Gov. James K. Vardaman
                  The Great Southern Orator

American public life holds no more striking figure today than
                       James K. Vardaman, former Governor of Mississippi

  AS AN INDIVIDUAL, Governor Vardaman is unique, and in a class by himself. He combines the great human sympathy, the strong heart, sound common sense and homely philosophy of Abraham Lincoln; the fire and bluntness of Senator Tillman of South Carolina, without Tillman's crudities of expression, together with an ability as an orator which places him in the class with Ingersoll, Grady and Ingalls. Yet, his oratory, his manner, his personality, are all his own!
   Mississippi has ever been the home of great orators, and in Governor Vardaman seems a re-incarnation of the shade of Sargent S. Prentiss, her giant of ante-bellum days. With a presence which compels attention and attracts, with a voice vibrant of intense feeling, with a message of import to deliver, and with the ability to deliver it and lose none of its weight, Governor Vardaman has become perhaps the foremost orator in America today. Others may have the voice, but not the message; or the presence without either voice or message; but he combines them all. He looks the part of the latter day prophet,-verily a "Daniel come to judgment," and during the delivery of his great lecture, "The Impending Crisis," there is not a dull moment, nor a minute where the interest flags.
   This lecture is the foremost deliverance upon that most absorbing question, the race problem, with which the people have yet been favored. Governor Vardaman knows his subject. He has gotten his materials first hand; he has lived among the negroes and has studied them for years; intensely interested, he began long ago to try to find the answer.
   All that history, or the latter day writings of authorities could give, he took, and assimilated, and applied to present day conditions, and then in the light of his own observation, extending over twenty-five years, he began to evolve his own ideas about it. So true were they that upon them he was elected Governor of Mississippi; so convinced were the people that he was right, that the members of the Democratic party in Mississippi tried to send him to the United States Senate, where he could tell the truth and be heard by all. He missed the election by a narrow margin of a few hundred votes, but to this day he is the dominant political factor in Mississippi politics, and the future has much in store for him.
   Governor Vardaman is the Cato of these latter days. He has seen the truth and he has a message to deliver; and that message is, in brief, that the white race must be supreme; that it never has and never will divide sovereignty with a lower race, and that the encroaching attempts to divide that sovereignty will result simply in debasing the white race-mongrelizing our civilization and leaving our country an easy prey to attack and enslavement from without, and decay, damnation and desolation from within.
   Governor Vardaman was abused at first; he was called an agitator, an alarmist, a fire brand; but at last the sober second thought of the people began to waken and they began to listen. Today what he has to say on the race problem, is the word of the supreme authority. Combining all the knowledge of writers on this question, from dawn of history to the present time, applied and measured by personal observation and first-hand knowledge, Governor Vardaman has a message to deliver of huge import to the American people today.
   As an orator, Governor Vardaman has no superiors, and few equals in America. His stage presence is commanding, striking; his voice full and resonant, and capable of every shade of expression. Wit of the keen and scintillant kind, humor which brings the ready smile; pathos which rends the heart-strings, are mixed and mingled with the great thoughts which compel attention and force the listeners to think for themselves, are all mixed and mingled in his great lecture, "The Impending Crisis."


                         Subjects "The Power of Public Plunder"
                                         "The Impending Crisis"


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Master of Oratory. - Gov. Vardaman has a remarkable vocabulary and bursts into poetry and pathos with a facile power that impresses memory's tablets. His spontaneous similes and his rapid flights from the humorous to the serious are absorbing and his words are trenchant and yet spoken with such grace that the hearer is carried aloft to the speaker's conclusions and this with a degree of intensity that is magnetic. The speaker does not deliver a cut-and-dried speech, but is so full of his subject that his oration is a consecutive argument with every conclusion logical. He is not bitter. His speech sounds much different than his written words would indicate. He is a master of oratory and he knows his subject from alpha to omega. The applause elicited last night was ample manifestation of the admiration of his hearers. Those who missed the lecture missed a treat.--San Angelo (Tex.) Daily Standard.

   Negro a Menace to the Whites. - "It ought to be made as much a crime to sell whiskey or cocaine to a negro as it is to sell it to an Indian," declared Governor James K. Vardaman, of Mississippi, when seen at the Menger Hotel this morning. Of pleasing personality, urbane and polished, Governor Vardaman gives the impression of high-strung sensibility, which is intense and magnetic. Speaking in generalities, he touched lightly on the questions of prohibition and of the menace of the negro in a manner that gave the impression of a smouldering volcano ready to burst into eruption. -- San Antonio (Tex.) Gazette.

   The Impending Crisis. - The auditorium at the Fair Grounds was fairly well crowded last night by an audience there for the purpose of hearing Governor Vardaman's address entitled "The Impending Crisis." The lecture deals with the negro problem, and advocates, as a remedy for existing conditions, the repeal of the fifteenth amendment and the material modification of the fourteenth amendment to the Federal constitution. The lecture was well received.--Dallas (Tex.) Daily Times.

   Defended Negroes from Mobs. - Gov. Vardaman told of going across his state six times while the chief executive officer to take negroes from the hands of mobs, because he wanted to see the country run by law. He said he realized that every time a white man takes the life of any one it is a step toward degeneracy and against law enforcement. Gov. Vardaman tried to show how hard it was to wait for justice to be meted out in such instances, but said: "We want a government by law, not by revolution, and if we are to have it the white man must occupy the position of supremacy. That Abraham Lincoln recognized the whites and negroes would never be politically and socially equal was held by the speaker, when he read a statement of Mr. Lincoln's views. He quoted the martyred president as saying: "Inasmuch as there must be a division between the superior and inferior, I am in favor of giving the white man superiority." -- Des Moines (Iowa) Register.

   One Must Hear Him .- Governor Vardaman is deeply in earnest in this question and no matter what one's views are in regard to the race question, if he will hear Mr. Vardaman upon this subject he cannot fail to be convinced of the importance of the issue and the overwhelming interests at stake. One must hear him to be fully cognizant of the stupendous importance of this question. The Review hopes it may be possible to have him deliver this lecture in Athens some time in July when he will be in the state again. Governor Vardaman is an orator of the highest rank. He is a man of most lovable character. The Review has never met a public man it felt closer to in so short a time. His advice to every person who has never heard the Governor on this question is to be sure to do so at very first opportunity. All other questions pale into utter insignificance in comparison with this one. Hear Governor Vardaman and you will be convinced. He is decidedly the most entertaining speaker we have heard at any time. -- Athens (Texas) Daily Review .

 

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GOV. JAMES K. VARDAMAN

Some recent letters

Columbiana, O[hio] .- Governor Vardaman held the closest attention of his large audience ever given a lecturer in this town. He is a splendid orator and arouses the keenest interest in his presentation of one of the greatest questions before the American people. Everybody speaks in the highest terms of his ability to handle a difficult question. He is a typical Southern gentleman-S. S. Weaver, Mgr. Lecture Course

   Ravenna, O[hio]. - Governor Vardaman's command of language is remarkable, but at times he would drop back to the Southern dialect and drawl, indicating the origin of the lecturer. He closed with a beautiful tribute to woman, with a declaration that she should be allowed to vote. Strange as it may seem, most people who heard the lecturer agreed with the statements made by the Governor, not withstanding the difference in politics and environment, many believing after the lecture if not before that there was much truth in what he said.--Democrat.

   Franklinville, N. Y. - Governor James K. Vardaman, who spoke here on October 30th, was the most satisfactory speaker that we have had on our course for years. His subject was one full of interest and for days after was discussed among, our townspeople. We frequently hear the remark that "If the balance of your course is as good as Vardaman's lecture it will be the best course you ever had here." --R. L. Curtis, Pres. of Committee.

   Barberton, O[hio] .- Governor Vardaman opened our lecture course on the evening of November 4th. Although it was Saturday night a large audience of

the representative citizens of Barberton were present to greet him, and it is safe to say that any other evening of the week would have brought an overflow crowd. Governor Vardaman was introduced by the superintendent of our city schools and in a very few moments had completely captured his hearers and held them to his very last word. His charming personality, commanding appearance and pleasing address render hint irresistible to any audience, and his chaste language and perfectly sane treatment of his subject could not subject him to the criticism of tile most fastidious hearer. This is our fourth year and this "Southern Orator" was pronounced "easily the best vet." We have had Hobson and other good lecturers, but we congratulate ourselves most of all on having Vardaman on our course. --U. M. Roby.

   Lisbo, O[hio]. -Governor Vardaman is a splendid orator with a fund of humor and an ability to express unusual and unwelcome views in such a manner as to insure their favorable consideration and approbation. Tile opinion of one and all was that the lecture was a great treat and Senator Vardaman a charming gentleman Our committee can heartily recommend this lecture as one worthy of a place in any course of entertainments. -- R. W. Firestone.

   Canesteo, N. Y. - The lecture by Governor Vardaman was a distinct success. I have not heard anybody speak about his lecture but who was highly pleased with it, and we would certainly like to hear him again. -- Jas. A. Corbett.

 

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