|Previous||1 of 4||Next|
small (250x250 max)
medium (500x500 max)
large ( > 500x500)
Loading content ...
Figure MATTISON WILBER CHASE The Mattison Wilbur Chase Human-Interest Lectures The master lecturer is the man who pleases the common people. This verdict has been rendered in favor of Mattison Wilbur Chase by thousands of Lyceum and Chautauqua patrons, East, West, North and South. One Chairman of a Committee (a physician) writes: For societies desiring a first-class lecture, elevating, interesting and instructive, with a good laugh, because you can't help it, every five or ten minutes throughout its delivery, I will prescribe Mattison Wilbur Chase. These lectures are popularly characterized as Eloquent interminglings of philosophy, wit, sentiment and common sense. The most reliable tests of popularity are re-call engagements. Dr. Chase has appeared from two to eight times in more than one hundred different towns. The striking characteristics of his utterances are their sincerity and earnestness, which beget absorbing interest and enduring conviction. You feel that he says things because he must say them—because they WILL OUT. He is a man of fine personality, reinforced by wide experience and observation, and a life of real service to his fellow men. His voice is clear, smooth and mellow but of unusual carrying power and has earned for him the SOBRIQUET: The Silver-Toned Orator of the North. SUBJECTS AND COMMENTS 1. Why; or the Problem of Life. A philosophical and practical discussion of the mission of human life viewed in relation to its origin and destiny. Abounding in wit, humor, anecdote and illustration. Why; or the Problem of Life proved one of the best Star Course Entertainments. Aside from being a scholarly address, it was abounding in interesting incidents, which kept the audience in good humor. In the beginning it was philosophic, but after it had progressed for about fifteen minutes, Dr. Chase branched off on a humorous vein, in which he is particularly entertaining. He is eloquent and interesting, and possesses the peculiar faculty of combining serious topics with lighter, presenting deep ideas and also pleasing the audience.— GALVESTON (Tex.) NEWS. 2. Big Bugs and Big Humbugs. A satirical and humorous portrayal of the shams of society, together with an eloquent plea for the real, the essential, and the true. Big Bugs and Big Humbugs was the subject of Mattison W. Chase's lecture in the high school course last evening. During his talk he interspersed many beautiful gems in illustration of his points, and comical jokes came in for their due share of the time. He is truly dubbed The Silver-Toned Orator of the North. He was welcomed by a full house and all came away feeling that they had heard something worth their time and money. The high school is to be congratulated upon getting such a capable lecturer.— SHELBYVILLE (Ind.) DEMOCRAT. 3. Sight and Insight. A skillful delineation of the rare art of SEEING, illustrating with story, argument and ludicrous incident the importance of the Point of View. I have listened with much pleasure and profit to the able lecture (Sight and Insight) of Mattison Wilbur Chase, with whom I have been acquainted for many years. This lecture sparkles with flashes of wit and wisdom. It is capable of entertaining any audience to whom it may be presented. Full of laughter and tears, it contains also much food for thought, and will leave its hearers happier and better people. I do not believe that anyone has a better lecture.—REV. F. D. LEETE, D. D., founder of the Brotherhood of St. Paul, and Bishop of the M. E. Church. Chase, the man who told such serious things in such a humorous manner, was the real opening of the Chautauqua yesterday afternoon. It is a little irreverent to merely say Chase, for the learned lecturer is a Doctor of Divinity and clergyman, with pastorates extending over a period of eighteen years; but the way he has of telling the audience what he has to say, and then, too, the things he says and the way he makes you enjoy having him tell them, drives away that awe one has for the D. D. and Rev., and you just know him for Chase. The name is well applied, for he does chase away dull moments and he chases smiles and laughs all over the huge canvas under which he talks to the Chautauqua audiences. He is not the easiest lecturer to follow, if one would try to remember all he says, for his capacity of meaty words is large, but one can easily remember some of his lecture in epigrams, for of these there was a plenty. And his story-telling was good to say the least. Few can say so much that is good and full of meat, with so little affectation, as Dr. Mattison Wilbur Chase.— OTTUMWA (Ia.) Coruier. FLASHES FROM THE CRITICS READING (Pa.) TIMES —Brim full of eloquence, wit and humor. ALBANY (N. Y.) JOURNAL —An intellectual treat, replete with instructive thought. CLARINDA (Ia.) HERALD —Dr. Chase delivered one of the finest lectures heard during the whole Assembly. GLEN ROCK (Pa.) ITEM —It is very generally conceded that Dr. Chase gave the best lecture ever delivered here. RUSHVILLE (Ind.) ASSEMBLY-HERALD —Mattison Wilbur Chase's lecture was universally conceded to be the best we have ever had. CHARLESTON (S. C.) NEWS and COURIER —Dr. Chase is a brilliant speaker. His periods are pointed and never fail of their mark. PEORIA (Ill.) HERALD - TRANSCRIPT —One of the most common-sense, interesting talks which have been heard in this city for some time. MONTREAL (Can.) GAZETTE —From his first entrance to the close, the lecturer commanded the rapt attention of an appreciative audience. OMAHA (Neb.) BEE —Dr. Chase has the style of a polished orator, a fine flow of language, clear articulation, a pleasing voice and a most interesting manner. CHAUTAUQUA (N. Y.) ASSEMBLY HERALD —Mr. Chase is a pleasing speaker, at once brilliant and thoughtful. His lecture abounded in humor, anecdote and illustration. MINNEAPOLIS (Minn.) JOURNAL —One of the brightest and wittiest men on the lecture platform. You laugh because you have to, and you learn because you can't help it. WATERTOWN (N. Y.) TIMES — His lecture was at once brilliant and thoughtful, captivating yet instructive, earnest yet sparkling with humor, anecdote and illustration. WORTHINGTON (Ind.) TIMES —People were expecting something, and no one was disappointed. Pathos and wit, logical and ludicrous sound sense and sentiment followed each other in a pleasing manner. FORT WORTH (Tex.) TELEGRAM —He is eloquent and interesting and possesses the peculiar faculty of combining serions topics with the lighter, presenting deep ideas and also amusing his audience. WACO (Tex.) TIMES-HERALD —A well-rounded, convincing, pleasing and helpful lecture, lighted all the way through with flashes of wit and pathos, carrying the central thought home many times and lodging it in the minds of his hearers. ALPENA (Mich.) ARGUS —From our standpoint of criticism, Dr. Chase is an orator. His voice was as clear as a silver bell, and pleasant to listen to — not too loud, but loud enough. His delivery was faultless, and the ideas well worth remembering. SILVER LAKE (N. Y.) ASSEMBLY —Mr. Chase's lectures were the best on our platform, and that is saying much, for we have had the finest on the continent.—WARD W. PLATT, Supt. of Instruction. Management: INTER-STATE LYCEUM BUREAU, Kansas City, Mo.
|Title||Mattison Wilber Chase|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||Chase, Mattison Wilbur|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
|Contributing Institution||University of Iowa. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.|
|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
|Rights Management||Educational use only, no other permissions given. U.S. and international copyright laws may protect this digital image. Commercial use or distribution of the image is not permitted without prior permission of the copyright holder.|
|Contact Information||Contact the Special Collections Dept. at The University of Iowa Libraries: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/contact/index/|
|Number of Pages||4|
|Digitization Specifications||Scanned at 600 dpi, 32-bit color. Master image available in tiff format.|