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The Glorious Fourth

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At Whitmore Lake yesterday the glorious fonrth was celebrated in good old fashioned style by the, girls 'm the lemou color dresses, the parishoners of Rev. Fr. Goldrick assisted by a large crowd from Ann Arbor, Dexter and the surrounding country. Tliese popular fourth of July picnics, which have been in vogue ever since Eev. Fr. Goldrick took charge of the Xorthlield parish , show no signs of even diminuition in interest. The Ann Arbor road took out over seven hundred from this city, and there were hundreds and hundreds of teams which added their loads to the crowd. Over 1150 people were fed by the ladies of the Northfield parish, and the hotels were also patrouized. From this it may be seen that if numbers count, the fourth was well celebrated. The four large tables seated by actual count 200 people at a time, andfor hours they were kept filled by hungry people. There was the boy who had five caps oi coffee, while lie was being watched and tlie Lord only knows how inany more. And there was the cake tíend, whostarted oif witli cake, then chickeu pie, then cake, following this witii roast beef, and more cake, then ham cake and biscuit, more cake and cake and cake. The tables were alvrays laden down with good hearty eatables and in spite of the hungry crowd who did full justice to the good diuner provided there was a large quantity left over. The bowery was going full blast with Henry Meuth acting as caller and William Walsh as floor master, and the Minilis orchestra furnishing the music. Each of the hotels also had dancing goiug on. There were many of the older people present but the yonnger people predominated with the girls in the large majority, and every where could be seeu the omnipresent lemou colored dress. There was an abcense of accidenta and the small boy did not as usual get iuco the water. The lake was there, it is true, in all i te glory of pond lillies, tempting the young spoons to the boats to get away from "the maddening crowds." The old settler was there too, to teil yon how many feet the lake had receded and to point out to you its ancient boundaries. And there was Wirt Cómwell's large new cottage, of mushroom growth, commeneed last Saturday and fully completed and occupied on the fourth, right on the banks by the little white church. Rev. Fr. Goldrick is a happy host, with a jovial word for every one, and now aud then a pat story to teil as a remark was dropped to draw it out. He looked happy yesterday, thousjh he must have been a tired mm when night set in and the picnic was over as must have been the ladiesand men who made such a success of their management oí the culinary department. At ten minutes after three o'clock the crowds at the table who had been at it since eleven o'clock having thiuned out, Rev. Fr. Goldrick called the vast concourse of people together and the Minnis orchestra played "My County 'Tis of Thee," and then the Beethoven Quartette, the new Ann Arbor organization, drew an encoré and in response to it sang "There was a Merry Cob'oler." This was so good that they were com pelled to folio w it with "There were Three Crows Sat on a Tree." Then Fr. Goldrick told a pat crow story and iutroduced Rev. Frank Kennedy, of Ypsilanti, who spoke on the Day we Celébrate - the fourth of July, the greatest day in the American calendar. It is said to be a great brag day and that the Yankee who would nut brag on the fourth of July is not worthy of his inlieritanee. The speaker discussed the circumstances leadiug to the declaratioii of independence. Our fathers asked for uo uuusua] powers. They asked only to be left alone in the enjoyment of the privileges granted theni. The greed of the mother country had become tyrrany. The colonies were forbidden to buy only f rom Great Biittian. Tliey had a large surplus of products. They were forbidden to trade only with üreat Britiau. Heavy and unwarrautable taxes were imposed uon theni. Standing armies were sent to keep theni in subjection and they were obliged to maintain thein. The riglit of trial by jury was violated. It was to make au end of these wrongs that our ftre fathers issued the tion of-ndependence. On the tnuster oll of the continental armies were 287,000 nanies and only one of these was i i rui tor. Aitergi ving credit to these ariners sous who could not be teuipted o betray their country, Fr. Kennedy said : "bat wliy recoaut tlie deeds of honor (iuiiiig: this i-ontest. The prize mr fathers won was well worth the price paid lor it. Wliat a glorious constitution has heen ours - a constitution so perfect tliat it migÜt aluiost be said to liave been given by God. Teach your children to love it. At'ter a song by J. A. Kelly "There will never be one like you" aud a tenor oio by Bruno St. James and another story by Fr. Goldrick, Martin J. Cavanaugh spoke on Our Country. He said "the fundamental idea embodied in the declaratiou of independence was that all men are created free and eqnal. It came not only from the pen but the heart of Thomas Jefferson. It formed the ground work of our religious and politioal freedom. Some writers would have us believe our country was on the decline. But our constitutional goveruineiit uill continue forever. As tending to prove this assertion, Mr. Cavauaugh instanced the sweeping away of municipal inisrule in New York auc Chicago, by the assertion of those lofty sentinients that had only lain dormant II' anvthing ilishonest is done in politics the people in their sovereign rnight will rise above party Unes for tíie cause of good government. It is the misfortune of every lam) to pass through severe trials and our country has not been without tliem. Only a year ago there was a most crucial period when the streets of Chicago were ia the hands of an organized mob. This occassion called for a man of great executive ability iu the executive chair. The president cal led out the troops and restored order and for it received the plaudits and gratitude of tiie eutire intelligence of the country, irrespective of party. Certain things are necessary for the perpetuation of the governinent : national unity - the idea that we are one uation and not ferty-five ; education and toleVÁtion ; f ree thought and freejspeech, Without tl iis America can existonly iu name. It is the mission of the United States to enuoble labor and honorthe tóiler. In other countries labor has been the lot i the peasarit and the serf, the enjoyment of its fruits the lot of the lords. In fchis country tlie hiborer is the lord. Miss Lizzie'Kinnie sang a solo, which was well received. Some enthusiastion ptirtisan began calüng.for "Jimmy" I Harkins, and Fr. Goldrick introduced him with the remark that he was Jimmy Harkins every day in the week but cm the fourth of July when he was Jumes Harkins. He sang Maggie Mi;Ciinn, the Belle of the Town and in response to repeated calis "Girl Wanted." Tcrrence R. Shields, of Fowlerville, was introduced to give a "miscellaneoustalk." He traeed the wide diflference between those who gave up their live in oldeu times too often for personal ambition, love of conquest or for sume favorite king and those who sacriflced themselves for our American liberties. He traced the great influence of our institutions upou the nationa oí Europe andclaimed that the moharchial systems of government were crumbling and appealed to the parents to teach their children to love this land and her institutions. J. Warner, a little Whitmore Lake hul, sang a song which was vigoroualy applauded, and J. Grove Campbell, of Detroit, formerly of AnnArbor, spoke on Patriotism. After roasting the Other speakers and himself - saying that in the earlier days the sages and wise men spoke, who had some instruction to give but as fire crackers became cheaper, it became necessary to hire cheaper speakers and briefless young lawyers, he drew a distiuctiou between patriotism and the love of war. He deprecated war. And pitched iuto the jingoists who would have this country go to war on slight pretenses. He wanted less military expenditures and the love of peace inculcated. The Beethoven Quartette sang another song and the greut day was over so far as the intelctual entertainment was concerned.


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