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AsoPovwder AMWt P rE MEETING AN ORATOR. BILL NYE TRIES TO CONSOLE AN UN KNOWN ON THE TRAIN. Whme From ais Adeanse Agest Wilam tlams the Time Eletery at the Man Whe Wasted to Talk ean the Mad ladiea. LCopyright. US. by Edgar W. Nre.] Riding gayly on the vestibule train and dressed in a neat and even expensive way, as I now do. I saw in the sectio. ahead a wild looking man who might have been 19 or 91, 1 could not tell. He looked at his watch, a young lady's hunt ing case wat'h, with a chain made of human hair that needed a shampoo. TRYING 1) CONSOLE H1M. He looked at the watch, and then he looked atarailroad folder, then he looked at the MS. of an address or lecture which he took now and again from his hand bag. Wetting his lips with some restora tive which scented up the car, he would practice in a low, retreating breath, fit. ting the gestures to it so that people near him vacated their seats, while ever and anon he would hiss something thrwngh his clinched teeth and bite a large hole' in the soin-what fixed air of the cur. Then he would open his satchel and take out a manuscript, which he read over earnestly, and then he seemed to be re peating it in his mind. Then he woul I add gestures to it and bite large holes in the atmosphere and look wild. dimaily I went over and spoke to him. I asked him what seemed to be thi teuible. He said that he was billed to lecture at Archy that evening, and that already he was two hours behind. If we did not make it up, he would lose $10. he said, and he looked at his watch again and then at the schedule. Then he rag over a portion of his lecture and ex amined the joints in some of his gestures to see if they were working smoothly. For some time I remained with hint. talking with him and consoling him as best I might. finally telling him that I. too, was a lecturer, though I was keep. ins it as quiet as I could on account of my family. and so I went on trying to brace thim up and give him courage even while I could hardly smile myself. His agent seemed to be along with him, and to him I finally addressed myself in the smoker a little later on. "Can you not get a special or do some thing to relieve the anxiety of your at traction?" I inquired. --He seems to be inoering so mtuch over it." "My attraction." said the agent. biting of the ragw-.l edge of his cigar wrapper and lookini wut at the frosty miles of northern cgamry. "has been this way for eight years. I am taking him to the asylum. Eihiit years ago he was a young man. He niade a hit when he graduat- t and delivered a thrilling speech regard ing the American Indian. Never having tni the Aimrican Indian, he loved hin. He said, am ng other things, that the .Anerican hidian approximated more nearly to what tan should be-mailv grand. phys cally perfect. morally in. -t and true to tw- instinctsof hiscounsciic -than any other race of beings. civiliz or uneiviliz d. Where. he asked, do -wr eauel no le e tmneD or meet '1ýithiimch exAtlfpes of heroism and self sacrifice as the history of the American Indian furuisltes? Where shall we go again to hear such oratory as that of Black Hawk and Logan? Certainly the records of our so called civilization do not furnish it. and the present century is devoid of it. They were the true chil dren of the Great Spirit. They lived nearer to the great throbbing heart of. the Creator than do their palefaced con querors of today who mourn over the lost and undone condition of the savage. Courageoa, brave and the soul of honor. their cruel and awful destruction from of the face of the earth is a sin of such magnitude that the people of America may well shrink from the just punish meat whish is sure to follow the amasml nation of so brave a race.' He had quite a lot of things like thatin his speech, and his father, who had a chattel mortgage -o ahr prem of The Home and Vindicator e ear place. got it printed to the ex diotoo of the tax list and other spicy "Vriends then petitio.ed hint to let the boy lecture. He swelled up with par disable pride and encouraged the young ,te. and so he started out He was all wrapped up in the Indian, and so he pro paled a lecture on 'The lied Man. Past mod Present. lie put .11 toe poetry Inn., JS that a ioy W" L- n ever seen an 1 Ah w d fU~tiued onhia4ý-es! all the time, and fnauly he got an en gagenment. It was in a nearby town where they were tryir to buy a library. They only needed t30 " " re, and so they nad decided to have i cou.rse of lectures dnuring the winter. Tine committee in t'nded to have one Let;ure on 'The Arctic Region ar How to Avoid Going There' by at ld arctic explorer who Mad taken ,. pcked men up to where tie could hear the north end of t heesrih's axis hqueal:. nad eaten the leather osb off hise sna- :iders. taken the hItitude and loneitude. picked some of his tendereed men ugain and returned. It was also the Uhems to have a lecture on 'Political icoioriy and How to Put Money in the :::onal Pocket' by a man who lived on 1..L s'er-i:.-law and who was clothed o7 a-iin-;law. T:.e committee lii d lst. i1 toemplov an uk* theolop..:n to tiure on Inaid Fi :s P.t.nrdin :; 1I. vi > llrli:;tiu 1': a matt win, had his whole '.., las-:ud oiof k'i~dred 31ltbjeets. Tie a " 'l : v '.u net at was to . olow vw "..t - " 1f Id Ora: ora oil rnt. . i lor t. -Last . !!. \"., .t maugorn, ini y 3ung frt " d. ;: s to lecture on Tie Redskin and Hi, .'tron -.' The prire .f Sie wIhIle course ticket wa3t only *3. adl !te public was on the q -- v'ive'. as . .it miight say, to :2ear the closing ldotnr '. "Napoleon had not been idle. Ii"* lUn not eaten anything but oatutnal for: and his lips we're 1133less e ,.l . When his fantily spoke I, , .i I, briefly and then mtnt l ''I er his letnre to hiutelf. "At last the day 3 d :.t t He in-"rred his arit :3 his brett- bad1 sern pirtur'" it.e: 3it.1 tRgan ila lt voice. -1n : iii" with it course tick' "a elt hie *Louder:' \auoleon *ega'i , r grain. H"" >:. an pensively to la .f the in.. . their purity t33d 1 .''tulimity as th . .:. found by C'. mult., thli wealthier (tie' perhaps cb'thedl in tihe pelt of a chiF. muank. while the p;"rer on3.s were thlu ly cl1d in atna .pheric ph3 it 3e133a3333. 13 3 I on. Then tti' thet mIan' i3 3. agon 3 nikit iron Lowner .l::-psr. who 3'::s 3h13l'ng a little chil that was eating it c3'oky with p~inkl Cu;..r on. it. Raii ii, t, gtff Voice 'Can't ye speak so's we can hear ye. Never mind the gestures. Speak up! Louder!' "'Napoleon fetched a little kind of sob and took a glasiof water. Then he tried again, beginning Itack where he started out, but raising his voice higher and higher till it was split and ruptured at the end of every sentence. When he got through, the comnmnittee told him they thought that 'was a pretty easy way tt earn $8,' but gave it to him, including a lead dollar. "Afterward the Fly-Capper-Sigh, ol which he was a member, gave him a banquet. (They had previously invitef him, and so could not well back out. He went, though there was a wild hunted look in hiseyeas be started. The banquet was not quite ready, for, as the steward of the restaurant said, 'the Cove oysters had not came yet;' so Naplxeor sat in tL. anteroou,. and people went by and exa:.sine'l htm as if they were taking a farew 11 look at him before the lid was acrewes down. "He was very cold and quite hungry, not having eaten anything since he had agreed to deliver the lecture, but they put him at t te cold end of the room by the side of a frapped l : sident. who made notes on the back of his menu and frightened out of Napoleon what little inte lgence he had left. ITTINO DOWN BY Tea ROADSIDL "The restaurant was a very poor one indeed, and the china had large, dark chips knocked out of it by people who had tried to drive in picture nails with it. The courses were widely segregated, and the dishes came on each time warm and hurried and panting, as who should say: 'We may be a little slow about it, but we do not miss a single course. We also aim to please.' "Well, to make a long story short, the agoayeouldnot be drawn out any longer, and finally the prs 'nt rapped on the table with the iron ....,,dle of his already exhausted knife and said, 'We have with as this eveniug'-just as though they had been in the habit of entertaining all the crowned heads that camne to town. Thiss be rioku briefly and tore-ly of Na p',leon and :,rodlred him ae the silver tenigwed ri-l r utah o,,f the Fly-Cap .;..",. ,, " wi.". LIe cold lips . _l- ,, e tu. la i ttiee .t",v' r lie Jeri: latlout n-t e.::-t a-i the crow flies, gave : shrwk . t imn;, a'l' tying tie sil- linen ar'n'd the throat of the pre i < ut choked hiti to death. Then picking t a whole cu-- ar!d pie he struck a Mlto -hlow on the opposite side of the tat li as to fill thc ear toooverflowing, caught :old of a carving knife and fled through hte village. it-:tting holes in constables and biting elderly people on their way home. He has cleared out two asylunes tread-. and now he is on his way to WVaupaca. He still thinks, poor boy, that he is to lecture at Jasper toni; lit and that if he should disappoint them he will be out *10." The lecturer has two or three great obstacles to overcome which the actor leas not-viz. he has no scenery, he has to occupy the entire evening alone, and there is no division into three or four acts with a chance for the audience to rest and ran cown the show. And yet the lecturer often starts out fearlessly without training, or with tratinig that is far worse than nowe, and on the sepn tatioa he har made In some totally difer eat art he fearlessly rushes In where angels would naturally hang back and advertises to lecture. At the expense of the public he thus, if persastent and leave, at last learns to be natural-if he didn't foolishly get his originality and ladividuality trained out of him by a journeyman elocutionist on the start and is than considered a professional. He can think of other more interesting toemes than his spee-h and set himself (1)wn I t f :10 -adsii life at times to calmly r .uo, " thee to : .adl brambles from his tirpi f:yi-therei il braiubles accniubmltdi al tO'gn : ' iii-h iti fiercely thn-; rod;i A'. r whiifh I, huts travye' :1 ?. : e' v-n a n: 1rt: "-ilcess. Iant: e u .i"o -t, Th 'li. a - as differtent . -i 1:t" I "~ t..:; It, .r .~i you find thi ii.'t -uit'-u. " nd ap preciative .,::" t:, ce 1 I ,v- -in' tv i u Ito gent-al : ie ca.. i ,," - e it as point-4 of 11; e" c,<"1 - are t , r t : , .t~.. The we.-t i- hair.. 0.-re tithuini than tae aint. then lh a yun:,: audici a cri'' -I1'i tene or an audience if I t or ivsplatlsr iun i. the audi cmei for iiasmi. Portl n-. 1.e.. is said to es the iquit est anii'i( t i-,o the most enthusiastic. This ii tnr in sme respects, but if you cai g it time to watch the faces of the New En land audience without forg-t f ting yinar eace you will discover the same degree of appreciation and enthu slastu. tii :1h manifested perhaps in a different way. in the one case as in the other. Lecturers are better treated on the whole now than 201 years ago, and the eggs used lid those who criticise the Icr formance ar - of a higher order of excel lence. It et-ims to me. No one cau tie quicker to recognize and apprecia:-- welh a reform than I can. No one hails with greater glee or more ojiti mistic salve- of applause this stride in the direction if improvement. I had intended to give a few little per sonal experiences in the way of snec dotes of a comic character. but space forbids; besides I doubt the good taste of writing flippantly of such a serious mat ter as lecturing, especially humorous lecturing. 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