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Piasa Chautauqua Assembly


July 20 to August 17, 1899.

Pure Cold Spring Water,

Cool Nights,

Large Auditorium.








Attractive Program,

Excellent Fishing,

New Cottages.

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Sixteenth Annual Session


Piasa Chautauqua Assembly,

JULY 20 TO AUGUST 17, 1899.




OFFICERS, \ 899.

President A. W. CROSS Jerseyville, 111.

First Vice-President J. B. ULRICH St. Louis, Mo.

Second Vice-Pres't HON. C. P. STAFFORD Grafton, 111.

Secretary JUDGE O. B. HAMILTON Jerseyville, 111.

Treasurer GEORGE H. DOUGHERTY Otterville, 111.

Superintendent of Devotional Meetings,
REV. F. M. VAN TREESE, D. D ..Lebanon, 111.


S. B. Warner, D. D St. Louis.

T. H. Perrin Alton.

*Col. A. F. Rogers Upper Alton.

*Judge O. B. Hamilton Jerseyville.

George H. Dougherty Otterville.

*J. B. Ulrich St. Louis.

*L. Hallock St. Louis.

*REv. G. D. McCulloch, D. D St. Louis.

*A. W. CROSS , Jerseyville.

JOEL McDavid Hillsboro.

*Hon. C. P. Stafford Grafton.

Col. W. H. Fulkerson Jerseyville.

Those marked * constitute the Executive Committee.

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The first name on each committee being chairman.

Program. — Rev. G. D. McCulloch and J. B. Ulrich, St. Louis.

Superintendent of Devotional Meetings. — Rev. F. M. Van Treese,
D.D., Lebanon, 111.

Advertising and Printing. — Perrin, Hamilton and Fulkerson.

Privileges. — A. F. Rogers.

Gates.— J. B. Ulrich.

Tents.— Geo. D. McCulloch.

Transportation. — Hamilton, Cross, Perrin and Rogers.

Hotel, Lunch Counter and Store. — Stafford, Dougherty and Cross.

Lots (including surveying and recording plat, and price and sale of
lots). — Hallock, Dougherty, Stafford, Ulrich and Fulkerson.

Farmers' Day. — W. H. Fulkerson., T. S. Chapman, A. P. Grout and E.
C. Pace.

Notes and Accounts. — Cross and Hamilton.

Special Order and Organization Days.— J. W. Becker and Geo. M.

Picnics.— A. F. Rogers.

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HE beautiful grounds of the Piasa Chautauqua Assembly,
4 I containing 310 acres, are situated on the banks of the Mis-
sissippi river, directly on the line of the St. L,ouis, Chicago
& St. Paul R. R. (Bluff Line), 13 miles above Alton, 111., and can
easily be reached by rail and river. The grounds front on the
river at the station. The encampment is in a beautiful valley
which extends back between two high and heavily wooded hills.
Here and there ravines and gorges penetrate the hills and are
shaded by the trees and carpeted with moss and ferns. The bold
and lofty bluffs on the Illinois shore, the island in front, the wide
stretch of bottom lands on the Missouri side with its fertile fields
and dense woods, the ever-changing "Father of Waters," the gor-
geous sunsets up the river, combine to make such picturesque and
grand scenery as cannot be surpassed in the Mississippi valley.

Dr. W. H. Crawford, who has lectured at so many Chautau-
quas, says of its attractions :

"I have seen the Palisades of the Hudson, and looked upon
the glories of the Rhine, but I have never looked upon a more
beautiful sight than the Bluffs of the Piasa, under the light of the
full moon, as I saw them from a boat on the river last night."

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One cf our fine advantages is the large spring which sends its
clear, cold water out in such abundance and purity from under the
rock at the base of a towering hill. Its cold water, by analysis,
proves to be, in almost every minute particular, like the famous
Eureka waters of Arkansas. It is piped over the grounds and is
furnished free from convenient hydrants.



Another natural advantage is found in the configuration of the
grounds. The narrow valley between the high and thickly wooded
hills secures the maximum of shade in the mornings and evenings.
While toward night-fall, the cool air draws down from the high
lands back and flows down the valley and out over the river, bring-
ing in, even after the sultriest mid-day, a cool night with refresh-
ing sleep.

Then, remember, too, that it is not far away. Business and
professional men in St. Louis, Alton and the adjoining cities and
towns can bring their families here and yet keep in touch with
their business, and so secure at least a partial change and rest.

For convenience, pleasure and economy combined, this Chau-
tauqua meets the wants of the people.


Our Assembly is educational, recreative and religious. It aims
to combine, with the outing features and relief from household
routine and habitual labor, the best social and literary advantages
for pleasure and profit.

While Piasa Chautauqua is given to sport-loving, fun-making
and nearly all kinds of recreation known to land or water, yet its
spirit is religious. Col. Bain, who has served almost every Chau-
tauqua in America, said: "I have never seen such a good religious
spirit as here."

We open our gates on Sunday this year and invite our friends
who are busy thro' the week to come in and enjoy the increased
attraction and helpfulness that we expect from our Denominational
Sunday programs. In doing this, however, it must be understood
that only the hotel will be open on Sunday. The store, the post-
office and all privileges will be closed. We simply plan to extend
the blessing of our quiet and restful Sabbaths to a greater number.


Clergymen, missionaries and Y. M. C. A. secretaries and their
wives will be admitted free. Their railroad permit shown at the
gate will pass them into the grounds. Then on application to the

secretary at the office the proper tickets will be issued to them. It
is expected that such clergymen will assist as much as they can in
distributing Assembly literature and securing delegations from
their section.


There is a hotel, postoffice, telephone and telegraph during the
season. After July 18 direct all mail, freight and express to Chau-
tauqua, Jersey Co., Ills. Before this date the postoffice is at Elsah,
Ills. Enquire for lots, tents and privileges of Col. A. F. Rogers,
Upper Alton, Ills. For programs and information, write to, Hon.
O. B. Hamilton, Secretary, Jersey ville, Ills.





STUDENTS and lovers of music have a rare chance of enjoy-
ment and profit in the four Lecture Recitals which W. Waugh
Lauder will give us from July 22 to 25.
Mr. Waugh Lauder is a teacher of the piano-forte and theory,
concert pianist and originator of the lecture recital, late of the staff
of the New England Conservatory, and former pupil of Liszt and


Reinecke and prize graduate of Leipzic Conservatory. The man-
agement congratulates their patrons and friends upon the fact that
we can offer to them such a rare opportunity to hear one of the fore-


most musical lecturers iu America. He is the acknowledged
originator of the "Lecture Recital." Over three thousand have
already been given by him. One of the best recognized critics in
America; ex-director of several of the leading colleges, and leading
professor at New England Conservatory; has given courses of
lectures at the leading institutions of America, e. g. : Chicago Uni-
versity, Cincinnati College of Music and Vassar College; wears
medallions from the greatest concertist of. the world, Franz von
Liszt; was decorated by his Holiness Pope Leo XIII at the Vati-
can; has introduced more new topics of art importance to the Am-
erican musical public than any other one man, e. g. : "Voyageur
Chansory of New France," "The Wonderful Musical Service of
Armenia Before and in Time of Christ." Mr. Lauder has the
largest all round repertoire of any artist in America embracing
every field of the art. He was at Baireuth three times and lived
eight years in Europe Mr. Lauder has given recitals in every
corner of the Continent. He has been the recipient of very flat-
tering recognitions at the hands of Dr. Leopold Damrosch, Wilhelm
Gericke, Carl Reinecke, and other world masters.

"Mr. Lauder then illustrated the above remarks by rendering
three piano solos, 'Wedding March,' by Mendelssohn; 'Overture
to William Tell,' by Rossini, and 'Invitation to the Dance,' by
Weber. In all three illustrations he tried to make the music clearly
intelligible, for he says we must acquire a knowledge of music that
we may really understand it.

' ' The lecture was very instructive from every point of view and
the piano solos used as illustrations were a rare treat in themselves.
W. Waugh Lauder is a musician who thoroughly understands his
work, and has the power to make others understand and appreciate
it." — Extract from Waterloo Daily Courier, July 15, 1898.

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Among the new things this year will be a cooking school in
which lectures on food values and relation of proper cooking to
health will be illustrated by practical demonstrations before the
audience. This school will last for six days, beginning July 25th.

The cooking lessons will be given by Miss Carolyn A. Jenkins,
of Indianapolis, Ind., a graduate of the New Era Cooking School,

Worcester, Mass. These lectures will be both highly interesting
and instructive, being entirely different from other work in this

Each lecture to be followed by a practical chafing dish demon-

Every lady attending Miss Jenkins' lectures will receive, as a
souvenir of the occasion, a handsomely illustrated and practical
cook book.

Please bring fork, spoon and napkin, as there will be many
dainty dishes served to all who come.


Prof. J. R. Buckingham, formerly of New York, instructor in
Drawing and Painting and Illustrator and Chalk-Talk Artist for
the Sunday-School lessons, will have personal supervision of this
department. Instruction to private scholars, out-door sketching
and painting, a specialty.

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The courses in this department will be practical. Opportunity
will be given to the student to speak from the platform at every
recitation. Practice under direction will be the means of conduct-
ing the classes. No arbitrary rules will be laid down; the ideal
for the student is within himself, and to bring it out will be the
purpose of each course.

The individual is the only new thing under the sun and in
expression he must give himself. Personality will be honored and
maintained, the imagination and feeling will be deepened and
guided and the physical trained to work in harmony with the mind.
It must be the purpose of the speaker, not only to give the idea,
but to make it attractive; it is therefore the practical, artistic
expression that will be cultivated.

The department will offer two courses :

I. Extempore Speaking. Five hours a week for three weeks.

The purpose of this course is to drill the student in the
delivery of original work and to acquire an intense, energetic and
attractive style in speaking from the platform. This course is
arranged for the special benefit of those who expect to use public .



In charge of the Department of Public Speaking at
Shurtleff College.

speaking in their pro-
fession. Special atten-
tion is given to clergy-
men who may present
parts of their sermons for

Part of every reci-
tation will be devoted
to thorough work in
vocal culture.

II. Elocution. —
Five hours a week for
three weeks.

The aim of this
course is to interpret
faithfully the best litera-
ture and to recreate the
soul of the selection. A
technical study of the
mental and emotional in
reading as seen in the
quality , variety, force,
time and color of the

tone. In this course opportunity will be given to teachers who
may be interested in the general subject of reading, to study the
conversational method which is being adopted in the public schools.

Part of every recitation will be devoted to thorough work in
vocal culture.

Private lessons will be given to those who desire them at a
reasonable rate.


Fifteen lessons $2.00

Ten lessons 1-50

Five lessons 1-00

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This srrvice will be again under the efficient direction of Rev.
F. M. Van Treese, D. D., Presiding Elder of Alton District.
This has been a most enjoyable and profitable hour in our former
Assemblies. We ask all Christians to pray for a special blessing
upon these services this coming season that they may be a still
greater power and prove to be Pentecostal indeed.



have been provided for more
fully than ever before. Teach-
ers of wide reputation have
been secured. The series of
lessons by Prof. H. H. Hamill
will be used. This series has
been adopted as a text book
by the Assembly, and exami-
nations will be held and cer-
tificates issued as the course is

Rev. W. C. Pearce, of
Chicago, who is now and has
been a Normal instructor and
Sunday-School convention
leader for years under the
Illinois State Sunday-School
PROF. H. M. STEIDLEY. Association, will be with us

for one week, beginning July
25th. Prof. H. M. Steidley, of Lincoln, 111., who is Superintend-
ent of the Illinois Church Extension Association of the C. P.

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Church, will teach and train for one week, beginning July 31st.
These instructors are endorsed and recommended by Prof. H. H.


Ham ill, who is at the head of the Normal Department of the
National Sunday-School Association. We trust a large and enthu-
siastic class will take up the work under these capable instructors
and will carry it on and graduate in due time.


Mrs. W. P. Kuhl, of Champaign, 111., State Evangelist for
Illinois, will conduct this department. The work will begin


August 1st, and continue for four days. Mrs. Eldridge, State
Evangelist, Irvington, Indiana, will assist and will sing at each
service. The topics will be assigned to different workers, and eight
minutes allowed for the consideration of each one.



Our kindergarten work will be under the direction of Miss Addie
G. Tandy, a teacher in the Crow Kindergarten, 34th and Belle
Sts. , St. Louis. Miss Mabel A. Wilson who is Normal Instructor
of St. Louis Public Kindergartens has recommended Miss Tandy to
us and will herself kindly give some oversight and direction to the
work with the children. Tuition, $1.50 for three weeks; school
will continue two hours each day, beginning Monday, July 24.

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Two classes will be taught in this department daily during the
last two weeks of our Assembly by Miss Mabel A. Wilson. We
have referred above to Miss Wilson's position as Normal In-
structor in the Public School ; besides this she is Director of the
Crow Kindergarten and Principal of the Primary Department of
Christ Church Cathedral Sunday School, which includes five grades.
We use the following testimonial from Dean Davis of the Cathedral:

"Miss M. A. Wilson, Principal of the Primary Department
Christ Church Cathedral Sunday School. Within the past few
years, under the more than able management of Miss Wilson, the
Primary Department has grown from 25 to 175 scholars, and her in-
fluence has made a complete change in the course of instruction
throughout the entire school. Carrou, M. Davis, Dean."

In addition to her work in St Louis, Miss Wilson has taught
with such success as developed great interest and enthusiasm in
her classes at various Chautauquas and S. S. Assemblies, as at
Pertle Springs, Mount Eagle and Weatherford, Texas.

There will be a class for children and Normal Class for teachers
and parents and for all who want help in order to be more helpful.

The Primary Class will be free, but for the Normal Lectures a
small fee will be asked.

Our friends will be interested also in knowing that Miss Wilson
is the author of the book recently published, entitled "Love, Light
and Life for God's Little Children; a Course of Instruction for
Primary Sunday Schools." The lessons for the children will be
taken from this book. This work will, we believe, afford a rare
opportunity to teachers and to all who are interested in imparting
religious truth and in building up intelligent and spiritual character
in childhood.




A summer school for Normal
instruction in teaching music will
be opened July 25 by Prof M. Ed-
win Johnson. The work will be es-
pecially adapted for Public School
Teachers and those preparing to
teach. Particular attention will be
given to the work in the various
grades and to newest methods of
teaching in the Primary Depart-
ments. The Silver Burdet Music
Reader (Tufts and Holt) will be
used. In view of Prof. Johnson's
being on the ground as the Chau-
tauqua Musical Director he will
make unusually low terms for this
work. Address him at 815 Ohio
East St. Louis, for additional information if desired.

Prof. M. Edwin Johnson.



Denominational Days.

Periods have been arranged for four of the leading denomina-
tions this year, in order to show the inter-denominational character
of our Chautauqua. This will afford special pleasure and profit to
the denomination having charge of the period and promote fuller
knowledge and greater regard for one another's spirit and work.

The Sunday School will be under the general superintendency
of our old worker, Hon. T. H. Perrin, but the different denomina-
tions are invited to appoint one of their workers to act as Assistant
Superintendent It is also desired that they furnish lesson leaves
and Sunday School papers for their Sunday from their own denom-
inational publishing society. Prof. Johnson and the Piasa Chorus
Class will have general charge of the music, but the committees are
requested to furnish additional music in the way of solos and quar-
tettes during their periods as they may consider it desirable and

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A Personal Word.

A change in the work of the Program Committee was necessi-
tated by the removal of Dr. O. M. Stewart to Kansas City. This
loss of our President and able Superintendent of Instruction was
greatly regretted by us all. These changes have delayed the pub-


lication of our program and have given some of the Denominational
Committees too short a time for the perfecting of their part. The
present chairman confesses that if he had known the amount of
correspondence, the expenditure of labor and time, involved in
making a program he would have had no heart to have undertaken
it. As it is he wishes to thank the Denominational Committees
for their cordial co-operation and our advertisers for their help and
to commend the latter to our friends for patronage. Our program
is more elaborate and ornamental than any we have ever pub-
lished. We hope our cuts will call the attention of those unfamiliar
with our grounds to the beautiful scenery and the many outing
attractions. We believe this will prove a very instructive and in-
teresting program. It has more music, more school work, and
more religious and church work than has been generally furnished
We bespeak the appreciation and co-operation of friends in its pro-







Sup't of Instruction.

Leader of Devotional Meetings.

Musical Director.




Governor's Reception Day, Friday, July 21.

8:30 A. M. Devotional Hour. Rev. F. M. VanTreese, D. D.,
Presiding Elder of Alton District.

Gov. John R. Tanner, Lieut. -Gov. W. A. Northcott, Secretary of State James A. Rose,
State Auditor J. S. McCullough, State Treasurer F. K. Whittmore, Attorney- General F,. C
Akin, and other State officers will be at the Assembly.

2:30 P. M. Addresses by Gov. Tanner, Lieut. -Gov. Northcott,
Secretary of State James A. Rose and others. C

7:30 P. M. Magic and Music. Wm. A. McCormick, the River-
side Whistler and Magician, assisted by George
Bass, Violinist (a favorite pupil of Jacobsohn).

For the past seven years Prof. McCormick has been before the amusement-loving-
public as a whistling imitator, and has met with phenomenal success. During the greater
part of his entertainment career he has been associated with three of the well known
Lyceum magicians, and in February, 1897, he decided to add magic to his work, he having
acquired great knowledge of that art. Since then many thousands have witnessed his per-
formances. There is nothing in his entertainment to offend the most fastidious person and
it is equally interesting to old and young. A more pleasing entertainer has never graced
the platform. Prof. McCormick calls the robins about him in the city park and often makes
the wild birds follow him in the country. He imitates perfectly the various sounds of the
barnyard and the melodies of the forests, and the various noises of machinery. Add to this
the wonderful feats in magic and the violin music and we have a most enjoyable entertain-
ment. Mr. McCormick as a whistling imitator stands without an equal and his magic will
always please.

Mr. Bass, who assists in each of Prof. McCormick's programs, began taking lessons
on the violin at the age of seven. Even then he played with remarkable feeling and purity
of tone. His teacher says that when he was but twelve years old he was an artist on that
most difficult of musical instruments. He is simply wonderful in conception and technique.
In appearance and age he is but a youth, and yet his accomplishments would be considered
extraordinary in a person of mature years. It is predicted by one of our Chicago daily
papers that he may some day rival the performances of Wilhelmj and Sarasate.


8:30 A. M. Devotional Hour.

9:30 A. M. Chorus Class Prof. Johnson

2:30 P. M. Prof. McCormick and Mr. Bass (second program).

prof. w. a. Mccormick,

Whistler and Magician.

From Dr. W. L. Davidson, (Supt.

of Six Assemblies and Field

Secretary, C. L. S. C.)

To Whom it May Concern: — W.
A. McCormick is a host on the
platform. His versatility is phen-
omenal; his imitations are un-
approachable, in my estimation.
He is called "The Riverside
Whistler," but should be called
"The American Whistler," for he
stands alone in his unique meth-
ods. He has now added magic to
his other work and is destined to
be as great a success here as any
place else. He works with an
ease and deftness which will soon
cause him to take a front rank
among the presi idigitators on the
platform. He deserves, and cer-
tainly will win great fame.

W. L. Davidson.


Mr. Bass may be classed as a
phenomenal performer on the
score of the delightful strength
and quality of tone which he pro-
duces from his instrument.

From "Courier- Journal," Louis-
ville, Ky.

7:30 P. M.

Lecture I Mr. W.Waugh Lauder, of Chicago, 111.

Art and Music as a strong factor in educational,
religious, home, national and folk life; with a recital
of masterpieces of popular classic (good) music of
the great masters.

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