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The Burns anniversary entertainment given last Thursday evening at the home of Mr. Robert Campbell, under the auspices of the Caledonian society of Ann Arbor, was a decided success. There were about seventy-five people present, and the program presented was one of the most delightfully pleasant and charming of the kind that we have had the pleasure of listening to in many a day. Beautiful programs were printed and handed round, bearing upon the first page an excellent electrotype portrait of the famous Scot in whose honor the entertainment was given, and these words: "From scènes liko these aukt Scotia's grandeur springt, Wliich makus her loved at horno, revered abioad: Princes and lords ure bul the breath of kin;s, An honest man's the noblest work of God. Dr. D. A. MacLachlan, president of the society, gave a very enteraining talk upon the life of Robert iurns. Having traveled over Scotand and visited the localities renered famous by the footsteps of cotia's greatest poet, the Doctor vas able to make his subject doubly nteresting. This, the opening adress, was followed by a song, 'We'd better bidé a wee," by Miss Elizabeth Campbell, which was nely rendered. This in turn was ollowed by the song, "Scots wha ae wi' Wallace bied," by Mr. Wilam Phillips. This song was renered in such an unassuming but masterful manner as to captivate all )resent. Mr. Robert Phillips was then announced to give a reading, "The Cotter's Saturday Night." He did not read the poem, however, but ecited it. His rendition of the seection was unique, much of it béng given in the Scottish dialect. Miss Lucy K. Cole followed with he song, "Cam' ye by Athol." The next number was a reading, 'Address to a Mouse," by Mrs. Dr. Wm. A. Campbell. It was given in fine style. Then Miss Emma G. McAllaster sang "John Anderson, my jo. Hon. W. D. Harriman then gave an address on the "Genius and Character of Burns." It was a scholarly and finely prepared address, containing something of the spirit of the hero worshiper. Miss Elizabeth A. Campbell sang "Scotch Lassie Jean." Mr.Andrew Campbell read "Hallowe'en." He read it in the very dialect of Burns and in a most inimitable manner. Mr. Campbell was born within a few miles of the home of Burns, and spent his early life there. He was trained in the same phase of the Scotish speech and henee was able to make his reading of Hallowe en decidedly realistic. After this reading Mr._ William Phillips sang "Jessie's" Dream." There is always something decidedly pathetic and fascinating about this song since it carries one back in mind to the stirring scènes connected with the closing events of the famous siege of Lucknow. The song was finely rendered. "Burns and his Religión" was the subject of an address by Mrs. Eliza R. Sunderland. This was an excellent address and seemed to us to give an accurate idea of the opinions generally held on the subject. Miss Lucy K. Cole then rendered the song, "Jock o' Ha.eldean." It was good. Prof. Lawrence A. McLouth presented a paper entitled "Criticism of Burns' Poetry." This was an admirable paper and showed the author to be thoroughly conversant with Burns' poetry and just withal we think in his criticisms. At the close of this paper Misses Cole and McCallaster sang a duet entitled, "O; wert thqu in the cauld blast." The programme closed with the song, "Auld Lang Syne," in which all joined. Those who conceived the programme did themselves proud. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all present and evèrybody feit that it was good to be there. ,


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