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MONROE MARKLEY Figure REDPATH MONROE MARKLEY A rare speaker, with an unfailing sense of humor and the faculty of making his hearers see as he does and share his enthusiasm and enjoyment—that is Monroe Markley. The ease with which he captures his audiences and holds them throughout his discourses is astonishing. He seems to buttonhole his hearers and command their attention until he has finished. He speaks with the authority of an expert, the judgment of long experience, the knowledge and sympathy of personal acquaintance, the critical acumen and graceful style of the scholar. He tells stories of a kind that brings a lump to the throat and a glimpse of glory to the eye, and supplements them with others that make you fairly choke with laughter. Mr. Markley is gifted to an extraordinary degree with that intangible something called personal magnetism. What he says is never lost upon his hearers, and it is a blessing that it is not. It is easy to follow him—easy to laugh or cry or thrill with horror, according to the moods of the speaker himself. Indeed, you are compelled to do so. There is no escape after you have once become a listener, and then you realize that your captivity is one of the most delightful things that could have happened to you. The person who would comprehend the incredible extent of Mr. Markley's power, must hear his lecture. He can scarcely believe till he has heard all the evidence, but when he has heard it he will be not only astonished but convinced. Above all, the purpose of Mr. Markey's lecture is a noble one. He tells a tale of charm, of uplift, of helpfulness. He has never done so great a service to humanity as in this burning message to mankind. No summary of the leading points could do justice to the lecture as a whole, and none is attempted here. Mr. Markley does not deal in half measures. He says what he feels from the bottom of his heart. His remarks are characterized by a shrewd insight into human nature and affairs, by a typically American sense of the droll, by a peculiarly appreciative consciousness of the foibles of men and women, and by a delightful tone of wit and humor and breeziness throughout. REDPATH-SLAYTON Judge Lindsey's Tribute to M onroe M arkley. We would like to quote from Senators, Governors, Mayors and men in high position telling their opinion of Mr. Markley but we give space only to the words of Judge Ben Lindsey of Denver. Judge Ben B. Lindsey, the world famous juvenile court judge of Denver, Colorado, writes: No more powerful man than Monroe Markley ever occupied a pulpit in the West. In Dr. Markley's lectures there is a message. They breathe the spirit and power of a sincere, eloquent, splendid, strong man. Those who hear him will be charmed, delighted, inspired, entertained, helped and uplifted. Dr. Markley stands for ideals that he fearlessly maintains, regardless of consequence, with an eloquence that easily ranks with that of the very best pulpit or platform orators of this country. Greenfield, Ohio, August 17, '08 . —Monroe Markley opened the Tri-County Chautauqua of Greenfield, Ohio, with two very fine lectures. Both lectures, Harpstrings and Heartstrings and An Unsung Hero are fresh and interesting in their material; they are rich and inspiring in their construction; and Mr. Markley presented them in such a masterly way that he brought the highest commendation to himself and left an impression upon the assemblages that contributed to the success of the entire program. The management was delighted with Markley and everybody pleased. Freeley Rohrer, Chairman Program Committee . M onroe M arkley's lecture subjects are Harpstrings and Heartstrings (a lecture of oratorical strength, humor and fine emotions) The Unsung Hero of the Northwest (a stirring lecture on the hero and his heroism with plenty of Markley's fun to make it popular) Doing the Impossible (a master plea for the best in men) Mr. Committeeman and Readers of This Circular Please note the words of comment of newspaper men, committee men and others on their pleasure in Monroe Markley's lectures. Dr. Markley's lecture yesterday afternoon (at the Rock River Chautauqua Assembly) was largely attended and greatly appreciated. His subject Harpstrings and Heartstrings was presented in a way that made it a rare treat indeed to the large audience. The speaker showed himself to be perfectly at home and presented his subject in so able and entertaining a manner as to draw forth repeated and enthusiastic applause. Harpstrings treated along the line of all kinds of music, illustrated by many humorous stories, revealing the fact that the lecturer possessed a thorough knowledge of music and its effect upon the human heart. Heartstrings, as that phase of the lecture was handled, showed a keen and deep knowledge of the human heart, and those things that act upon it, drawing forth the responsive music of the soul, which music goes out and has its influence on the hearts and lives of others in an endless chain that reaches around the world. The doctor used some of the most beautiful language throughout that we have ever been fortunate enough to listen to. The great audience was not only entertained but impressed with the fact that it was listening to one of the great orators and most highly cultured Christian gentlemen. The inspiring sentiment of the lecture, and the musically developed voice, together with the commanding and impressive personality of the speaker, called forth the sincere admiration of all. Dixon (Ill.) Daily Telegraph . Guthrie Center, Iowa, Aug. 21, '08. Dr. Markley will not only make good, he will enthuse his hearers. He is just the man to start a session with. He puts everybody in the proper spirit right at the start. His An Unsung Hero is at once historical and intensely dramatic, while Harpstrings and Heartstrings has a vein of humor that makes it one of the most popular addresses of any chautauqua program. Dr. Markley ranks high among the great chautauqua orators. He has a message that needs only to be heard to be appreciated. C. W. Williams Sec. and Platform Manager Guthrie County Chautauqua . Dr. Markley's morning sermon subject was Doing the Impossible. His discourse was replete with historical illustration; his diction choice; his dramatic force intense; and the whole studded with rare imagery, making an address that held his listener's rapt attention at all times. Marseilles Daily Register-Chronicle . Kalkaska, Michigan Dr. Markley did fine work here. Every one who heard it would go twice as far the next night through snow twice as deep to hear the same lecture. FRANK JENSEN, Supt. Public Schools . The lecture of the Rev. Monroe Markley at the Congregational Church Monday night, was just what everybody expected it to be, a thoughtful, earnest, eloquent presentation of his chosen subject An Unsung Hero of the Great Northwest. As the splendid characters of the hero and his wife rose before the audience in the gorgeous hand painting of the orator, self-sacrificing American manhood and patriotism took on new life in the hearts of everyone present. The audience laughed, cheered, and trembled in sympathy as the speaker went from anecedote to argument and the presentation of manhood and character. His tribute to two great Americans, Roosevelt and Bryan, left his hearers above the common idea of party politics, and placed them on the Pedestal of patriotism. It was a grand lecture. Pittsfield (Ill.) Republican . Perry, Feb. 20—The lecture given last Wednesday night at the M. E. church by Monroe Markley, was certainly one of the finest that Perry people have listened to for years. It was a fitting close to our popular lecture course, and Mr. Markley left a lasting impression upon everyone present. For nearly two hours he entertained his audience on the subject, Harpstrings and Heart strings. He found his audience at once and held them spell-bound until the end. If the people of Perry were to pass judgment on Mr. Markley they would say in a few words, He was Certainly Fine. Perry, Michigan. REDPATH-SLAYTON, Boston, New York, Chicago, Cedar Rapids, Kansas City.
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