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Professor Richard L. Garner THE RENOWNED TRAVELER, ANTHROPOLOGIST AND STUDENT OF ANIMAL LANGUAGE figure LECTURES STUDIES OF THE GREAT APES AT HOME— The story of years of observation of animal life in the jungle, illustrated by stereopticon views, and introducing Susie, the most remarkable young chimpanzee ever brought to America. CHILD LIFE OF THE JUNGLE FOLK— A shorter lecture, without views, prepared especially for the children, and introducing Susie for a longer series of feats. THE EMPIRE OF DARKNESS— A study of the people of savage Africa and their problems. (Illustrated.) DIRECTION ANTRIM ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU CLARENCE D. ANTRIM, PRESIDENT, 1011 CHESTNUT STREET. PHILADELPHIA. figure The Story of a Great Life Work P ROFESSOR GARNER is, with the greatest success and highest popular approval, giving to the public a graphic account of a work which has engaged twenty years of his most remarkable life. Enunciating long ago the proposition that the higher animals, notably the great apes, possessed a language of their own, and that their reasoning faculties paralleled those of human beings, he took the only practical incontrovertible method of proving it. In pursuit of the truth he sought to exemplify, Professor Garner has made four voyages to Central Africa. During part of his stays there he lived in a cage in the depths of the jungle to study at close range the anthropoid apes, that form of lower animal regarded as most like the human being. During his stays in Africa he owned and studied more than a score of the great apes, besides those whose daily habits he observed from his cage. From them he has drawn some great truths about animal life. He has confirmed his theory that the apes have a language. He has found and demonstrated that they have an intelligence which closely parallels that of the human being. figure left It is the story of this great search for scientific truth and the accomplishment of that object that Professor Garner is now so effectively telling to enthusiastic audiences since his return from his last sojourn of seven years in the heart of the great African forest. Professor Garner's lecture is well illustrated with views, showing the jungle surroundings, his mode of life in the wilds and the methods he used in making his studies of the apes. The lecture, STUDIES OF THE GREAT APES AT HOME, itself is best described by those who have heard it as being a graphically eloquent recital of a most remarkable, almost romantic, story. To bear out his claims for the high intelligence of the great apes, Professor Garner introduces Susie, a marvelous young chimpanzee, whose mental feats are so strangely human-like as to astound those who witness their performance. His lecture to children draws both the young and old, and Susie's performance of her daily lesson task points a moral and adorns a tale that must always interest the juvenile listener and spectator. This talk embraces the story of the life of jungle children, human and human-like. The story which Professor Garner gives of his African experiences, writes the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst, of New York, is not only fascinatingly interesting as a narrative, but is certain to leave in the mind of a teachable auditor two convictions—one, that upon close observation the chimpanzee gives unmistakable evidences of thought, understanding by thought exactly the same thing that we do when speaking of man; the other, that there is in the chimpanzee not only a variety of thoughts and emotions, but that each of these has its appropriate vocal symbol, which in time becomes intelligible to a student who has interestedly lived with chimpanzees in appreciative relations. figure right Susie, the Simian Prodigy Assisting Professor Garner in the elucidation of the great scientific truths he has discovered is Susie, the youngest chimpanzee ever presented to the public. Susie is not a trained animal. She knows few tricks, as the animal trainers call the feats of the stage and circus ring. She has learned such lessons as the average child must learn before the school age, and she has learned them thoroughly and well—so well that she will astonish both human pupils and human teachers. In her own way she goes to prove that the beings of the universe are strangely alike, the one to the other. Susie is a native of the great African jungle of Fernan Vaz, French Congo. She was born about New Year's day, 1910. She is of the Kulu Kamba stock, at once the baldest-headed and most intelligent of the great chimpanzee family — the highest type of the man-like apes. figure Opinions of Professor Garner's Lectures Professor Garner is a pioneer in the study of languages hitherto accounted dumb.— New York Times. Professor Garner's researches in ape life have made him world famous. In a general way, Susie is as well developed mentally as apes that have been in training for several years. She showed she understood English, and proved the Professor's assertions of her knowledge of language.— Philadelphia North American. Susie is very young, abnormally precocious, is able to distinguish colors and shapes, but her crowning achievement is that she can laugh out loud.— New York Sun. The most remarkable test which Susie underwent to the admiration of those present was the selection of geometrical objects.— Philadelphia Record. Scores of people in the audience subjected Professor Garner to numerous questions and all were given answers that were informative, educative and satisfactory in every sense. — Philadelphia Press. Susie at seven months is able to distinguish between colors without effort, knows them by name and tells the difference between a block of wood and a ball, a yellow cube and a blue one by name.— Brooklyn, N. Y., Eagle. Professor Garner has certainly been engaged in a work that must be of value from a scientific point of view.— Brooklyn, N. Y., Citizen. To prove his contention that apes can talk, think and reason, Professor Garner last night exhibited Susie, a young chimpanzee, at the Wagner Institute, and caused her to do many feats that amused and entertained a large audience.— Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. Susie, in all her nakedness, served as living proof of kinship between the human and animal minds.— New York Telegraph. Susie is nine months old. She is the thirtieth ape Professor Garner has owned in his seven years in the jungle.— New York Press. Professor Garner's account of his life in the jungle was thrilling in the extreme.— Piqua, O., Leader. Unanimously regarded as one of the most interesting lectures ever heard in Richmond.— Richmond, Ind., Item. A thrilling and beautiful description of life in the jungle.— Columbus, O., State Journal. He has gained a worldwide fame.— Indianapolis, Ind., Sentinel. Professor Garner gave his hearers a treat. His word pictures of the jungle were at times almost sublime.— Urbana, O., Times-Citizen. Professor Garner's lecture was intensely interesting and commanded the rapt attention of his audience.— De Graff, O., Buckeye. He is one of the most interesting lecturers that ever stepped upon a platform.— Lowell, Mass., Mail. The hall was crowded to its utmost capacity and scores were turned away. His lecture was not only instructive but fascinating.— Buffalo, N. Y., Commercial. Professor Garner is a teacher and scientist of the highest rank. —T. A. Mott, Superintendent Public Schools, Richmond, Ind. I have known Professor R. L. Garner for many years and take pleasure in indorsing him as a teacher, explorer and lecturer. He is an unusual attraction in the lecture field. —A. D. Wilt, President Miami College, Dayton, O. figure Susie, the Only Laughing Ape figure Scientists and students of natural history have declared that the great apes are lacking in one human trait, that of expressing pleasure through the medium of the laugh. Susie has shown to the satisfaction of hundreds of scientific men and to other hundreds of the laity that she can and does laugh. Any man who recognizes the laugh of the speechless babe will at once recognize Susie's expression of pleasure. A Prophecy That Has Been Fulfilled Mr. W. H. Page, Editor of the Forum. In reply to yours of July 6, 1892, I would state that I have met Professor Garner personallv, and can say of him that he is a genius. His observations are certainly of a very high degree of interest, scientifically as well as to the general public. I wish him, without reserve, the best success. I am confident that very important results will follow his labors. WILLIAM DWIGHT WHITNEY, LL.D., Yale University.
|Title||Professor Richard L. Garner: the renowned traveler, anthropologist and student of animal language|
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|Personal Name Subject||Garner, Richard L.|
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