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Rev. Robert J. Patterson, A.B., L L.B. Catch-My-Pal Patterson figure Catch-My-Pal Patterson M R. PATTERSON is an Irishman. He studied in Trinity College, Dublin; specialized in History, Jurisprudence and Political Science; and graduated with honors. He studied Law and obtained the degree of LL. B. He studied Theology in Edinburgh and Belfast, and was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in Armagh, the City of St. Patrick, where he labored for some years till, in 1909, he was led, in a wonderful way, which he tells in his book and on the platform, to found the Catch-My-Pal Movement. He caught six drinkers at a lamp-post in an Armagh street; asked them to come to his house; persuaded them to sign the total-abstinence pledge, but would not permit them to sign unless each man would undertake to catch a drinking pal and bring him to sign at the next meeting. The men agreed. At the next meeting there were 12 men; at the next, 31; at the next, 105; and so the movement grew till the city was astounded and practically revolutionized in its drinking habits. Other cities got into the whirl; about 150,000 persons signed the pledge within a year; other temperance societies felt the impact of the movement, and increased in membership; public opinion against drinking rose to a higher level than ever before; hundreds of homes were made happy; drunkenness and crime greatly decreased; the value of saloon property declined by almost 50 per cent; and a new inspiration was given to Christian work throughout the country. The Movement is becoming world-wide. Its history is one of the Romances of Social Reform. Mr. Patterson has conducted campaigns over Ireland, Great Britain, the Channel Islands and Holland. He was invited to America in 1913, and came from Belfast to Portland, Oregon, to deliver an address at the World's Christian Citizenship Convention. He is now in America for the third time within 16 months, and has traveled about 35,000 miles in the United States and Canada, speaking at Assemblies, Synods, Conferences, Chautauquas, and specially arranged meetings. He has also preached in many of the leading American pulpits. He has probably addressed more people during the past five years than any other Irishman. He resigned his church in Armagh to give all his time and energy to the Catch-My-Pal Campaign. He desires to inspire all who hear him to Go and Do some definite work for God and man. He is a minister, connected with the Presbytery of Belfast, Ireland, and he knows the difficulties of ministerial life; and, whether conducting temperance or evangelistic crusades, he aims at getting the people to rally around the ministers and churches in all kinds of good works. He likes to be known as AN APOSTLE OF GOOD SAMARITANSHIP. Titles of Some of Mr. Patterson's Addresses: Catch-My-Pal: or, Romance in Saving Men St. Patrick and the Snakes How to Be Happy Though Sober Fly-fishing for Men … and Women Uncle Sam and His Water Wagon Brother Jonathan in Ostrich Plumes Churchianity and Christianity in Relation to the Drink Problem The Game of Life. What an Innocent Irishman Saw Under the Stars and Stripes Some A merican Opinions Rev. Henry Collin Minton, D.D., LL.D., Trenton, N. J. Ex-Moderator of Presbyterian Church; President National Reform Association. I did America a good turn when I asked Mr. Patterson to Portland. I happen to know how he is honored and loved in his home country, and I am ready to certify my knowledge in season and out of season. His address to 15,000 people at Portland made a profound impression, and I know that elsewhere in this country his work has been likewise acceptable and appreciated. I cannot speak too highly of his work or too wrmly of himself. Rev. J. Gordon, Second Congregational Ch., Rockford, Ill. We wish you might somehow know how we appreciated your splendid effort on Sunday last. The Mayor of our city and other influential men say it was the best thing ever given on temperance. Our only regret is that the entire city did not have an opportunity of hearing you. Rev. Philip Yarrow, President Young People's Civi League, Chicago. Rev. Robert J. Patterson's story of the Catch-My-Pal movement has held the almost breathless attention of thousands of our Chicago people. Albany Times-Union. He is surely a 'live wire,' every whit as enthusiastic and forceful as the famous Billy Sunday. Rev. Benjamin Young, D.D., Portland, Oregon. Mr. Patterson was one of the big men at the World's Christian Citizenship Conference, Portland, Oregon, July, 1913. He is a spiritual dynamo, tremendously in earnest. He is a surprise party. He is a bunch of surprises. Rev. James E. Walker, First U. P. Church, Chicago. Rev. Robert J. Patterson has a distinct message. Every church should hear it. Every worker is inspired by it. The principle it contains can be worked by the humblest to win to Christ his fellow man. Rev. J. S. Martin, D. D., Gen. Supt. National Reform Association, Pittsburgh, Pa. We are having many calls for his services from many parts of the country. He is a speaker of matchless magnetism and ability on the public platform. Dr. Clinton N. Howard, Rochester, N. Y. Mr. Patterson is the best quality I have ever heard that has come from the other side of the Atlantic. Portland Oregonian. Mr. Patterson's address to an audience of 10,000 at the conference was a shower of epigrams and witty sayings. At its close he was bombarded with invitations to preach and lecture for ministers and societies in and around Portland. Idaho Statesman. From the beginning to the end of his speech he held his audience enthralled. His address was worth the whole Chautauqua ticket. The Continent. Mr. Patterson was equally at home addressing the cultured audience in the First Church, Detroit, and the crowds of men in the great factories, who heard him with delight as they laid aside their dinner-pails. Mr. W. D. Allen, of Allen Manufacturing Co., Chicago. Mr. Patterson was a great hit at our works, and made the best talk of any one who has ever been there before. He is certainly doing good work. Rev. M. P. Boynton, D.D., Chicago. His plea for individual work for individuals is perhaps the strongest made by any speaker on the platform to-day. Rev. Elmer L. Williams, Grace M. E. Church, Chicago. Catch-My-Pal has a great story to tell, which no man should miss who has an opportunity to hear him. Rev. R. Robbins, D.D., in Daily Reporter, Lebanon, Ind. Many people speak with pride of having been permitted to hear John B. Gough or Father Mathew in the earlier days. Hundreds in the great congregation on Monday will speak through the years of having heard 'Catch-My-Pal' Patterson deliver an address, the eloquence of which has never been surpassed in the city. Leading citizens are saying that the address, in its sense, its moral earnestness, its dramatic power, its humor, its pathos, its power to make people want to 'go and do' something worth while, its strange and bewitching eloquence which makes his audience want him to go on talking and not stop, and its wonderful sympathy, was so unusually masterful as to make it to be remembered as one of the great treats of a life-time. Some British and Foreign Opinions The British Weekly. The most successful temperance worker in the British Empire today is a young Irish Presbyterian minister, Rev. Robert J. Patterson, LL.B. Edinburgh Evening News. Mr. Patterson inspires others. He is, indeed, the General Booth of the Temperance Army. Rev. Gerald Thomson, M.A., Sec. Church of England Temperance Society. The extraordinary eloquence of the man! Never have I heard anything like it. … We were swept along for an hour and a half without a falter. Mr. Patterson has all the personal charm and magnetism of an apostle. Rev. J. Glyn Davies, M.A., Sec. N. Wales Temperance Federation. A wonderful story! One of the stories of a century! It all but swept us off our feet. We cheered, and we laughed, and we cried, and we went out to fight the drink as we never fought it yet. What else could we do? Liverpool courier. Mr. Patterson's speech was a remarkable example of natural eloquence, delivered with astonishing fluency; and was, in turn, humorous, pathetic and rousing. Ulster Gazette. Our city of Armagh will soon be as proud of Mr. Patterson as it is of its two cathedrals. Miss Rentoul, Sec. of Shamrock Temperance League, Ireland. Mr. Patterson is the most successful temperance organizer in Europe today. Rev. William Mottram, D.D., Sec. Congregational Temperance Society, London. The speech of the Rev. Robert J. Patterson, LL.B., which closed our annual meeting in The City Temple, London, carried me back to the days of Father Mathew and J. B. Gough. Here was a man with a message, the like of whom I have been longing to hear. Rev. Samuel Prenter, D.D., LL.D., Ex-Moderator of the Irish Presbyterian Church. As a preacher he shows power that will take him to any height. When the full frenzy is upon him he can do what he likes with his audience. He is a man finely educated. He has found his true metier in the church of to-day. Weston Gazette. He is probably the fastest speaker in Great Britain. The stenographer has yet to be born who could take a verbatim report of his speech. He is the one and only individual who can speak without taking breath. MR. PATTERSON HAS AN OVERWHELMING POWER OF APPEAL. Rev. W. Y. Fullerton, D.D., Sec. Baptist Missionary Society, London. Rev. D. B. Knox, Editor, The Irish Presbyterian. The need was clamant. The man has been found. Here is the opportunity of a century. Surely Mr. Patterson was raised up by God for this very work. Londonderry Standard. We had a splendid time at Mr. Patterson's meeting. His wonderful combination of lecturer, preacher, actor, tragedian and evangelist, delighted the great audience. Rev. William Russell, M.A., in The Paisley Express, Scotland. The humor and pathos of his descriptions, the dramatic power of his story-telling, the modulations of his voice, the call of the spiritual, the rebuttal of superficial criticism, the demand for a Christian public opinion to sweep away a legalized iniquity, moved and swayed the great gathering, but defy reproduction in a report. Rev. George Magill, D.D., Belfast. Mr. Patterson's speech at the General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church was as good as any John B. Gough delivered at his best. Toronto Globe. He gripped his audience of 3,000 immediately, and with Irish wit and impassioned appeal held it spellbound. We question if there was ever a scene of greater enthusiasm in Massey Hall. Rev. J. van Dorp, D.D., Gendringen, Holland. Mr. Patterson has wonderful power to inspire his audience. He showed this power even when speaking through an interpreter at the conference in Haarlem, and we all came under its spell at the International Congress at The Hague. Mr. Patterson's Book : The Happy Art of Catching Men A STORY OF GOOD SAMARITANSHIP Published by George H. Doran Co., New York. Price $1.00 net. THREE AMERICAN PRESS NOTICES. American Advance. An epoch-making book on an epoch-making movement. Christian Standard. This volume should be in every preacher's library. It is a 'Book of Acts.' The Continent. Has a mighty human interest. All through it there is material for temperance and after-dinner speeches. THREE BRITISH PRESS NOTICES. Prof. A. R. Simpson, M.D., Edinburgh University. An inspired and inspiring story, more interesting than any romance. Life of Faith, London. Reads more like fiction that fact. The Northern Whig, Belfast. No book ever published on the temperance question can be compared with it in interest. To be had of all booksellers at $1.00, or will be sent postpaid to any address for $1.00 by Mr. Patterson, 301 Security Building, Madison Street, Chicago, Ill.
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