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JAMES T. NICHOLS The Traveler Figure MINISTER EDITOR LECTURER TRAVELER Jas. T. Nichols, Traveler ANNOUNCEMENT BELIEVING that the world is a great book and he who rightly unfolds its pages is a real benefactor, Mr. Nichols has become a world traveler. He nearly always travels alone and independent of tourist companies, rubbing elbows with the common people and trying to see what the other fellow overlooks. His thrilling experiences and hairbreadth escapes would fill a volume. The material for his lectures has been gathered by rambling through London, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Paris, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Palermo, Gibralter, Algiers, Alexandria, Cairo, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Damascus, Beyrout, Athens, Warsaw, Moscow, Irkutsk, Dalny, Mukden, Shanghai, Nanking, Hongkong, Canton, Manila, Osaka, Tokyo, City of Mexico and scores of other great cities in about twenty foreign countries and nearly all over the United States and Canada. I have known Mr. James T. Nichols, of this city, for many years. He was born on an Iowa farm, and went directly from the country school to the preparatory department of Oskaloosa College, remaining there until he finished both the preparatory and college work. For many years he was an active pastor in one of Iowa's best county seat towns. During this period of about six years he made two trips to Europe, visiting many countries, and especially Palestine and Egypt. He resigned his pastorate to become editor of the Christian Union, one of the leading papers of his church. He served as editor of the paper for nearly ten years. During this time he made another trip to Europe and also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. His editorial descriptions of his trips were always read with the greatest interest, proving him to be a writer of unusual force. After giving up the editorship of the paper he made a trip around the world by way of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Thus his experience as editor and traveler has fitted him especially for the lecture field. He has given his travel lectures to more than one thousand audiences, and has spent altogether four seasons on the Chautauqua platform. I know him to be successful as a public lecturer, and am glad to commend him to any concerned.— HILL M. BELL , President Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. SUBJECTS 1. Around the World in Sixty Minutes This lecture is personal experiences and incidents in a tour across the Pacific, through Japan, the Philippines, China, Manchuria, Siberia, Russia, Germany, etc. 2. Lands of Sacred Story Or Through the Lands of the Bible with a Converted Jew. 3. The Passion Play The Story that has Transformed the World. Mr. Nichols made a special trip to Oberammergau on purpose to attend and study the Passion Play. 4. The Nations at War Having been on board a submarine boat, seen Zeppelins, and the big guns, and rubbed elbows with the people of these various nations, the speaker is able to make this one of the most popular lectures given at this time. 5. The Sunrise Kingdom 6. The Sleeping Giant 7. Across the World's Longest Railway The lectures 5, 6 and 7 are especially for those who wish an entire evening given to the study of and experiences in each of the countries—Japan, China and the great Russian Empire. 8. Farming in the Far East While in the Far East, a series of about fifteen articles were prepared for and published in Wallaces' Farmer. This lecture is therefore fo audiences of farmers who are interested in knowing about methods that have been in use for forty centuries, etc. Figure FROM THE FRATERNITY I am glad to say that man Nichols who I preluded for in 1916 made good everywhere. — ELANE DUNCAN , Elane Duncan Co., Stanbury, Mo. James T. Nichols has been in our Chautauquas and the people in every town where he has been are singing his praises. * * He will make good on any platform. —C. DURANT JONES , Manager Jones Chautauqua System. I have heard many of the leading lecturers in the Middle West but never heard one that pleased, entertained and instructed me more than Mr. Nichols. I do not hesitate to say his work is a success in the broadest sense possible. A man with a message. —G. E. WEAVER , Secretary Mt. Morris (Ill.) College, Extension Course. I have been on the same Chautauqua Circuit with James T. Nichols for the past season, and to say that he pleased the people would be putting it very mildly. Every Chautauqua would gladly welcome him back next year. He was easily the strongest number on the program. I can heartily recommend Mr. Nichols to any committee, Chautauqua or Lyceum, and am sure he will give entire satisfaction. —C. L. RICKETTS , Manager Ricketts Concert Co. I have not had the opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed your splendid lecture, Around the World in Sixty Minutes. It was pretty fast traveling, but even at that I certainly enjoyed the splendid scenery, situations, and descriptions of the people which you rapidly depicted on the tour. Now I am anxious to hear you in another lecture, The Nations at War. Your experience as a writer, author and traveler have eminently fitted you for the lecture platform, and I shall expect great things of you. —S. M. HOLLADAY , Manager Midland Chautauqua Circuit. Personal and Press Notices He made good.— The Thornton Enterprise. He is a fearless and interesting speaker.— Lehigh Valley Argus. His lectures are both educational and entertaining.— Eldon Forum. Mr. Nichols was by far the best lecturer on the course.— Concord (Mich.) Enterprise. If you want a lecture by all means get Nichols.— D. W. Masters, Pastor Baptist Church. He is a strong speaker and holds his audience almost spellbound.— The Lewis Standard. His lectures alone were worth the price of a season ticket.— The Ocheyedan (Iowa) Press. His address was said to be one of the best ever given in this city.— The Massena Advocate. This lecture is more than a lecture—it is a life message. —C. H. Morris, Pastor Christian Church. He is making good wherever he goes and many would like to hear him again.— Washington Democrat. The best things on the entire Chautauqua program were the lectures by J. T. Nichols.— The Thurman Times. Then came Mr. Nichols with perhaps the most interesting lectures of the entire series.— Keister (Minn.) Courier. He has had many novel and interesting experiences and relates them in a very entertaining manner.— Washington Daily Journal. He held his audience one hour and forty-five minutes with his vivid description of the European war.— LeFarge Enterprise, So. Dak. A large audience gathered and listened interestedly to the speaker's intimate impressions of Europe.— Register and Leader, Des Moines. Mr. Nichols is a man of great ability, boundless research and a deep thinker, and his lectures were highly enjoyed.— Little Rock Free Lance. His lecture, 'Lands of Sacred Story,' was pronounced by many as one of the best, if indeed not the best, ever heard from this platform.— Early News. Throughout the entire lecture he was listened to with the closest attention and the large audience reluctantly heard the last word.— Keokuk Constitution Democrat. No one ever paid a dollar for a lecture or concert and received more of real vital worth than Mr. Nichols gave in his lecture last Tuesday evening.— The Christian Call, Des Moines. James T. Nichols gave his lecture, 'Around the World in Sixty Minutes,' at the University Place Church last Tuesday night. The audience (more than 500 tickets were sold) was delighted. The editor of the News never heard Brother Nichols before, but can easily understand why he is so popular on the Chautauqua platform. It is racy, romping, rollicking, romantic, realistic. J. T. acted it all and made us see the big palace steamships, the strange cities of Tokyo, Canton, and their heathen temples and curious customs. It was informing all the way along the journey and spiced with bits of humor and side hits that kept us all a tingle. If you want a lecture that will please folks anywhere and interest old and young alike, get Brother Nichols to take you around the world.— Charles Blanchard, Editor Christian News, Des Moines. His lectures were very instructive.— The Wilton Advocate. He is a resourceful and entertaining speaker.— Batavia News. His lectures were probably the best on the whole course.— Epworth News. He drew a very vivid picture of the lands beyond the sea.— Henry County Times. He is a most pleasing and entertaining platform lecturer.— The Rhodes (Iowa) Tribune. He is a pleasing speaker, possessed of an unusual intellect and liberal ability.— Boxholm News. Mr. Nichols more than pleased his audiences. He will make good anywhere.— The Gentry (Mo.) Sentinel. His reproduction of the 'Passion Play' was original in style and exceedingly fascinating.— The Britt Tribune. The lecture by James T. Nichols was a masterpiece. —F. W. Mutchler, Pastor Christian Church, Des Moines. Mr. Nichols will be long remembered in Sloan, not for his looks or style, but for what he said.— The Sloan Star. The lectures by James T. Nichols were perhaps the most interesting and instructive programs given.— The Blockton News. His lectures were given in a most interesting and entertaining style and contain a great fund of information.— The Randolph Enterprise. Rev. Nichols' lecture on 'Lands of Sacred Story' occupies a unique place among descriptions of travel. —DeWitt Clinton, Pastor M. E. Church. The Elane Duncan Co. and James T. Nichols concluded our six-day Chautauqua and all pronounced it one of the best on the course.— White (S. D.) Leader. His lectures are full of wit and humor and his pleasing manner on the platform won hearty applause from his large audience.— The Redding (Iowa) Herald. For more than one hour he held the audience in rapt attention as scene after scene was pictured by his marvelous descriptive powers.— Oelwein Daily Register. After going with Mr. Nichols on a trip around the world he brings us back home happier than ever that our homes are in the good old United States. —Hannaford (N. D.) Enterprise. He certainly has wonderful descriptive talent and we did not like to see him go although he gave us four lectures on travel, the best we have ever listened to.— The Current Press, College Springs, Iowa. It was our pleasure to have a lecture in the University Place Church by Brother James T. Nichols. His subject was 'The Lands of Sacred Story,' and under this suggestive topic he bore to us a narrative of the very greatest interest. His lecture, coming from a warm heart and a life responsive to all the sacred suggestions of the old east, commands the attention of the people from the first word to the last. Brother Nichols has a keen sense of humor as well as a tender heart that is thrilled by deep emotions; so that his story of travel is a happy blending of that which prompts the life to nobler things. I am glad to commend both man and message. —Charles S. Medbury, Pastor University Place Church, Des Moines.
|Title||James T. Nichols|
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|Personal Name Subject||Nichols, James T.|
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