Gov. James K. Vardaman
American public life holds no more
striking figure today than
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
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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
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. --
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