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Figure DR. DAN McGURK, Lecturer DR. DAN McGURK, LECTURER ANNOUNCEMENT T HE REV. DANIEL McGURK, D.D., whom we present this year, is no novice on the platform. He has been in Lyceum work in the central west for fifteen years, and has made good on every platform, whether commencement orator, preacher, Chautauqua, or Lyceum Lecturer. Dr. McGurk was born in Pittsburg in the early sixties, went west in eighty, received his collegiate training in Kansas, his theological course in Evanston, Ill., and his practical experience on two continents. As a student, he worked his way through, doing ten years in less than nine. As he sometimes says, he began with sixteen dollars and came out with a wife and two children, and didn't own any man a dollar. In '94 he went to Argentine Republic, as a missionary; on his return in '99, he was much in demand for his lecture Under the Southern Cross. Being invited to return, he launched Tom and Mary, which became a favorite at once. In the same way came Tongue-tied Folk, The Gates of Gaza, Life's Equation, and The American Fatalist. His latest venture is a lecture on The Kid Movement. Dr. McGurk is an expert witness for the neglected child. The lecture is not a hear-say story, but the first-hand recital of facts. Dr. McGurk has made his way to the top as a minister having occupied with distinction some of the most prominent pulpits of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In addition to his regular lectures he has a number of very up-to-date addresses for Men's Clubs and other special occasions. His voice rings true upon every great civic, social, and National problem—well endowed by nature, well equipped by study, reading and observation, keeping in touch with men, he cannot fail to inspire and help every audience to which he speaks. We confidently commend him to committees everywhere. THE MANAGEMENT. LECTURE TITLES Under the Southern Cross Tom and Mary Tongue-tied Folk Life's Equation The Gates of Gaza The American Fatalist AS ITHERS SEE US Figure Dr. A. B. Storms, Pres. Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa Having been quite intimately acquainted with the Rev. Dr. Daniel McGurk for the past few years, having heard him speak on several occasions, and knowing, as I do, his intellectual quality and equipment, his mastery of whatever subject he takes up, the range and interest of his ideas, and his personal magnetism as a speaker, I am glad to say that he stands among the foremest[sicforemost] men of the day in the pulpit and on the platform. Dr. H. H. Seerley, Pres. Iowa State Normal School, Cedar Falls, Iowa Rev. Daniel McGurk is a strong man on the platform. His themes are live, his presentation interesting and attractive, and his power as a speaker very effective. I have heard him a good many times and can commend his success without any reservation. As a lecturer on special occasions and on special topics, he easily ranks among the best of Iowa's men. I am certain that his work on the platform will always give satisfaction to his audiences, since it is scholarly, spicy, well illustrated, and popular. Dr. James Hedley, Cleveland, Ohio I am greatly desirous of having such a man as yourself on the lecture platform, because such lectures as yours cannot fail to benefit and inspire, as well as to entertain all who are fortunate enough to hear them. Your clear thought, splendid eloquence, tender heart, wide experience with books and men, and your magnetic personality all contribute to those essentials which make the strong and successful lyceum lecturer. Dr. F. L. Loveland, Pastor First M. E. Church, Omaha Dr. Dan McGurk is a loyal fellow. I know him personally. In the pulpit and on the platform he stirs my soul as few men are able to do. The possessor of rare mental power, a tender heart, a fine physique, and an oratorical gift that is keen, scholarly, and charming, he easily ranks as one of the foremost lecturers of this age. Several years' experience in Chautauqua and lecture-course management has convinced me that a lecturer with a great message, who can make good and maintain the high standard of the lyceum idea, for whom apologies need not be continually made, but who enables the manager to hold up his head and smile after the lecturer is gone, is, after all, the lecturer we are all looking for. Dr. Dan McGurk is one who embodies these requirements. The Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Republican Dr. Dan McGurk made us all feel better. There probably is some good in America after all. He has found plenty of it, even if some of the other Chautauqua speakers have been unable to do so. Dr. McGurk is one of the big speakers. After listening to the dogmas of some of the speakers who believe it is their duty to tear us and our sacred institutions to pieces, the lecture by Dr. McGurk was as welcome as the gentle breeze that stirs the air on a sultry afternoon. This is Dr. McGurk's first appearance here, but he should be brought back many times. He is certainly one of the biggest-hearted, whole-souled, most lovable men who has ever come to this city. Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Dr. McGurk, pastor of Grand Avenue Methodist Church, of Kansas City, and a living example of the man who sees the rim of the doughnut and not the hole, was the speaker at the Chautauqua yesterday afternoon and evening, and if the people who heard him followed some of the rules laid down for going through life on the sunny-side of the street, the sale of dyspepsia tablets and gloom tonics would fall off to an appreciable extent in at least one city on the globe. Dr. McGurk believes in smiles and hard work, mixed with clean enjoyment. Argentina (Buenos Ayres) Times The Rev. D. McGurk's lecture attracted a very large audience to the hall of the American Church last night. The lecture was listened to most attentively and was frequently interrupted by applause. Salina (Kan.) Daily Republican-Journal In the evening Rev. Daniel McGurk delivered the annual address before the Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associations. A large audience gave the close attention which only true feeling in a speaker can inspire. Mr. McGurk gave one of the best addresses ever delivered before the Associations of the Wesleyan. Mr. McGurk is a true artist in delivery, and held the attention of his audience no less by the strength and clearness of his thoughts, than by his strong, appropriate delivery. He is a speaker who enlivens his discourse with occasional flashes of entirely appropriate humor, which enlivens and quickens the interest in his theme. PRESS NOTICES Montevideo (Uruguay) Times Delivery was marked with the ease and skill of a practiced and well-studied elocutionist, earning frequent applause. Buenos Ayres (S. A.) Standard For more than an hour his audience listened with rapt attention. The hearty applause and laughter that greeted his utterances must have given him great satisfaction. Jewell (Kan.) Republican McGurk is not only a natural orator, but he is a thinker and a scholar. These are the qualities that make the entertaining and popular lecturer—to hear him tones your liver and gives you a feeling of having had your money's worth. Waterloo (Ia.) Courier The discourse or lecture given before the men's meeting at the auditorium of the Y. M. C. A. Sunday, by Rev. Daniel McGurk, the eloquent pastor of the Cedar Falls M. E. Church, was quite up to the highest expectations and, applied to Rev. McGurk, this is saying a great deal. The discourse was listened to by a fine audience of business men and others. Janesville (Ia.) Banner The Rev. D. McGurk lectured in the M. E. Church Friday, on Tom and Mary. It is pronounced by all who have heard it as one of the best lectures ever delivered in Janesville. Mr. McGurk spoke two hours and twenty minutes, keeping the audience in a roar of laughter most of the time. He brought many profound truths in his message, but presented them in such a way that everyone was pleased. Buenos Ayres (S. A.) Standard The lecture by Mr. McGurk was a happy hit, provoking almost ceaseless manifestations of approval from the audience. Monroe (Ia.) Mirror We have only room to say that the lecture given by Dr. McGurk Monday evening on Tom and Mary was a treat. Reinbeck (Ia.) Courier The lecture at the M. E. Church Wednesday evening by Rev. McGurk on Tongue-tied People was quite well attended and heartily enjoyed by all who heard it. Mr. McGurk has been here before and always pleases our people. Belville (Kan.) Telescope Rev. Daniel McGurk's lecture at the Methodist Church on Tongue-tied Folk was a decided success. The subject, as presented brought forth laughter and tears. Men and women, boys and girls, and last but not least, the ministers present were delighted and showed their appreciation. Everyone went home wearing a smile. Platte City (Mo.) Landmark Rev. Daniel McGurk lectured at the Colman - Baker Opera House last Wednesday evening on the subject of Tom and Mary. Rev. McGurk is a good mimic and tells a good story in the best manner. A large and appreciative audience greeted the speaker and all were pleased with the lecture. NEW LECTURE— THE KID-MOVEMENT Condensing and Popularizing the Juvenile Court Work, of such men as Judge Brown and Judge Lindsey, and some others. Formation is Better than Reformation. Training is Better than Policing. The KID-MOVEMENT means investing MORE in the child of today, and LESS in the adult criminal of to-morrow. Appropriate for Educational Gatherings, Teachers' Institutes, Universities, Normal and Training Schools, and Commencements. THIS KIND OF TREATMENT DOES AWAY WITH THIS For Terms and Dates, Address DAYTON, OHIO.
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