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Figure FREDERIC J. BAYLIS The Man with a Vision and a Message. Two hundred pounds of optimism. Two yards of sunshine. WHAT THE BUREAU SAYS ABOUT FREDERIC BAYLIS. HE has had a great experience. Born in Stratford on the Avon, England, the birthplace of Shakespeare, he grew to manhood's estate in that quiet spot, gaining his education in King Edward's Grammar School, where he met many of the worlds Celebrities, who came to visit the home of the Immortal Bard. He went to South Africa and saw service in the Zulu war and Boer war. Coming to America, he lost good positions through drink, and became an outcast and wanderer. Seventeen years ago, tired, hungry, weary of life, with poor shrunken, shivering body, shoes gone for rum and his body craving a bit of bread, he passed the old Bowery Mission, New York City, and with the whiskey ruined, ragged throng, besotted and dirty, he slunk into a seat. When John Wyburn, the superintendent, gave the invitation to any who wanted Jesus Christ to come forward, he arose, and as he walked the consecrated aisles of God's Holy Temple, just as the lightning shatters and shivers the giant oak, so, the resistless energies of God's Holy Spirit broke his guilty soul. His sins fell off, his soul was free, he arces, Redeemer blest to follow Thee. He worked under the auspices of the Christian Herald at the Bowery Mission for eighteen months, then he went west, where on the prairies of Nebraska he preached the gospel to the herdsmen of the plains, which won for him the title Cowboy Preacher. He lived their life, dressed as they dressed, slept with them, rounded up cattle and was with and for them, first, last and all the time. He has traveled from one end of the country to the other, has spoken in leading cities and churches of the land, and prominent men and the press have told of his logical, persuasive, magnetic and eloquent lectures. Beneath all his wit, humor and pathos there is a practical lesson for everyday life. He scatters sunshine, philosophy, fun and facts on all sides, causing his hearers to see the doughnut and forget the hole. LECTURES THAT HELP. 1. From the Bread Line to the Pulpit, Story of My Life. 2. Sixty Minutes of Sunshine, A Smile a Minute. 3. A Breeze from the Western Prairies, In Cow Boy Costume. WHAT THE PRESS SAYS Shelbyville News, Indiana. He received more applause than any other attraction. Jacksonville, Illinois, Courier. Baylis delighted the crowd. It was the universal opinion that his lecture was one of the best during the Chautauqua. Virginia, Illinois, Gazette. His lecture sparkles with wit, overflows with humor, contains choice bon-mots of truth and is flavored with the most delightful optimism. Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer. A whloe revival in himself and proved a greater attraction than the theatre in drawing the crowds at Euclid Park Beach. Greensburg, Indiana, Daily News. Far above the average chautauqua entertainer, and his great lecture replete with wit, humor and pathos will long be remembered. Jacksonville, Illinois, Journal. He was heard with great interest, his lecture being one of the best during the chautauqua. Newark, New Jersey, News. A thrilling and interesting speaker. Greenfield, Indiana, Item. Baylis is another name for fun. Sixty minutes of sunshine will help kill a man in his endeavor not to laugh or cure him because he had to laugh so much. Lexington, Illinois, Journal. He has had more thrilling, pathetic, amusing, heroical experiences than one hundred average men. The church was literally packed to hear his brilliant lecture, abounding in witty and eloquent passages. Bloomington Illinois, Pantagraph. A fearless speaker, pungent, pointed, practical. Wabash, Indiana, Item. Dr. Frederic Baylis and his humorous and cowboy lectures made Friday an unusually strong day at the chautauqua. Imperial, Nebraska, Republican. We need more men like Frederic Baylis. New York Sun. He stirred New York for righteousness. Canton, Ohio, Item. He addressed large audiences at First United Brethren church, First M. E. church and Y. M. C. A. He stands six feet, two, has a powerful voice and is an interesting and enthusiastic speaker. WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY The late Samuel H. Hadley Supt. of Jerry McAuley Mission I have known Rev. Frederic Baylis since his conversion and take great pleasure in stating my confidence in his christian integrity. Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman It will be the greatest pleasure to have you with us when the way opens. Dr. Henry Ostrom Indeed I do want to see you. Give me an idea when you will come to Chicago so that the Lord might specially bless the visit. John Wyburn Present Supt. of Jerry MeAuley Mission, New York. In spiritual work he is without a peer. L. F. Fulwiler Platform Manager Wabash Chautauqua. Baylis made a big hit he is great. Dr. F. A. McCarty Dist. Supt. M. E. Church Sixty minutes of sunshine is highly entertaining and full of sparkling humor. Wm. Danner Sec. Y. M. C. A., Denver, Colo. Entitled to consideration and respect wherever he goes. Dr. J. H Jowett A wonderful story and a great testimony to the saving power of grace. J. G. Hallimond Sec. to Ballington Booth He possesses wonderful magnetism, a warm, sympathetic nature and is exceptionally gifted with platform and pulpit power. Rev. W. N. Tobie, Lincoln, Ill. He is a tremendous success. J. K. Long Sec. Central Illinois I. O. O. F. Association. An eloquent arrangement of wit, humor and wisdom not soon to be forgotten. H. C. Montgomery County Superintendent of Schools—Illinois. Every teacher highly amused and entertained, and instructed, all worries and care were forgotten and only the bright side of life visible. H. H. Bancroft Ex-Mayor of Jacksonville, Ill. He combines a forceful delivery with solid subject matter intersperses the right amount of wit and humor and drives home his points with logic and eloquence. Dr. A. Ostrander Pastor Centenary M. E. Church, New York City. We cordially commend him as a brother in Christ, filled with the gospel spirit and prepared to deliver the message effectively. Figure Mr. Baylis has done Monumental Work, and is greatly Beloyed on the Western Prairie.— Christian Herald.
|Title||Frederic J. Baylis|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Lecturers|
|Personal Name Subject||Baylis, Frederic J.|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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