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John Fox, Jr. lectures in Madisonville, Mar., 1898

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John Fox, Jr. lectures in Madisonville, Mar., 1898

Posted: 1088220139000
Classification: Biography
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Surnames: Fox, Morton, Board, Burr, Moore, McGary, Atkinson, White, Price

Most Pleasing Lecture and Reading by the Famous Young Kentucky Author

Delightful Reception at Mrs. W.C. Morton's Followed

The night was a dark and the roads heavy after the rains but we could not allow such trivial things to stand in the way of our hearing John FOX, Jr., the young but famous Kentucky author, who has embalmed in his stories--most humorous, natural and pathetic--the character, the traits and the environment of the Kentucky mountaineer. The Earlington party consisted of Misses Sallie BOARD, Agnes BURR, Sue BURR, Celeste MOORE, and Mrs. C.H. McGARY; Messrs. John B. ATKINSON, Howard WHITE, and Paul P. PRICE; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. MOORE.
Mr. FOX's reading from his Kentucky classics was particularly charming. There was evident in his hearers a considerable familiarity with his stories and their responsiveness was reflected again in the mobile, pleasant face of the speaker. It was a great privilege.
Following the lecture Mrs. W.C. MORTON tendered an informal reception to Mr. FOX and the ladies of the Madisonville Book Club and the Earlington Magazine Club, their husbands and escorts.
Mr. FOX proved as pleasant socially as in print or on the platform.
Mrs. MORTON had arranged the reception with great good taste and fitness. The favors were jonquils--spelled "John-quills" worthy of the author of "A Purple Rhododendron." The decorations and refreshments took a like tint.
Such treats as this are rare hereabouts. May they grown in frequency. (Source: Earlington Bee, Thur. Mar. 24, 1898) note: John Fox, Jr. was one of Kentucky's most prominent novelists. His best known works were yet to be written in 1898 when he visited Madisonville. These are "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come" in 1903 and "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" in 1908. Both of these were later adapted to "the silver screen". Even though we here in Hopkins Co. are from "the flat part" of Kentucky, I highly recommend both of these wonderful books. Phil

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