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Success At Whitmore

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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
July
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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In spite of the counter attractions for the Fourtb of July, there was a laige crowd at Whitmore Lstke to celébrate at a grand picnic ander the anspices of St. Thomas' chtjich of this city. The celebration passed off without a hiten or a break and it is to be hoped will result largely to the flnancial benefit of the church. It was a ideal day. Thwre was a fair breeze on the lake for sailing yet the day was warm enough to make ice creani and soft drinks in demand. 'i'ne ladies fnurisbed an elegant dinner and the orthodox chickens of the vintage ,of 98-9, promised bv Fr. Goldrick were not lacking. Everyone was having a good time, althongh the dancing platform did not meet with its usual success. The regular caller William Walsh was on hand and certainly did the jollying act perfection, but first they lost their piano playei, theu af ter that was flxed, a violin string broke and after one dance they were obliged to stop for the regular program. They got to going again after the program and dauoed a few successfnl numbers, bnt the platform as soon deserted. It's a pity too, that these old fashioned dances seem to be going out of fasbion. The ice cream tables seemed to be doing a good business and a generous supply of delicions cake was furnished with each dish of cream. The lemonade aud pop stand was doing a tremendous business all day. Dinner and supper were served in a large tent or series of tents the sight of whicn frozn a distance suggested a circus day. Pat Sculiy was ticket seller aud caller and he had satchels full of mouey. The sight of a large American flag floating bravely out in the air some distauce up without auy visible means of support and lising higher and higher, the stars beiua; always uppermosc created astonishment until directly overhead of theobserver and a long distauce from the flag was seen the kite wüich was carryiug it up. It was a pretty conceit. Kvery face was a happy oue. Everybody was enjoying himself or herself. The Ann Arbor trains were all loaded with passeugers and ittook three trains at night to haul the people home again besides inany who came by wagon road. Many people were obJiged to stand in tbe cars. The reporter saw no chances sold and no games of chance. There seeined to be an entire absence of the usual money making devices. At 3 o'clock the St. Thomas orchestra composed of girls and boys, some of them quite small in stature, opened the program with an orchestral selectiou which was well rendered. Fr. Goldrick presided in his usual hearty and witty manner and his very appearance before he opened his lips put the audieace in the best of humor. Fr. Goldrick has a warm place in the hearts of the people who know him. He introduced Senator George Monaghan, who had a couuty named after his ancestors in Ireland and came from Corktown, Detroit. Senator Monaghan spoke on "American Oitizenship. " He has a good voice and pleasiug mauner, a ready flow of words, fine diction and is au eloquent speaker. He said on looking back at our history we have much to be proud of. It has been said that we cannot have men charaeteristically American, that in the United States thft misture of tue races is still a mixture. On the contrary conditions here have given birth to a people distinctively uew. He praised the constitución and said the American oitizen is euergetic, ambitieus and self reliautfequally distant form anarohy aud barbarisin. We know as a matter of history that there is loyalty in every true American heart. Americaus have been leaders in every phase of human progresss, the n'rst nation to throw the burden of govei'nment upon the governed. When other nations oppressed their subjects, we bade all people welcome. He nest spoke of the división by differeuces of creeds and said tbe man vvho antagomzes a man because of his natiouality or creed is not a true American. Protestants and Catholios have joined-hands in valiantlyjfighting the battles of our country. He spoke of the distrust with whicb the patriotism of Oathoiics had been looKed apon insonie quarters, and the injustice of the stigma. The Catholic as such can go no farther than to recognize the divine command to "renáer unto Caesar the things that are Caesar 's and unto God the things that are God's. " He knows that his faith piescribes no political principies. He instanced a long roll of Catholic American patriota aud advised the answeriug of puuy bigots with the scathing scorn of silene. Continued on Seoond Page. SUCCESS AT WHITMORE Continued from First page. Miss Francés Caspary was introdnced by Fr. Goldrick as the prima donna of Washtenaw eounty, and she well sustained her repntation in the solo which followed. Senator Charles A. Ward -was introdnced as one who had resnrrected himself from the íake and a cali was made and answered for three cheers for him for the work he had done for the univereity. Senator Ward made a good sonnd, solid, patriotic Ponrth of Juiy speech. Af ter paying a tribute toMonaghan and a glowing one to Denny Donahne, the Caban hero, who was unavoidably absent, and a tribute to the constitotion, he thought it was the duty of the day to consider how tbat constitution conld be best extended aloDg tne lines laid down to meet the new conditions arising. The American citizens' motto shonld be upward and onward to maintain the libertiesourforefathers obtained for ns. He spoke of the good accomplished by the Spanish-Amrican war in the rennion of the north and Bonth. He conclnded by eaying that on this day it was humiliating to him to knQW that American soldiers were shootig down[an alien people for fightivg for what onr forefathers fonght. ur. ápitzley sang a solo in good voiue and was encored responding with a Germán solo, the words of which were Germán to most of his auditors, although one man asked if it was Latin. Then City Clerk James E. Harkins was introdnced and sang a coon song in his inimitable style and for an encore another coon song. The audience were not satisfied and triedto cali him back for a tbird song. The St. Thomas orchestra played well and Mr. Theo. Backus gave a saxaphone solo. Some sharp repartee was iiidulged in by Rev. Frs. Kelly and Goldrick which greatly deligh ted the audience. At 6 o'clock the second part of the program was given consistiug of a concert of he Y. M. C. A. Band who gave seven or eight selections with spirit and in good style. The people then separated about the rounds and many stayed for the evenings entertainment. The whole affair was an extremely successful one. In other words the picnic was a very enjoyable one.