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Figure FREDERICK E. HOPKINS Frederick E. Hopkins: Lecturer N O PUBLIC SPEAKER on the platform of to-day refutes more completely the average idea that a lecture must of necessity be a sort of penance for its hearers than the Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins, whose name the White and Myers Lyceum Agency hereby places before its patrons. Dr. Hopkins is a brilliant, magnetic and charming speaker, an orator, an entertainer, and an educator. No man in years has made a more emphatic success with Lyceum audiences, and certainly not one is better equipped for the work. Full grown, of magnetic personality, with a command of language not excelled by any of his competitors and, withal, unmistakably the bearer of a divine message he brings to the platform an element of which it stands sorely in need. Dr. Hopkins' territory for lecture work has gradually broadened, until now it extends from Minnesota to Missouri and from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. Out of nearly five hundred lecture courses, in which he has appeared during the last six or seven years, it is difficult to select a group of testimonials. The following extracts from press notices, personal letters and interviews with committees may serve to indicate the consensus of opinion in representative communities affording considerable variety of taste. SUBJECTS The Golden Fleece Doors and Keys A Cranky Hero Wendell Phillips The Young People's Age For Commencement and Class Day Exercises Napoleon An Evening with Modern Poets and Novelists It's Up To You Hon. D. B. Henderson, ex-speaker House of Representatives — I have known Dr. Hopkins for many years and have had the pleasure of listening to him on several occasions. I earnestly commend him to all who have an opportunity to hear him. He is an orator of high rank. He can in rapid succession touch the tender sympathies of the heart and raise the audience to their feet with wild enthusiasm, and in an instant his glowing humor will convulse them with laughter. While he amuses, excites and interests, he never for a moment loses control of his audience. He has a never failing purpose, and that is to educate and elevate his audience. Mineral Point (Wis.) Democrat —The Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins, of Chicago, lectured on The Golden Fleece before a crowded house at the city hall on Monday of this week. He proved himself to be one of the most popular in the course as given by the Woman's Reading Club from year to year. The voyage of the argonauts for the recovery of the golden fleece suggested an outline of a lecture which abounded, not only in stories, but in quotations, which show not only extensive reading, but a verbal memory that few possess. Plattsville, Wis. — Our people were delighted with your lecture. For a score of years they have been listening to the best lecturers in the country, but they have nothing but unqualified praise for your lecture. It possesses the merit of combining a great deal of earnest and wholesome utterance and a large fund of the humorous and entertaining. Osage News — If there is any efficacy in the new fun cure, all who heard him were made whole. President Lennox College, Iowa — The lecture was one of the most helpful and entertaining that has been heard here in a long time. Galena, Kans. — Dr. Hopkins was paid a very sincere compliment. He lectured nearly two hours, but the audience said It did not seem an hour, and we could have listened two hours longer. Hon. E. W. Hoch, Governor of Kansas — Mr. F. E. Hopkins delivered his lecture in our regular course (at Marion) last evening, and held the closest attention of his great audience for two hours, greatly pleasing all who heard him, and everyone was sorry when he quit. His subject was a beautiful and masterly plea for high ideals and standards in life. Mr. Hopkins is a very entertaining speaker; he has a fine presence and a melodious voice; he is graceful in delivery, charming in manner, elegant in diction and in every way a master of the platform. This lecture will do great good wherever delivered. Mason City, (Iowa) Daily Times-Herald —Nothing finer has been heard in Mason City for many a day. The lecture was so full of common sense, with every word so aptly put and every sentence so gracefully pronounced, that his audience was completely captivated and carried away with the charm of the lecturer's eloquence. Late T De Witt Talmage, D. D. —Rev. Dr. F. E. Hopkins has all the elements of a successful lecturer—strong common sense, rare information, wit, faculty of impersonation, and magnetism of thought and manner. Baraboo (Wis.) Evening News —The immense audience at the Grand last night enjoyed the lecture by Rev. Dr. F. E. Hopkins to its fullest measure. For impersonation, for character sketches, flashes of wit, for pathos, he was excellent. Every gesture, every modulation, every facial expression was in keeping with the speaker's thought. He told of many examples of people who have sought The Golden Fleece in other lands than this, and gave the pleasing assurance that there was no better country than our own in which to achieve success along any line of progress. The lecture was very long, but wholesome and uplifting. Whitewater Lecture Association —The Whitewater Lecture Association has placed upon its program the best talent in this country. But never has a lecture given more general satisfaction than did the one last Tuesday evening by the Rev. F. E. Hopkins, D. D. It was rich in thought and aptly illustrated. Just such a lecture as serves to give to young men and young women a strong uplift. Broadhead (Wis.) Independent —Dr. Hopkins' lecture was out of sight. Those who made an effort to go were glad of that effort: those who stayed away all said, I wish I had gone. It was worth a good deal to have the cobwebs cleared from one's brain with such a swift flowing current of good English. Chicago Times-Hearld — Greater America was the sentiment assigned to Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins. He spoke in a happy vein at the outset and soon found favor with his auditors. When he was done the assembled clubmen cheered him to the echo. —At Marquette Club Banquet. Freeport (Ill.) Journal —Rev. Dr. Hopkins delivered a lecture here a few months ago, and was heard again last night at the Grand Opera House. He could have made his fortune on the stage. He is a natural mimic and his sense of humor is very keen. For over an hour and a half he held the close attention of his audience, while he entertained them with his wit, wisdom and funny stories. Minneapolis, Minn. —(Secretary of the Y. M. C. A.)— The hall was crowded with an audience that expressed its delight with Dr. Hopkins' lecture by giving him an unusual amount of applause, and by saying to the committee we hope to hear him again. Mitchell, S. D. —(Wesleyan University.)— Dr. Hopkins filled the Opera House, and his lecture was a rare treat. Dubuque Herald —The illustrations, the anecdotes, the flgures ranged from beautiful to magnificent, witty, unique, humorous and startling. The speaker was full of surprises, and when about three-fourths through with the lecture launched into a very whirlwind of eloquence that amazed even his own friends. Hon. George R. Peck, General Counsel Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad — I have known Dr. Hopkins for a long time. I have listened to him on several different occasions and always with great delight. He is possessed of remarkable versatility, and always gains the attention of his audience at once, and retains it to the end of his address. Waterloo Daily Courier —The speaker possesses an unique style, is a keen observer, and presents his thoughts in a way which holds the closest attention of his hearers from beginning to end. His impersonations and his eloquence are equaled by few platform speakers who have been heard in Waterloo, and we have had many of the best. President Seerlee, Iowa State Normal School — I was delighted with your lecture. It is a splendid thing. Cedar Falls, Iowa — It is not every man who can secure an invitation to lecture on the platform at the Normal School. Dr. Hopkins has achieved the distinction of receiving this honor twice. He lectured on The Golden Fleece at the Teachers' convention last summer, speaking to an audience that crowded the building in spite of the attractions at the Chautauqua Assembly. Last evening he appeared in the regular Lyceum course, and delighted another large and enthuiastic audience. We hope he will come again. Janesville, Wis. — We expected great things of Dr. Hopkins as a lecturer, and have not been at all disappointed. Richland Center, Wis. — The lecture has been universally pronounced the finest ever heard in Richland Center. So many failed to hear you, and so many want to hear you again that I write to ask for a return date some time in March. Eau Claire, Wis. — Dr. Hopkins was the attraction in the regular lecture course at the Congregational church. He had not spoken before in Eau Claire, and there was the usual interest that is felt in the coming of a new man. But the witty parson had not been speaking ten minutes before it was perfectly clear to everybody that he was a man with something to say, and that he knew how to say it. The lecturer was frequently interrupted by applause, and we cannot recall an occasion when a more favorable impression has been made. President Tabor College, Iowa — You can get a full house whenever you return here. Springfield, Ill. — Dr. Hopkins lectured on The Golden Fleece in the regular Lyceum course at the opera house. It is a lecture full of optimism, and hopefulness. The audience was delighted. Plattsmouth, Neb. — If anybody thinks there is any kind of entertainment better than a first-class lecture they would have changed their minds after hearing Dr. Hopkins at the opera house last evening. It was an evening of eloquence, wit and common sense. Carthage, Mo. — The lecture by Dr. Hopkins, of Chicago, was a rare treat. We have never listened to anyone we liked better. Personal Commendations of Dr. Hopkins' Chicago Work The American (Francis Savage) Chicago —A man who has the courage to stand up and fight for what he believes to be right should have the support and sympathy of every citizen of Chicago. Mr. Hopkins is right and give him your help. The Record-Herald, Chicago —Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins has made a tour of the restaurants of Chicago and seen women taking spiritous liquor with their meals. He has made a count and found that out of 463 women in the restaurants which he visited 269 were in what he would call the drinking class. The Record-Herald, Chicago —Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins, who insists that many women in Chicago are addicted to drunkenness and who makes a sharp reply to women critics, has been pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church since 1900. Previously he had occupied the pulpit of the First Congregational Church at Dubuque, Iowa, nine years. Rev. Mr. Hopkins is 50 years old and is widely known as a pulpit orator. He has been in the ministry since he was almost a youth. He was first licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Brooklyn, and he filled pulpits at Hampstead, L. I., and at Bridgeport, Conn. In 1899 he was given the degree of D. D. by Lafayette College of Easton, Pa., and the following year Tabor College, Iowa, conferred upon him the degree of master of arts. The Examiner (Hugh S. Fullerton) Chicago —The Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins has stirred up the biggest agitation Chicago has known for a generation. Strong, virile, earnest, he is the man who has started something. New York Sun —The pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Chicago is perhaps the most notable living example of the modern and improved sort of gospel carrier. When Parson Hopkins preaches the church is always jammed to capacity and no wonder at all. Rev. Melbourne P. Boynton, D. D., Pastor Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Chicago — I reach my hand across this city to my brother, Rev. F. E. Hopkins, and say to him, all hail! brother. I congratulate the church you serve. I rejoice that our city possesses you. Rev. George F. Hall, D. D., Pastor of Bush Temple, Chicago — Dr. Hopkins is right. My sympathies are with him. I have no patience with any white-feathered apostle of popularity in our profession who attempts to question his motives or slander his manhood. Inter-Ocean, Chicago —Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins started a furor last week not only amongst his own congregation but also in the entire city. Rev. A. C. Dixon, D. D., Chicago Avenue (Moody's) Church — Though what I have said has not been reported in the press, I wish you to know that the Moody Church pulpit and pew are with you in your crusade against the drinking habits of women. I believe that the agitation will result in great good. Rev. Frank G. Smith, D. D., Warren Avenue Congregational Church, Chicago — Brother Hopkins is my friend. I know he is not a dangerous exaggerator, not a four flusher, not a mountebank, not a bluffer. He is a great fearless man of God. Management WHITE AND MYERS LYCEUM AGENCY, Kansas City, Mo.
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