Chapter 15 & 16 - The Art of Oratory and Europe

The correspondent of the New York World-Telegram made some laudatory remarks in his report on Washington’s address at Atlanta. After his Atlanta address, Washington accepted some of the invitations to speak in public, especially those which gave him opportunity to plead the cause of his race, where he was free to talk about his life-work and the needs of his people.

He made it a point not to speak as a professional lecturer, or for mere commercial gain. According to him, although the rules of elocution such as pauses, breathing, and pitch of voice are very important for a speaker, a speech would be devoid of soul if he did not feel, from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head, that he had something to say that was going to help some individual or some cause.

Washington made sure that he plans for each day's work so that he would not let his work master him and he should be in command of his work. In nineteen years of continuous work, the only vacation that Washington took was a trip to Europe. When some friends in Boston found that he was overworked, they raised sufficient money for a three or four months' trip to Europe for Mrs. and Mr. Washington in the spring of 1899.

On May 10, when they began their journey in the Friesland, a beautiful vessel, he met several passengers who knew him. After ten days of delightful weather, they landed at the interesting old city of Antwerp, in Belgium and spent some time there. On being invited, they joined a party of half a dozen persons on a trip through Holland. Then they went back to Belgium, and from Belgium to Paris.

From Paris, they reached London early in July. Washington was impressed by the English culture. All classes had a high regard for law and order. They knew how to get more out of life. They relished eating their food leisurely, and maintained perfect punctuality.

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