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FRANK DIXON "AN ORATOR, MASTER OF HIS ART" "Brilliant Satire Keen Wit Fine Power of Analysis " " A Judicial Mind Contagious Magnetism Elemental Warmth" "Logic, Passion Fire Pathos " "Eloquent Magnetic Thoughtful" " Fascinating Speaker" En Rapport with his audience from the moment he swept the house with his strong compelling gaze till his last sentence was ended " His Tongue Cuts Like a Razor Then Soothes Like a Lullaby " A Personality that is the Essence of Eloquence" Eloquent Striking Dramatic Forceful" "His Thoughts Flash Like Lightning" Powerful Magnetism " "Wit, Humor Pathos " Frank Dixon, Orator INTRODUCTORY FRANK DIXON is the youngest of the famous group of preacher-orators—father and three sons—who have gained national and inter¬national reputation. Drawn into the Lyceum field by a popular demand, he took rank at once with the ablest men upon the platform. In grappling with the great social and economic problems of the hour, he is without a rival. These are the vital issues which affect national destiny. Here is the man who speaks with authority. He has a person-ality that is the essence of eloquence. His truths flash like lightning. He is so simple, so direct, so captivating in his style, his audience grasps in a moment the results of months of careful toil. He is a bundle of nerves and of excitable "gray matter," and opens a whole battery of logic every time he opens his mouth. He is eloquent, striking, dra¬matic, forceful, the man of the hour, with a message for the century. Not a sentence that is dull, not a moment that is not charged with electric power. LECTURES THE THREAT OF SOCIALISM or The Modern Attempt to Secure the Survival of the Unfit The Terrible Indictment of Socialism against Nine¬teenth Century Civilization,—its Greed, its Capitalism, its Competition, its Religion of Acquiescence—Can¬didly, Fearlessly Examined, and the Inadequacy and Injustice of It Exposed. The Soul of Socialism Laid Bare; its Pretensions Punctured; its Motives Pitilessly Analyzed; its Eco¬nomic Insanity Demonstrated. Socialism a Menace to Individual Liberty, to Capital, to Competition,—the Vital Elements of Progressive Civilization. The In¬evitable Outcome of It, Decay of Individual and Na¬tional Character, the Despotism of the Mob, an Orgy of Demagoguery. Socialism an Affront to Americanism; a Menace only when Masked,—a Vicious Perversion of the Doctrine of Brotherhood, Envious Discontent, Blind Faith in the Efficacy of Law, the Social Fallacy that Govern¬ment Owes Every Man Opportunity to Work. The Evil Genius of Socialism Writing Party Platforms, Mould¬ing Legislation, Robing Itself in the Guise of Philan¬thropy, Modifying the Utterances of Pulpit and Press, all the While Protesting that It Is Not Itself,—This Is the Threat of the Hour. THE COMING AMERICAN or The Future Product of the National Forces Now Fashioning the Finest Type of Man. The Present Deeply Rooted in the Past, yet Not Enslaved by It. The First Precedent Itself Unprece¬dented. The Pioneer American Spurred to Originality or Doomed to Extinction. Wresting Sovereignty from the Savage Chaos that Claimed a Continent, He Has Absorbed the Energies of His Foes and Developed a Character Whose Forces Are Cosmic. The American of Today a Sure Promise of What He Will Be To¬morrow—a Lover of Personal Liberty; yet a Friend of Law; Practically Conservative, yet Radically Aggres¬sive ; the Incarnation of the Spirit of Enterprise; Dom¬inated by the Law of Competition,* Swayed by a Passion for the Public Weal; Possessed of a Boundless Faith in the Future of the Great Republic. The Typical American Will Embody the Spirit of Twentieth Century Cosmopolitanism, He Will Teach the Nations a New Diplomacy, He Will Bind the Races into a New Brotherhood, He Will Clothe Humanity with a New Dignity and Glory. THE MOSSBACK or The Foe of Progress, those Mission is Cavil and Obstruction, but whose Services are Indispensable to the Development of a Stable Civilization. The Age-long Battle between Day and Night, between Joy and Sorrow, between Life and Death; the Ministry of Pain, the Mission of Evil in the Earth. The Death Struggle between the Spirit of Change and the Spirit of Conservatism—between the Progressive and the Moss-back. The Religion of Optimism versus the Religion of Fear; the Prophetic Spirit in Business versus the Spirit of Panic; the Education for Life versus the Medieval Curriculum; the Iconoclast in Politics versus the Reactionary; the Reformer versus the Alarmist and Croaker. The Mossback, the Devil's Advocate Who Compels the World to Advance with Caution, to Consider the Cost of Progress, and Weigh the Advantages of the Present against the Hopes of the Future. In the Battle with Him, Character Is Tested, Faith Kindled, Courage Quickened, Self Mastered, the Future Conquered. IMPERIAL DEMOCRACY or The Principle that Government Should be Admin¬istered in the Interest of All the People Assuming International Importance and Involving Interna¬tional Complications. Distance Now without Significance; the Success of Democracy Anywhere a Menace to Other Forms of Government. International Comity no Pledge of Per¬manent Peace. Democracy Essentially a Criticism and a Challenge of All Other Theories of Government. No Basis of Compromise. The Spirit of Militarism In¬tensified by Democracy. The Era of International Peace in Reality an Era of Fiercest International War. Weapons Have Changed, but the Strife Grows Daily more Grim and Terrible. The Boom of Cannon Silenced by the Roar of Machinery in the Ranks of Industry. Women and Children Impressed into Service; Non-Combatants no Longer Exist. The Sword Beaten into the Plowshare, but Plowshare Proves More Terrible than Sword. The Struggle for Industrial Supremacy, the Battle of the Twentieth Century. Dem¬ocracy Invades Industry, and Industry Subdues Con¬tinents. Democracy is Armed to the Teeth, and at War with Every Other Principle of Life. It Must Fight or Die. It is Imperialistic, or It Is Contemptible. Frank Dixon, Orator John S. Lyon, D. D., Holyoke, Mass. — Frank Dixon unquestionably stands in the first rank of platform orators. His wide reading, brilliant satire, keen wit and his fine power of analysis, joined with clear, strong, breezy thought and compelling logic, give him the mastery of an audience. Allyn K. Foster, Head Master Cornwall School, Cornwall, Conn.— Frank Dixon possesses as an orator three requisites rarely found within one man, namely: a judicial mind, contageous magnetism, and an elemental warmth that can either drive a conviction or see a vision. Len G. Broughton, Atlanta, Ga.— Frank Dixon's lecture last night at the Baptist Tabernacle was decidedly one of the very best we have ever had. His thoughts flash like lightning. He is a great success. Prof. J. S. Carroll, Dunbar, Pa.— Frank Dixon delivered one of the strongest lectures before the Fayette County Teachers' Institute that was ever heard in Uniontown. His fun is of the funniest kind. His description is fine and his style unique. Henry Clarke, Bristol, Conn.— His logic never stumbles. His intellectual independence always opens up new vistas. As an orator he is eloquent, striking, dramatic, forceful. He combines those qualities that make it certain an audience will listen from the first word to the last. J. M. St. John, County Superintendent Public Instruction, Westmoreland, Kan.— The lecture by Frank Dixon before the Teachers' Institute was a rare treat. He held his audience spell-bound with his eloquence and fruitful thought. He is a man of logic and wit, the most fascinating speaker ever heard in our town. Press Report of Lecture at Danville (Ill.) Chautauqua— Frank Dixon is a bundle of nerves and of excitable " gray matter," and opens a whole battery of logic every time he opens his mouth. Press Report of Lecture at Carthage (Mo.) Chautauqua — Keen-eyed, clear-cut in features, determination outlined in every expression, Mr. Dixon drew the audience from the outset. Mingling through the strand of compelling logic were bits of wit and true humor that added to the success of the lecture, which was the product of deep thought. Judge A. W. Cozart, President Columbus (Ga.) Lyceum Association — The lecture was brilliant as a jewel, as philosophical as brilliant, as logical as philosophical and as eloquent as logical. Doylestown (Pa.) Daily Intelligencer—An address that lasted the greater part of two hours and yet held the closest attention of an audience that had packed the hall. He stays in the middle of the stage and piles fact on fact and logic on logic and shaft of wit on bit of humor until his rounded, completed, comprehensive address is done. Then he stops. Press Report of Lecture at Lorain, 0.— Probably the most eloquent lecture ever delivered in this city was that by Frank Dixon at the Verbeck last night. He spoke on "The Threat of Socialism,." He carried his auditors with him through the entire discourse and moved them at will. Shamokin (Pa.) Daily Dispatch — For two hours the speaker held his audience spell-bound, possessing a magnetism rarely found in a public speaker. His variety of expression lends force and charm to his oratory, which is usually of the quiet nature but at times leaps to flights of impetuosity. St. Joe (Mo.) Gazette — He is overflowing with wit, humor and pathos. His true and unpretentious oratory captured his audience and held it at times breathless. Press Report of Lecture at Sylvania, Ga.— For nearly two hours he held his audience spell-bound. It is not often we have the opportunity to hear such speakers as Mr. Dixon. His address showed the deep and strong thinker and he handled his vital question with masterly force. Des Moines (la.) Daily News—Frank Dixon's lecture was witty, eloquent and timely. Nebraska State Journal — A fiery speaker. Cawker City (Kan.) Ledger — Eloquent, witty, breezy, logical and always instructive. The Troy (Pa.) Register — He held his audience by his powerful magnetism from start to finish. Rochester (N. Y.) Herald — An orator, master of his art. The Madison (Ga.) Advertiser—Frank Dixon is an orator with few equals. He was a great success. Frank Dixon, Orator We DIXON GROUP OF PREACHER ORATORS Father and Three Sons Who Said a Preacher's Sons Were No Good? A BROTHER'S TRIBUTE FOR YEARS I HAVE URGED MY BROTHER, FRANK DIXON, OF HARTFORD, TO ENTER THE LYCEUM FIELD. HIS LECTURE ON "THE THREAT OF SOCIALISM," IS OF MARVELOUS POWER. THIS IS THE ONE BURNING QUESTION OF THE CENTURY. ITS INFLUENCE IS CHANGING THE CHARACTER OF OUR GOVERNMENT, UNSETTLING THE HOME TRADITION, AND TESTING THE MORAL FIBRE OF THAT ANGLO-SAXON INDIVI-DUALISM THAT HAS MADE AMERICA A COLOSSAL POWER. HE HAS MADE THIS A LIFE STUDY, AND THAT WITH WARMEST SYMPATY FOR THOSE WHO TOIL. HE IS NOW IN THE MATURITY OF A SPLENDID INTELLECT; HE HAS LIVED, STRUGGLED AND SUFFERED WITH THE PEOPLE; HE HAS A BURNING MESSAGE AND HE KNOWS HOW TO DELIVER IT. HIS TRUTHS ARE VIVID AS LIGHTNING FLASHES, AND HIS AUDIENCE FEELS THAT THE FOUNDATIONS OF INDIVIDUAL AND NATIONAL CHARACTER ARE BEING LAID BARE. HE IS ELOQUENT, MAGNETIC, THOUGHTFUL, AND HOLDS HIS AUDIENCE FROM START TO FINISH New York THOMAS DIXON, JR. THOMAS DIXON, of North Carolina, The father, now 82 years old, still preaches to his country Churches. Has built out of the wilderness of Piedmont,N. C, twenty flourishing Baptist churches in his ministry of sixty years. . C. DIXON, of Boston, Formerly of Brooklyn, known as one of the most powerful evangelists and lecturers on either side of the Atlantic. A. H. Godard, New Britain, Conn., Y. M. C. A.—He is full of wit, humor and pathos. His tongue cuts like a razor and then soothes like a lullaby. Edwin M. Poteat, D.D., Philadelphia, Pa.— He has action, voice, language, logic, passion, fire, pathos, and, deeper than all, a noble moral earnestness for the highest things. He has insight and sees into the heart of things. He is a patient student and careful in his analysis of his theme, and so simple, so direct, so captivating in his style, his audience grasps in a moment the results of his months of careful toil. George H. Ferris, D. D., New Haven, Conn.— He has something to say, says it and quits. His keen and incisive style and his mastery of the art of epigrammatic utterance are backed by a personality that is the essence of eloquence. He possesses the true oratorical gift. I have often heard him when there would come over the audience one of those moments in which each man can hear his neighbor's heart beat! I have never listened to him when I did not regret the brevity of his address. T. E. Skinner, D.D., Raleigh, N. C.— He is a stronger man than either of his brothers. THOMAS DIXON, JR., of New York, Author of " The Leopard's Spots," at the head of the Lyceum platform in America. FRANK DIXON, of Hartford. After pastorates in West Virginia and California, in 1893, received two calls at the same time, one from Brook¬lyn and one from Hartford. He accepted the call to Hartford to the South Baptist Church, and for nine years was one of the leading men of that center of New England culture.
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