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NOTES OF THE W.N.T.F. CONVENTION
(Held in Chicago, Oct. 23-26, '06.)
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CONVENTION assembled in the Y. M. C. A. audi
torium, 153 La Salle St., at 2 p. m., Oct. 23. The
address of welcome was given by J. Hamilton Lillis, City Attorney, acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Dunne.
Response by T. G. Northrup, president of the Federation.
Also, address of welcome by Dr. E. H. Pratt, president of the Chicago New Thought Federation, and response by Mrs. Grace M. Brown, vice-pres. of the W. N. T. F.
All of these preliminary amenities were delivered with a hearty good cheer and were replete with expressions of good will and betrayed in the minds of all the speakers a breadth and depth of thought commensurate with the spirit of the great occasion which they ushered in.
Tuesday evening the first speaker was Mr. Henry Frank of New York, subject, “The Universality of Truth.” I did not have the pleasure of hearing this address, but was told by several that it was excellent
both in thought and delivery.
The next on the program was J. A. McIvor-Tyndall of Denver, subject, “Individuality the Logical Result," followed by Mrs. Jennie H. Croft of Kansas City on "The Personal Application of Truth.” I was told that both of these numbers were clearly presented and both uplifting and edifying in character.
Wednesday afternoon came first Dr. C. W. Burrows of Detroit, with the theme, "A History of New Thought." Dr. Burrows is a forcible speaker, but his subject was too wide and deep for thirty minutes, and therefore his talk was somewhat cursory, touching only the high places.
Judge H. H. Benson of Kansas City, followed with "The Evolution of New Thought.” The Judge is a good speaker and profound thinker and everybody was pleased and helped by his speech.
Then we had Prof. S. A. Weltmer of Nevada Mo., on "The Unity of Science and Religion and Consequent Result in Healing.” A long and most suggestive subject, enough for an hour's talk, but I need not, tell you that the Professor made good magnificently in the half-hour allotted to him. All were delighted and instructed.
The last speaker of the afternoon was Dr. Sheldon Leavitt, of Chicago, who gave us a most entertaining and instructive lecture on "Volition as a Healing Factor.” It was thoroly scientific and analytical, presenting some thoughts to the audience which were new to those who have not studied materia medica.
On Wednesday evening we had first, Charles Fillmore of Kansas City, topic, "The Relation of Spiritual Healing to the Healing Movement.” Bro. Fillmore is always a pleasing speaker and deeply in earnest. He thoroly believes in the doctrine he preaches and practices.
The next number on the program was “Suggestion" to be discussed by Elmer Ellsworth Carey of Chicago. He being absent, his place was filled by Mrs. Mary L. Slonaker of Chicago. She proved herself fully competent to meet the emergency and gave us a clear exposition of the use and power of suggestion, in her own original way.
Then came upon the stage Miss Nona L. Brooks of Denver and told us about “The Power of the Spoken Word.” Miss Brooks is filled with the love of truth and always pleases her audiences.
On Thursday afternoon we had 24 five-minute talks by persons who were not on the program. Among them was Harry Gaze of Boston, the man who does not believe in dying nor preparing to die. Many said it was in some respects the best session of the convention. The theme discussed was “New Thought Practice.” Many came to the convention to get practical, applicable knowledge of New Thought and some complained that the set speeches gave only theories. These derived much good from the practical talks and experiences presented at that session
The first speaker on Thursday evening was A. P. Barton of Kansas City, subject, “Affirmations and Denials.” (The substance of this address appears in the Nov. issue of THE LIFE.)
After this address Cora L. V. Richmond of Chicago spoke on "The Power of Thought in Moulding Character.” Mrs. Richmond is a forceful and earnest speaker and deals with her themes in a masterful manner.
Rev. J. D. Perrin of Chicago followed with “The Public Mind the Result of Individual Thinking." Mr. Perrin is a thinker and is able to express his thoughts in a telling way.
Friday afternoon brought before us first Rev. E. T. Bunting of St. Louis with the subject, "The Responsibility of Life." He was fully competent to the occasion and gave us all something to think about.
Then Alfred Lanphere of Chicago spoke in a most entertaing way of "The Practicality of New Thought in the Home and in Business." The force of his words was greatly enhanced by the well known high character and work of the man.
Paul Tyner of Athens, Ga., and Chas. Brodie Patterson of New York both being absent, their places were filled by Dr. E. H. Pratt of Chicago with a most excellent and instructive address on “The Possibilities of the Future from a New Thought View Point." Dr. Pratt is at the head of a large sanitarium and school in Chicago and is well known as a learned and broad minded gentleman. His lecture was a rare treat.
Friday evening, Paul Tyner having arrived, gave us a fine line of well-connected thoughts on "The Relation of Environment to the Individual.” Mr. Tyner is a pleasing speaker.
Chas. O. Boring of Chicago spoke on "Federation,"which was followed by installation and inauguraladdresses of the newly elected officers, and the convention adjourned to meet at Niagara Falls two years hence.
.... The officers elected for the ensuing two years are, Rev. John D. Perrin of Chicago, president; Miss Nona L. Brooks of Denver, 1st vice-president; Judge H. H. Benson of Kansas City, 2nd vice-president, Mrs. Chas. H. Besley of Chicago, treasurer; and a board of 7 directors of which Prof. S. A. Weltmer of Nevada, Mo., is chairman. The secretary is to be appointed by the president and board of directors.
.... In point of subjects discussed and the character and power of the addresses delivered, this was the