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GOV. E. W. HOCH Figure PHOTO BY GROSS. REDPATH A Few of the Things Championed by Governor Hoch, and Crystalized into Law During His Administration. 1. Oil legislation which has made possible in three years the establishment of nineteen successful independent oil refineries, where only one nearly bankrupt institution existed before, and an annual saving of one million dollars to the consumers of coal oil alone in Kansas. 2. An entire change of management in state institutions, putting them on a civil service business basis, resulting in wonderful increase in their efficiency. 3. The enactment of a series of railroad laws unequaled in number, perhaps, and in far reaching effectiveness by the laws of any other state. 4. A fine state printing plant, complete, the cost of which (one-hundred thousand dollars) has already been saved. 5. A depository law for state funds, yielding nearly two thousand dollars per month to the state. 6. An anti-pass law. 7. A drastic pure food law. 8. A radical change in assessment and taxation laws. 9. A judicial parole law that will restore many adult offenders to good citizenship. 10. A juvenile court law that is saving many incorrigible boys and girls from jail stains and criminal careers. 11. The enforcement of the prohibitory law, which has made Kansas the freest from saloons and the soberest, as it is the most prosperous, state in the Union. 12. Two cent railroad fare. 13. A state-wide primary election law. 14. Valuable amendments to banking laws. And other reform measures. Indeed, every platform promise has been redeemed and every pledge made the people fulfilled. PRESS COMMENTS. His message was a grand appeal to the best in all. If one were to judge by the applause given the speaker he struck the right note.— Forest City, Ia., Independent, July 16, 1908. On the whole Governor Hoch's speech was a wonderful one.— Dubuque, Ia., Telegraph-Herald, June 20, 1908. It seemed to fill the bill and to tickle the taste of the audience that crowded the auditorium as much as an address from LaFollette, Roosevelt or Bryan would have done.— Joliet, Ill., News, Aug. 3, 1908. Governor Hoch has a fine presence, a good voice, ideas, and knows how to express them. There was commendation on every hand for his address.— Tipton, Ia., Advertiser, July 2, 1908. The Governor gave an eloquent and at once interesting and instructive lecture, full of good things, and it was easily the best of the entire program.— Manchester, Ia., Press, July 2, 1908. When it comes to delivering a strong, clean, able and popular address this editorial, Methodistic politician from the sun-kissed plains of Kansas is there with the goods.— Ottawa, Ill., Free Press, Aug. 28, 1908. He is a brilliant speaker and pleased the audience.— Storm Lake, Ia., Pilot-Tribune, July 3, 1908. One of the strongest men that has yet appeared at the Chautauqua was Governor Hoch of Kansas. All enjoyed his powerful address.— Fairmount, Minn., Daily Sentinel, July 8, 1908. The lecture was delivered with vigor and marked by pleasing anecdotes that served to drive home the philosophical truths it contained. He brought a story that was so interesting as to thrill every hearer.— Tama, Ia., Herald, July 2, 1908. For about two hours he held the crowd spell bound with his flights of eloquence, humorous anecdotes and words of advice. He was greeted by a large and enthusiastic audience.— Racine, Wis., Journal, July 20, 1908. The Governor's message from Kansas was the equal of any address ever delivered in Albia, and the assembly hall will not hold the people who will come to hear him if he comes again.— Albia, Ia., Tribune, Aug. 10, 1908. The Governor is a masterful speaker.— Winfield, Ia., Beacon, Oct. 24, 1907. He surely won the hearts of all, for words of praise have been accorded him ever since the close of his lecture. It was the grand finale of the Chautauqua program.— Shenandoah, Ia., World, July 7, 1908. Governor E. W. Hoch has come and gone, but the great concourse of people who listened to his Message from Kansas will long remember his earnest, inspiring words.— Streator, Ill., Independent-Times, June 29, 1908. PRESS COMMENTS Governor Hoch has a splendid delivery and his earnestness is catching for he delights his auditors. He said so many things that it would be impossible to quote him. Governor Hoch nor his lecture will ever be forgotten by those who heard it.— Guthrie Center, Ia. His talk will long be remembered as a brilliant effort.— West Union, Ohio, People Defender, Aug. 13, 1908. The silver-tongued chief executive of the sunflower state made good the reputation that had preceded him.— King City, Mo., Sept. 4, 1908. It was one of the most inspiring and elevating lectures ever enjoyed by a Forest City audience and left Governor Hoch's admirers limited only by the number who heard him.— Forest City, Ia., Republican, July 15, 1908. Story after story, point after point, was driven home in a wealth of beautiful language and a clear incisive logic.— Albert Lea, Minn., Tribune, July 14, 1908. Of none other was the admiration of the people more profound than for Governor E. W. Hoch. His message so impressed his audience that should he ever return he would be assured a most enthusiastic hearing.— Worthington, Minn., Advance-Herald, July 17, 1908. Governor Hoch proved to be one of the very strongest features of the entire program.— Aurora, Ill., Republican, Aug. 7, 1908. All throughout his lecture he demonstrated his high oratorical merit and spoke with a convincing seriousness.— Eau Claire, Wis., Leader, July 21, 1908. The big tent was filled almost to overflowing the first day with people who came from miles in every direction to hear the gifted Governor from Kansas.— King City, Mo., Democrat, Aug. 28, 1908. Filled with truth, sparkling with imagery, delivered with force as was the speech, its more particular characteristic was that of optimism.— Aurora, Ill., Beacon, Aug. 24, 1908. The zenith of the Chautauqua was reached when Governor Hoch was introduced. His personality and the magic of his sublime oratory together with the great forcefulness of his own character placed him in strong relief among the speaker and debaters before the American public.— Worthington, Minn., Herald, July 10, 1908. His was a forceful address. He spoke to the largest audience of the Assembly up to the time this is written. He is in the class with La Follette of Wisconsin, Cummins of Iowa, Folk of Missouri and Hanly of Indiana.— Tama, Ia., News, July 2, 1908. Governor Hoch in his Message from Kansas was a whirlwind. There have been few, if any, finer addresses delivered in Albert Lea.— Albert Lea, Minn., Times-Enterprise, July 15, 1908. No speaker who has ever appeared on the Chautauqua platform has more completely won the hearts of his hearers than did the illustrious Governor of Kansas, E. W. Hoch. On every hand is heard words of highest praise.— Pontiac, Ill., Leader, July 22, 1908. Governor Hoch brought with him a mighty wave of inspiration.— McConnellsville, Ohio. The address was well received and by many was considered the best of the Chautauqua.— Seward, Nebr., Independent, Aug. 13, 1908. As an orator Governor Hoch has few peers in the country. He is a splendid entertainer and his attendance at a Chautauqua helps to swell the gate receipts.— Leavenworth, Kans., Times, Aug. 6, 1908. Waukon is teeming with praise of Governor E. W. Hock of Kansas who delivered the opening address of the Chautauqua program.— Waukon, Ia., Democrat, July 1, 1908. Governor Hoch fully sustained his great reputation as a popular orator that had preceded him.— Shelbyville, Ill., Union, Aug. 20, 1908. The speech from the master man held and swayed his audience for two hours, while again and again his flights of oratory and the force of his logic, backed by a conviction that convinced, were cheered and applauded to the echo.— King City, Mo., Chronicle, Aug. 28, 1908. Governor Hoch's address before the Teachers' Association last evening was full of wit, eloquence and hard sense. It ended with an ovation.— Fremont, Neb., Tribune. For an hour and a half the people were held entranced with thought of the highest, most elevating and uplifting character delivered with an oratorical eloquence such as is given to few men to wield.— Decorah, Ia., Republican. Governor Hoch of Kansas last night addressed an immense audience in the Chautauqua tent, his address being one of the best delivered during the entire session. Governor Hoch is a statesman who has accomplished something.— Fort Collins, Colo., Courier. Saturday afternoon Governor Hoch addressed the largest audience of the Chautauqua. To meet the man, look upon him in action and shake his hand is indeed a privilege. Although he has undoubtedly had the greatest opportunity of any man in a decade to get into the limelight he passes over his really wonderful work with less notice and less swelling up over it than he does the bumper wheat crop of Kansas and the fat cattle the State produces. But his Message from Kansas is the real thing.— Osceola, Ia., Sentinel, Aug. 15, 1907. The Redpath Lyceum Bureau made a ten strike when they secured the services of Governor Hoch of Kansas for the Chautauqua season. Governor Hoch is a fine orator. Though his voice was somewhat husky he delivered a most eloquent address. He is a man of fine appearance and strong personality combined with the breezy western way that captivates his audience and holds them at his will.— Audubon, Ia., Aug. 19, 1907. The Governor is brilliant, fluent, facetious and instructive. He is a versatile speaker, changing with ease and alacrity from one subject to another. He hit only the high places in the road.— Minden, Neb., Courier, Dec. 5, 1907. Governor Hoch is one of the few men in Kansas who can prepare an address while his audience waits.— Topeka Herald. PRESS COMMENTS A representative of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau was in Wathena last Saturday. This is the bureau that has Governor Hoch under contract as one of its lecture attractions, and its representative said that the Governor was a star attraction at $200 a lecture, and in greater demand than he has time to accept.— Wathena, Kansas, Republican, October 4, 1907. Those who hold oratory one of the lost arts will do well to read the great speech delivered by Governor Hoch before the Kansas City Commercial Club Wednesday night. The Governor was, to employ the language of the athletic field, in fast company. He was pitted against such able exponents of platform expression as Secretary Taft, John S. Wise and D. R. Francis, all speakers of renown. The word from Kansas City is that he outshone them all. His effort was pronounced the best of the evening. Certainly no contribution to platform oratory in recent times has surpassed it. Governor Hoch has grown immeasurably in the arts and graces of the rostrum within the past two years. For many years a pleasing and effective public speaker, it is only within the past two or three that he has centered public attention upon himself by his platform utterances. He is today probably the most graceful and at the same time the most effective platform performer Kansas owns. It is not too much to say that in certain essentials he surpasses any other man who has claimed the state as his home. There are those who will recall Ingalls and cry treason, because of the idea set forth in the preceding paragraph. Ingalls was masterful at oratory, but between the men lies this difference: Ingalls was an intellectual treat. He bound his audience both hand and foot by the intellectual quality of his oratory. He dazzled his hearers by his marvelous command of English. But Ingalls' oratory did not stir the soul. Emotion did not rise and fall upon the rounding of his periods. One never forgot what Ingalls said, but it did not hold the heart in leash nor beat and surge upon the tide of human emotion. Hoch talks straight from the heart. He plays not upon the intellectual, but upon the human side of his hearers. There is the ring of sincerity in his voice, suggestion of good fellowship in his manner. He has not Ingalls' wonderful gift of invective, and he falls somewhat short of the dead Kansas lion in the latter's dizzening flights of pure English, but his speeches have the human quality with which Ingalls' efforts were but scantily endowed. And Hoch stands today as the most effective platform orator Kansas has known. His speech at Kansas City dazzled the natives. It is a masterful contribution to the art of the platform well worth reading and as well worth preservation.— Editorial in Topeka Daily Capital, Nov. 22, 1905. If there is one man in recent years who has ably and fittingly represented the State of Kansas on any and all occasions, and who is at all times an eloquent, forceful, consistent champion of the Sunflower State, and in every way worthy of the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens, that man is Governor E. W. Hoch.— Central Missouri Republican, Dec. 7, 1905. He was drafted and takes office without any pledges to any man or any interest. Virile and homespun and honest as a briar patch, he will be able to tell the world what is the matter with Kansas.— Editorial, New York Sun, Jan. 13, 1905. No man in Kansas can make a better speech than Governor Hoch. He captivates his crowd irrespective of party, and holds them.— Editorial in Emporia Gazette, by William Allen White. Governor Hoch made an excellent impression in his address at the Park. It was the speech of an optimist and apostle of hope and faith and of an orator.— Editorial by E. W. Howe in Atchison Globe. He is a typical western man. A man that cannot be bluffed or browbeaten and a fighter to the core.— Greeley Sun. It is almost fascinating to see how Governor Hoch lights up and expands when he gets on his feet and begins to talk. With the utterance of the first few sentences there is an almost magical evaporation of the doubt which has been testified to by persons who have seen the Governor seated at his desk behind an appalling mass of correspondence and oppressed with cares. … His face beams with animation. His voice reaches far and is thoroughly pleasing. As he warms up to his theme the heavy lines in his face are smoothed out and there is something exceedingly agreeable in the smile which decorates his rugged countenance when he is in action. More than all, when Governor Hoch talks he always has something to say. His ripe store of experience, his habit of intelligent observation and his large fund of knowledge of a kind which men acquire only by living in the world, make him instructive and interesting.— Editorial from Kansas City Star. Governor Hoch is making a great campaign. He is speaking to immense audiences and charming them with his matchless eloquence. There is no finer orator in the West than the Governor.— From Editor's Pen, Topeka Daily Herald, Oct. 10, 1906. Many said it was the greatest and best speech they ever heard. It was logic, and poetry, religion, patriotism and eloquence all in one. An arraignment of all that is bad, a masterly plea for all that is good.— Winchester Sun. Today has been the busiest day Governor Hoch has experienced during the present campaign. … During the day and this evening he has traveled 80 miles by automobile and has spoken altogether seven hours.— News Item in Dailies, Oct. 7, 1906. Governor E. W. Hoch is a tall, angular, slow-moving man. He looks as pacific as a Universal Peace Congress. But when he is roiled he is a fighter from the old town.— From Editor's Pen, Chicago Tribune. It is doubtful if any state in the Union at this time has Governor Hoch's superior as a public speaker. … The Journal has taken occasion before to compliment Governor Hoch upon his oratorical talent. He is equal to any subject and every occasion. … Unlike many noisy demagogues who gain office by vehement vociferation of virtue in public life to do the other thing in private, Governor Hoch's private life squares with his consistent performance of public duty.— Editorial in Kansas City, Mo., Journal. Governor Hoch again furnishes the proof that he is the greatest impromptu speaker Kansas ever produced. His talk at the end of last night's Kansas Day Banquet was something that will long be remembered as a brilliant effort on a very remarkable occasion.— Editorial in Topeka Daily Herald, Jan. 30, 1907. Redpath-Slayton, BOSTON. NEW YORK, CHICAGO. CEDAR RAPIDS. COLUMBUS. KANSAS CITY. DENVER, BUTTE. PORTLAND Redpath-White, 100 BOYLSTON ST., K.M. WHITE, MGR, BOSTON, MASS. Redpath-Brockway. 6101 PENN AVE, PITTSBURG. PA.
|Title||Gov. E.W. Hoch|
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