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Chasm Is Bridged

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Chattanooga, Sept. 19.- If oue may judge by the events of the last ten days, Mason's and Dixon's line has been wiped off the map. The friendly, brotherly, feeling that has been displnyed here this week and that was shown at Louisville last week by the boys of the gray toward the boys of the blue, show that the bittor eectionalism that has so long divided the union no longer exists. For nearly a fortnight now the doors of the south have been thrown open to the men who camo here thirty odd years ago bearing arms of slaughter and destruction. Not a single Incident that would indícate a feeling of hatred on either side has been recorded. "Yankees" and "Johnny Rebs" grown gray with years havo gone over the great battlefleld together, discussed the events of those awf ui days, drank together and even in some instances, slept together, without stirring up anything like an angry thought. The Boys Are Fraterniaiing;. Generáis who commanded armies for the Union have been guests of the generáis of the Confederaoy and each has solemnly declared that there is "no north and no south." "The events of today have bound Tis together as nothing else could have done, and the solemn yet joyous event of tomorrow will seal the tie forever." So spoke a venerable soldier of the north to one of the south at Snodgrass Hill, and the latter replied with tears in hiseyes: "Comrade, you are right. Shake hands." And they did. Chattanooga' s people are doing as much for the entertainment of their northern visitors as any one could wish. Dedicated to the Living, Not the Dead. Yesterday was devoted to the dedication of the monuments marking the positions in the field. At tho Illinois dedication Governor Altgeld was the prificipal speaker and in the course of his remarks he said: "You observe we are marking positions, we are celobrating actions, we are pointing to what the living did; we are not building tombs, we are not decorating graves, for not very many of our héroes are buried here. 'Tis not their graves, 'tis their deeds that live. Men look toward the firmament for the names of the héroes and rarely ask where their bones are buried. Standing on the shores of the Mediterranean more than 2,000 years ago the great Pericles, while pronouneing a funeral oration over the Greeks who had fallen in defense of their country, said: 'The world is their sepulcher, and wherever there is speech of noble deeds there they will be remembcred.' So with our héroes. The Lesson of the Monuments. "There have been thousands of battles of which the actors were forgotten almost as soon as the groans of the dying had ceased because there was no principie in vol ved; it was simply human butchery. Bvit not so with the battles of this war. Here was hanging in the balance the very existence of republican institutions among men, and the liberty of millions of human beings yct unborn. Xever before was there such an issue; and when the smoke of war had cleared away, when the sim again arose over a peaceful land, the world beheld that the battles and horrors of the war had been the birthpains of a new era, with which time had been pregnant; that they were hammers in the great clock of omnipotence pealing fchrough the universe the dawn of a new day for millions of the human race. That in brief is the sublime, the imperishablo story which these monuments teil." At Otlu'r Similar JKxercises. At half a dozen places on the field similar exercises were in progress. Michigan had led off, as a matter of fact, her state commission occupying for that purpose the pla' f orm on Snodgrass Hill, on which the general dedication exercises will take place today. The monuments and markers erected upon the battleflelds of Ohickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge and Orchard Knob were presented to Governor Rich by Captain exCongressman C. E. Belknap, president of the state park commission. After Governor Rich had accepted the monuments on behalf of the state, General Henry M. Duffield, of Detroit, who commanded the Nintb regiment in the war, delivered an eloquent oration. The monuments were then turned over to General Fullerton.


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