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The Harugari Flag Dedication

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The Fourth was very ( ately celebrated in Ann Arbor by a íag presentation to the Harugari ] Maennnechoir and appropriate exercises at Relief Park with very patriotic speeches. A procession was formed at 10:30 and marched through the streets led by Otto's band. The seven Germán societies of the city participated in the parade, as did societies from Chelsea, Dexter and Saline and two societies from Detroit, the Ann Arbor Rifles and the Wolverine Cycle Club. Titus Hutzel was marshal of the day. A large crowd of people gathered to witness the parade and a large concourse of people assembled at the park. Afite'r the arrival of the parade, the ladies of the society had a very nice spread for the guests of the society. At two o'clock President John Mayer called the people to order and in a neat little speech introduced Mayor Thompson, who made the address of welcome as follows: Gentlemen: As mayor of the city thepleasing duty devolves upon me to extend to the members of the several musical societies from abroad, who are present to assist in the celebration of this day, a most hearty welcome. Now a genuine welcome does not depend very much upon the language in which it is couched, but upon the heart and spirit with which it is given. There is an old proverb that "action speakes louder than words." I am sure vou all recoenize the truth of this saying and that you will not measure the depth and breadth of the welcome which the citizens of Ann Arbor extend to you by my poor words, but rather by the faces beaming with pleasure that meet you at every turn and the hearty greetings which you receive from each and all. I am well aware that I can not express in words our pleasure in meeting you today, but I am confident that our actions vi)l make our unexpressed feelings perfectly manifest. "The times change and we change with them." The character of our celebrations today differ widely from those of half a century ago. We do not differ very much, if at all, from our fathers. We are mated by the same thoughts and aspirations as they were, but we express our feelings differently. The harsh and boisterous manner in which this national festival was first celebrated is gradually and imperceptibly passing away and in the place of rousing artillery and mimic battles we have gatherings of musical societies and are greeted today with song, music and the gay dance. We still adore the god of war but in our hearts we love and worship the muses. And all of us must feel this day, standing as we do, in the shadows of the fearful accident of last night, that the change is for the better. I bespeak for the victims of that accident, not only your sympathy but in due time your aid. We cannot make them whole again physically, but we can do very much to lessen their present pain and to sweeten their future lives. There is to be presented on this occasion to the Harugari Maennerchor a beautiful banner. It is not however its beauty or its intrinsic value that makes it now dear to you and which will from year to year make it still more precious, but rather what this flag signifies and represents - song and wine and good fellowship. For these it is dear to each of you. Take this emblem of your society, your brotherhood and may no unseemly action, no discordant strife ever in any manner dim its lustre or mar the love you have for it and the societyit floats over, and may your children's children sit under its folds and sing the songs of America and Fatherland - and keep green your memory forever. County Treasurer P. G. Suekey made a patriotic address in Germán in which he was said to have outdone his previous efforts. A translation of his speech will appear in these columns next week. In a few but well chosen words, Miss Mayer, daughter of the president of the society, presented the beautiful flag to the society. President Mayer accepted the flag in behalf of the society and turned it over to the standard bearer. The Harugari sang a very beautiful song adapted to the occasion, and Miss Clara Herrman, of Detroit, who had made the flag, was called for and recited a pretty Germán poem and wished the flag God speed. Tne Cannstadter Maennerchor sang a song, which was really a beautiful thing, and the officia program was over. Afterwards the Cannstadter Maennerchor and then. the Harugari sang to the Mayor and tendered him an ovation, which the Mayor responded to in a way to warm the hearts of his friends who were present. At four o'clock the dancing began and a happy crowd filled the grounds until a late hour. In the evening a good display of fireworks was had. Nothing occurred to mar the festivities.


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