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Figure C. E. MAXFIELD Popular Lecturer MANAGEMENT REDPATH LYCEUM BUREAU BOSTON CHICAGO CLARENCE E. MAXFIELD POPULAR LECTURER PERSONALITY is power, especially on the lecture platform. It is the man behind the lecture, like the man behind the gun, who makes it effective and entertaining. Mr. Maxfield is in the prime of life, has a fine physique, and has been continuously in the pulpit and on the platform for a number of years. He possesses in a marked degree that subtle something, which, for want of a better term, is called personality. As one reviewer put it, Mr. Maxfield's delivery is fine; his presence is inspiring and hypnotical. His oratory has been described as of the stormy sort. He starts with a full head of steam and closes with the pressure undiminished. His purpose in lecturing, which is to help men and women in their struggle for success, his true Christian sympathy and love for everything which will purify, brighten, and ennoble humanity, his intense interest in all that tends to uplift the young people of to-day, is the fuel which feeds the fire that makes the steam. Being of Scotch-Irish descent, his wit is inherited. Where Mr. Maxfield is known, a broad smile usually overspreads the face of his audience whenever he arises to speak, and their anticipation of a hearty laugh is not disappointed. Added to all this a touch of dramatic eloquence, and a power of vivid description, and you have a lecturer who will please, instruct, and help. SUBJECTS Backbone The Sort That Win POINTS FROM THE PRESS Coldwater (Mich.) Reporter He handled his subject in an able manner and many were the amusing stories he told to illustrate his points. Aurora (Ills.) News It was an hour's feast of wit, humor, logic and pathos. His work is logical and instructive and the speaker has a peculiar manner of outlining his instructive points, driving them home and then clinching them with a pungent epigram or a sparkling anecdote. Michigan Christian Herald The audience was delighted. In the midst of good humor and laughter he drove home lessons—pure, patriotic and practical. The lecture is well seasoned, wholesome and helpful. Aurora Daily Beacon He is certainly one of the most entertaining and instructive lecturers ever heard here. Michigan Christian Herald He has remarkable power as a lecturer, being witty, logical, philosophical and pathetic. He took the audience by storm.— REV. W. R. HOWEL . Garrison (Ia.) Independent He could draw a good crowd should he appear on our platform again. The Hopkinton (Ia.) Leader Gave extremely good satisfaction. Mr. Maxfield is a pleasing speaker. The Earlville (Ia.) Phoenix His talk was fine. It made everybody, especially the young, go forth with a higher aim and a broader vision of life. The Chester (Ia.) Herald His manner was pleasing and his ability to clinch a good point with a story seemed exceptional. All unite in pronouncing his lecture the best thing that has ever been given to the Chester people. Little Rock (Ia.) Free-Lance A man who is in earnest about things he has to say, and does not ask whether men believe as he does or not. He delivers his message. He has a large fund of pointed stories which he uses aptly to illustrate. Nashua (Ia.) Post His subject somewhat of a novelty and as he developed the theme it proved interesting, instructive, entertaining and inspiring. Mr. Maxfield was in good voice and his lecture proved him to be a man of thought and much ability as a platform speaker. There was not a dry line in his talk. Animosa (Ia.) Eureka His philosophy is sound; his ethics pure; his logic keen, and all beautifully blended with humor. Mr. Maxfield's platform work is powerful for good and he entertains well also. The Shellsburg (Ia.) Call He who attended and did not gather a large amount of thought that he can put to his own betterment is certainly a very shallow thinker. Mr. Maxfield would again be treated to as large, if not a much larger, audience on a return engagement. Imlay City (Mich.) Record Mr. Maxfield gave his hearers much solid meat with the bone, and it was richly spiced with witty anecdotes and pleasing illustrations. Mr. Maxfield is a pleasant speaker and held the close attention of the audience from the first. Marengo (Ill.) News He is intensely alive to the uplift of the young people of our day. And to this end his impressive delivery, his wonderful facility for telling anecdotes illustrative of his subject in a clear and pleasing way, his ability to hold an audience for so long a time without becoming tedious, give him a decided advantage over many other lecturers, and furnish him with a very efficient armory as a valiant volunteer in the expansion of the territory of truth. Personal Commendations Many remarked to me that it was the best number of our course; some said they could have listened all night. C. J. TRUMBAUER, Supt. Schools, Nashua, Ia. The thought was inspiring and ennobling. B. J. STILL, Supt. Earlville, Ia., Schools. Most excellent lecture given under the auspices of our class. W. ADELBERT BILLINGS, Pastor, Marengo, Ills. The best thus far given in the course. W. A. WILKIN, Pastor First Baptist Church, Bricelyn, Minn. Full of clean, wholesome wit; practical wisdom and telling illustrations; was delivered in an attractive manner. B. FRANK TABER, Pastor First Baptist Church, Saginaw, Mich. You were a great hit. Everybody was pleased. EDW. L. BARKER, Ed. Lyceumite, Chicago, Ills. I have followed you many places on the platform during the season, and without a single exception I have heard nothing but the most complimentary expressions. GUY P. BENTON, Oxford, O., College. The lecture is full of sound sense, is instructive and amusing; it has a healthful uplift and afforded a delightful entertainment. J. T. HAMMOND, Judge of Probate, Jackson, Mich. His voice, manner, matter and spirit won all hearts, and there has not been a discordant note in the volume of his praise. ERNEST WRAY ONEAL, Supt. Aurora, Ill., Chautauqua. Combined an earnest educational and moral purpose with entertainment through humorous incidents. Rev. E. L. PARKS, D. D. Gammon School, South Atlanta, Ga. Entertaining, instructive, thoughtful, inspiring. PROF. CASPER SCHENK, Little Rock, Ia. Logical, forceful and fearlessly expressed. PRIN. CLAUDE D. WALROD, Onelow, Ia. Pierre (S. D.) Dakotan He spoke in the most entertaining and instructive manner. Benton harbor (Mich.) Daily Post Mr. Maxfield's style of delivery is very interesting and his lecture was full of force and practical wisdom, while it sparkled with witty sayings. The Dickens (Ia.) Senate A fine treat for the people of Dickens. Instructive, yet entertaining; it dealt with the stern and practical realities of life, yet at times it was intensely funny. The lecturer is master of the art of interesting an audience while he pours plain truth into their minds. St. Ansgar (Ia.) Enterprise His stories provoked side-splitting laughter while they drove home the important lessons. Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Is an eloquent speaker. He has the power to hold the attention of the audience with his beautiful word pictures. Jackson (Mich.) Patriot Mr. Maxfield is a forcible speaker. he has a message and tells it in a convincing manner. The lecturer has a splendid fund of anecdotes which he cleverly uses in presenting the golden truths. Coldwater (Mich.) Star The audience listened attentively to the flow of wit, humor, pathos and logic. He has a good voice, a pleasing appearance, well regulated gestures; can tell a good story well or portray tragedy in all its intensity and horror. Some of his humorous stories so amuse the audience as to convulse them. Flint (Mich.) Evening Globe He demonstrated fully his ability to amuse, entertain and instruct an audience. The lecture was replete with striking anecdotes, bringing out with a flash and sparkle of wit the points which he wished to illustrate. Mr. Maxfield is a strong, vigorous speaker, possessing fluency of speech and depth of thought. Benton Harbor Palladium Forceful, witty and entertaining, possessed of a resonant voice and a good command of language. His lecture sparkled with witticisms behind which always lay hidden practical philosophy. The Ocheydan (Ia.) Press The best number so far provided by the Citizens' Lecture Course. There was so much in it tending to the uplifting of humanity, socially, morally and intellectually. Mr. Maxfield's style of delivery is excellent. The audience was entirely carried away with laughter and applause. The speaker poured forth wit, humor, pathos and logic. Saginaw (Mich.) Courier-Journal Not a list of platitudes, but full of life, spirit and power from start to finish. Of commanding presence and in the prime of life, his countenance emphasized the cheer and quality of his words. The lecture sparkled with wit, that sharpened well the truth enforced. Flint (Mich.) Evening Journal His work is logical and interesting; his delivery fine and his illustrations pithy, pointed and full of humor. Saginaw (Mich.) Evening News So much wit and vivacity that his talk was entertaining from beginning to end. Flint (Mich.) Daily News An easy and graceful speaker, and has a keen sense of the humorous, that judiciously asserted itself. Aurora (Ill.) News Teeming with side-splitting anecdotes and spicy illustrations. Bear Lake (Mich.) Beacon An intellectual treat, full of sound practical wisdom, wit and humor. Benton Harbor Evening News Mr. Maxfield is a sugarcoated lecturer. He preached a sermon on life and its opportunities, but he covered over the sermon so perfectly that the audience during the lecture was transported to the realm where oratory lives and the truths of the hidden sermon went home with them. Coldwater (Mich.) Daily Reporter Nuggets of wholesome truth were put forth in plain, practical, pungent, pathetic speech. His thoughts were elevating and often clinched with side-splitting humor. Aurora (Ill.) Beacon Mr. Maxfield is certainly one of the finest orators this or any other Chautauqua will have this season. He held his audience almost spellbound.
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|Personal Name Subject||Maxfield, C.E.|
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