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LEE KEEDICK presents THE RIGHT HONORABLE J. HUGH EDWARDS Notable British Statesman, Famous Parliamentary Speaker, Popular Lecturer and Renowned Political Authority. Biographer of Lloyd George Britain's Great World War Prime Minister Figure LECTURE SUBJECT Exclusive Management of LEE KEEDICK, 475 Fifth Avenue, New York Lectures On Timely Topics BY A NOTABLE BRITISH STATESMAN WE take pleasure in announcing that the Right Honorable J. Hugh Edwards, one of the foremost members of the British House of Commons, and popularly known as the premier orator of Wales, is to make his third American lecture tour under the management of this bureau. On each of his previous visits to this country Mr. Edwards delighted large and enthusiastic audiences and received well deserved tributes from the press. On the present occasion he is certain to arouse even greater interest because of the timely topics upon which he has planned to speak. His lecture subjects, this season, will include the following: The Mission of the English-Speaking Peoples, America and Great Britain: A Comparison and a Contrast, The British Parliament: Its Traditions and its Characteristics, Studies in Modern Statesmanship, The Present Situation in Europe, The Old World and the New. Where is the World Today and Whither is it Going? A Brilliant Career For more than thirty years Mr. Edwards has ranked high as an exponent of the culture of Wales, a land that is famous for its orators. To-day he is numbered among the most eloquent speakers in the British parliament and has also figured conspicuously in British political life. During his long parliamentary career he has displayed remarkable statesmanship in dealing with such vital problems as unemployment, pensions for aged workers and education, besides having given unstinted support to movements for international peace. Both as a political speaker and a lecturer he has firmly established his reputation in England, and he has also made an equally deep impression on every audience that he has addressed in this country. When he opened the proceedings of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference in Washington in October, 1925 the Prime Minister of Newfoundland, who was present, said: Mr. Edwards' speech on the parliamentary system of government is not only a great speech, but it has worthily sustained the highest traditions of British eloquence. Other important delegates expressed the same opinion. Speaks With Authority The subjects Mr. Edwards will discuss during his present lecture tour have special interest at this time, in view of the vast world changes that are taking place, such as the movements for preventing future wars, which led to the Naval Conference in London. Mr. Edwards has made a close study of political and social conditions in every English-speaking country, and is therefore well qualified to deal with the enormous influence that will be exerted by those countries in promoting universal peace. In his timely lectures on modern statesmanship, the present situation in Europe and the contrasts and rivalries between the old world and the new, he will give every evidence that he is a clear thinker as well as a speaker endowed with exceptional gifts. Of equal interest will be Mr. Edwards' lecture on the British Parliament, which, from beginning to end, will form a story of remarkable interest, dealing, as it will, with the traditions of that great assembly, its historical features and its great figures, past and present. Biographer of Lloyd George For many years Mr. Edwards has been an intimate friend and close political associate of Lloyd George, the famous Prime Minister of England during the World War, whose career strikingly recalls that of our own Abraham Lincoln, who was his guiding star. Mr. Edwards has recently attracted world-wide attention by his splendid biography of Lloyd George, in which he has given a fascinating account of the great statesman, who began his career in a peasant's cottage in Wales and by his own efforts became one of Britain's foremost political leaders and head of the government. James J. Davis, Secretary of Labor in the cabinets of Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, contributed a laudatory introduction to this notable book. I have known Mr. Edwards for many years as a delightful personality and a gifted orator said Mr. Davis. His many years of experience in parliament have given him invaluable knowledge of the background of the man whose life he has portrayed, and he has handled his material like a master biographer. History seems to live again in his pages which glow from beginning to end. A Remarkable Tribute Upon hearing that Mr. Edwards had arranged to make an American lecture tour Lloyd George made the following announcement: I am glad to hear that Mr. Edwards is to lecture in America. His visit cannot fail to be a great advantage to the cause which he and I have at heart,—bringing into closer co-operation the two great countries which speak the same language and cherish the same traditions. I am delighted to know that he will speak in support of ideals which should make an appeal on both sides of the Atlantic. I am sure that with his great gift for public speaking and his power of popular appeal his visit will be a great success. Mr. Edwards, it may be added, is a descendant of Jonathan Edwards, founder of Princeton University, and consequently he has much in common with the sentiments of this country. He has always been a firm believer in American ideals as well as in the desirability of cementing a close friendship between all English-speaking lands. Impresses His Audiences Mr. Edwards recently toured England and Scotland delivering a course of lectures similar to those he will present in this country. Wherever he spoke he aroused the greatest enthusiasm and the reception that he received from his audiences was in every way remarkable. At Birmingham, where he addressed a gathering that filled the largest auditorium, Sir Oliver Lodge, who presided, said at the close of the lecture that everyone present had been highly privileged to hear such great and eloquent utterances from an accomplished orator. In another large city Lord Chief Justice Hewart, in proposing a vote of thanks, declared that Mr. Edwards' lecture had been amazingly brilliant and unique. At Edinburgh, in the same week, Sir Joseph Dobbie, speaking from the platform, said that although the Scottish people had heard some of the best lecturers in the world none had scored a greater triumph than Mr. Edwards, whose magic eloquence, wonderful humor and pathos had invested his style with an indescribable charm. Other public men testified to Mr. Edwards' supreme ability as a platform speaker, which distinguished him as one of the greatest living lecturers. Wherever he spoke he captivated his audiences completely, holding them spellbound from the beginning to the close. A Striking Personality Mr. Edwards is not only renowned as a speaker but he is also endowed with a most attractive and forceful personality, a fact which gained hosts of friends for him during his previous visits. Highly gifted as a statesman, he possesses much of the Celtic temperament, which gives him a remarkable command of language and the power to inspire all who hear him. With such a high reputation as he has earned and the vital interest of the subjects he will discuss in his various lectures his present American tour is destined to be an outstanding event of the year. PRINTED IN U.S.A.
|Title||J. Hugh Edwards|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Lecturers|
|Personal Name Subject||Edwards, J. Hugh|
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