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The Picnic At Whitmore Lake

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The Fourth was celebrated in appropriate fashion at Whitmore Lake at the annual picnic of St. Patrick's parish in Northfield, gotten up in the usual inimitable fashion, under the direction of Rev. Fr. L. P. Goldrick. The usual large crowd was present, Ann Arbor sending her contingent in seven new box cars and two passenger cars. Besides this, every livery horse in the city was hired for the occasion. Over 1,300 people sat down for dinner at the grove. There was a superabundance of eatables, all 'prepared in the best fashion. Nearly every one had a large appetite, but the remnants of the big feast filledmany a basket. A pleasant departure was the use of permanent tables and benches to take the place of the former roughly improvised ones, two of which last year went down under the load of eatables. The usual side-stands did a fair business. Though not as numerous as formerly, everything furnished was of good quality. Theshooting gallery was liberalíy patronized, but the aim of the shooters was not any too accurate, which added to the net profits of the gallery. Minnis' orchestra played for dancing. It was some time before the young people could muster up courage to leacl in the dancing, but when the ice was broken they made up for their previous backwardness. The dinner tickets were red, white and blue, the decorations on the grounds were red, white and blue, and the speeches were patriotic. There was nothing blue about them, however. The program began shortly after four o'clock with "My Country 'tis of Thee," by the Minnis orchestra and Rev. Fr. Goldrick stepped to the front with his winning smile, saying that it was not necessary to teil every man, woman and child present that they met to commemorate the fourth of July. He introduced Rev. E. D. Kelly with words of high praise, saying that he would speak on "The Day We Celébrate." Rev. Fr. Kelly said the invitation he had received to respond to the toast, "The Day We Celébrate," seemed very innocent at the time it was received, but it seemed now of vast importance; but Fr. Goldrick had assured him that he would teil all the jokes. He wished first to recall to the minds of those present a few of the facts which brought about the American revolution. The first trouble was over the stamp act by which all written documents had to be made out on paper bearing the stamp of the Bntish government. It has been supposed that the first opposition to the stamp act came from the lawyers. If so, there is one good thing to their credit. If it arose originally from the lawyers, it spread rapidly, for the entire country soon joined hands in opposition to the stamp act. If our forefathers were forced to lick the British on account of the stamp act, we are forced to lick the Columbian stamp, and by the end of the year we hope to succeed. The English people realizing that this stamp tax was impossible to collect, soon repealed it, but yet claimed the right to tax the American people. The next thing was the tax on tea and painters' materials. Already there was resistance to taxation without representation. Then all offenders in Massachusetts were ordered to be brought over to England for trial. The British allowed the East India Company to place its tea in the colonies free of duty. In Philadelphia the tea was not allowed to be landed. At Boston parties of men dressed as Indians threw overboard 342 chests of tea. Such things caused the calling together of a general continental assembly. Both sides began to arm. When Gen. Gage dispatched a detachment of men to look for arms which had been collected at Concord, the first blood was shed in the cause which gave us American independence. The British were forced to retreat with great loss. Matters went on this way until Congress resolved to cut itself free entirely from England. And here we have the grand gospel of liberty, the Declaration of Independence. The poet Emerson, speaking of this act, gives us a beautiful lesson: " Live well in time ;ind write your eeroll of honor upon the sea, And let the broud Atlantic rol!, the ferry of the free." Let us give a cursory glance at the won'derful progress our country has made between the time when Thomas Jefferson and those delegated with him adopted the immortal declaration, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are lite, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of goTernment becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principies, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to' effect their safety and hapnness." Here, then, is the new gospel giv. ng new Ufe to tñe human race, exemplifying the brotherhood of man. Vast and wonderful have been the improvements in our country. This morning carloads of people came from Ann Arbor in modern railroad cars upholstered in quarter-sawed oak. In the city of Chicago a hundred nations and a free people are gathered together to give an idea of the wonderful growth not only of this country, but of all countries. We have been told in the papers how fleets of all nations have been gathered together along our eastern coast, giving a good practical idea of the improvement made in the navies of the world. You may picture in your own minds the wonderful things done in literature and the wonderful establishments of learning throughout the country. He closed by quoting the beautiful words of the poet Longfellow: "Sallon, OShipof State! Sail on, O Union, strons :uid rreat! Rumanity with all its feai. With all hope oí future ycars, ?s hanging breathless on tliy fate! We know what Master hüd thy keel, What workmen wrought thy rib of steel, JVho made each mast, and sail, and rope, What anvils rang, what hammers beat, lu what a forse and what a heat Were shaped the imehors of thy hope: (Oonoluded on 8th Page.) Picnic at Whitmore Lake. (Continued from lst Page.) Fear not each suddeu sound aad shook, 'Tis of the wave and not the rock: 'Tis but the flappin.K of the sal], And not a rent made by the gale! In spite of rock and tempest roar. In spite of false lights on the sbore, Sail on. nor fear to breast the sea! rur liearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, Our faith triumphant o'er our tears, Are all with thee -are all with thee! " Fr. Goldrick remarked that when Columbus discovered America he never thought that the people of Ann Arbor would ride out to the picnic in combination cars. Last year's picnic had given rise to a combination marriage, and Fr. Kelly had benefited by it and gained a new family in his parish. He then introduced Bruno St. James, of Ann Arbor, who sang the tenor solo, "Rose Marie," in good voice. The song reminded Fr. Goldrick of a Germán who kept a music garden when he was attending the theological seminary, to which some of the students went for a good lunch. The Germán said, "Why don't you come here Saturday night? A man here what sings way up in the sky." One of the boys said, "Yes, that man is a tenor." "No, sirs," says i he, "he's not a tinner; he's a paper hanger." Mr. St. James is not a paper hanger, but a dry goods chant at Ann Arbor. After the rendition of "Red,! White and Blue" by the Minnis j diestra, Mr. Riley, of Detroit, 1 cited "Mr. Dunderbeck's Wedding Party" in Germán dialect, and in response to an encoré gave a short Germán dialect poem. To fill up a vacancy in the j gram, Fr. Goldrick sang "Home j Rule for Old Ireland," including al verse of his own. He is an j pressive singer, and was deservedly loudly encored, responding with "Mr. Riley, Come in to yourTea. " "Yankee Doodle" was played by the Minnis orchestra, and the Ann Arbor Colored Glee Club sang a song which displayed so much musical talent that they were loudly encored, responding with "The Profundo Basso," which showed 1 drew Johnson's deep bass to j tion. This was stiil mora loudly encored, and they sang "O Restless Sea." After an instrumental selection on the piano, "Home, Sweet Home," by Miss Collins, of Corunna, Fr. Goldrick in well chosen words thanked the people for their 1 anee. Then carne the drawing of the chances on the oil portrait, sewing machine, and horse. Tim Fohey won the oil painting with number 89, John Gore the sewing machine with number 111, and Alice Donnegan the horse with number 33S. In the meantime dancing had been resumed at the dancing pavilion, and the ice-cream and refreshment stands began doing a rushing business. The picnic was a great success, the program proving even more than usually taking.


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