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Representative Kline's Address

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Representativo Kline delivered the following address, Tuesday, in Lansing, at the memorial exercises for the late ex-President Hayes and ex-Governor Baldwin: Mr. President and Gentlemen oE the Joint Conveutiou : It is unfortunate for me that I have been chosen to follow the eloquent gentleman who has just addressed you. The addresses to which you have just listened, pronounced in eulogy of the illustrous dead, whose distinguished services have long been profoundly recognized by the people of this republic, have brought sadness to your hearts, and tears to your eyes, as only the utterances of such masters can, and who themselves are deeply touchecl by the words they have uttered. They are impressed as they wish to impress you, they feel that which they wish you to feel, there has tallen from their lips sweetness, they have testifled in thrillinjr accents their friendship and patriotism. It is in keeping with our American institution aDd ideas, that we should proiïer to the dead that which we withhold from the living. We meet today to show our appreciation of the deeds of men. We, as Americans, admire ambitious men, becanse those who are ambitious must needs be patriotic, and upon our patriotism we know depends our stability as a nation. The men whom we honor today were patriotic, they were devoted to their own land; their patriotism is sanctifled because it was brought into existence when the battlefield, éxposure and the prison pen was the ultímate result of patriotism. Both attained high honors at the hands of the people they sought to serve, one occupying the highest place within the gift of the people. Ile was iu the civic chair au esteem of his country, in every duty in lile he has been flrst. As a "student he was foremost, as a lawyer he was in the front rank, as a soldier, he was among the bravest; for history bears numerous proofs of this, it diseloses him as the hero of Cloyd Mountain, Cedar Creek and South Mountain; fourhorses shot from under him, four wounds in action, flghting after he feil. A hundr?d days exposed to death under flre; - these are evidences of as lofty a courage as is yet known among men. President Hayes vas a man of high courage; he had no personal enemies; his private life was so pure that no man has ever dared assail it. Ile had in his character that which makes men noble, manly men. His constant tender care of the soldier, sharing his blanket, his last crust and his last penny with a cornrade, makes him to them doubly dear. But he is dead, and by his death a nation has lost an honored son; a wife a loving husband, and children a íond parent. But we see for him glory and honor, in the place of death and decay. It is as a Christian that ve think of him now; it is tliis which makes his life to man an invaluable boon, his death an unmistakable loss. His eternity to himself an inheritance, incorruptable. undetiled, and that which fadeth not away.


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