa.) Sun. When court opened this morning, Mr. L. F. Lybarger—counsel for the prisoner—began his plea. It proved to be one of the most eloquent efforts ever heard in the court house. It was a pathetic yet forceful review of the testimony in the case and the circumstances surrounding the commission of the deed. The jury were moved to tears and the prisoner wept like a child, while there was scarcely a dry eye in the court room. The Daily Post, LaSalle, Ill. The Royal Neighbors gave a most excellent entertainment in Pythian hall last evening, Lee Francis Lybarger, the eminent Philadelphia platform orator, delivering a very interesting lecture. There was a goodly sized crowd present and the lecture seemed to be enjoyed. Mr. Lybarger is a brilliant speaker and while entertaining and amusing, presents truthful illustrations. Decorah, Iowa, March 3, 1904. Dear Mr. Morgan:— Mr. Lybarger proved to be just as you represented him—first class, and superior to many much more highly advertised. For an hour and three quarters he held his large audience of over six hundred people in rapt attention, while there fell from his lips eloquent strains of the purest diction, and with a voice mighty in its volume and reasonance. His lecture ranks with the very best throughout the country. Very truly, E. J. HOOK, County Supt. of Schools. Mr. Lee Francis Lybarger was again the leading figure at our County Institute, held at Middleburg, during the first week of December, 1903. His lecture on How to be Happy was delivered in splendid style, and was enthusiastically received by the large audience that had gathered from all parts of the county to hear him. As an instructor he ranks among the great men of today. His fertility of knowledge, his great command of language, and his pleasing personality make him a favorite among the teachers wherever he goes. We had him twice in our county and we want him again this year. GEO. W. WALBORN, Supt. Snyder Co. Public Schools. In 1897 Lee Francis Lybarger gave three courses of lectures of six each in this city. He presented without notes and in a manner as close and compact as a written discourse, the latest conclusions of modern Science and Philosophy. For simplicity of style, clearness of statement, and vividness of illustration, these lectures were unsurpassed. ALBERT E. MACOMBER, Toledo, Ohio. It was my pleasure to listen to a series of lectures given by Prof Lybarger before audiences representing the best thought and literary culture of this city, and from the standpoint of scholarship and research, power of thought, attractiveness and beauty of statement, vividness of imagination, originality of conception, the blending of poetry and philosophy, and oratorical fervor, I do not believe his efforts have ever been surpassed. He deservedly ranks among the great scientific lecturers of the age. Should Prof. Lybarger enter the lecture field as a profession, I predict for him a bright future. HON. ROBERT TUCKER, Toledo, O. Asst. U. S. Dis. Atty. for the Northern District of Ohio. Many Attend Lecture Milwaukee Journal. The first lecture given under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. was delivered last night at the Congregational church. Over 400 people attended. Lee Francis Lybarger spoke for an hour and a half. He is certainly one of the best lecturers and entertainers that Waukesha people have had the pleasure of listening to. He is witty, though practical, and has a pleasing voice and manner. Portage (Wis.) Democrat. For more than an hour and a half, at the M. E. church last evening, a good audience listened with close attention to a lecture by Lee Francis Lybarger. His subject was changed to the theme “How to be Happy,” which he discussed from a philosophical standpoint, infusing bright stories and illustrations to make the lecture interesting. Mr. Lybarger is doubtless a scholar, scientist and man of the world of broad vision and invigorating ideas. His lecture was well received and pronounced by many the best they had heard in years. Durand (Wis.) Wedge, Dec. 1, 1904. Lee Francis Lybarger, of Philadelphia, gave the first number of the lecture course at the Woodman Hall last Friday evening and if the entire course can be judged from the first number, Durand surely has a treat in store this winter. Mr. Lybarger spoke to a very attentive audience for two hours on his choice subject “How to be Happy.” He had his theme well in hand and spoke in a manner that held the utmost and closest attention of all his hearers. It was as good an address as has been listened to in this city and all are loud in praise to the library board in being fortunate enough to secure Mr. Lybarger. Iowa Citizen, Iowa City, Feb. 3, 1905. The lecture was one of the most polished and elegant productions ever given in this city. Many of his passages were prose poetry. The great secret of happiness is in the choice of that which tends to make one happy.
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