SIR HARRY LAUDER TO BE UNION'S GUEST
World-Known Scotchman Is Staunch Supporter of Anglo-American Amity--First Visited U. S. 16 Years Ago
Sir Harry Lauder, entertainer, singer, and lecturer of international fame, will be the guest of the Union at luncheon tomorrow, according to an announcement yesterday at the Union. He will give a short talk on various subjects drawn from his experiences.
The luncheon will be in the Living Room of the Union at 1 o'clock, and is open to members only. The regular restaurant at that time will be closed.
Sir Harry's purpose in coming out to Cambridge is to show his friendship for the University. He has accepted the invitation in spite of the fact that he will be greatly inconvenienced by attending, since he has to appear in a matinee performance in Boston shortly afterwards.
Won Title by War Work
Sir Harry Lauder's reputation rests not alone on his position as an entertainer and a singer, for he is a lecturer of equal ability. In war-time, his work in raising funds for the relief of wounded soldiers and in maintaining the morale of his fellow countrymen brought him his knighthood and his greatest fame.
The entry in Who's Who under his name is a characteristic description of himself.
"Lauder, Sir Harry. . . . Educ; by Stumpy Bell as a half-timer in Arbroath. Career varied: first, mill-boy in flax-spinning mill, then a miner, now is what the people have made him. . . . Recreations: trying to hit a wee gutty ba', trying to catch salmon and trout, motoring."
"Harry Lauder's audiences are the same all the world over; Harry Lauder likes them all, and they all like Harry Lauder."
This was Sir Harry's comment to a CRIMSON reporter last night on the alleged unresponsiveness of Boston audiences. It was made as he was preparing to go on the stage of the Boston Opera House.
"I make them smile a little, laugh a little, cry a little, and think a little," he continued. "I give them a little bit of homely philosophy--a line of truth to make them think and care for something."
Has no Use for Politicians
Sir Harry touched on a wide variety of subjects, always in the same characteristic manner. "Education and common sense; they are the same, and the world needs educated men now. The world has been run too long by politicians; we want statesmen today, men who will lean on the breast of truth and listen to its heart beat."
"A moral understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom"--this is the goal for which Sir Harry Lauder is constantly striving, and he reiterated again and again last night the need for it. He had no patience with the recent comments of Israel Zangwill on the people and institutions of this country. "That is not the real Britisher's attitude," he said.
"I've been everywhere in America during the last sixteen years," he said. "I've learned to know the people, and when you know people you like them, I like America, and I like her people."
Sir Harry spoke again in conclusion of the need for close friendship between Englishmen and Americans. "We speak the same language, and we eat the same food," he said. "It's only the forces of evil and ignorance that keep us apart."