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September 24, 1898 - Image 3

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Announcement for the Year 1898-99.
A Sufficient Variety to Suit all Tastes--One of the Best
Lecture Courses in the Country.
It is an Important Part of Ecer Students' Education--Ecer Student
Holding a Season Ticket is a Member of the Association, and
Entitled to Vote at the Annual Election of Officers.
For the benefit of the new students ally fortunate in securing the best
in the University who are not famil- talent in the country.
iar with this organization a brief The course as conpleted thus far
history of the association would be a is as a whole superior to the high
fitting introduction to this announce- class of entertainments that have
nent. been given in former years, and con-
Nearly a half century ago, the stu- sists of the following numbers:
dents in the Univrsity of Michigan 1. James Whitcomb Riley.
realized that an nportant part of 2. Russell H. Conwell.
education is an opportunity to see 3. Gen. John B. Gordon.
and hear the public men of our 4. Boston Temple Quartette.
country and those who have won 5. Oratorical Contest.
honor iand distinction in the realms 6. George Riddle.
of literature, music, science andi art. 7. Chicago Alumnae Number.
To meet this demand the Students' 8. Innes' Concert Band.
Lecture Association was organized 9. Bourke Cochran.
in 1854. It was not the intention 10. This number is yet to be filled;
of its founders to make the associa- should the board fail to secure some
tion permanent, but the experiment of the prominent actors i the late
proved so successful that it was con- war it will probably fill this vacancy
tinned from year to year, groweng in with a renowned foreign author
popularity with the student body whose name has become a household
each year, until at present it is word.
acknowledged to be not only the So far as it is complete the above
largest but the best association of its course is certainly a very attractive
kind in America. Through the one and one that no student can
medium of this organization the stu. afford to miss.
dents are furnished with a series of JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY.
entertaiiiments of the highest order No living poet has a stronger hold
at a price that is within the reach of upon the hearts of his readers than
all. A list of the attractions that James Whitcomb Riley. His poems
have been offered by this association are enjoyed alike by old and young,
in the past would be a register of the for in them is mirrored the life that
meni wo have moulded our country's we see around us. No child is con-
history in the last half ceitry. It sidered too poor or too deformed to
would be a catalogue of the men of become idealized by his pen. No man,
genius, not only of this but other however common, but Riley discovers
lands together awtithe greatest in him some happy trait or some un-
musicians of the world. known nobility of character that can
In 1893 a new constitution and be glorified by his poetic touch. He
by-laws were adopted and the Stu- does not rob his heroes of any of their
dents' Lecture Association was in- naturalnessby puttiig them in rhyme.
corporated under the laws of the "The Raggedy Man," "Jonesy,"
State of Michigan. Section 4 of this ''"The Liz-town Humorist,"-all are
constitution provides that every stu- simple, natural men, whose quaint
dent whether male or female, in any originality is delicious. To thoroghly
department of the University, who enjoy the Hoosier Poet's verses one
purchases a season ticket shall be a needs to hear them given by himself.
member of this association and may The Hoosier dialect can not be fully
vote and hold office therein, appreciated until heard given in Ri-
The. members of the association ley's inimitable style. * *
meet in April of each year and select dianapolis Journal.
representatives to conduct the course Mr. Riley is a revelation. He is
for the succeeding year. The officers not only poet and humorist, but he is
thus chosen at the last election are also a most versatile actor. Every-
as follows: Pres., J. S. Lathers; body has wept over the pathetic por-
Vice-Pres., A. C. Thompson; Rec. tions of his poems, and has laughed
Sec., S. F. Hodge; Treas., W. S. over the exquisite humor they con-
Durand; Asst. Treas., A. J. Bleazby; tained, but nobody can realize the
Cor. Sec., H. J. McCreary. Direc- beauty of it all until Mr. Riley intro-
tors, P. W. Vorheis, J. A. Mont- duces to him these creations of his
gomery, C. W. Whitney, H. Eaipen. He is one of the few people to
Douglas, D. L. Harris- whom nature has given talent upon
The board went to work immedi- talent. As he recited the different ex-
ately to secure attractions for the tracts from his work he was, to the
coming season and have been unusu- audience, the living representative of

the character he portrayed, and every love. He never saws the air with
emotion was reflected by his features. theatrical gestures and never use-
His first selection was, " When the violent language to attract the attes-
Frost is On the Punkin." This was tion of newspapers. He has i lov
followedby "Tradin' Joe's" descrip- dseliberate speech, a resonant voice,
tion of his courtship. His represen. uses the simplest words, recites anee-
tation of the little boy telling a bear dotes, gives much popular infria-
story, which the child makes up as he tion in his talks, rises to eloquence
goes along, was simply convulsing, occasionally, and always speaks ex-
and that of the object-lesson professor temporaneously. He has not writtes
was even more enjoyable, if such a a sermon or address for ten years and
thing be possible. His audience fell often changes his subject after he
completely in love with him. Mr. takes his place in the pulpit.- e's
Riley is weithout a peer in his particu- York Sun.
lar line.-A tlanta(Ga.) Constitution, The only lecturer in America whis
December 5, 1888. can fill a hall in this city with three
And who can do Riley justice? thousand people at a dollar a ti-ket
From the time lie appears and recites --Philadelphia Times.
his first dialect poem to the last wordr Mr. Conwell is one of the mosss,
he utters in delineatisg the schooli m- noteworthy men of New England-
structor, he is simply perfect. Every- He has already been in all parts o
thing is natural, nothimg overdrawn the world. He is, a writer of singis-
We recognize, in all lie imitates, peo- lar brilliancy and power, ands s,
ple we have known or seen. iHe is popular lecturer his success has beens
short, homely, with a nasal twang that astonishing. - London (Eigland
is tecuhiar, yet well adapteto ts thTimes.
dialmiect poems. Ansi as has speaks-at Ttis
least whmem lie sasys, "' Gonh-bye, Jim: Logismi, esmtertamismg, huimorsta
'Take care of yourself "-we forget and origimal, it is not remarkable
he is homely; his face begins to look that th engagements of tis eloquei-
like the face of a friend; for the faces and talented lecturer are constantly
of those we love grow beautiful tous, multipying.-Boston Transcript,
no matter how homely they may be. It is of no use to try to repor;
And amoment later we are convulsed Conwell's lectures. They are unique _
at his expression as he takes off the Unlike anything or anyone eln..
unique old story-teller intent on "that Filled with good sense, briliant wt
wounded leg that needs medical at- new suggestions and inspirimg alway
tendance." We have read that Riley to noble life and deeds, they ahns-
was discovered and his genius encour- please with their wit. The reades a
aged and brought to light by some his addresses does not know the ful .
one-we have forgotton who-but we power of the man. - Sprinititsf'-
do not believe it. Such talent as he (Mass.) Unssm.
has discovers itself. * * * O- GEN. JOHN B. GsRDOn
Scranto (Pa.) Truth, Oct. 24, 1889. LASTD a -mof THE CONFEDERACY
RUSSELL H. CoNwRLL, 'o PHILA- General Gordon, with one excee-
DELPHIA. tion, is now the sole survivor wct
The brilliant preacher, author and held high rank in either army ani
orator. Pastor of the largest church prominently participated at th elose
congregation in America. Presi- of the great struggle at Appomattox,
dent of the Temple College. who is capable of giving to the people.
His Present Work-Over in Phil- a vivid picture of these thrilling
adhphia thrre is . Baptist preacher events. An orator of the highmese sir-
nalied Russeli H. Conel,seo has der, a soldier without previous traia-
thi largest church and the largest ing, whose rapid rise from therank Nf
congregation in America. So sharp captain to the command of one wing-
is thi desire to hear him preach that of Lee's army reads like a romances
hundreds arc turned away from the who was designated in official report-
doors nevry Sunday, and visitors sho as the "Chevalier Bayard "' of the
do get in hunve to appdy several ays army, and who has devoted his tite
hm advance for tickts. Sometimays andtalents to the reconciliationtf
hue has three services going on at the sections, General Gordon must
omc, and 8,000 or morn persons are necessarily accomplish great good by
istnming to serm mns in thes building, his lecture tour, as well as furnish t
But that is only a small part of this the young men of the country the
preacher's claim to public attention, only opportunity perhaps that wll1
He has built up a college, chartered ever occur of learning of these great
by the State, with a curriculum mod- events from a living, capable and
eled after Princeton's, where 6,750 faithful witness.
students are getting instructions day Senator Vilas says: "I coisiuler.
after day and night after night in all a very great privilege to have heard
sorts of studies. This college has a so distinguished an actor in, the tragic
faculty of over forty professors, who events he so graphically dsscrilses,
give their whole attention to the and it was the most pleasing, instree-
work. In addition to this is the Sa- tive historical platform oration I ever
maritan Hospital with forty-two beds. listened to."
There is no busier place in Philadel- He told the story of Lens surrea -*
phia than this church and college. Ev- der in a masterly and most effective
ery day from nineo'clockin the morn- manner. He briefly outlined the
ing until ten or eleven at night the early stages of the war, and rested
church and college buildings are the burden of his narrative-on Get-
swarming with persons, and activity tysburg and Appomattox. His hm
is going on in a form that might be mor was keen, his pathos affecting.
characterized properly as intense. Withal his story was simply told.
Mr. Conwell, the man who has accom- More than one incident brought tears-
plished all this, started to preach in to the eyes of the audience.. All the
Philadelphia fifteen years ago with a incidents cited were illustrative of
church of ninety members. Mr. the spirit of ' American manhood
Conwell is not a sensational preacher which pervaded the ranks blue and
in the generally accepted use of that the ranks gray. Grant and:Lee were
term. He often speaks on topics of faithfully pictured. The shosing;
current interest, but he also preaches scene of the bloody drama was -
what might be called doctrinal ser- splendidly presented. It was a tale
mons. His gospel is the gospel of inspiring to the young and- intensely

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