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A Patriotic Message

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Washington, Dec. 7.- Following is the final message of President Cleveland to congress: To the Congress of the United States: As representatives oí the people in the legislative branch of their government you have assembled at a time when the strength and excellence of our f ree institutions and the fitness of our citizens to enjoy popular rule have been again made manifest. A political contest involvingmomentous consequences, fraught with feverish apprehension, and creating aggressiveness so intense as to approach bitterness and passion, has been waged throughout our land and determined by the decree of free and independent suffrage without disturbance of our tranquillity or the least slgn of weakness in our national structure. When we consider these incidents and contémplate the peaceful obedience and manly submission vvhich have suceeded a heated clash of political opinons we discover abundant evidence of determination on the part of our ountrymen to abide by every verdict f the popular will, and to be controlled t all times by an abiding faith in the gencies Thus our people xhibit a patriotic disposition which ntitles them to demand of those who undertake to make and execute their aws such faithful and unselfish service n their behalf as can only be promptd by a serious appreciation of the rust and confidence which the acceptance of public duty invites. The president then says that in obedence to constitutional requirement he ubmits certain information as to na.ional affairs with such suggestions as lis judgment approves, and that he hall omit details regarding domestic and foreign matters that are contained n departmental and other reports submitted to congress. He then refers to urkey and the Armenians, stating hat he would üke to assure congress .hat the líuropean powers having reaty rights fo interfere had mitigated the shocking features of the situation. This he says has not been done and that reports of bloody butcheries are still all too frequent. With reference to our own action he says we have eft nothinsr undone to protect those coming under our care, and that our efforts will not be relaxed. The claim of American citizens for ndemnity for loss of property will be ressed, although the validity of these Iemands has not been admitted by Cürkey, in spite of the strongest evidence of the actual eomplicity of Turkish soldiers in the destruction. Happily no American life has been taken. He closes as follows on the subject: I do not believe that the present somber prospect in Turkey will be long permitted to offend the sight of Christendom. It so mars the humane and enlightened civilization that belongs to the close of the nineteenth century that it seems hardly possible that the earnest demand of good people throughout the Christian world for its corrtctive treatment will remain unanswered.


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