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Old Soldiers Meet

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The aunual meeting and picnic of the Saleru Soldiers' Association was held Saturday at the residence of Calvin Wheeler, half a mile west of Salem village and was one of the pleasautesfc gatheriugs ever held by the association. About 200 ladies and gentlemen were in attendanoe, 25 of whorn were from Welch Post, No. 13?, G. A. R., of Ann Arbor. The grounds aronnd Mr. Wheeler'a house are capitally situated for holding snch a gatbering and the front yard had been handsomely decorated with flags and bunting in honor of the occason. The tables for the dinner were set in the house and on the lawn and were laden witb good things oalcnlated to please the palate and satisfy the appetite of the most fastidions. Harvey Packard acted ae master of ceremonies and after dinner was over he intioduced S. C. Wneeler who delivered an addreas of welcome in his usual good taste and style. ' Gapt. W. K. Childs, of Ann Arbor, replied to the address and the remarks made by him are spoken of in the highest terms of praise by those who heard them. Rev. Mr. Coffln, of Salem, who is the son of a veteran, his father haviug seen loug and faithful service in the war of the rebelliou, then spoke for half an honr ou w-bat canses led up to the war and what was back of it. He said that the writings of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe stirred the waters deeper thau they had ever been before aud had a great deal to do with preparing pulbic seutiineut for the strnggle thac afterwards caiue Speaking of the different distinguished corninanders who had cropped up duriug the war and the successes achieved under their leadership, he said he did uot wish to detraot frorn their inerits in the least but it should always be reniein bered that baok of them was the rank and file of the armies to whose bravery and endurance the victories were after all dne. Rev. C. P. Allen, presiding eider of the Detroit conference, who was oap tain of Co. B, 2Oth Michigan, duricg the war, and wbo was as gallant a soldier nuder tbe stars and stripes doriug that period, as he is now uder tbe bacner of the cross, was the next and last speaker. His address was a powerfnl and scholarly one and held the rapt attention of his hearers as he dwelt npon the topics and sentirnenta appropriate to snch a day and suoh an occasion. It was one of the finest addresses ever heard by the boys, brirufn] of eloqnence and powerfnl illnstration. Songs by the Salem Qnartet were interspersed between thd speeches and were greatly appreciated for their excellence. Letters of regret were read from Capt. E. P. Allen and Congressman Spalding, who were unable to be present. Tbe meeting of the associatioa nest year will be held at the home of Harvey Packard.


Ann Arbor Argus
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