The Milwaukee Journal wrote about these county fair speeches, "Whatever purpose he may have had. . .his vigorous oratory cannot have failed to have left an impression on his hearers. . .Mr. La Follette is sometimes sarcastic. His words bite like coals of fire; nut his face and gestures are unique. . .into the most commonpalce of his word paintings he throws the energy of a man apparently fully impressed with the whole force and truth of his statements. He never wearies and he will not allow his audience to weary. . .Perhaps this concentration of every power in the man to impress his hearers is a stage trick, but it is well played and beyond detection. It is real and full of life and vitality." Cf. Milwaukee Journal, Oct. 2, 1897.