Bangs, John Kendrick
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Ladies' Night, with a programme which included violin solos by Frank Blachford and singing by Frank OldField and Arthur Blight.
Some impressions of men of power with whom the speaker has had the rare privilege coming in contact with in the past fifteen or twenty years of a very active editorial life. An amusing account of the terms "salubrities" and "celebrities." The address continues with personal anecdotes and reminiscences of the following people: Winston Churchill as a true celebrity; the speaker's neighbour, Mr. Perkins as a salubrity, and how each is so named. Trying to do something to counteract "the wild and slanderous teachings of our malicious muck-raking magazines." The experience of Mr. Richard Harding Davis, a man that had suffered at the hands of the offensive literary muck-raker. Rudyard Kipling as the next salubrity, also criticized by muck-rakers. A response to the accusation that Kipling's manners were rude. The story of a female salubrity: Miss Dorothy Tennant who married Sir Henry M. Stanley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the story of his visit to the speaker's house. A salubrity who is not a celebrity, a tramp that the speaker met on a train. Looking down below the surface, beneath the thing which for the moment seems to be obvious, looking right down into the heart and the soul of the true American. Finding there the something that will tell you, beyond the possibility of any contradiction, that in his ideals, in his hopes, in his aspirations, he is most truly your brother.