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Frances E. Willard Says: MY DEAR BROTHER ATKINSON: — Your beautiful words have been a comfort to me and greatly enjoyed. Would that more good people would speak their words of inspiration while those that need could hear. God bless you, my brother, is the prayer of your Christian sister. Figure Dent Atkinson, L. L. B., Ph. D. Scholar — Philosopher — Traveler MANAGEMENT MIDLAND CHAUTAUQUA CIRCUIT, DES MOINES, IOWA S. M. HOLLADAY, Manager Central Lyceum Bureau of Indianapolis, Indiana 313–315 HOTEL ENGLISH. W. A. STOUT, Manager DR. DENT ATKINSON Is a man of Originality—a traveler whose observations have been gleaned on four continents. Three Colleges and two great Universities like Illinois and Harvard, have lent their culture to this naturally gifted man. Being a graduate in Arts, Law, and Philosophy, he brings the ripened fruits of knowledge, and a thousand audiences all over America have been charmed by his eloquence. His lectures cover every phase of human conduct, and the Bureaus unhesitatingly recommend him to Commencements, Chautauquas, and Lyceum courses anywhere; for there is no audience in America that Dr. Atkinson's lectures will fail to satisfy. What That Veteran of the Platform Col. Gearhart Says By his splendid pulpit and platform work we know him. Dr. Dent Atkinson is an honor to the Lyceum platform. A man of character and culture, a power in the religious and intellectual world. A man with a message of vital importance to the American people, in a fast, feverish, and transitional age. His intellectual equipment is unsurpassed, and his platform ability rarely equalled. The splendid vigor of his work betokens the man of clean mind, sincerity of purpose, and keen insight into character. His knowledge of life is abundant, his humor wholesome. He holds the mirror up to Nature, and inspires to nobler effort in humanity's uplifting. He is delightfully easy in manner, possessing that rare poise which indicates physical and mental culture, a keen student of men and events. His witty sayings have in them a lesson for those who are not so self satisfied, that they refuse to see their own short comings. Following Dr. Atkinson in hundreds of lecture courses during the last ten years, I have yet to hear an unfavorable criticism as to character, quality, and influence of his work. In brilliant repartee, he is a live wire. His charming personality and breezy humor combine to keep him at home with his audience from his opening sentence. I congratulate all whose good fortune it shall be to hear Dr. Atkinson. G. A. GEARHART. Popular Lecture Subjects FOUR FACED PEOPLE THE VALUE OF A HITCHING POST THE FUN OF THE FIGHT A POCKET FULL OF SEEDS For Y. M. C. A. and Sundays THE BIBLE IN CIVILIZATION THE MESSAGE OF PILATE A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE BIBLE SEVEN LECTURES (For Bible Hour at Chautauquas) IN A NUT SHELL Minneapolis Journal. —A delightful lecture. Oberlin, O., News. —One of the best of the season. Kenton, O., News Republican. —One of the best ever delivered in our city. Dr. D. F. Fox, Pasedena, Cal.—Dr. Atkinson is a born linguist and an orator; has a wonderful endowment. Pierre, S. Dak., Capital Journal. —One of the best. Dr. Atkinson is a gifted speaker, and was enthusiastically received. Kenton, O., Democrat. —Dr. Atkinson has a magnetic power as an orator, and his Four Faced People is intensely interesting. Lieut.-Gov., D. J. Hanna, of Kansas, says: I regard Dr. Atkinson as a lecturer of unusual talent, unexcelled by any speaker previously heard by myself. Dayton, O., News. —Dr. Atkinson's Y. M. C. A. address was a scholarly analysis of the motives, temptations, and restraints environing the man of the world. White Cloud, Kas., Globe. —Dr. Atkinson is not only a brilliant man in thought; he has the gift to put beautiful thoughts into words. His return will mean a crowded house. Trinidad, Colo., Advertiser. —Dr. Atkinson's audience was appreciative, listening intently, and frequently applauded the lecturer and entertainer, who is a king of entertainers. Dayton, O., Journal. —An impressive analysis of human motives. The speaker's evident scholarship and wide experience of life and men, gave additional force to his strong appeal. Richmond, Ind., Palladium. —Dr. Atkinson is one of the best known lecturers on the platform, and won the admiration of all by his admirable choice of diction and illuminating style. A. C. Folsom, Secretary of International Chautauqua Alliance says: Dr. Dent Atkinson is a ready, forcible, and brilliant speaker. He holds the closest attention of his audiences by his originality, and his lectures are an uplift. I have heard him lecture many times. Dayton, O., Herald. —A splendid lecture. Dade County, Mo., Journal. —An orator in the highest sense. Cheyenne Wells, Colo., Republican. —His lecture was splendid. The Republican, Jewell, Kas. —Jewell had nothing better on its course than the Bible in Civilization. Dayton, Ia., Review. —One of the strongest lectures given in Grace Church for years, pleasing all who heard him. Herald Democrat, Rolla, Mo. —Dr. Atkinson's Bible in Civilization was a great treat; one of the finest lectures ever delivered in Rolla. Toledo, O., Blade. —Dr. Atkinson handles his subject in such a brilliant and forcible manner, that his lecture was conceded to be the best of the course. Brewster, Minn., Tribune. —He shook the foundation stones of infidelity. Dr. Atkinson is a most remarkable man, and our city is better for his visit. Dodge City, Kas., Globe Republican. —The audience was deeply impressed by his earnest and thoughtful discourse, and the lecture was eminently pleasing. Wellington, Kas., Daily News. —Dr. Atkinson is not only a scholar, but a good platform man, with an attractive style and a forceful expression. His Bible in Civilization delighted. Oakes, N. Dak., Times. —The large audience was delighted with his splendid discourse. Dr. Atkinson very forcibly showed his genius as an orator, a polished gentleman and scholar. Williamsburg, Kan., Star. —Dr. Atkinson is truly an orator of exceptional power; the best number of the series. He has the power of reaching the heart and soul in his religious lecture. Quincy, Ill., Herald. —Four Faced People bristles with the best thought of the age; is full of quaint humor, deep wisdom, and a thorough knowledge of life. Dr. Atkinson held his audience spell bound by the magic of his words. Republic, Mo., Monitor. —Has few equals. Delphos, Kas., Republican. —Highly entertaining. Carmen, Okla., Headlight. —One of the best lectures ever given in Carmen. South Shore, S. D., Republican. —A born orator, and captivated his audience at once. Doon, Iowa., Press. —His original manner of stating truth makes him a cyclone of power. Trinidad, Colo., Chronicle News. —Dr. Atkinson pleased his audience and proved his right to his profession of entertainer. Wichita, Kas., Sunflower. —Fairmont College was most agreeably instructed and entertained. Dr. Atkinson commanded the closest attention. Garden City, Kas., Herald. —The best wine was kept for the end of the feast. Dr. Atkinson closed the lecture course and more than pleased the people. Youngstown, O., Vindicator. —Dr. Atkinson is gifted and made a singularly favorable impression on his hearers. His oratorical powers were a revelation. Daily Republican, Rushville, Ind. —The lecture was scholarly, forceful and highly instructive. Dr. Atkinson proved a very popular speaker here. He made a great hit at our Chautauqua. Wakeeney, Kas., Independent. —Seldom does an audience anywhere hear so formidable an array of logic and history poured forth in such beautiful language. Dr. Atkinson satisfied and delighted his audience, and fully came up to the reputation which had preceded him. Greenville, Ind., Evening Tribune. —Dr. Dent Atkinson made one of the grandest and most inspiring addresses of the Chautauqua. So closely was his theme followed by the audience that when he had finished and retired, everyone sat for a few minutes lost in deep meditation before their enthusiasm burst forth in rounds of applause. Spearville, Kas., News. —Not a dry thread in it. Daily Jacksonian, Rushville, Ind. —A masterful defense of the Christian religion. Randall, Kas., News. —A fine appearance, a pleasing voice, and a splendid lecture. Kingfisher, Okla., Times. —One of the most entertaining we have heard for some time. Melrose, Minn., Beacon. —Life's philosophy illumined by wit, and sculptured by a master of oratory. Custer City, Okla., Journal. —The doctor's lecture, eloquently delivered in most beautiful language, held his audience spellbound. Skidmore, Mo., New Era. —Wasn't it fine? was the expression that fell upon our ears on every hand. Dr. Atkinson made good in Skidmore. Charles City, Iowa, Press. —We have had Bryan, Folk, and all the great speakers at our Chautauqua, but Dr. Atkinson pleased as much as any of them. Youngstown, O., Telegram. —An orator by nature; has a wealth of pathos and humor at his command. His lecture was entertaining as well as brilliant, and the audience was more than pleased. Beresford, S. Dak., News. —A crowning success. There could not possibly be anyone present who could not have received lasting benefits from such an excellent address. May his message ring out all around the world. He handles his subject and audience with a master hand. Charles City, Ia., Daily Intelligence. —From far and near folks crowded the pavilion to hear Dr. Dent Atkinson lecture on the interesting subject, The Bible in Civilization. He is as interesting a speaker as any appearing on our Chautauqua program this year. He has polish, force, and plenty of gray matter. Dr. Atkinson has been a winning feature all through our assembly. Socially he is a joy forever, and is an ideal platform manager, and will be asked to return.
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